Richard A. Wunderlich is a prominent trial lawyer with nearly forty years of experience in commercial litigation as well as mediation and arbitration. Mr. Wunderlich is a member of the law firm of Lewis Rice in St. Louis, Missouri, where his practice encompasses matters relating to real estate, trust and probate, business litigation, personal injury, and a broad range of other issues. Mr. Wunderlich has been recognized by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® since 2011.
As he tells it, Mr. Wunderlich’s decision to pursue a career in law was a natural one:
Growing up, I had a lot of friends who were interested in becoming priests. I decided I didn’t want to be a priest in the eighth grade and so I wanted to find another career path.
Since earning his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1979, Mr. Wunderlich has cultivated a reputation as a fierce and effective litigator capable of achieving superior results for his clients. He has extensive experience in federal courts and the Missouri court system including out-state Missouri, as well as in appellate matters, having argued before the Missouri Supreme Court, Missouri Courts of Appeal, and the Fifth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
In addition to his success in the courtroom, Mr. Wunderlich is also an accomplished mediator. He holds a certificate in mediation from the Strauss Institute at Pepperdine and has helped mediate over 100 cases throughout his career.
Now practicing with Lewis Rice, Mr. Wunderlich represents banks and financial institutions as well as individuals, and a variety of business entities. He serves as outside general counsel for nursing home operators in multiple states, assisting in resolving claims and handling insurance issues. In a notable case, he obtained a jury verdict for $9.2 million plus attorneys' fees and costs.
Looking to the future, Mr. Wunderlich intends to shift his focus more toward mediation and arbitration. More than four decades into his career, he continues to expand his scope. He considers himself a lifelong learner and offers these words of wisdom to young attorneys: “Treat every day as the first day you start practicing law, because there’s always something more to learn.”
Beyond his legal career, Mr. Wunderlich is highly active in his community. He has served on numerous education and charitable boards, including with Sunnyhill, Inc., Council for Extended Care for Mentally Retarded Citizens, Inc., and The Center for Autism, Inc. He participates in the business and social community of Washington, Missouri, where he has served on boards and committees of St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, St. Francis Borgia Parish, Knights of Columbus, and the Washington Elks. Additionally, Mr. Wunderlich presently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bank of Franklin County.
Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2011-2017