Our Attorney

Richard B. Dempsey, Jr.

Richard Dempsey is a driven and passionate lawyer.  He puts his clients first, in a professional and personal manner.

Mr. Dempsey graduated from St. Louis University Law School in 1995 and was admitted to the Bar in Missouri that same year.  He has worked in private practice for over 20 years and handles family law, criminal law, municipal law, and other civil cases.  


Richard is committed to St. Louis as a life-long resident of St. Louis County.  He is passionate about providing quality representation at an affordable rate to clients in St. Louis County and City, Jefferson County, St. Charles County and Franklin County where his father practiced law for over 50 years.  

Mr. Dempsey has offices in Clayton, Missouri and Washington, Missouri.

In Mr. Dempsey's private life, he is married with two grown children, and three grandchildren.  He enjoys music, playing guitar and spending time with his family.

Professional Organizations and Licenses:  

  • Missouri State Bar Association
  • St. Louis Bar Association
  • Franklin County Bar Association
  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • St. Charles Bar Association



Areas of Practice


Drug and Alcohol Charges

Drug and Alcohol Charges

Drug and Alcohol Charges

  • DWI and DUI
  • Possession of Drugs
  • Possession of Paraphernalia
  • Manufacturing/ Distributing

My goal in representing clients who are accused of drug or alcohol related offenses is twofold. First, the  pressing matter of criminal charges is handled in a careful professional manner   I strive to work with the client with an eye towards resolving the case so that, where possible, a clean criminal record is maintained. Second, I always work with my clients towards a dependence-free future.  This aspect of representation not only works well towards moving a client to sobriety, but may include programs which will help prove to the Court a client’s sincere desire to get better and never offend again.  These are important concerns for the Court in granting leniency.


Family Law

Drug and Alcohol Charges

Drug and Alcohol Charges

  • Divorce/Legal Separation
  • Child Custody
  • Paternity
  • Guardianship/Adoption
  • Orders of Protection

Too often, cases involving family matters can be turned into contentious battles, leaving litigants bruised in the process, and many times, causing irreparable damage to children caught in the middle. My common-sense approach stems from my personal experience as well as over twenty years of practice in the domestic relations area.  From the filing of or response through the resolution of the case, I follow the mantra of physicians: “First, do no harm” There are cases where one parent may have problems which interfere with his or her ability to co-parent, or parent at all for that matter. In such a case, I am a vigorous advocate especially where the well being of a child is concerned. I utilize the services of l private investigators with years of experience in Investigation and Intel , and forensic accountants where it is necessary to trace behavior, money,  and property. 

In short, my goal is to take you through your domestic relations case leaving you whole at the end of the procedure, spending what is necessary, and no more in the process. 



Criminal Law

Drug and Alcohol Charges

Criminal Law

  • Traffic Offenses
  • Assault
  • Shoplifting/Stealing
  • Forgery

Have you been charged with a crime? Prompt and careful attention to detail are necessary to bring your case to a successful resolution. From bond reductions, warrant recalls through discovery, plea-bargaining and trial, I will be your staunch advocate. If your case needs special investigation, I utilize proven professionals. Where pre-trial programs may help, I know where to send you. Give me a call to discuss your particular problem . If we are out of the office after hours, your call will be forwarded to our office mobile phone.


General Law

Personal Injury and Worker's Compensation

Personal Injury and Worker's Compensation


Does your new roof leak and your roofing contractor doesn’t return calls? Are you involved in a contract dispute? Is your neighbor building his garage on part of your land, are you being sued? My over two decades of experience in litigating a wide variety of general civil law matters might be just the edge you need.  I have access to some great experts in a wide variety of fields.  Give me a call to discuss your particular problem, chances are I will be able to help get you through what can be a frustrating and annoying process.


Personal Injury and Worker's Compensation

Personal Injury and Worker's Compensation

Personal Injury and Worker's Compensation

We use our experience in handling personal injury and worker's compensation cases to investigate every possible contributing cause of an accident to ensure that you will receive full compensation for your injuries. Evaluating all of the facts involved in the cause of an accident requires skill and experience. Our office will take over the investigation of your case so that you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries. We work with your medical care providers to defer payment for your treatment until your case is resolved through settlement or trial. 


Social Secutiry Disability

Personal Injury and Worker's Compensation

Social Secutiry Disability

Did you know the government denies the majority of disability claims, even when people deserve them? 

Do you have a severe physical disability or mental health disorder  that keeps you from working full-time? Has it lasted, or is it expected to last, for at least one year? Do you have a life-threatening disability? Were your benefits terminated?  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

If you have applied for benefits and were denied - DON'T GIVE UP- you need to act fast – you only have 60 days to appeal. Call today for an appointment to discuss your case FOR FREE with our attorney. 



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Richard B. Dempsey, Jr. Attorney at Law

26A North Central Avenue, Clayton, MO 63105, US

(314) 781-2931


Open today

09:00 am – 04:00 pm

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