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James Pettit

Attorney in Aurora

James was raised just a few blocks from Pettit Law Officein 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.


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


  • 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


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

Client Testimonials

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

Why Hire Pettit Law Office Your Recovery Is Too Important Not To"

  • Committed to serving the local community in & out of court.
  • Spanish language option available for clients who need it.
  • Long track record of successful verdicts & settlements.
  • Lawyers & paralegals approach each case with compassion.
  • Direct access to the same attorney from start to finish.
  • Lawyers work closely with each client on a case-by-case basis.
  • Decades of injury law experience.
  • Southwestern Missouri Location in Aurora
  • All attorneys have trial experience & are prepared to go to trial.
  • Premises Liability
  • Car Accident
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Trip & Fall Injury

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