James W. Childress


Phone number : (314) 584-4570

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James W. Childress is a native St. Louisan. He received his B.S. degree in Business Administration and J.D. degree from St. Louis University. Jim is the senior partner and founding member of the law firm of Childress Ahlheim Cary LLC, a litigation firm.


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For more than 35 years, Jim has been a trial lawyer. He has represented clients in almost every aspect of civil litigation, including products liability, medical device litigation, insurance claims, premises and automotive cases, and class action litigation. Jim has tried cases in almost every county in the eastern half of Missouri, as well as the U.S. District Courts in the Eastern District of Missouri. He has also argued appellate cases in the State Courts of Appeal for the Eastern and Western District, the Missouri Supreme Court, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Jim has been recognized by the St. Louis County Bar Association as recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Recognized as an AV preeminent attorney by Martindale Hubble, he has been named a Super Lawyer since 2008. Jim has been a featured speaker for groups such as Missouri United School Insurance Counsel, St. Louis University School of Law, Lawyers’ Association, St. Louis Metropolitan Bar Association, as well as others.

Local Bar Associations can also count Jim as a longtime member. He has been a member of the Lawyers’ Association since 1981 and served as an officer between 1989 and 1992. Jim was the chair of the annual Bench and Bar Conference at Lake of the Ozarks. Jim is a member of the Missouri Bar, Lawyers’ Association of St. Louis, and St. Louis County Bar.

Jim is similarly involved in his community. He served on the Shrewsbury Board of Adjustment for four years before serving as Alderman from 1994 to 2001. Currently, he is an officer in the Shrewsbury Improvement Association. He also served as President of the St. Michael’s Home and School. In 2012, Jim was appointed to the Board of Directors of the newly formed Holy Cross Academy, St. Louis’s first merger of multipleschools into a single academy.

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