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Richard
C.
Wuestling
314-421-1850 [Main]
314-421-4346 [Fax]

Practice Areas


  • Legal Malpractice Defense
  • Insurance Coverage and Extra Contractual Liability Defense
  • Insurance Defense
  • Motion and Appellate Practice
  • Design Professional Malpractice Defense

Education


  • University of Missouri, Columbia MO, B.A., 1974
  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D., 1980

Bar Admissions


  • Missouri, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court,
    • Western & Eastern Districts of Missouri

Memberships


  • Counsel on Litigation Management
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Board Member
  • Mediator, affiliated with Alaris
  • A.B.A. Legal Malpractice Consortium
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Lawyers Association of St. Louis
  • Bar Association of Metro St. Louis
  • Missouri Bar
  • American Bar Foundation

Born


  • St. Louis, MO; January 22 1952

Awards and Recognitions


  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, St. Louis, MO, Legal Malpractice Defense, 2012, 2016, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, St. Louis, MO, Personal Injury Defense, 2016
  • Super Lawyers, 2007 - Present
  • Super Lawyers Top Fifty Lawyers in St. Louis, 2017
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

Events and Speaking Engagements


  • N.B.I, Legal Ethics
  • Missouri Bar C.L.E.’s
  • Presentation to Missouri State Court Judges on Complex Litigation
  • Various presentations to Insurance Company Claims Staff

For many years Rick Wuestling has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Legal Malpractice Defense and Personal Injury Defense, for St. Louis, Missouri. In 2012, 2016 and 2017 Best Lawyers named him as its St. Louis Lawyer of the Year for Legal Malpractice Defense in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2016, Best Lawyers named him as its St. Louis Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation Defense. In past years, Super Lawyers has named him as one of the top fifty lawyers in St. Louis. Rick has tried over fifty jury trials and is attorney of record in more than twenty-five appeals.

 He leads the firm’s practice in legal malpractice defense, construction and design liability and extra-contractual liability.

Rick also devotes portions of his professional time acting as a Mediator or Arbitrator.  His experience with complex damage cases, catastrophic loss cases, insurance coverage issues, and professional liability analysis, make him uniquely suited to serve as a neutral in such cases.  From his experience trying jury cases and arguing appeals in the Missouri Supreme Court and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals he is well able to provide litigants in mediation with valuable analysis, insight, and ideas about settling their case. 

Rick is often a presenter at CLE seminars on the subject of ethics. Lawyers and law firms seek his advice and direction on ethics issues. Rick is also retained by lawyers to represent them in bar complaint matters.

In addition, Rick is a Fellow in The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, a by-invitation organization limited to one percent (1%) of the lawyers in Missouri.

 In December, 2009 Rick was elected by Missouri lawyers who reside in St. Louis County, Missouri to serve a six year term on the Twenty-First Judicial Commission. The Commission provides the Governor with a panel of three candidates to fill vacancies on the bench of the Circuit Court of St. Louis County. The Commission is composed of two elected attorneys, the Chief Judge of the Missouri Courts of Appeals Eastern District, and two lay people who are appointed by the governor.