Richard H. Sindel

Richard H. Sindell Attorney At Law
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Richard H. Sindel

Mr. Sindel concentrates in the areas of federal and state drug, capital murder, and state and federal appeals. In addition to trying cases throughout the State of Missouri, he has represented defendants in federal cases in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, North Dakota, South Dakota and California. He has successfully argued appeals before every Missouri appellate court and the Second, Seventh and Eighth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal. He has twice appeared before the United States Supreme Court, securing reversals for his clients in both instances.

Areas Of Practice

  • Federal and State Criminal Trial Practice
  • Federal and State Appellate Practice
  • Post-Conviction
  • Drug Law
  • Business Crimes Law
  • Appellate Law

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • J.D. – 1973
    • Honors: summa cum laude
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
    • B.A. – 1969


  • Lecturer, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • Lecturer, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • Lecturer, Lorman Educational Institution
  • Lecturer, American Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Missouri Bar Association
  • Lecturer, St. Louis Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Legal Education Institute

Honors and Awards

  • 2024 AV Preeminent Attorney
  • 2019 Best Lawyer, Criminal Defense
  • Best Lawyers In St. Louis – The Wall Street Journal, 2017
  • Recognized in 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Criminal Defense: General Practice and Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Atticus Finch Award, Courageous Contribution to Justice
  • Charles M. Shaw Trial Advocacy Award
  • St. Louis Business Journal – Who’s Who in Law
  • Who’s Who in Criminal Law
  • St. Louis Magazine Best Lawyers – White Collar Crimes
  • St. Louis Business Magazine Who’s Who in Law
  • Missouri and Kansas Magazine Super Lawyers
  • Best of the U.S. – Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in U.S.
  • Woodward/White, The Best Lawyers in America
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • RHS Top 100 lawyers in Missouri from the American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Corporate Counsel Magazine Best White Collar Criminal Defense
  • MACDL Charles Shaw Advocacy Award and Atticus Finch Award and Past President Achievement Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Missouri Bar, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Criminal Law Section, Chairman
  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Past President, Board of Directors
  • Capital Punishment Resource Center, Board of Directors
  • Public Interest Litigation Clinic, Board of Directors
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Former Board of Directors

Fraternities / Sororities

  • Pi Kappa Alpha