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John Cowherd

Attorney John Cowherd

Attorney in Mt. Vernon

John grew up on a dairy farm in Barry County, Missouri, and was the 6th of 7 children (of the 7 children, 4 became lawyers). After graduating from Cassville High School in 1978, John obtained a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Mizzou in 1981 and graduated from Mizzou Law School in 1985. While in law school, John was on the Dean's Honor Roll and was a Note and Comment Editor for the Missouri Law Review.

Since law school, John has focused his practice on personal injury and workers compensation cases. John has tried over 25 jury trials in courts all over southwest Missouri, including jury trials in Lawrence, Barry, Jasper, Barton, Taney, Polk, McDonald, Stone, and Greene Counties. John has also served in several roles for the Missouri Bar, including as former chair of the Mo Bar Young Lawyer’s Section, former chair of the Mo Bar CLE committee, and since 2000 John has served as a law examiner where he grades essay questions on the Missouri bar exam.

John and his wife Lynne, who teaches English at Mount Vernon High School, have lived in Mount Vernon since 1988 where they have raised five children. John enjoys his limited culinary skills (specializing in popping real popcorn and making scratch biscuits) and is passionate about Missouri football (he has been a season-ticket holder since 1978). John's greatest love is his Lord Jesus Christ and John greatly enjoys Bible study and preaching the Gospel whenever anybody asks.

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Missouri, 1985

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Personal Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plantiff
  • Motor Vehicle Defects
  • Trucking Accidents

Call Pettit & Cowherd Law Firm at (417) 222-6640 to get started on your case with a free consultation.

Client Testimonials

Compelling Stories of Recovery
  • “I am extremely satisfied after 12 years of representation.”

    Casey C.
  • “James was kind, knowledgeable and kept us informed during our whole process.”

    Kari L.
  • “Always very timely in responding and very knowledgeable in what they do!”

    Trenton P.
  • “They handled the process to take stress off my family and to reach a fair settlement.”

    Billy R.

Millions Recovered for Our Clients

  • $6,500,000 Settlement Car Accident

    Our client was an employee traveling on Highway 69 in Oklahoma. The first defendant made a U-turn and collided with my client. Soon after, a semi-truck struck my client’s stranded vehicle. Our client is paralyzed from the waist down. His past medical bills were $560,171 with future medical expenses of $3-5 million.

  • $2,000,000 Settlement Workers' Compensation

    Confidential settlement involving our client being hurt at work while using work machinery.

  • $1,300,000 Settlement Workers' Compensation

    Confidential settlement for our client who was hurt by a large piece of machinery at work.

  • $732,000 Settlement Rear-End Car Accident

    Our client was injured when he stopped his car on Highway 60 in Monett to wait for traffic to clear in order to make a left turn. He was rear-end by a vehicle that was rear-ended by a semi truck. The tractor trailer truck was owned by a company in Tennessee. This chain reaction was a direct result of his injuries. His diagnosis were: concussion, cluster headaches, Chiari malformation, strain to cervical and lumbar spine. His impotence was determined to be from a damaged pituitary gland as a result from his closed head injury. He required testosterone injections every 3 weeks. Experts used: accident reconstructionist, neuropsychologist, economist, vocational rehabilitation.

  • $640,000 Settlement Brain Injury After Semi-Truck Accident
    Our firm represented an 8 year old boy who suffered a brain injury as a direct result of accident involving a semi-truck at the intersection of Highway 39 and I-44. His past medical bills were $122,754. Client did have pre-accident diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Funds from the settlement were deposited into a Missouri Special Needs Trust to provide for future treatment.
  • $600,000 Settlement Wrongful Death

    Our client’s 79 year old wife was proceeding through an intersection with a green light. A semi-truck ran the red light, striking her vehicle, killing her instantly. The defendant driver was found to be speeding and in violation of motor carrier rules. She had no medical expenses. This case was settled in mediation before filing suit. Experts used: Accident Re-constructionist, SALT Institute, economists.

  • $570,000 Settlement Wrongful Death

    Our client’s 60 year old husband was struck by a semi-truck that crossed over the line on a curve. This projected his vehicle into the path of another semi-truck causing his vehicle to be run over by the second semi-truck’s rear axle. He died at the hospital where he was air-lifted from multiple injuries to his head, spine, chest, arms and legs. Medicare was reimbursed for $8,913 for the $24,291.44 expenses incurred. A factor in settlement was the fact the deceased was the primary care taker of his disabled wife. This case was settled in mediation.

  • $527,000 Verdict Premises Liability

    Our client slipped and fell in a handicap ramp that was covered in ice as a result of a faulty unmaintained downspout. She ruptured disk C5-6 and suffered an annular tear at L4-5 along with shoulder and foot complaints. This resulted is surgery for an anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion of her neck. Her past medical bills were $80,000. Two pre-trial mediations failed with defense offering $30,000 to settle. The jury gave 25% fault to our client. The jury also awarded $40,000 for her husband’s consortium claim. (Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly, July 23, 2009)

  • $450,000 Settlement Motor Vehicle Accident

    Client was seriously injured when the car she was riding in was rear ended while stopped in traffic. She had to have back surgery. The case settled early in the discovery process without the need of formal mediation.

  • $382,000 Settlement Truck Accident

    Our 17 year old client was driving a company truck in Lawrence County. The accident report reflects both vehicles crossed the center line and hit head-on. He suffered multiple fractures to his jaw requiring surgery to implant 14 teeth. His symptoms of poor memory and concentration were a result of his head injury. He fractured both ankles and tore his posterior cruciate ligament in his knee. His future medical care was estimated to be $245,000 for a possible fusion of his ankles, scar revisions. The defendant driver’s insurance settled for $85,000 while the owner of the car she was driving settled for $275,000. The worker’s compensation insurance was reimbursed $16,291 for a portion of expenses they paid.

Why Hire Pettit & Cowherd Law Firm?

Your Recovery is Too Important Not To
  1. All attorneys have trial experience & are prepared to go to trial.
  2. Multiple Southwestern Missouri Locations in Aurora, Mt. Vernon & Monett
  3. Over 100 years of combined injury law experience.
  4. Lawyers work closely with each client on a case-by-case basis.
  5. Direct access to the same attorney from start to finish.
  6. Lawyers & paralegals approach each case with compassion.
  7. Long track record of successful verdicts & settlements.
  8. Spanish language option available for clients who need it.
  9. Committed to serving the local community in & out of court.
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Awards

  • American Association for justice (AAFJ)
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating
  • BBB A+ Rating
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar
  • MATA
  • Missouri Bar Association