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undefinedJames Pettit

Attorney in Aurora

James was raised just a few blocks from Pettit Law Office in Aurora. He worked in various roles at the office for several years before becoming a staff attorney. James obtained his undergraduate degree in Spanish and Business Administration at Drury University. Upon graduation from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Law School in 2013, James returned to his hometown of Aurora. Throughout his legal training and career, James has been mentored by his father (Scott Pettit) and grandfather (Walt Pettit) as well as other attorneys and judges throughout the legal community giving him experience in many areas of the law.

Those who know James best recognize his strong work ethic, an insatiable drive to figure out solutions to problems, and the drive to assist people throughout their problems. In addition to his work as a workers’ compensation attorney, James has extensive experience in personal injury, adoptions, and estate planning.

James is married to Carissa and together they enjoy outdoor activities, physical fitness, and traveling. James has completed several marathons and triathlons. He also has certifications in many other activities including personal training, cooking, and police training.

EDUCATION

  • J. D., University of Missouri – Kansas City Law School, 2013
  • B.A., Drury University, 2010

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • 39th Circuit Bar Association- Past President
  • Missouri Bar Association (2013)
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • U.S. Western District Court
  • Southern District Court of Appeals
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ), Member
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, Member

EXPERIENCE

  • Staff Attorney, Pettit Law Office (2013-Present)
  • Public Defender Intern, Jackson County Public Defender’s Office (2011-2013)
  • Investigator/Process Server, Pettit Law Office (2008-2010)

Call Pettit Law Office at (417) 222-6640 to get started on your case with a free consultation.

Client Testimonials

Compelling Stories of Recovery
  • “I am extremely satisfied after 12 years of representation.”

    Casey C.
  • “Always very timely in responding and very knowledgeable in what they do!”

    Trenton P.
  • “They handled the process to take stress off my family and to reach a fair settlement.”

    Billy R.
  • “James was kind, knowledgeable and kept us informed during our whole process.”

    Kari L.

Millions Recovered for Our Clients

  • $640,000 Settlement Brain Injury After Semi-Truck Accident
    Our firm represented an 8 year old boy who suffered a brain injury as a direct result of accident involving a semi-truck at the intersection of Highway 39 and I-44. His past medical bills were $122,754. Client did have pre-accident diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Funds from the settlement were deposited into a Missouri Special Needs Trust to provide for future treatment.
  • $300,000 Settlement Car Accident
    My client was a passenger in a van that was driven by an un-owned driver. When the van topped a hill on a curve, it ran off the road and hit a tree. The driver was charged with a DWI. My client received fracture of his femur and hand. He required surgery to place a steel rod in his leg. His medical bills were $45,391. He did not have insurance and did not qualify for governmental assistance. Our office was able to obtain bill reductions from 10 – 40% on outstanding bills. Maximum insurance coverage was obtained from the owner of the van, driver of the car and from an insurance policy where the driver resided.
  • $6,500,000 Settlement Car Accident
    Our client was an employee traveling on Highway 69 in Oklahoma. The first defendant made a U-turn and collided with my client. Soon after, a semi-truck struck my client’s stranded vehicle. My client is paralyzed from the waist down. His past medical bills were $560,171 with future medical expenses of $3-5 million.
  • $92,000 Settlement Car Accident
    Client was injured in an intersection collision in Mt. Vernon, Missouri. He sustained a shoulder injury that required surgery. The case was settled at mediation.
  • $100,000 Settlement Car Accident
    The defendant driver was driving too fast under the influence of alcohol with an “undetermined amount of prescription medication”.
  • $45,838 Settlement Car Accident
    My client was a passenger in a car traveling 95 mph in Stone County. At a curve, the driver ran off the road and overturned. He was treated for a concussion, bleeding in the brain and a fractured lumbar vertebrae.
  • $76,000 Settlement Car Accident
    My client was a passenger in a car involved in a 4 car chain reaction accident on Highway 39 South of Aurora. She was airlifted from the scene where she received treatment for fractures of her spine, clavicle, scapula, arm and leg. She also has a head injury with bleeding into the brain. Her medical bills were over $40,000 paid by Medicaid. Upon settlement, Medicaid was reimbursed approximately $1,600. The defendant driver was uninsured. The maximum limits were obtained from the uninsured motorist policy of the owner of the car of which she was a passenger. The maximum limits were obtained from two uninsured motorist insurance policies from the homeowner where she resided.
  • $300,000 Settlement Car Accident
    My client was a passenger in a car on Highway 39 traveling South. The accident occurred when the North bound company vehicle driven by the defendant employee turned in front of my client. She suffered a fractured hip and required surgery. Her medical expenses were $65,262. Medicaid was reimbursed $3,461 for expenses they paid. This case was settled at mediation.
  • $100,000 Settlement Car Accident Involving Surgery
    Client was injured by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel. She sustained shoulder injuries that required surgery. The case settled for policy limits within 35 days after the demand letter was mailed.
  • $70,000 Settlement Car Accident Requiring Surgery
    My client was 64 year old driving on 60 Highway on the West side of Springfield. The collision occurred when the defendant pulled out in front of my client. As a result of the impact, he suffered neck strain, broken ribs, sacroilitis and a torn rotator cuff which required surgery. His medical expenses were $29,163. Medicare was reimbursed $1,617.49. This was settled in mediation.

Why Hire Pettit Law Office?

Your Recovery is Too Important Not To
  1. All attorneys have trial experience & are prepared to go to trial.
  2. Over 100 years of combined injury law experience.
  3. Lawyers work closely with each client on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Direct access to the same attorney from start to finish.
  5. Lawyers & paralegals approach each case with compassion.
  6. Long track record of successful verdicts & settlements.
  7. Spanish language option available for clients who need it.
  8. Committed to serving the local community in & out of court.
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Awards

  • American Association for justice (AAFJ)
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating
  • BBB A+ Rating
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar
  • MATA
  • Missouri Bar Association