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Who We Are

At Childress Ahlheim Cary LLC we have not forgotten that the practice of law is a service profession. Our firm is committed to providing an unsurpassed level of representation and personal service to our clients. We believe maintaining close ties and providing open lines of communication with our clients ensure the quickest and most efficient handling of cases. Our lawyers provide thorough and prompt services in all aspects of our defense practice.

We are driven by our desire to serve the interest of our clients. Aggressive and practical case preparation obtains the best results for our clients. Childress Ahlheim Cary LLC has over 80 combined years of experience handling and trying cases in state and federal courts in Missouri and Illinois.

What We Do

General Civil Trial and Appellate Practice

Intellectual Property

Insurance Defense

Premises Liability

Products Liability

Professional Liability

Medical Malpractice

Amusement Industry Liability

Admiralty Law

Environmental Law

Aviation Law

Employment Law

Construction Law

Meet Our Attorneys

James W. Childress

David T. Ahlheim

Rebecca A. Cary

Explore Our Team

Let Us Be Your Voice

We are passionate about protecting those injured through the fault of others. Contact our firm today to find out how we can fight for you.



Jim Childress and his partners, lawyers and staff are great lawyers who work hard for their clients. I fight against them in cases and always know I will be against smart, honest and zealous advocates.

Gary Burger


I read several reviews, and called several law offices. Ms. Childress was prompt to call me back, thorough in explaining her initial thoughts, and frank with me from the beginning of the process until the end. She enlisted help of others if needed, using not only her experience but the vast experience of Mr. Ward and the staff.



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5 Star Martindale-Hubbell Law Review