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ST. LOUIS, MO ACCIDENT & INJURY LAWYERS

McChesney & Ortwerth: A different breed of lawyer

ST. LOUIS, MO ACCIDENT & INJURY LAWYERS

McChesney & Ortwerth: A different breed of lawyer

Lawyers Brian McChesney and Craig Ortwerth bring more to the table than most lawyers. They are a different breed of lawyer. McChesney began his career as a lawyer for a large insurance company, but resigned when he realized that he was on the wrong side of the fight for justice. Ortwerth also began his career as a lawyer who defended large corporations. Like McChesney, Ortwerth knew in his gut that something needed to change. So McChesney and Ortwerth joined forces and have been representing real people just like you ever since. Together, they have 38 years of experience.

McChesney and Ortwerth have a “David versus Goliath” mentality. They are human beings who represent human beings. No case is too big. No case is too small. McChesney and Ortwerth were both athletes in college and maintain their competitive edge while following Vince Lombardi's famous quote. "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." So if you are looking for a lawyer to fight for justice in a personal injury case, wrongful death case or a workers' compensation case, look no further. You are in the right place.

Lawyers Brian McChesney and Craig Ortwerth bring more to the table than most lawyers. They are a different breed of lawyer. McChesney began his career as a lawyer for a large insurance company, but resigned when he realized that he was on the wrong side of the fight for justice. Ortwerth also began his career as a lawyer who defended large corporations.  Like McChesney, Ortwerth knew in his gut that something needed to change. So McChesney and Ortwerth joined forces and have been representing real people just like you ever since. Together, they have 38 years of experience.

McChesney and Ortwerth have a “David versus Goliath” mentality. They have a long history of defeating big insurance companies and large corporations; they were both athletes in college and are highly competitive by nature; and they embrace their role as the underdog because they are real people who enjoy representing real people. No case is too big and no case is too small. So you are in the right place if you are looking for a lawyer to fight for justice in a personal injury case, wrongful death case, workers’ compensation case or family law matter.

NEWS: We are pleased to announce that Brian McChesney and Craig Ortwerth have earned the coveted A.V. Preeminent ® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is significant because an AV Preeminent rating is the highest rating a lawyer can receive and a testament to the fact that their peers have ranked them at the highest level of professional excellence.

We Help You Recover the Compensation You Deserve.

Suffering injury in a serious accident can permanently alter your life and the lives of your family. Severe injuries can prevent you from working, supporting your loved ones and enjoying your favorite activities. At McChesney & Ortwerth, L.L.C., we understand the pain and suffering that often comes with injury accidents. Our personal injury lawyers provide strong legal representation for accident victims throughout Missouri, Illinois and the United States.

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We Help You Recover the Compensation You Deserve.

Suffering injury in a serious accident can permanently alter your life and the lives of your family. Severe injuries can prevent you from working, supporting your loved ones and enjoying your favorite activities. At McChesney & Ortwerth, L.L.C., we understand the pain and suffering that often comes with injury accidents. Our personal injury lawyers provide strong legal representation for accident victims throughout Missouri, Illinois and the United States.

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Our Attorneys Focus on Getting Justice for Our Clients.

At McChesney & Ortwerth, L.L.C., our accomplished lawyers offer you the highest degree of professionalism, skill and talent. We have a long history of success representing injured victims. When you choose us to handle your personal injury case, you can expect:

1Insights and Experience
Brian McChesney, co-founder of McChesney & Ortwerth, worked as a staff lawyer for a large insurance company from 1992 until 2002. Likewise, Craig Ortwerth, our other co-founder of our firm, began his career as a lawyer who defended insurance companies. Together, we use their experience, their knowledge of the insurance industry, to help you and benefit you.
2A History of Success
We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients during the course of our careers. Our recent recoveries include a $2.1 million verdict for a victim who suffered spinal fracture injuries in a vehicle accident, a $1.5 million settlement for a plaintiff in a traumatic brain injury case and a $600,000 verdict for a victim hurt in an automobile accident.
3Exponential Credentials
Our lawyers have earned extensive recognition for our achievements, including a distinguished AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating a law firm can achieve. Our firm was also included in the 2014 Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers 98th Edition, a definitive guide to the most reputable law firms in America
4Compassionate Legal Partners
At McChesney & Ortwerth, L.L.C, we strive not only to recover fair compensation for our clients, but also to obtain justice for victims and restore their quality of life. We listen closely to your concerns and make sure all your questions are answered. We believe in treating our clients with kindness, respect and dignity.
5Ethical Representation
Whether in court or in the office, our lawyers operate under a strong ethical code. We practice with integrity and uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct.
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Why Choose McChesney & Ortwerth?

