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Denise L. Childress is an experienced trial lawyer and the President of Childress Legal, LLC. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri.
Ms. Childress spent the last five and a half years of her career honing her skills in the specific area of DWI law. Ms. Childress worked under Mr. Carl M. Ward before being named partner after only three years with the Firm. Ms. Childress has now opened her own law practice, Childress Legal, LLC. In this practice, she continues fighting DWI cases, as well as all criminal charges. She can help you out with anything that comes with a ticket and points. In short, if you have had an encounter with a law enforcement officer in any capacity, she has you covered!
Ms. Childress is experienced in handling driver's licensing matters: if your driving privileges have been suspended, revoked, disqualified, or denied, Ms. Childress may be able to help you get reinstated or obtain a limited or restricted driving privilege. If you are on a five or ten year denial, the laws may have changed since your denial began and you may now be eligible for a Limited Driving Privilege where you weren't before. If you're not sure whether this applies to you, contact Ms. Childress - she may be able to help you start driving again! If you have pending suspensions, revocations, disqualifications or denials, Ms. Childress may be able to appeal them, often times with a stay order to keep you driving in the meantime! Ms. Childress has extensive experience with CDL holders whose jobs depend on holding a valid license and is familiar with the unique associated challenges.
She has had the privilege to try many civil DWI cases all over the state of Missouri, during which she has cross-examined the Senior Public Health Laboratory Scientist for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, as well as other government expert witnesses. She's proud to say that she has built a strong reputation in the Legal DWI community. For the last five years, Ms. Childress has taught at the Bernard Edelman DWI Law & Science seminar, the largest continuing legal education seminar for DWI matters in Missouri, and the third largest continuing legal education seminar overall in Missouri. She has been the assistant co-chair of this seminar for the past two years. Ms. Childress also teaches periodically at the Saint Louis County Police Academy.
Ms. Childress has argued before the Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri and the Court of Appeals for the Southern District of Missouri and has written Amicus Briefs in the Missouri Supreme Court on behalf of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“MACDL”). Ms. Childress is proud of her extensive multi-jurisdictional practice and has represented clients on the record regarding various matters in thirty-two different counties throughout Missouri.
In 2019, Ms. Childress was awarded with the MACDL President’s Award, and received the Missouri Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Law Firm Leader Award in 2016. Ms. Childress currently serves on the executive board of the Saint Charles County Bar Association and she serves on multiple committees for MACDL as well as the Missouri Society for Criminal Justice.
Ms. Childress joined Ward & Childress | Trial Attorneys after working for the Missouri State Public Defender System as an Assistant Public Defender in Farmington, Missouri. Before joining MSPD, Ms. Childress worked as an attorney at ArchCity Defenders, Inc, a nonprofit organization that strives to prevent and end homelessness in St. Louis by providing criminal and civil legal services in collaboration with a network of social services to break the cycle of “revolving door justice.” Dedicated to the service of others and improving her legal skills, Ms. Childress has previously completed four volunteer internships with MSPD, working as a Rule 13 Intern in St. Charles, as a Law Student Intern in St. Louis County, and as an Undergraduate Student Intern in both St. Louis City and Kirksville. In these varying capacities over the past four years, Ms. Childress has represented and/or assisted countless indigent citizens accused or convicted of crimes in multiple jurisdictions throughout Missouri.
In 2012, Ms. Childress received her J.D. with a concentration in Criminal Litigation Skills from Saint Louis University School of Law, where she spent the Fall of 2009 and the Spring of 2011 on the Dean’s List. Ms. Childress received many awards in law school, including the American Law Institute | American Bar Association Scholarship and Leadership Award (presented to the student in each of the nation’s top law schools’ graduating classes who best represents a combination of scholarship and leadership), the Bar Plan Foundation 2011 Scholarship (awarded to those who exemplify high standards of ethics and professionalism), the Academic Excellence Award in Anti-Terrorism and Criminal Enforcement (presented to the student with the highest grade obtained in the class) and the Student Bar Association Delegate Outstanding and Dedicated Services Certificate.
Throughout law school, Ms. Childress was actively involved on the executive boards of both the Public Interest Law Group and the International Law Student Association. Ms. Childress also served as Student Bar Association Delegate and as Chair of the Public Interest Law Group Auction for two years where she helped raise money for the Irvin & Maggie Dagen Fellowship Fund which supports dozens of law students each year who work for more than forty-five local organizations that serve the underrepresented at no cost to the organization.
During her third year of law school, Ms. Childress worked in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Audrey G. Fleissig. She also worked as a Rule 13 Intern for the Criminal Defense Advocacy Clinic at SLU Law, where she represented the criminally accused.
During her second year of law school, Ms. Childress worked at SLU Law as a Faculty Fellow under Professor Stephen Thaman, where she composed a comprehensive report on capital clemency proceedings in Missouri for the American Bar Association Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project, which contributed to a report published by the ABA, entitled Evaluating Fairness and Accuracy in State Death Penalty Systems: The Missouri Death Penalty Assessment Report, An Analysis of Missouri’s Death Penalty Laws, Procedures, and Practices.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Ms. Childress attended Truman State University on multiple academic and leadership scholarships and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Systems and a Minor in Spanish. Ms. Childress received the 2009 Outstanding Student in Justice Systems award, based on outstanding scholastic achievement in the major. Not only did Ms. Childress excel academically, she also served as President for the Alpha Phi Sigma chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society and on the Executive Board for the Lambda Alpha Epsilon chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, where she competed nationally in several subjects and won a national first place award for physical agility testing. Ms. Childress also served as Committee Head to bring the American Criminal Justice Association Regional Conference to Truman’s campus.
While in college, Ms. Childress played goalie for Truman’s seventh-ranked varsity soccer team all four years, was named MIAA Defensive Player of the Week and spent time on the MIAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. In 2008, Ms. Childress spent a month living with a local family in Santa Ana, Costa Rica while attending a Full Immersion Spanish Program at the Centro Linguistico, Conversa.
Ms. Childress now lives in Saint Charles, Missouri, and enjoys spending time with her three-legged rescue dog, Holly, who is a brindle Plott Hound.