• Personal Injury

    Have you or a loved one been injured or killed because of someone else's fault? We have litigated personal injury cases for 35+ years and have the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Contact us now and click here to learn more about our successful personal injury practice.

  • Wrongful Death

    Wrongful death is when a person or company causes the tragic death of a loved one. Our attorneys can help if you have lost someone. Money can never replace what was lost, but it may provide security and help prevent future tragedies caused by dangerous companies and individuals. We have offices in Joplin and Carthage and can handle cases anywhere, anytime: Springfield, Kansas City, Columbia, Jefferson City, Rolla, etc. Contact us now and click here to learn more about BWO's wrongful death practice.

  • Medical Malpractice

    We pride ourselves on being strong and successful patient advocates for those who have been injured or killed because of medical error. The prestigious Journal of Patient Safety recently reported that as many as 440,000 people die every year from unnecessary medical mistakes. Although many doctors try their best, they are like everyone else and sometimes make mistakes. When mistakes happen, let BWO's expert patient advocates help you. Contact us now and click here to learn more about our substantial medical malpractice experience.

  • Automobile & Trucking Accidents

    Roadway crashes seriously injure and kill victims every day. If you or a love one has been involved in a car or truck accident, contact the lawyers at BWO today! We have 35+ years of experience to help you get the best result possible.

    Automobile &
    Trucking Accidents
  • Work Place Injuries

    Have you been hurt on the job? If so, you are at the right place because we can help. We are one of the leading Workers' Compensation law firms in the area. We have seen virtually every type of injury there is in our 35+ years of representing hurt workers. Plus, we have the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. We know the law and will work hard to ensure you get the best results possible. Contact us now and click here for more information about work place injuries.

    Work Place
  • Family Law & Divorce

    When you need assistance in the area of family law and divorce, the first thing you should do is call BWO because we can help. We have 35+ years of experience. Our trial attorneys have fought for our clients in almost every courthouse in front of every judge in Southwest Missouri. Contact BWO now and click here to learn more about our law firm's family law and divorce practice area.

    Family Law
    & Divorce
  • Criminal Law

    Buchanan, Williams, & O' Brien has a strong and well-deserved reputation of fighting for the rights of our criminal law clients. We have attorneys that understand the system and know what needs to be done to make sure our client's rights are protected. We have handled all types of criminal law cases and we can help you. Contact us now and click here to learn more about BWO's criminal law practice.


Charles Buchanan

Charles is a founding member of BWO. He has successfully advocated for the interests of his clients for over forty years. The firm’s clients benefit from his experience of effectively handling numerous legal matters, including wrongful death, product liability, automobile accidents, medical malpractice, unlawful discrimination, and workers injured on the job. Charles’ experience and depth of knowledge has given him a range of skills that he uses to help his clients achieve the best possible result for the legal situation they face.

Charles’ has an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, which is the highest rating certification for legal ability and ethical standards. Charles is a veteran having served in Korea as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army. After his service, Charles attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law where he graduated with honors in the top 10% of his class. Before law school, he practiced chemical engineering after receiving his engineering degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Charles was raised in Joplin and returned home upon receiving his degree to practice law there. He is active in the Joplin community, having served as President to the Boys & Girls Club and serving for Habitat for Humanity, Lafayette House, and other civic organizations. Charles continues to live in Joplin with his wife Sherry. He has greatly enjoyed working alongside his son, Andrew, at BWO and building a practice together. He enjoys reading, outdoor activities, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Education: B.S. and J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia (Order of the Coif).

Bar & Admissions: Missouri; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.


Representative Cases

Sage v. Talbot Industries, 427 S.W.3d 906 (Mo. App. S.D. 2014) (workers’ compensation matter granting favorable result for Charles’ client, an injured worker)

Whitehill v. Whitehill, 218 S.W.3d 579 (Mo. App. S.D. 2007) (estate litigation matter upholding favorable result for Charles’ client)

Clemons v. Zimmer Broadcasting Co., Inc., 159 S.W.3d 508 (Mo. App. S.D. 2005) (employment dispute affirming favorable result for Charles’ client, an employee wrongfully deprived of benefits)

State ex rel. Yerington v. LePage, 139 S.W.3d 219 (Mo. App. S.D. 2004) (granting absolute order in mandamus and prohibition in favor of Charles’ client)

Sill v. Burlington Northern Railroad, 87 S.W.3d 386 (Mo. App. S.D. 2002) (issuing opinion benefitting Charles’ client in personal injury matter involving vehicle collision with a horse)

Alexander v. D.L. Sitton Motor Lines, 851 S.W.2d 525 (Mo. banc 1993) (Missouri Supreme Court issues opinion that enables Charles’ client to be compensated for his personal injuries from a fall at work)

Speer v. Ottaway Newspapers, Inc., 828 F.2d 475 (8th Cir. 1987) (newspaper libel dispute affirming result favorable to Charles’ client)

State v. Williams, 673 S.W.2d 32 (Mo. banc 1984) (Missouri Supreme Court issued opinion in favor of Charles’ client in criminal defense matter)

Anderson v. City of Joplin, 646 S.W.2d 727 (Mo. 1983) (Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Charles’ client in complex government taxation matter)

Thompson v. Southwest School Dist., 483 F.Supp. 1170 (D.C. Mo. 1980) (judgment entered by federal court in favor of Charles’ client in school litigation dispute)

Hines v. Sweet, 518 S.W.2d 710 (Mo. App. 1975) (wrongful death matter issuing opinion favorable to Charles’ client)

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