St. louis personal injury lawyers

At the firm of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard in St. Louis, we represent people who have been injured by the negligence or misconduct of others. Our attorneys provide professional and compassionate representation for victims or their loved ones injured as a result of a truck accident, medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, sexual abuse, car accident, and other acts of abuse or negligence.

Founded in 1976, our firm combines the talents of four highly skilled personal injury lawyers, each of whom has received the highest possible AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. We handle cases in the greater St. Louis-area, throughout Missouri and across the United States.

Our personal injury attorneys work closely with clients to fight against powerful insurance companies and corporations to help them earn the compensation they deserve.

Contact us or call 314-433-9131 to schedule a free consultation today.

Medical Malpractice

Our trial lawyers provide dependable and resourceful client service in cases of improper diagnosis of illnesses or medical conditions such as infections, cancer, stroke, or heart disease.

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Catastrophic Injury

The attorneys of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard help the families of catastrophic injury victims by putting together a life care plan for the future. Contact us in St. Louis, Missouri

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Wrongful Death

The loss of a loved one is a life-altering event. It is made even worse if the surviving family members feel that this death could have been prevented. In such cases, it is crucial to investigating the facts immediately.

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Whistle Blower / Qui Tam Suits

The personal injury lawyers of Devereaux Stokes have the experience and resources to protect your rights through the process of a whistleblower or Qui Tam lawsuit, if you have inside knowledge of fraud or corruption.

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Legal Malpractice

The experience and skill with personal injury litigation that our law firm has developed over the last 40 years can help you salvage a case that your previous lawyer lost through neglect or incompetence. 

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Pharmaceutical Litigation

Some pharmaceutical manufacturers take shortcuts and choose to ignore the dangerous side effects. The result can be detrimental to people who take those drugs and to unborn children.

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Auto & Truck Accidents

Our St. Louis personal injury lawyers represent clients in motor vehicle accident claims ranging from simple car accidents or tractor-trailer accidents to automotive product liability claims.

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Dangerous Products/Products Liability

Manufactures of products with the intent of selling to the public for a profit has a duty to ensure that the product they are placing into the market place is safe and not unreasonably dangerous.

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  • Our family is so appreciative of the expert legal representation we received from Gonzalo Fernandez at the law firm of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard. The medical liability case that Gonz was working on for our son was definitely a very difficult case because of the numerous health issues that our son experienced. At all times we felt very comfortable working with Gonz and knew that he had our son’s best interests in mind. Because of Gonz’s knowledge of the complex legal system he was able to succeed in bringing...


  • Gonzalo Fernandez completely took care of my case. He was thorough about the details and knew exactly what to do in the situation. I am very grateful for his help, and I would strongly recommend him as an attorney.


  • In a crisis moment I contacted Gonzalo Fernandez to review my situation. His was able to review my information within hours of initial contact and then provide me with sound legal advice. Gonz went above and beyond what I would have expected, I would highly recommend him and his team to anyone that needs legal representation. Thanks Gonz for all you’ve done!


  • When facing a legal crisis, you want Gonzalo Fernandez at your side! Like many others, I never envisioned being a defendant. However, once so named, I was directed to St. Louis’ premiere defense attorney to champion my cause. Gonzalo Fernandez proved to be competent, prudent and aggressive and successfully saw that all charges against me were dropped. If you find yourself in a similar crisis, don’t hesitate, call Gonzalo Fernandez immediately. I’m glad that I did!


  • I have known Gonzalo Fernandez for over 20 years as both a colleague, client and friend. His background is impeccable. He has (i) worked at one of the most respected international law firms in the world at Baker & McKenzie; (ii) prosecuted on behalf of the citizens of the City of St. Louis, (iii) worked in one of the most sophisticated corporate legal departments in the country at Anheuser-Busch; and (iv) presently litigates on behalf civil clients at Devereaux, Stokes, et. al. Mr. Fernandez has an excellent understanding of both...


  • I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for the EXCELLENT work that was done for me. My case was a rather difficult one to prove and Gonzalo Fernandez and his team went above and beyond to prove my position. During the course of the proceedings I was kept well informed and never doubted for a moment that my interests were being looked after. The firm worked as a team and each attorney involved in my case worked wonders with their areas of specialty. I would highly recommend Gonzalo Fernandez...


  • I would like to express my gratitude for Mr. Leonard and the other lawyers at Devereaux, Stokes, Ferdandez, and Leonard. Recently, I found myself needing some legal counsel out of the state. I called Mr. Leonard and he walked me through my options and possible outcomes. He assisted me in picking out the best lawyer for my case and everything worked out perfectly! Mr. Leonard’s kindness and generosity are the reason I would recommend this firm to others.


  • I would just like to thank Gonz for all of the hard work and effort he put into my case. He was phenomenal to say the least. He’s an extremely friendly guy and overall just easy to get along with and talk to. He handled my case from beginning to end and made sure we got the outcome we deserved. Thanks to the entire team that helped us out. It meant so much to us.


  • My experience thus far working with Gonzalo Fernandez has been fantastic!!!! Throughout the entire process to date he has kept me up-to-date and taken more time than I would have expected to explain the process to me in terms someone who is not an attorney can understand fully. I am so thankful to him for his work and support throughout and would recommend him and the firm to anyone!!!!


  • Gonzalo Fernandez is a great attorney. He works hard for his clients and always keeps their best interest in mind. He returns phone calls and keeps appointments, it’s never a run around with him. Gonz is extremely personable and friendly. He has extensive knowledge of the law and he uses that expertise to do an impeccable job for his clients. I highly recommend him.



Our law firm combines experience, client service and a record of success on behalf of the people who have suffered losses as the result of negligence. For over forty years, we’ve helped clients earn hundreds of thousands in compensation. Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez, and Leonard is proud to be a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious group of U.S. trial lawyers who have received million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements.

After scheduling a free consultation, one of our attorneys will meet with you to discuss the details of your potential case. Our personal injury practice includes cases involving auto accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, products liability and police misconduct.

St. Louis Trial Lawyer Gonzalo Fernandez
Gonzalo A. Fernandez


Gonzalo Fernandez was born in Mendoza, Argentina, and moved to the United States as a young child. He grew up in University City, Missouri, in a bilingual and bicultural household. He attended St. Louis Priory High School, Boston College and then returned home to St. Louis where he got his J.D. and an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989.

St. Louis Trial Lawyer James Leonard
James P. Leonard


James P. Leonard was born and raised in St. Louis. He attended St. Louis Priory High School and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame. He returned home to St. Louis for law school, graduating from Washington University School of Law in 1981. He and his wife, Donna, have been married more than 25 years and have four children.

Kelsy Simon Vollmer


Kelsy earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While in college, Kelsy spent her summers as a legal assistant for Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C.