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Personal Injury Lawyers in St. Louis, Missouri


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.

Our accident and personal injury practice areas can be sen below.

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Award winning personal injury attorneys

Brian McChesney and Craig Ortwerth have earned the coveted A.V. Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating a lawyer can receive.

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Our St. Louis personal injury attorneys focus on getting justice for our clients

At McChesney & Ortwerth, L.L.C., our accomplished personal injury 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:

A Law Firm Full of Insights 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.

Continued Success as Injury Lawyers

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.

A Top Missouri Law Firm

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.

Compassionate 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.

Ethical Legal Representation

Whether in court or in the office, our St. Louis personal injury lawyers operate under a strong ethical code. We practice with integrity and uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct.

No Recovery, No Fees

It is as simple as that. If we don’t win your personal injury case, you don’t pay us anything.

Injury attorneys focused on getting you 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, LLC, 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.

Aggressive injury lawyers for your case

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.

Missouri accident & injury attorneys capable of winning large settlements for clients injured or killed due to an accident or negligence

St. Louis truck accident attorney


We specialize in defending those injured in commercial trucking accidents. After a crash involving a commercial truck, it is important for you to hire an truck accident attorney 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.

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St. Louis Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

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?

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St. Louis Wrongful Death Lawyers

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.

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St. Louis Car Accident Lawyers

McChesney & Ortwerth would be honored to represent you as your St. Louis car accident attorneys. We will deal with the insurance company; and we will stop the adjusters from calling you. We will answer all of your questions and relieve your worries. We will thoroughly investigate your car accident case, speak to witnesses, contact police, work with your doctors and do whatever it takes to maximize your recovery. We represent people that have been in car accidents in St. Louis, Missouri, Illinois, and the surrounding areas. We are experienced car accident and personal injury lawyers who fight for you so you get the compensation you and / or your family deserves. This is our commitment to you.

We know accidents and injuries happen. We also know the importance of hiring the right personal injury attorney for your case. We, here at McChesney & Ortwerth LLC, fight for our client’s rights and receive no compensation unless we win their case.

We have received some of the highest awards a law firm can achieve and have become one of the most premier St. Louis personal injury law firms due to our hard work and dedication. Our ability to handle a wide range of accident and injury areas has allowed us to better represent our clients and get them the results they want and need.


Our offices are located on Chouteau Avenue in Lafayette Square. We offer a FREE personal injury consultation to the people of St. Louis and the surrounding areas. Some of our highlighted areas of practice include: car accidents, personal injury, truck accidents, workers’ comp, wrongful death, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and much more.

Along with personal injury cases, we are also St. Louis divorce and family lawyers, and make your sure your family law matters are are stress-free and affordable as possible.

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