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John Campbell

Lawyering Process

Assistant Professor of the Practice

JD and International Law Certificate from Saint Louis University School of Law, magna cum laude, December 2006
BA summa cum laude from Concordia University, May 2000

John Campbell earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Concordia University at Austin with a major in Secondary Education and minors in religion, Spanish and English. Prior to attending law school, Professor Campbell was a high school English and Spanish teacher as well as a coach. Professor Campbell moved to St. Louis to attend Saint Louis University School of Law, where he graduated ranked 7th of 269 students, was made a member of the Order of the Woolsack and earned an international law certificate.

Professor Campbell teaches Lawyering Process. His scholarship focuses on consumer issues, including arbitration and mortgage related matters and class actions. Professor Campbell is a frequent presenter, having presented at the University of Houston conference on Teaching Consumer Law, the Consumer Law Conference hosted by the National Consumer Law Center and at various local and regional organizations.

Professor Campbell is an accomplished appellate attorney, having appeared before the Missouri Supreme Court, the Missouri Court of Appeals and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Campbell has also served as lead attorney in a case before the United States Supreme Court. In 2012, Professor Campbell worked pro bono on the payday lending initiative in Missouri, arguing before the Missouri Supreme Court along with the Attorney General’s office and the State Auditor’s office. Professor Campbell argued on behalf of 180,000 citizens who signed the ballot initiative to cap the interest on a variety of predatory loans. The Missouri Supreme Court concurred with Professor Campbell’s position, reversing the trial court. This marked the fourth case Professor Campbell argued and won before the Missouri Supreme Court in three years.

Professor Campbell is also a recognized trial attorney. Prior to becoming a full-time professor, in his four years managing a consumer and class action department, the department settled dozens of class actions and individual cases which resulted in tens of millions of dollars in relief to millions of individuals. As a result of his efforts, and based on the total value of the settlements and verdicts obtained, Professor Campbell was recognized as one of the Top 10 “Winningest Plaintiffs Attorneys” in Missouri. Among Professor Campbell’s largest settlements was a settlement with Missouri’s largest payday lender. The case settled for $25 million and provided relief to over 100,000 consumers.

Professor Campbell earned numerous awards for practicing law successfully and professionally. He received the John C. Shepherd Professionalism Award, given to one attorney in St. Louis each year for their exemplary behavior and reputation outside the courtroom. He was also the recipient of Missouri Lawyers Media’s Up & Coming Lawyer in 2009 and has been recognized as a Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2009. Professor Campbell was voted one of the “Most Influential Appellate Attorneys” in Missouri in 2011.

Professor Campbell is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Illinois and New York as well as multiple federal courts, including the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the Western District of Missouri, the Southern District of Illinois and the United States Supreme Court. Professor Campbell is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, the Lawyers Association of St. Louis, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Professor Campbell remains Of Counsel at The Simon Law Firm, where he is sometimes called upon to advise regarding complex litigation or to handle the oral argument of critical appeals.

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