KesslerWilliams is a full-service litigation and trial practice. Our areas of practice include trial representation for all serious felony, misdemeanor, and traffic offenses in state and federal courts.

As a firm, we have more than 50 years of combined legal experience in the St. Louis area. We have tried more than 400 jury trials to verdict.  We have defended more than 25 death penalty cases.  In addition to decades of experience defending the most serious criminal charges, we also provide an insider’s perspective on the inner-workings of a prosecutor’s office – from investigations and charging decisions to grand jury presentations and trial strategies. 

We have represented prominent lawyers, medical doctors, music artists, corporate executives, professional sports executives, business owners, and college athletes.

Our cases have received national and local news coverage, both for the results obtained and the high stakes involved. Our collaboration as a legal team has resulted in not guilty verdicts, the dismissal of criminal charges, the reduction of criminal charges, and civil defense verdicts.  It has also resulted in mitigating the consequences, lessening the gravity of an offense or mistake.

Further, while we have extensive experience defending serious criminal felony cases, we are also capable of assisting you in the future with every aspect of personal injury law, corporate and business law, as well as traffic and misdemeanor offenses, either personally or through affiliated attorneys.

If the matter is beyond our area of practice, then we will help you find the right lawyer for your needs.

Below please find a list of the areas in which we defend those facing criminal charges, orders of protection, and petitions for expungement, as well as administrative issues related to the charges of driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI).

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White Collar

  • Asset Forfeiture
  • Bank Fraud
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Corporate Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Internet Crimes
  • Mail Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Real Estate Fraud
  • Securities & Commodities Fraud
  • Social Security Fraud
  • Wire Fraud

Violent Crimes and Assaultive Behaviors

  • First Degree Murder
  • Second Degree Murder
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Involuntary Manslaughter, First Degree
  • Involuntary Manslaughter, Second Degree
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Death Penalty
  • Assault, First Degree
  • Assault, Second Degree
  • Assault, Third Degree
  • Assault, Fourth Degree
  • Domestic Assault, First Degree
  • Domestic Assault, Second Degree
  • Domestic Assault, Third Degree
  • Domestic Assault, Fourth Degree
  • Kidnapping
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Abuse of an Elderly Person
  • Abuse of a Person with Disability
  • Abuse of a Vulnerable Person


  • Conspiracy to Possess with the Intent to Distribute
  • Distribution of Controlled Substance
  • Delivery of a Controlled Substance
  • Manufacture of a Controlled Substance
  • Trafficking Drugs
  • Possession or Control of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Thirty-Five Grams or Less of Marijuana
  • Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


  • Rape, First Degree
  • Rape, Second Degree
  • Statutory Rape, First Degree
  • Statutory Rape, Second Degree
  • Sodomy, First Degree
  • Sodomy, Second Degree
  • Child Molestation, First Degree
  • Child Molestation, Second Degree
  • Child Molestation, Third Degree
  • Child Molestation, Fourth Degree
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Sexual Trafficking of a Child


  • Robbery, First Degree
  • Robbery, Second Degree
  • Theft
  • Vandalism
  • Stealing
  • Burglary, First Degree
  • Burglary, Second Degree
  • Trespass, First Degree
  • Trespass, Second Degree
  • Tampering, First Degree
  • Tampering, Second Degree
  • Property Damage, First Degree
  • Property Damage, Second Degree
  • Arson, First Degree
  • Arson, Second Degree
  • Arson, Third Degree
  • Larceny
  • Forgery
  • Crime of Passing Bad Checks
  • Identity Theft


  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Reckless Driving
  • Careless & Imprudent
  • Driving While Suspended/Revoked
  • Leaving Scene of Accident
  • No Driver License
  • Speeding
  • Stop Sign
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Drive Too Fast for Condition
  • Fail to Yield Right of Way
  • Failure/Improper Signal
  • Following Too Close
  • Improper Lane
  • Minor in Possession

Administrative and
Civil Issues

  • Order of Protection
  • Petition for Expungement
  • Title IX
  • Department of Social Services
  • Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
  • Department of Revenue
  • Commercial Driver License (CDL)
  • Missouri Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners