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Samuel E. CowherdSAMUEL COWHERD

Attorney in Monett

Sam was born and raised in Mt. Vernon, Missouri. He graduated from Mt. Vernon High School and the University of Missouri, where he obtained a degree in Finance & Banking. He graduated Cum Laude in 2015.

Sam attended the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville School of Law and received a Juris Doctorate degree. He graduated Cum Laude in 2018. While at the University of Arkansas School of Law, he was an editorial-board member of the Journal of Food Law & Policy. He was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2018 and the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri in 2019.

Sam focuses his practice on estate planning, probate disputes, estate administration, business formation, business drafting and other general civil litigation disputes.

Sam is engaged to his fiancé, Morgan. Sam enjoys playing golf, spending time at the lake, and splitting his time between Columbia and Fayetteville to watch the tigers and the razorbacks play. He hopes to one day visit every football stadium in the SEC with his dad.

EDUCATION

  • University of Arkansas, School of Law, Fayetteville, Arkansas J.D. cum laude - 2018
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • Law Journal: Journal of Food Law & Policy, Note & Comment Editor, 2017 - 2018
  • University of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia, Missouri B.A. cum laude - 2015
    • Honors:Dean's List
    • Major: Finance & Banking

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Missouri, 2018

LITIGATION PERCENTAGE

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • 25% Business Formation & Drafting
  • 25% Personal Injury
  • 25% Estate Planning & Drafting
  • 15% Workers Compensation
  • 10% Criminal Defense

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

Client Testimonials

Compelling Stories of Recovery
  • “They handled the process to take stress off my family and to reach a fair settlement.”

    Billy R.
  • “I am extremely satisfied after 12 years of representation.”

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

    Kari L.
  • “Always very timely in responding and very knowledgeable in what they do!”

    Trenton P.

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 & Cowherd Law Firm?

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