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Jonathan E. Fortman

Attorney at Law

Jon is married to his wife Laura and is a father of three, Stephen, 29, Noel, 22, and Carter, 18. Jon graduated from the University of Missouri in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He then attended the St. Louis University School of Law where he graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 1992. After working a couple years in a big firm, Jon branched out on his own and started his solo practice in 1995. Just a year later, Jon was the recipient of the Warren Welliver Award from the Lawyers Assistance Committee of the Missouri Bar. Jon is an active member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and prides himself on giving back to the community by being a sponsor of Friends of Kids with Cancer and other various organizations.

"I always make it clear to my clients that I work for them, not the other way around."

Jon has devoted his practice to fighting for individuals who have been harmed by the reckless, negligent, and even intentional conduct of others. Many of those cases involve complex issues of fact and law. He has successfully argued appeals to the Missouri Supreme Court, the Missouri Court of Appeals, and numerous United States Courts of Appeals, in additional to successfully pursuing claims on behalf of clients in several states. Jon is licensed in the State of Missouri, Western District of Texas, Western District of Michigan, District of Nebraska, U.S. Court of Appeals for 8th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for 7th Circuit, Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals for 5th Circuit, Southern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Eastern District of Missouri, U.S. Supreme Court, Northern District of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for 4th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for 9th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for 11th Circuit, and looking forward to adding more to this list in the future.

Bar Admissions/Licenses

  • State of Missouri Bar – 1992

  • United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit – 1993

  • Eastern District of Missouri - 1998

  • Western District of Michigan – 2013

  • Northern District of Illinois – 2013

  • Southern District of Illinois – 2013

  • Central District of Illinois - 2013

  • United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit - 2014

  • District of Nebraska - 2015

  • Western District of Texas – 2015

  • United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit - 2017

  • Northern District of Texas – 2018

  • United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit – 2018

  • United States Supreme Court – 2020

  • United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit – 2020

  • United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit - 2021

Education

  • J.D. - St. Louis University School of Law - 1992

  • B.S. - University of Missouri - 1989