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Bret M. Rich

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Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Clayton, MO

Bret M. Rich, Attorney at Law
222 S Meramec Ave, Suite 203
Clayton, MO 63105
Phone: 314-788-4075
Fax: 314-449-6052
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Licensed in Missouri Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Estate Planning & Probate, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
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St. Louis, Missouri, trial attorney Bret M. Rich is the founder of Bret M. Rich, Attorney & Counselor at Law. He serves clients throughout St. Louis metropolitan area and the neighboring counties with various legal matters involving:

  • Criminal law
  • Drug violations
  • Sex offenses
  • Traffic violations
  • White collar crimes
  • Personal injuries
  • Wills, trusts and power of attorney
  • Business succession plans

A practicing attorney for more than three decades, Mr. Rich is proficient in jury trials, having obtained several not guilty verdicts and millions of dollars in personal injury settlements for his clients. As a former prosecutor, he has worked on cases in the state and municipal courts of St. Louis County. The knowledge he gained there – the life cycle of each case, from investigation to trial – helps him come up with better strategies to win the case for his clients.

Majoring in political science as an undergraduate at the University of Missouri, Mr. Rich pursued his law degree at the Cumberland School of Law. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1989 and was admitted to practice in Missouri the same year, and later in Illinois (1990).

Rated “Good” on Avvo, Mr. Rich is a well-known criminal defense lawyer, endorsed by many of his colleagues for his exceptional litigation skills. For his high ethical standards and vast legal acumen, he has been rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer-review rating that sets apart the country’s elite attorneys.

Mr. Rich serves as the board chairman of Murphy Senior Living, a nonprofit helping the elderly and disabled. He is a frequent speaker at Missouri Bar conferences, educating young attorneys on handling cases involving felonies, misdemeanors, DWI and other such violations. He is also a part of the Missouri Bar Mentoring Program, counseling lawyers who are just getting started with their law practice. Furthermore, in 1991, his work titled “Crimes and Misdemeanors in the Computer Age” was published in the St. Louis Lawyer magazine.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 40%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

DUI/DWI, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Sex Offenses, Traffic Violations, White Collar Crime, Probate & Estate Administration, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents


1 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022

About Bret M. Rich

First Admitted: 1989, Missouri

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Pro bono/Community Service

  • Murphy Senior Living-Not for Profit living center for the Elderly and Disabled. Board Chairman American Cancer Society-Fundraiser, 2015 to Present

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Regular Presenter of Continuing Education Programs for the Missouri Bar, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the St. Louis County Bar

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • DWI Defense, Missouri Bar, 1999 to 2010
  • Traffic Violations Defense, Bar Assoc. of Metro. St. Louis, 1998 to 2015
  • Article concerning the criminal law statutes regarding computer crimes and caveats for attorneys regarding representing clients in those cases and evidentiary issues, Author, Crimes and Misdemeanors in the Computer Age, St. Louis Lawyer Magazine, Legal, 2001

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Missouri, 1989
  • Illinois, 1990

Educational Background

  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, B.A. in Political Science, 1986


  • Represented a client in a forfeiture matter, over $40,000.00 in cash seized.  Obtained a Judgment and client received return of his funds after a U.S. Supreme Court decision written by Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a similar case determined that forfeitures were no permitted under these circumstances, 2019
  • M.W. v. Bisso, sued a client that had sexually molested my client and obtained a Judgment of $2.5 Million Dollars in St. Louis County, Missouri, 2001


  • Mentored a young Lawyer who was starting in the practice of law. Counseled him in the development of his legal practice, Missouri Bar Mentor, Missouri Bar
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Office Location for Bret M. Rich

222 S Meramec Ave
Suite 203
Clayton, MO 63105

Phone: 314-788-4075

Fax: 314-449-6052

Last Updated: 9/21/2022

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