Richard C. Wuestling is the senior partner in the firm. For many years he has been a member of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Legal Malpractice Defense and Personal Injury Defense. In 2012, 2016 and 2017 Best Lawyers named him as its St. Louis Lawyer of the Year for Legal Malpractice Defense. In 2016, Best Lawyers named him as its St. Louis Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation Defense. In past years, Super Lawyers has named him as one of the top fifty lawyers in St. Louis. Rick has tried over fifty jury trials and is attorney of record in more than twenty-five appeals.

He leads the firm’s practice in legal malpractice defense, insurance coverage questions, extra-contractual liability, personal injury defense, and construction and design liability. He practices in all federal and state courts in Missouri, the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals and is enrolled to appear before the United States Supreme Court. Rick has also represented clients in several arbitrations held under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association and other arbitration bodies.

Rick is often a presenter at CLE seminars on the subject of ethics. Lawyers and law firms seek his advice and direction on ethics issues. Rick is also retained by lawyers to represent them in bar complaint matters.

He is a board member of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, the A.B.A. Lawyers’ Professional Liability Consortium, the Defense Research Institute, the Lawyer's Association of St. Louis and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Rick is also a Premium Member of The Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM).

In addition, Rick is a Fellow in The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, a by-invitation organization limited to one percent (1%) of the lawyers in Missouri.

In December, 2009 Rick was elected by Missouri lawyers who reside in St. Louis County, Missouri to serve a six year term on the Twenty-First Judicial Commission. The Commission provides the Governor with a panel of three candidates to fill vacancies on the bench of the Circuit Court of St. Louis County. The Commission is composed of two elected attorneys, the Chief Judge of the Missouri Courts of Appeals Eastern District, and two lay people who are appointed by the governor.

Rick graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 1980.


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