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Why Our Firm

At Bradshaw, Steele, our clients come first. We listen so that we know what’s important to you, and therefore what’s important for us. We understand dealing with legal issues is stressful, but we’re here to bring clarity and confidence. We pride ourselves on being approachable and responsive as we diligently work toward a favorable outcome.

Our goals are to: 

  • Protect your rights and assets
  • Develop a client-specific plan
  • Make sure you’re not being wrongfully held accountable
  • Minimize the length of the process, as best we can
  • Relieve some of the burden and stress

We want to hear from you.

Here’s what we know. 

You don’t have to go at it alone

You can have a team of professionals at your side. We respect the “do it yourself” work ethic that many of our clients have in their daily lives and with their own businesses, but, your legal needs generally require the advice of an attorney. We have often heard how our clients wish they had contacted us sooner because it would have ultimately saved time, money, and frustration to have an expert handling the situation. Let us help you from start to finish.

Yes, the law is complex

We are proud of our profession and knowledge. We will use our training to fight for you and we will take the time to explain the situation and its ramifications so that you feel empowered to make the decisions about your case that are right for you. We believe it is important to answer your questions in a timely fashion to keep your stress to a minimum. Although the practice of law and all that it entails can be complicated, we follow the “golden rule” and we treat people with respect and dignity; just as we wish to be treated.

Time is of the essence

We often get the question, “How long will this take?” We can’t make promises, but we will always keep you informed and will be realistic with you about all aspects of your case. We may not have full control over trial scheduling issues, but we can always be strategic and proactive in moving things forward toward resolution.

You want the best outcome.

We always “begin with the end in mind.” How can we get the outcome you want? Our focus on your goals and preparation towards resolution help us protect you and your rights. We combine empathy with ingenuity and resolve to win for our clients.

What about the cost?

Every situation is different. Please call us, so we can find out more about you and your case. Our clients have found that working with us is worth the investment and can be less costly than they expect. The only way to know is to discuss your needs with us directly.

Read more about our history.

We can trace the roots of our firm back to the 1800s with the founding of our firm in New Madrid. In the early 1900s, the firm moved to Cape Girardeau, where it has remained. Initially owned and led by members of the Finch family, the firm later became known as Bradshaw, Steele, Cochrane, Berens & Billmeyer,  L.C.

We now have a team of attorneys who practice in a variety of areas ranging from criminal matters to medical malpractice defense. Meet our attorneys.

Our firm is invested in the future, having added several new members who are all under the age 35. They bring innovation to their practice, as well as a fresh perspective to our firm.

It is the variety of people, personalities and experience that make Bradshaw, Steele uniquely qualified to offer a range of services, both now and as we continue to grow.

We are proud to be members of the Cape Girardeau community, and all of our attorneys enjoy living and working with the people in this area and the surrounding towns. In addition to our location in Cape Girardeau, we have an office in Perryville. We want to be a resource for those who need legal counsel throughout all of Southeast Missouri.


As a general practice firm, we provide legal counsel for a wide range of clients.

“There are many different areas of the law in which you don’t need to interact with people. As general practitioners, however, there is one thing we all have in common — we find fulfillment from helping people, especially those in our community.”

Craig Billmeyer