Jim Wesley, a founding partner of Springfield law firm Daniel, Powell, Wesley & Brewer LLC, died Aug. 17 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. He was 69.
A memorial service was held held Aug. 22 at Greenlawn Funeral Home East.
Wesley was admitted to the Missouri Bar after graduating from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1970. He then moved to Springfield to join the law firm of Woolsey, Fisher, Clark & Whitaker as an associate attorney.
In 1973, Gov. Kit Bond appointed Wesley to the position of chief administrative law judge of the Springfield office of the Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation, where he served for 20 years, according to an obituary posted on the Web site of Greenlawn Funeral Homes
Wesley re-entered private law practice at Daniel, Powell, Wesley & Brewer following his retirement from the Division of Workers' Compensation. He practiced at the law office until his death.
In addition to the Missouri Bar, Wesley also was a member of the American Bar and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar associations. He also was a member of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers and served on the board of directors of Kids Chance Inc. of Missouri, a nonprofit organization that provides college scholarships to children of Missouri workers killed or disabled on the job.[[In-content Ad]]