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 $65,000,000 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 law degree from the School of Law at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, in 1991. His law practice has always been focused primarily in the area of personal injury law, helping injured persons in Joplin and the entire Southwest Missouri area secure their rights and gain just compensation.


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 Missouri Bar Association, Jasper County Bar Association, Boone County Bar Association, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA), and American Association for Justice.

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 law 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. She 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 $45,000,000 in verdicts during her 20-year legal career.

Trish Cornell | Sticklen & Dreyer Paralegal

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.

Sticklen & Dreyer Personal Injury Attorneys & Staff

Our Team

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