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1Insights and Exerpience
Brian McChesney, co-founder of McChesney & Ortwerth, worked as a staff lawyer for a large insurance company from 1992 until 2002. Likewise, Craig Ortwerth, our other co-founder of our firm, began his career as a lawyer who defended insurance companies. Together, we use their experience, their knowledge of the insurance industry, to help you and benefit you.
2A History of Success
We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients during the course of our careers. Our recent recoveries include a $2.1 million verdict for a victim who suffered spinal fracture injuries in a vehicle accident, a $1.5 million settlement for a plaintiff in a traumatic brain injury case and a $600,000 verdict for a victim hurt in an automobile accident.
3Exponential Credentials
Our lawyers have earned extensive recognition for our achievements, including a distinguished AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating a law firm can achieve. Our firm was also included in the 2014 Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers 98th Edition, a definitive guide to the most reputable law firms in America
4Compassionate Legal Partners
At McChesney & Ortwerth, L.L.C, we strive not only to recover fair compensation for our clients, but also to obtain justice for victims and restore their quality of life. We listen closely to your concerns and make sure all your questions are answered. We believe in treating our clients with kindness, respect and dignity.
5Ethical Representation
Whether in court or in the office, our lawyers operate under a strong ethical code. We practice with integrity and uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct.
6No Recovery, No Fees
It is as simple as that.

Allow us to relieve your worries.

An injury can change your life in an instant. You may be struggling physically, financially and emotionally. You’re worried. Your mind is racing. Some common questions people ask accident and injury lawyers include:

  • How am I going to pay my medical bills?
  • Who will reimburse my lost wages?
  • What if I can’t take care of my family?
  • Should I talk to the insurance adjuster?
  • Will I have to go to Court?
  • How long will the legal process take?
  • Should I just settle with the insurance company and get it over with?
  • Should I hire a lawyer?
  • How do I find the right lawyer?

  • McChesney & Ortwerth understands your situation. We want to help you win the financial compensation you deserve. However, our goal for you is much more than just money. Our goal is to provide you with compassion, peace of mind and a stress-free transition to the conclusion of your case.

    Our talented team of professionals will be honored to take care of you and your family.

    Why Should You Choose McChesney & Ortwerth?

    It would not be appropriate for us to tell you that McChesney & Ortwerth is the best. That is a decision you will need to make for yourself. However, we can tell you that we are different than most firms; and you will notice the difference when you call to make your appointment for a FREE consultation. Our telephones are answered by real people – not machines. We will work very hard on your case; we will return phone calls as soon as possible; and we will always keep you updated on the status of your case. Most importantly, we will settle your case if -- and only if -- you choose to settle. If trial is necessary to accomplish your goals, we will never back down. Not ever.

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    ST. LOUIS TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS

    Large commercial trucks, tractor-trailers and eighteen-wheelers can weigh 15 to 20 times more than a regular passenger car. These big rigs are like flying missiles on the road, capable of destroying smaller vehicles, killing innocent motorists and leaving survivors catastrophically injured. Unfortunately, many trucking companies and drivers fail to appreciate the need for safety because they are more worried about speed and maximizing their profits. Many victims die. Others live, but suffer through a shortened lifetime of misery as the result of brain damage, spinal cord injuries and other serious injuries.

    After a crash involving a commercial truck, it is important for you to hire an experienced lawyer IMMEDIATELY. In most cases, the trucking company will send a “crash team” to the scene of the collision to investigate within 24 hours. Their crash team will likely include lawyers, reconstruction experts and insurance adjusters. Their job is to collect evidence and protect the financial interests [profits] of the trucking company and the insurance company.

    You need to have your legal team of lawyers, experts and investigators on the scene as soon as possible. Why?

  • You don’t want to take the trucking company’s word for it.  Do you?  You want your legal team to conduct its own investigation before the trucking company has an opportunity to cover up evidence.
  • Your legal team will gain access to the truck’s black box, which is similar to the “black box” you often hear about on airplanes.  The black box may contain important information about the truck’s speed, throttle position, brake and pedal application, and clutch status.
  • It is important for your legal team to inspect the truck before it is moved, repaired or destroyed because the nature and extent of the damage to the truck will provide valuable evidence as to how and why the collision occurred.
  • The debris on or near the road should be inspected before it is moved or cleaned up.  Your legal team will document and photograph the debris in the very same way authorities conduct an investigation in a criminal case. It is important because it may provide evidence which proves details as to how, where and why the collision occurred.
  • The skid marks on the road [or the lack of skid marks] should be documented before the next heavy rain, ice or snow because those skid marks [or the lack of skid marks] provide evidence as to the speed of the truck, whether the driver applied the brakes prior to impact, and, in some cases, whether or not the driver was fatigued or distracted at the time of the crash.
  • Call us now….and we can start investigating your case today

    If you have been injured in a trucking accident or a family member was killed in a trucking accident, McChesney & Ortwerth and its team of experts are prepared to represent you. Call us for a FREE trucking accident consultation today.

