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James H. Ferrick


“Practicing law requires listening and understanding what your clients’ needs are, their vulnerabilities and growth possibilities, and determining how you can be a part of the solution.”


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois


J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 1994

B.B.A., Finance, University of Notre Dame, 1991


Understanding how legal issues fit into the ongoing nature of your business is essential, and Jim Ferrick’s experience as both litigator and business lawyer allows him to offer unique insight and advice on opportunities and risks.

In the litigation arena, Jim focuses his practice in the securities industry, class actions and commercial disputes. He has successfully represented clients as lead counsel in trials, arbitrations and appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Jim defends brokerage firms in class actions and arbitrations alleging state and federal securities law violations, unsuitability and fraud in courts and tribunals. In addition, he has represented broker-dealers, registered representatives and investment advisors in matters involving non-solicitation agreements, trade secrets and breach of loyalty or fiduciary duty. He regularly appears on clients’ behalf in the FINRA arbitration forum as well as state and federal courts. Jim also provides pre-employment counseling to help clients avoid litigation.

He has handled all stages of class action defense, with cases throughout the country involving wireless telephone service, the securities industry, consumer products, insurance coverage and tax issues.

In commercial litigation, Jim represents clients dealing with breach of contract actions, insurance coverage matters, distributor termination disputes, breach of warranty and other Uniform Commercial Code cases, and fraud actions and other complex business disputes. He also has experience with privacy and data breach issues.

Beyond his litigation work, Jim’s focus on clients’ overall business goals and strategies means he is active in counseling on all aspects of business operation and planning. Using a practical, problem-solving approach, he advises businesses on matters including:

  • Formation/start-up issues
  • Shareholder, partnership and LLC operating agreements
  • Succession planning
  • Real estate acquisitions
  • Buy/sell agreements
  • Drafting non-solicitation, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements

Professional Affiliations

  • The Missouri Bar
  • The Illinois Bar Association
  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Compliance and Legal Division

Community/Civic Activities

  • Great Circle, St. Louis Regional Council, Member
  • Immacolata Catholic Church, Youth Sports Coach

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Top Business Lawyers, St. Louis Small Business Monthly, 2019
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2011


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