Attorneys & Staff

Charles J. Sticklen, Jr.

Charlie has over twenty-five years of experience handling personal injury cases, and in that time has secured over $100,000,000 for injured persons throughout Missouri. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and attended the University of Florida, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1988. He earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from the School of Law at the University of Missouri in 1991. His law practice has always been focused in the area of personal injury law, helping injured persons in Joplin, Columbia, and throughout Missouri secure their rights and gain just compensation. 

While at the University of Florida, Charlie was an active member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and served in several leadership positions as a member of the fraternity. He also enjoyed participating in intramural sports and volunteering at Gainesville’s Ronald McDonald House. During law school at the University of Missouri, Charlie continued his passion for intramural sports by creating the law school intramural team, The Big Subpoenas. He was also a member of the Board of Advocates, Phi Alpha Delta professional fraternity, and the Moot Court Team.   Charlie has served as a guest lecturer in the University of Missouri School of Law’s Advanced Torts and Advanced Arbitration classes as well as in Mizzou’s undergraduate pre-law honors program classes.

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Charlie is the proud father of four Mizzou students: his oldest daughter, Sarah, is a 2018 graduate of Mizzou’s School of Law and is currently a lawyer at the Columbia Sticklen & Dreyer office, where her practice focuses on personal injury. His oldest son, Chance, is a senior communications major with an emphasis on sports broadcasting. His youngest daughter, Katie, is a junior majoring in strategic communications in the Journalism school and is also a member of Mizzou’s distinguished Tour Team. Lastly, his youngest child, William “Billy”, is a freshman at Mizzou and also plans to major in journalism. 

Charlie is currently licensed as an attorney in the states of Missouri (since 1991) and Kansas (since 1992). He is a current member of the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association, the Jasper County Bar Association, the Boone County Bar Association, and the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA).

Shelly Dreyer

Shelly Dreyer is an accomplished trial attorney with experience in personal injury, insurance law, trucking accidents, automobile and motorcycle accidents, workers’ compensation, worksite injuries, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect and defective product litigation. 

Born in Springfield, Missouri, she graduated from Missouri State University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in political science and communications. Shelly earned her Juris Doctorate Degree in 1997 from the School of Law at the University of Missouri and was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1997 and the Illinois Bar in 1998.

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Shelly began her career in the St. Louis area and in 2003 established the municipal court in Dardenne Prairie, MO. In addition to maintaining her law practice, Shelly served as Dardenne Prairie’s first judge, a position she held until 2008, when she relocated to Southwest Missouri.   In 2012, Ms. Dreyer was named a Top Attorney in Missouri by Kansas City Magazine and was noted as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association. She was also named a Top Litigation Practitioner at the Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly 2015 Women’s Justice Awards. Other notable accomplishments include being named an Up-And-Coming Lawyer by Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly in 2006 and the 2012 Volunteer Service Award from the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys’ Emergency Response Team for her pro-bono work following the Joplin tornado in 2011.

Shelly currently serves on the Board of Governors for both the Missouri Bar Association and the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. She is also a member of the Boone County Bar Association and the Jasper County Bar Association. She has received more than $50,000,000 in settlements and verdicts during her 20-year legal career.

Keegan Tinney

Keegan Tinney is a lifelong resident of Joplin, MO. A 2011 graduate of Joplin High School and 2015 graduate of Missouri Southern State University (MSSU), Keegan received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in December 2017. Keegan studied political science at MSSU, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, a Southern Ambassador, and was team captain of the university’s Mock Trial team. Additionally, Keegan completed two legislative internships with Missouri Senate Majority Leader, Ron Richard, during his undergraduate career.

Keegan continued his interest in Mock Trial competition at UMKC’s School of Law. He was awarded Top Advocate at the Stetson Law School Mock Trial competition, coached two UMKC Mock Trial teams, and was a semi-finalist in the American Bar Association National Criminal Justice competition. Keegan was also a member of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA) law students’ association, and the American Association for Justice (AAJ) mock trial team.

In addition to working as a law clerk for Sticklen & Dreyer since 2014, Keegan has also clerked for the Jasper County Prosecutor’s office and the Cherokee County (Kansas) Prosecutor’s office. He also continues to be an active member of Missouri Boys State, currently serving as a senior staff member and as a part of the organization’s Operations staff.

Keegan is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA), the Jasper County Bar Association, and the Boone County Bar Association. Keegan has also been elected to the Order of the Barristers, a national honorary organization whose purpose is the encouragement of oral advocacy and brief writing skills through effective law school appellate moot court and mock trial programs. The Order recognizes, on a national basis, graduating law students who have excelled in moot court and mock trial activities in their respective law schools.

Keegan will be focusing his practice on automobile accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, worker’s compensation, and premises liability cases.

Sarah Sticklen

Sarah Sticklen joined the legal team at Sticklen & Dreyer in the summer of 2019, after spending a year at the law firm, Stolzenberg, Gelles, Flynn & Arango in Miami, FL.

A native of Joplin, MO, Sarah graduated from Joplin High School on May 22, 2011. She then attended the University of Chicago, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Human Development in 2015. While at UChicago, Sarah was named to the university’s Dean’s List, played varsity softball, and was a member of Delta Gamma sorority, where she served on the sorority’s Executive Board as Director of Social Events.

Sarah continued her academic studies at the University of Missouri’s School of Law in Columbia, MO, earning her Juris Doctorate in 2018. Sarah was named to the law school’s Dean’s List, participated in the Mediation Clinic, and was an active member of the Women’s Law Association, serving as chair of the Association’s Charity Auction in her second year of law school and then as WLA President her third year.

Sarah is also an accomplished writer. Her work in the Joplin Globe’s “Forever Bound” project, which chronicles the aftermath of the Joplin tornado and its effects on the 2011 graduates of Joplin High School, received an Eppy award as well as a Pulitzer Prize nomination. A staunch supporter of women’s rights, Sarah’s work has also been featured in Julie Joplin magazine, an online magazine that focuses on bringing to light issues that affect women and minorities.

Sarah is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Boone County Bar Association, and the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA).
Sarah resides in Columbia, MO, and is accepting new clients in all areas of Personal Injury Law – including car/automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, eighteen-wheeler accidents, premises liability, dog/animal bites and attacks, boating accidents, product liability, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, and nursing home neglect.

Trish Cornell

Trish was born in Joplin, Missouri, and attended Missouri Southern State University. She has been Mr. Sticklen’s lead paralegal for twenty years.

Our Team

In addition to our attorneys, Sticklen & Dreyer has a dedicated staff of paralegals and administrative professionals led by Trish Cornell.