• 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.


Nicole Carlton

Nicole represents her clients in complex family law and estate planning issues. She treats clients as individuals with unique problems, concerns, and goals. She is a forward-thinking attorney that works for an outcome that will prepare her clients for the future and many of the changes that it may hold.

Nicole listens to her clients and works to get them the best result possible.  She is able to provide her clients with realistic expectations by striving to understand their goals and desires.

Nicole is licensed to practice law in Missouri.  She is a 2009 graduate from the University of Arkansas School of Law.  She also received her undergraduate degree from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas in International Economics with a minor in Spanish. Nicole is a lifelong resident of Carthage and a graduate from Carthage High School and practices out of our office in Carthage on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Nicole was elected to the Young Lawyer's Section of the Missouri Bar in 2014 and remains on the council today.  She is also a member of the Missouri Bar Family Law Committee.  Nicole formerly held the position of President and Secretary with the Jasper County Bar Association.

Nicole is also a member of PEO, Rotary International, the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, and involved in other church and community activities.  Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband Brock Wagner and their children.

Education: Arkansas School of Law

Bar & Admissions: Missouri Bar Family Law Section, Western District of Missouri, Jasper County Bar Association


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