Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard has been representing injured people and the families of fatal accident victims since 1976. During that time, we have earned a remarkable record of success in challenging cases.

Our attorneys provide reliable, resourceful and creative representation for people injured as the result of auto accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, defective and dangerous products, and other acts of negligence. Contact our firm for a free consultation about your right to recover damages in a serious accident or negligence case in Missouri or southern Illinois.

Skilled Trial Advocates Who Are Determined to Win

All four of our attorneys have received the highest possible AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. Referring lawyers and legal opponents alike respect them for their trial skills and integrity. Clients appreciate their deep concern and ability to obtain results.

Our experience with complex personal injury litigation gives our clients an advantage in pursuing their rights against powerful insurance companies and corporations.

One of our most important strengths is our ability to prove up damages in factually complex cases, especially those involving medical malpractice, severe brain injury or spinal cord injury. Whether it involves an auto accident, defective product or other act of negligence you can depend on our firm for tenacious, results-oriented representation. We are 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.  Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. 

We do not limit our practice to the most severe permanent injury and wrongful death cases. We also handle cases involving uninsured motorist claims, industrial accidents and losses suffered because of the negligence of other attorneys, real estate or insurance professionals, and law enforcement agencies.

Our goal in any case we accept is to give the individual victim a chance to recover the full amount of compensation available under the facts and the law, without cutting corners or making unnecessary compromises.

We Will Be With You All the Way

The legal process may take some time to complete. During that time, you can be assured that Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard will be there for you. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries, we will place a priority on helping you obtain medical care. Our attorneys will work with your doctor to monitor the progress of your recovery and understand your future medical needs. We will keep you informed of important developments in your case and respond promptly when you call.

Our goal will be to obtain the compensation you need to recover to the fullest extent possible — physically, financially and emotionally.

Trial Attorneys Serving Missouri and Illinois

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.

Our personal injury practice includes cases involving auto accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, products liability and police misconduct.

A Reputation for Strong Representation

With four attorneys holding the highest possible AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 rating from Martindale-Hubbell, we are proud of the reliable counsel and results-oriented representation that we offer...

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For a free consultation with an attorney at Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard in St. Louis, Missouri, contact our firm.

St. Louis Trial Lawyer Gonzalo Fernandez
Gonzalo 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.

Michael Stokes

Of Counsel

Mr. Stokes began practicing law in St. Louis in 1971 after graduating from St. Louis University School of Law. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University Of Notre Dame. He is married to Patricia Wendling-Stokes, an attorney with the City of St. Louis. They have lived in the Central West End of the city for thirty years.

Kim Zimmermann


Originally from California, Kim was the daughter of an Air Force pilot and moved around the country until graduating from High School in Trenton, Illinois. Upon graduation, she took her first job at the age of 18 with the law firm of Devereaux & Stokes.

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.