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James R. Cantalin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in St. Louis, MO

Brown & Crouppen Law Firm
211 N Broadway, Suite 1600
St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: 855-367-0900
Fax: 314-667-3430
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006
Licensed in Missouri Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

James R. Cantalin has focused his practice exclusively on plaintiff’s personal injury and wrongful death litigation since joining the firm of Brown & Crouppen, P.C., in March 2013. From the firm’s office in St. Louis, Missouri, he represents clients throughout the state. Admitted to practice before all Missouri state courts since 1992, Mr. Cantalin is also admitted to practice in Illinois and thus is able to assist clients in that state as well.

Prior to moving to Brown & Crouppen, P.C., Mr. Cantalin worked at a firm that provided defense representation to insurance companies and their policy holders in personal injury claims. That experience has proven to be valuable, as it enables him to often anticipate the types of tactics that he might face now that his client base is made up of people who have been harmed due to the negligence or recklessness of other parties. The cases that he has worked on since that time have arisen out of incidents involving medical malpractice, truck and other motor vehicle crashes, defective products, premises liability and workplace accidents.

Since he started representing plaintiffs, Mr. Cantalin has been able to recover significant amounts of compensation on their behalf through jury awards at the end of trials as well as his negotiation of favorable settlement agreements with defendants and their liability insurance providers. His successful track record has rightfully earned him a great deal of positive recognition from his fellow members of the bar, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and other honors. A 1992 graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law, he is a member of several professional associations.

*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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006

About James R. Cantalin

First Admitted: 1992, Missouri

Professional Webpage:


  • Super Lawyers, 2005, 2006

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Past President of the Lawyers Association of St. Louis., 2007
  • The Missouri Bar Association, 2020
  • Member of The Lawyers Association of St. Louis, 2020
  • Member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2020

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Frequent guest on the John Carney "Johnny Law" Show on KTRS 550. , 2020
  • Best Lawyers of American., 2010
  • AV Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by Martindale-Hubbell.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Supporter of the Arch City Defenders., 2020


  • Recovered $312,500 for pedestrian hit by vehicle while crossing Kingshighway at night.  , 2020
  • Recovered $500,000 for client who sustained a traumatic brain injury in St. Louis County intersection crash. , 2020
  • Settled personal injury case for passenger in a single vehicle crash that occurred on 6/21/2015 on southbound Highway 55 in the City of St. Louis. Driver lost control while driving on highway and crashed into guardrail. The guardrail penetrated vehicle and struck passenger's leg resulting in a very serious bruise. The injury was complicated due to infection requiring surgery to debride wound. Left passenger with a scar on her leg. Settled with the driver for the $100,000 policy limits. Also, settled with the Missouri Department of Transportation for the limits of statutorily capped limits of $414,418. Total settlement was $514,418, 2017
  • Recovered $650,000 for man injured in intersection crash in Madison County, Illinois., 2020
  • Settled motor vehicle crash for $1.1 Million policy limits. Client Corey Randle's vehicle broke down on roadway. As he was exiting his vehicle to check under the hood, his vehicle was rear-ended and struck him. He sustained a traumatic brain injury, broken leg with open reduction and internal fixation, along with neck and back pain. Venue:   St. Louis County, Missouri, 2017
  • On February 25, 2016, client was driving on a two lane road in Randolph County, Illinois, when another vehicle crossed the center lane and sideswiped client's vehicle. Client sustained fractured left wrist requiring surgery, multiple rib fractures and a lacerated spleen. Case settled pre-suit for $325,000, 2017
  • Karen Kallemeier vs. Jennifer Hausman and Geico Insurance Company. $250,000 settlement. Karen was a passenger in a single vehicle crash in which driver Jennifer Hausman was allegedly run off road by a phantom vehicle. We settled with Hausman for the $100,000 policy limits.  We settled with GEICO for the $100,000 uninsured motorist limits for the phantom vehicle and we settled with Nationwide for $50,000 Underinsured Coverage for a total of $250,000. Karen sustained broken collar bone with open reduction and internal fixation and about $35,000 in paid medical bills, 2016
  • Settled motor vehicle crash for $325,00. On 2/15/2017, client was driving east in the left lane on highway 70 in Boone County, Missouri, when another vehicle attempted to pass him on the right and cut back into the left lane. When the other vehicle changed lanes in front of client, client lost control, went off road and crashed. Client sustained multiple orthopedic injuries requiring surgery. There was no contact between client's vehicle and other vehicle. Liability was disputed, 2017
  • On January 20, 2016, client was being transported by Marion County Sheriff's Department, when the driver of the Sheriff's van crossed from the northbound lanes of Highway 57 into the southbound lanes and was hit by a tractor trailer. Cause of crash was "weather" and "improper lane usage." Location was Jefferson County, Illinois. 17-year-old passenger in the van broke his right foot, skin graft, non-displace lumbar spine fractures and laceration to spleen without treatment. Case was settled pre-suit for $425,000, 2017
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Office Location for James R. Cantalin

211 N Broadway
Suite 1600
St. Louis, MO 63102

Phone: 855-367-0900

Fax: 314-667-3430

Last Updated: 3/10/2021

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