Debbie Champion

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Supreme Court of the United States
US Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
US Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

America’s Top 100 Attorneys
America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators
American Bar Association
American Bar Foundation, Fellow
American Board of Trial Advocates
American College of Trial Lawyers
Best Lawyers in America
   – Lawyer of the Year 2020 Litigation-Insurance
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Commercial Law League of America
Defense Research Institute
Fellow, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Lawyers Association of St. Louis
Litigation Counsel of America, Member
   – Member, Diversity Law Institute
   – Order of Certus, Order of Centurions
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Vice President
Super Lawyers of Missouri & Kansas
   – Top 100 Lawyers in Missouri
   – Top 50 Lawyers in St. Louis
   – Top 50 Women Lawyers
Volunteer Lawyers’ Program
Women Presidents’ Organization
Your House Counsel, Missouri Member

Washington University School of Law
   – Juris Doctorate

Murray State University
   – B.S., Psychology
   – B.S., Criminal Justice

Columbia University
   – Certificate, Litigation Management Professional

Agent & DIrector Liability
Agent and Broker Liability
Bad Faith Litigation
Business | Commercial
Employment Law
Employment Liability
Estate Planning & Administration
Family Law
Fraud & Misrepresentation
Insurance Coverage
Insurance Coverage | Bad Faith
Insurance Defense
Municipal & Government
Personal Injury
Pharmacy Liability
Premises Liability
Products Liability
Shareholder Litigation
Transportation | Trucking

Debbie Champion is a founding partner in the firm Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch and Champion, one of the largest law firms in Missouri. Ms. Champion actively practices in Missouri and Southern Illinois state and federal courts. She has argued before the Missouri Supreme Court and the Eastern, Western and Southern District Missouri Courts of Appeals, and the Illinois Court of Appeals. She has also argued in the federal court of the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, and the Eighth Circuit and the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. She has tried over 160 trials to verdict.

Ms. Champion has been named to the top 50 attorneys in St Louis and the top 100 attorneys in Missouri. She honored by the St. Louis Small Business Magazine as a “Wonder Woman” and by the St Louis Business Journal as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Business Women in St. Louis. She was selected to the Best Business Attorneys by the Small Business Journal in 2023. She a 100 St. Louis Titans in Business for 2022 and 2023.In 2024, Champion received the Award of Honor, the highest honor possible from the Lawyer’s Association of St. Louis.

Champion has been selected to the Best Lawyers in America. She appears on the Best Lawyers lists in five areas: Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, Insurance Law, Government Relations, Litigation-Insurance, and Ethics. She is currently the Lawyer of the Year in Missouri for Personal Injury-Defense. She was 2020 Lawyer of the Year for Missouri in Litigation-Insurance. She appears in the America’s Top 100 Attorneys List and received the Lawyer’s Lawyer Award by the Women’s Justice Awards. Champion is an “Acritis Star”. She is on the Power 30 list of Civil Defense Attorneys-an award recognizing the 30 most powerful civil defense attorneys in the state.

Champion is a Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, and a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. For several years, Ms. Champion has been named as one of the top 50 Women Lawyers in Missouri and Kansas. She achieved the most Defense Verdicts in Missouri in 2012 and 2013 and one of the largest Defense Wins in 2011 and 2019. In 2016, Champion received an award for Outstanding Litigation Practitioner by the Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly’s Women Justice Awards. She was honored as one of Ten Outstanding Young St. Louisans by the St. Louis Junior Chamber of Commerce. She is rated as Superb on In 2013, she received the CLMP certification as a certified litigation management professional from her study at the Columbia School of Law in New York.

In addition to her heavy trial calendar and office responsibilities at the firm, Ms. Champion devotes many hours to community and charitable causes, and she actively provides legal services to the indigent. She is a recipient of the William McAlpin Pro Bono Award, an Outstanding Volunteer Award from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and the Missouri Pro Bono Publico Award from the Missouri Bar Association. She was recently honored by the Women’s Law Caucus of Washington University for her commitment to the advancement of women in the law. She was selected as an Outstanding Young Alumni of Washington University in 2012. She was awarded the Peter Perlman Award for 2019 for the Litigation Counsel of America, an award highlighting a career of community service.

Ms. Champion serves on the Board of Lift for Life Academy, the first charter school in the City of St. Louis. She is founder and president of Tools for Schools, a not-for-profit corporation which provides stipends to public school teachers who strive to provide enrichment to their classrooms. She has served on numerous boards for business entities and non-profit companies in the St. Louis area.

Ms. Champion serves as an expert witness on insurance bad faith and vexatious refusal to pay cases. She has authored several published articles and book chapters. She often presents educational seminars to clients and to the legal community, including several annual conference presentations to industry groups each year.

Ms. Champion is an Advocate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial. She is a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. She is a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation, and she is proud to be a Master in the Theodore McMillian Inns of Court.