Firm Overview

I focus on complex cases, and I take on everything, ranging from toxic tort, to securities fraud, to RICO, to civil rights. It's easier to define me by what I won't do

Main Office

Main
501 Cherry Street
Suite 100
Columbia  MO  65201

Phone
  • (573) 814-2375
Fax
  • (800) 906-6199

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

A telephone consultation is free, and I will talk with a caller until I am ready to say whether I am interested in their case.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I bill by the hour, but I often take litigation on a contingent fee basis.

Hourly Rates

Varies based on the representation, between $200 and $250.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Trying a case to a jury involves a different set of skills than drafting a 100-page legal brief for the court of appeals. Handling complex cases allows me to use both sets of skills, and usually the case is critical to the client. For me, that beats a routine or repetitive law practice.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

When my clients know the law that applies to them, they can participate more fully in developing legal strategy, and they make better decisions. I'm all in favor of it. On the other hand, I don't mind educating clients who don't have time for self-education.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I do this all the time.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I often coach clients through contract negotiations, and twice I have coached a client through a multi-million-dollar settlement negotiation. There are times when things go smoother without the lawyers in the room. On the other hand, I would never agree to coach a client in pro se litigation.

David Brown

My last job was with a large corporate law firm, where I handled some high-dollar matters and bet-the-company type cases. I came there from the other side of the fence

License
  • Bar Number: 42559
    Missouri , 1994
Education
  • University of Missouri
    Juris Doctor , 1994
    Columbia, MO
    Editor, Missouri Law Review.
  • University of Missouri
    Masters , 1991
    Columbia, MO
    Clinical Psychology.
  • University of Missouri
    Bachelor of Arts , 1989
    Columbia, MO
    Psychology.

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