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My father was a business owner, and I always looked up to him as a really smart guy. When his business was expanding, he would regularly meet with lawyers to be sure he was going about things the right way. I was lucky that my father would let me tag along to such business meetings and I got to see the way he leaned on others for support. I was intrigued by the collective intelligence utilized to help his business thrive— which is ultimately what sparked my interest in becoming a lawyer. I wanted to be able to help people like my father’s lawyers helped him.

Education & Experience

On my journey to becoming a lawyer, I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Missouri, which laid the foundation for me to pursue my law degree at Samford University Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama.

Upon graduating with my J.D. in 1989, I went to work for a big law firm practicing in corporate transactional law, but didn’t find fulfillment in that particular area of law. Wanting to find a better fit, I reached out to a contact I had at the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office, and was offered a job there. After gaining some prosecutorial experience, I felt ready and confident that it was time to start my own legal practice.

I have the ability to look down the road to where things are headed and try to find a way to take the most tactical approach from start to finish.


Bret M. Rich, Attorney & Counselor at Law

Since 1997, my practice has proudly served the communities of St. Louis and surrounding areas with high-quality legal counsel. With previous experience working as both a prosecuting attorney and a defense attorney, I have a unique perspective and insight into the justice system and how to inform strategies that can work for your case. 

I have experience in many areas of law, including: 

  • Personal Injury
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Business Matters
  • Probate 
  • Family Law 

When you choose to work with me, starting from the initial consultation on you will gain a dedicated advocate for your case. From the start of an investigation into the criminal charges against you or the details of the accident that caused your injuries, all the way through to taking your case to trial in a courtroom, I will work with you until your legal matter is resolved.    

Awards & Recognition

Over the past three decades, I have taken my experience and put it to work for my clients. I have been recognized by various Bar organizations and have also been invited to speak at Missouri Bar conferences. As a public speaker, I have been able to help educate other attorneys in the representation of clients charged with Felonies, Misdemeanors, DWI's as well as other violations.  

*The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. This disclosure is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Missouri, 2019.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar, 1990
  • Missouri State Bar, 1989

Education

  • J.D. - Samford University Cumberland School of Law, 1989
  • B.S. in Political Science and Psychology - University of Missouri, 1986