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At Pettit & Cowherd Law Firm, we focus on assisting people recovering from life-changing injuries and help them get the justice they deserve after being injured due to no fault of their own. We also offer services in estate planning, workers’ compensation, and adoption. Clients who retain our firm work directly with the same highly skilled attorney from start to finish, receiving one-on-one attention and personalized representation. We are compassionate advocates who take a client-focused approach to every case.

All of our attorneys have trial experience and prepare each case as if it were going to trial. Whether we can recover for you through negotiation or must resort to litigation, Pettit & Cowherd Law Firm fights hard to achieve a favorable resolution. Every client we work with benefits from our long track record of successful case results in each of our practice areas. We are committed to providing you with the high-quality representation you deserve in your time of need.

Meet Our Team

A Commitment to Quality Since 1957

Our personal injury attorneys in Aurora are second-, third-, and fourth-generation lawyers with a long history of success. When representing our valued clients, compassion and justice are our highest priorities. As a family owned and operated law firm, we treat clients like our own family. With more than 100 years of combined experience, our attorneys have the knowledge and skill to help our neighbors in Aurora and beyond resolve their legal matters favorably. Whether you are seeking compensation for injuries related to a car accident or need to file a workers’ compensation claim for a workplace injury, Pettit & Cowherd Law Firm is the firm to call.

Millions Recovered for Our Clients

  • $640,000 SettlementBrain 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.
  • $300,000 SettlementCar Accident
    My client was a passenger in a van that was driven by an un-owned driver. When the van topped a hill on a curve, it ran off the road and hit a tree. The driver was charged with a DWI. My client received fracture of his femur and hand. He required surgery to place a steel rod in his leg. His medical bills were $45,391. He did not have insurance and did not qualify for governmental assistance. Our office was able to obtain bill reductions from 10 – 40% on outstanding bills. Maximum insurance coverage was obtained from the owner of the van, driver of the car and from an insurance policy where the driver resided.
  • $6,500,000 SettlementCar 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. My client is paralyzed from the waist down. His past medical bills were $560,171 with future medical expenses of $3-5 million.
  • $92,000 SettlementCar Accident
    Client was injured in an intersection collision in Mt. Vernon, Missouri. He sustained a shoulder injury that required surgery. The case was settled at mediation.
  • $100,000 SettlementCar Accident
    The defendant driver was driving too fast under the influence of alcohol with an “undetermined amount of prescription medication”.
  • $45,838 SettlementCar Accident
    My client was a passenger in a car traveling 95 mph in Stone County. At a curve, the driver ran off the road and overturned. He was treated for a concussion, bleeding in the brain and a fractured lumbar vertebrae.
  • $76,000 SettlementCar Accident
    My client was a passenger in a car involved in a 4 car chain reaction accident on Highway 39 South of Aurora. She was airlifted from the scene where she received treatment for fractures of her spine, clavicle, scapula, arm and leg. She also has a head injury with bleeding into the brain. Her medical bills were over $40,000 paid by Medicaid. Upon settlement, Medicaid was reimbursed approximately $1,600. The defendant driver was uninsured. The maximum limits were obtained from the uninsured motorist policy of the owner of the car of which she was a passenger. The maximum limits were obtained from two uninsured motorist insurance policies from the homeowner where she resided.
  • $300,000 SettlementCar Accident
    My client was a passenger in a car on Highway 39 traveling South. The accident occurred when the North bound company vehicle driven by the defendant employee turned in front of my client. She suffered a fractured hip and required surgery. Her medical expenses were $65,262. Medicaid was reimbursed $3,461 for expenses they paid. This case was settled at mediation.
  • $100,000 SettlementCar Accident Involving Surgery
    Client was injured by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel. She sustained shoulder injuries that required surgery. The case settled for policy limits within 35 days after the demand letter was mailed.
  • $70,000 SettlementCar Accident Requiring Surgery
    My client was 64 year old driving on 60 Highway on the West side of Springfield. The collision occurred when the defendant pulled out in front of my client. As a result of the impact, he suffered neck strain, broken ribs, sacroilitis and a torn rotator cuff which required surgery. His medical expenses were $29,163. Medicare was reimbursed $1,617.49. This was settled in mediation.

Client Testimonials

Compelling Stories of Recovery
  • “They handled the process to take stress off my family and to reach a fair settlement.”

    Billy R.

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

    Trenton P.

  • “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.

Experience is the Difference

3 Generations, 60 Years in Practice, 100 Years of Combined Experience

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With Our Attorneys in Aurora

We understand that clients who need legal representation are often feeling overwhelmed and unsure of who to turn to. At Pettit & Cowherd Law Firm, we strive to make our clients feel confident in their choice to work with us. Our attorneys take the time to get to know each client so that they can provide tailored and effective representation. From start to finish, we can be there fighting for you.


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