James Pettit

James Pettit

Monett, Missouri

James was raised just a few blocks from Pettit Law Office in Aurora. He worked in various roles at the office for several years before becoming a staff attorney. James obtained his undergraduate degree in Spanish and Business Administration at Drury University. Upon graduation from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Law School in 2013, James returned to his hometown of Aurora. Throughout his legal training and career, James has been mentored by his father (Scott Pettit) and grandfather (Walt Pettit) as well as other attorneys and judges throughout the legal community giving him experience in many areas of the law.

Those who know James best recognize his strong work ethic, an insatiable drive to figure out solutions to problems, and the drive to assist people throughout their problems. In addition to his work as a workers’ compensation and personal injury attorney, James has extensive experience in adoptions and estate planning.

James is married to Carissa and together they enjoy outdoor activities, physical fitness, and traveling. James has run several marathons and ultramarathons and enjoys taking his dogs on hikes and runs. He also has certifications in many other activities including personal training, cooking, firearm safety and police training.

Areas of Practice

  • 45% Personal Injury
  • 45% Worker's Compensation
  • 5% Estate Planning
  • 2% Traffic Defense
  • 3% Juvenile Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 2015


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri - 2013
  • Drury University – Bachelors in Business Management and Minor in Spanish. To complete his minor in Spanish, he studied in Tiaquepague, Mexico - 2010
  • Aurora High School - 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • 39th Circuit Bar Association (Barry, Lawrence & Stone Co.) member and past President
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ), Member
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
  • Southern District Court of Appeals

Past Employment Positions

  • Pettit Law Office – Investigator, Process Server, 2008 - 2010
  • Jackson County Public Defender’s Office, 2011 - 2013
  • Pettit Law Office – Staff Attorney, 2013 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Big Brother / Big Sister Program in Springfield MO
  • Drury University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
  • Drury University Ambassador
  • Aurora Trails Committee- President
  • Aurora Chamber of Commerce – President (2 terms)
  • Aurora Rotary
  • Big Brother-Big Sister of the Ozarks
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Public Defender- Jackson County, MO, 2012 - 2013

Ancillary Businesses

  • Personal Fitness Coaching/Training


  • Spanish