Dean Nichols

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Dean Nichols Partner


Formerly a partner at a prestigious civil litigation firm, Dean has been practicing and trying cases in the areas of complex trucking, medical malpractice, product liability, and general civil litigation for the past 18 years. Dean has successfully represented clients as lead counsel in complex multimillion-dollar jury trials to verdict in Missouri and Illinois. Dean uses his extensive experience in the courtroom to develop an aggressive approach to resolve cases in favor of his clients.

Dean received his J.D. from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law in 1999. Prior to law school, Dean completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a B.A. in Communications, graduating cum laude in 1996. Dean participated in the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers Trial Academy in 2005 and the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy at Stanford in 2007.

Dean has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating an attorney can obtain from that organization.  Dean has also been selected to America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys for 2020.  Selection to America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation's most exceptional litigators for high-value personal injury, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice matters.  Only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership.  With these extremely high standards for selection, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor.


  • University of Missouri - Columbia, J.D., 1999
  • University of Missouri - St. Louis, B.A., Communications, Cum Laude, 1996


State Courts:

  • Missouri
  • Illinois

United States District Courts:

  • Eastern District of Missouri
  • Southern District of Illinois
  • Central District of Illinois


  • Represented a local manufacturer in a multimillion-dollar contractual commercial business dispute through jury trial in the City of St. Louis, successfully obtaining a verdict in his client's favor.
  • Obtained a verdict at jury trial in favor of his local podiatrist client in a medical malpractice case, wherein plaintiff claimed she was totally disabled from alleged negligent surgeries of the client.
  • Obtained a successful and satisfactory settlement for his client after directing and supervising as lead counsel for a construction claim of over $23 million in Madison County, Illinois.
  • America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys: 2023 Seal
  • Best Lawyers 2023
  • Military Trusted Business
  • Expertise 2020: Best Truck Accident Lawyers in St. Louis
  • Super Lawyers®
  • AV Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings
  • Best Lawyer - Michael Hamlin
  • Best Lawyers - Chris Lang

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