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    ST. LOUIS WRONGFUL DEATH LAWYERS

    Nobody lives forever. But when a life is cut short because of a careless truck driver, a texting motorist, a defective product or nursing home abuse, there is no greater tragedy. Nothing can replace a loved one. Nothing can compensate for what was lost.

    If you are reading this website because you recently lost a loved one, please accept our sincere condolences. You are probably experiencing sorrow, rage and helplessness. At McChesney & Ortwerth, our lawyers understand the anguish that comes from the wrongful death of a loved one. We provide families with compassion as they go through this difficult time, while fighting for justice the families deserve. Lawyers at our St. Louis office have a long history of successfully resolving wrongful death cases.

    You may have a lot of questions. How did this happen? Why did this happen? Where do you go from here? A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed against anyone or any entity that is legally at fault for your family member’s death. Defendants may be individuals, medical institutions, governmental entities and/or companies.

    You need a lawyer who has experience dealing with wrongful death cases. You have enough to worry about right now. It’s important for you to grieve, to spend time with family, to pick up the pieces and begin moving forward with your life.

    Wrongful death lawsuits may arise out of:

  • Car Accidents;
  • Truck Accidents;
  • Motorcycle accidents;
  • Explosions and fires;
  • Defective products;
  • Mesothelioma;
  • Falls;
  • Nursing home abuse;
  • Medication poisoning;
  • Swimming pool accidents;
  • Dog bites;
  • Train accidents;
  • Pedestrian injuries;
  • and many other negligent occurrences
  • Under Missouri law, plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit seek financial compensation for medical expenses, funeral and burial costs and non-economic damages for loss of care, companionship, advice and the comfort of their loved one. Even though a wrongful death lawsuit will not bring your loved one back, McChesney & Ortwerth will ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions. Our team of wrongful death lawyers can help relieve the financial burden placed on you and your family by bringing the responsible individual or parties to justice.

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    Call McChesney & Ortwerth for a FREE consultation today and we will begin our investigation right away.

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    St. Louis Car Accident Lawyers

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 30,000 people die as the result of car crashes every year. More than 2 million motorists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are injured on roads and highways every year. Most of these “accidents” really are not accidents because the word “accident” implies that the crash wasn’t anybody’s fault. The truth is that most of these crashes are caused by negligence. In fact, somebody is almost always to blame, for one reason or another:

  • Driver texting distraction, fatigue, or intoxication
  • Deliberate-dangerous driving, including "road rage"
  • Driver inexperience, including accidents caused by young drivers
  • Mechanical or design failures in a vehicle or any of its parts
  • Speeding or other traffic law violations
  • Reckless driving in inclement weather
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    ST. LOUIS WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAWYERS

    Regrettably, people are injured at work every day. Although some industries are more dangerous than others, anybody can be injured...on any job...at any given time. Fortunately, there are workers’ compensation laws in all of the United States which are intended to protect injured workers.


    At McChesney & Ortwerth, our lawyers have more than 38 years of combined experience representing injured people in workers compensation cases. We have handled cases all over Missouri and Illinois; we have helped our clients win millions of dollars in lost time benefits, settlements and awards; and we have the reputation, experience and resources to help you win the workers compensation benefits you deserve.


    McChesney & Ortwerth wants to help you receive the compensation you deserve if you have been injured on the job or in the workplace.

    If you have been injured on the job, your employer and its insurance company should be paying for ALL of your medical treatment. If you are unable to work because of your injury, you should be receiving temporary disability checks for ALL the time you miss from work. And when you are finished with your treatment and return to work, you may be eligible additional money for a permanent disability. Do you believe the insurance company has your best interests in mind? Do you believe the insurance company will treat you fairly? The insurance company has experienced lawyers working on its behalf. Shouldn’t you have experienced lawyers working for you?


    McChesney & Ortwerth is committed to representing injured people in workers compensation cases. Call us for a FREE consultation.

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