James F. Bennett - Dowd Bennett LLP

James F. Bennett

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 314-889-7302

Jim Bennett has acted as lead trial and appellate attorney in multiple cases in multiple jurisdictions.  Since 2006 he has tried to judgment seven cases involving $20,000,000 or more in controversy.  Three of these cases involved more than $100,000,000 in dispute.  During the same time period, he tried multiple other significant matters to verdict and judgment.  He has also acted as lead appellate counsel in recent years for cases decided in the Missouri Supreme Court, the Missouri Court of Appeals, and the Second, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals.  He has a national practice focused on cases that are not expected to settle before trial or appeal.  

Mr. Bennett is a former law clerk to the Hon. Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and to the Hon. J. L. Edmondson, United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.  He is on the Executive Committee of the American Inns of Court Chapter in St. Louis and is a fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America.  Mr. Bennett has acted as an adjunct professor on the subject of complex litigation at Washington University Law School.  He has been recognized by various publications for his achievements. For instance, in 2007, he was selected by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one of ten “Lawyers of the Year.”  The following year, he was selected by the Riverfront Times as the Best Lawyer in St. Louis for 2008.  From 2010-2013, he has been identified as among the top 50 lawyers in St. Louis, the top 100 lawyers in Missouri, and he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America.  Currently, he is ranked as a “Tier One” counsel by U.S. News and World Report.

Vanderbilt UniversityJ.D. 1995

Client Comments

"James Bennett is a terrific trial lawyer. He is knowledgeable, well-prepared, good on his feet, and extremely efficient. He is as good as any large firm litigator I have dealt with, at a considerably more competitive rate. "

Office Location

7733 Forsyth Boulevard, Suite 1900
St. Louis, MO 63105
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Civil Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense)
Health Care Law

Other Information

Gender: Male