James E. Meadows

James Meadows focuses his practice on contract disputes, real estate claims, construction payment and defect claims, insurance coverage actions, and employment cases. As a former law clerk for the Supreme Court of Missouri, Mr. Meadows has handled high-profile state and federal appeals as a replacement for trial counsel as well as handling litigation from start through jury trial to a verdict himself.

Mr. Meadows has a broad range of experience in business and real estate disputes, including multi-million dollar claims. 

Court Memberships

  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri 


  • Order of the Coif
  • Associate Editor-in-Chief and Note and Comment Editor, Missouri Law Review
  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Practice, Litigation - Real Estate, 2016-2017
  • Recognized as “Forty Under 40” by Springfield Business Journal, 2014
  • Selected for Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV Preeminent” Rating
  • David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award, Missouri Bar Foundation, 2009

Representative Matters

  • Retained by client after judgment had been entered against the organization, and the time for filing post-trial motions had expired, impacting a multimillion-dollar commercial development. Argued to the Court of Appeals the judgment should be overturned for plain error. After reversal of the judgment, aggressively litigated the case and multiple companion cases, obtaining summary judgment in client’s favor.
  • Defended age discrimination claim brought against client and successfully obtained summary judgment in client’s favor. On appeal, defended summary judgment and received opinion from the Court of Appeals, affirming the judgment.
  • Represented a denominational entity in extensive litigation with a church attempting to disaffiliate. Obtained judgment awarding real property to the denominational entity and successfully defended judgment on appeal.
  • Represented a public official in litigation alleging violation of Missouri’s Open Records Law (Sunshine Law). Worked to find a resolution to resolve claims without necessity of trial.
  • Represented a contractor client in mechanic’s lien litigation involving project developer, project lender, and multiple contractors and subcontractors. Obtained judgment.
  • Defended a client against fraud claims related to the sale of real property. Represented the client at jury trial and obtained a positive verdict in favor of client.
  • Represented a bank in claims brought by borrowers that loan proceeds were improperly distributed and loans were improperly given.
  • Represented a financial institution in its attempt to collect on Deed of Trust in a multimillion-dollar commercial project. Obtained an order restraining debtor from continuing destruction of improvements located on property.
  • Represented a receivership on multiple appeals by claimants before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
  • Represented clients against municipality and a private land owner who obstructed a road and denied clients’ access to a public cemetery.
  • Represented a client in a federal case brought by client’s insurer who claimed client had only limited under-insured motorist coverage. Obtained summary judgment for client indicating the client could stack available coverages under policy and have access to six times more coverage than the insurer claimed.
  • Represented a material supplier in construction defect litigation. The case involved alleged damage to multiple condominium buildings, as well as claims against dozens of suppliers and contractors.
  • Handled appeal of a $4.3 million medical malpractice claim as replacement for trial counsel after adverse verdict, raising constitutional claims regarding violations of a defendant’s right to trial by jury.
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  • Springfield
    910 East St. Louis Street
    Suite 100
    Springfield, MO 65806-2523
F: 417.877.9126
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University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2001

Drury University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1998