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Walter S. Pettit Jr.


70 Years of Experience

Walt was raised in Springfield as a son of a banker in the Great Depression. After serving in World War II, he graduated from Drury University. He then became a JAG officer during the Korean Conflict. He was married to Carol for 44 years until her death in 1995.

He has enjoyed his lifelong devotion to the Shrine and served as Potentate of the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine in Springfield. Walt was employed as the Chairman of the International Shrine Jurisprudence and Laws Committee for the 23 Shriner’s Hospitals and Burns Institute across the United States, Canada & Mexico.

Upon moving to Aurora in 1958, he became heavily involved in civic affairs. In addition to his work as a real estate attorney and estate planning lawyer, Walt is an avid Houn’ Dawg and Drury Panthers supporter and enjoys his time at Table Rock Lake with his family.


  • J. D., University of Missouri – Columbia, 1952
  • B.A., Drury University, 1949


  • Thirty Third Degree Scottish Rite Mason
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Rated
  • Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award
  • Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year
  • Lloyd R. Ellis Award
  • The Missourian Award – 2012


  • The Missouri Bar Association (1952)
  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Abou Ben Adhem – Past Potentate
  • Drury University – Board of Trustees
  • Sigma Nu Fraternity
  • Phi Delta Phi Fraternity


  • Senior Partner, Pettit Law Office (1957-2020)
  • Primary Counsel, Shriner’s Hospitals and Burn Institutes (1981 – 2001)
  • Staff Attorney, Neal & Newman (1954 – 1957)

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  • 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.
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