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Welcome to Howerton, Dorris, Stone, & Lambert


Why HDSL? Because You Deserve Better.

Chances are you are searching for a lawyer because something bad has happened. 

You have come to the right place, because hiring the wrong attorney can only make things worse.


At HDSL, we believe you deserve better than TV lawyers begging for your call or a mailbox full of “advertisement” letters from lawyers who literally buy police reports to scare up business. That is not who we are.


HDSL offers dignified and professional legal representation to those who have been harmed through no fault of their own, and we take pride in making a bad situation better.


So you can stop searching. You have found the right law firm.  Let us show you how 85 years of experience helping people like you is just what you need.  The most capable and dedicated staff in the region is ready to take your call.  The consultation is free.

You Deserve Better

Workers' Compensation

Injured workers mean more to us than a quick settlement. A denied comp claim means not only is a person injured, but their livelihood and income has been taken away.

Personal Injury

If you have ever been referred to a “specialist” – personal injury law is our specialty. That’s why many lawyers and former clients continue to refer serious injury cases to us. That’s why we have represented injured Southern Illinoisans all over the United States. It’s in our DNA.

Medical Malpractice

Whether it be a surgical procedure done incorrectly, a diagnosis that is missed, or dangerous errors in prescribing medications, medical errors can have deadly consequences.

Since 1932


Honest & Trustworthy Attorneys Serving Southern Illinois

Our lawyers specialize in Personal Injury, Motor Vehicle Collisions, Workers’ Compensation, and Medical Malpractice.

Douglas N. Dorris

Stephen W. Stone

James R. Lambert

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With over 85 years of experience in Southern Illinois, HDSL is the firm you can trust.