Rick Wuestling

Professional Experience:

Rick Wuestling is the senior partner in the St. Louis law firm of Wuestling & James, L.C., where he leads the firm’s practice in legal malpractice defense, insurance ocverage questions, extra-contractual liability, personal injury defense, and construction and design liability. He has tried more than 60 jury trials to conclusion and is attorney of record in over 25 appeals. He practices in all federal and state courts in Missouri, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. He also has represented clients in several arbitrations held under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association and other arbitration bodies.


Mr. Wuestling is often a presenter at CLE seminars on the subject of ethics. Lawyers and law firms seek his advice and direction on ethics issues. He is also retained by lawyers to represent them in bar complaint matters. Mr. Wuestling is a member of Primerus, a society of attorneys who adhere to integrity, excellence of work product, reasonable fees, continuing education, civility and community service. He is a Fellow in the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. In addition, Rick is a member of the A.B.A. and the A.B.A. Lawyers’ Professional Liability Consortium, D.R.I., the Lawyer’s Assocaition of St. Louis and the Bar Associaiton of Metropolitan St. Louis.


He is a member of the “Best Lawyers” in America in the areas of legal malpractice defense and personal injury defense. He was named Best Lawyers 2012 “Lawyer of the Year” in the St. Louis area for legal malpractice defense.


In October, 2013, Super Lawyers named him as one of the top fifty lawyers in St. Louis.


In December of 2009, Mr. Wuestling 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. His term will run from January of 2010 until December of 2015. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his J.D. degree from Washburn University School of Law.


Professional Affiliations:

• A.B.A. Lawyers’ Professional Liability Consortium (35 years of service)
• Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers (Board Member, 3 years)
• D.R.I., Fellows of the Fellows of the A.B.A. (21st Judicial Comm., 2011-2015)
• Lawyer’s Association of St. Louis
• Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis



• University of Missouri-Columbia
B.A. (1974)

• Washburn University School of Law
J.D. (1980)



• Missouri Twenty-First Judicial Commission (2010-2015)



• Named one of the top 50 lawyers in St. Louis by Super Lawyers in 2013
• Named Best Lawyers 2012 “Lawyer of the Year” in St. Louis for legal malpractice defense


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