A civil-litigation attorney practicing in the beautiful Ozarks of Southwest Missouri.
I was born and raised in Ellington, Missouri, a lovely quaint town in the Heartland filled with some of the greatest and most caring individuals I have ever met. I was blessed to be born into a loving and supportive Christian family that taught me to respect others, find joy in the world and in God, and demonstrate the highest moral integrity everyday. With very humble beginnings and a hard work ethic, I had the opportunity to attend CofO, a small Christian private college, otherwise known as Hard Work U. While acquiring my bachelor's degree at CofO was an important aspect of my journey there, my refined character, bolstered work ethic, and emboldened dedication to the service of others are all character improvements that I graciously attribute to the spectacular staff, professors, and administrators there. My education continued at the University of Arkansas William H. Bowen School of Law where I was mentored by some of the greatest minds in legal education, served as Chair of the Moot Court Board, and received my Juris Doctorate graduating with high honors. Thereafter I returned to Missouri's beautiful Ozarks where I serve our community fighting for the injured.
While I am a courageous and diligent advocate for my clients, you will not find me looking down my nose at others. As a child, I was taught to be humble because all are created equal, and everyone is entitled to respect. I also do my best to be a man of integrity having strong moral principles; after all, when you take the high road, you soon realize it is far less crowded. Finally, even when difficult circumstances challenge my equanimity, I always find comforting in knowing that this too shall pass.
As a highly self-motivated, proactive, and action-oriented induvial, it is natural for me to use my leadership skills to think outside of the box and work within the organization I am employed with to think of ways to innovate and improve the services we offer our clients. While it is not always easy to identify intrapreneurs within an organization, I believe it is important for employers to make a concerted effort to recognize intrapreneurs as they often are able to solve problems on their own, and come up with ideas that lead to process improvements. Further, employers who encourage entrepreneurship stand to benefit because it leads to the success of the company as a whole, as keeping these employees can help lead to innovation and growth. Companies that do not recognize and encourage intrapreneurs may lose them to other companies, or they may even end up starting their own business. Studies show that the majority of millennials are embracing the intrapreneurial style of work. Intrapreneurs, like myself, desire meaning creativity, and autonomy within an organization. We want our own projects to develop as we help the companies we work for grow. Finally, while intrapreneurial employees like myself may seem risky to employers, employers should understand that employees like me do not want to revolutionize their system; rather, we want to use our ambition, motivation, and proactive nature to benefit the employer by proffering ideas that could lead to positive innovations in the services provided.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor once emphasized the importance of collaboration by stating "no one succeeds alone. Never walk alone in your future paths." As a naturally social person, I not only welcome the input of others, I seek it. While working with others, I have noticed many benefits from workplace collaboration, and one of the greatest benefits is the increased level of communication a workplace can experience. Communication is the cornerstone of collaboration. When collaboration is integrated into the workplace, everyone feels more comfortable communicating their thoughts, suggestions, and ideas which helps refine the plan discussed. Furthermore, when collaboration is emphasized within the workplace, I have noticed the improved communication blends into how clients are taken care of which strengthens those relationships, and as a result, leads to better client satisfaction. Collaboration also leads to each participant being a little more flexible with their proposed plan. Just thinking of few companies like Blockbuster, Toys R Us, and Myspace, it is easy to realize that flexibility and adaptation are not only beneficial for the team and the client, but also necessary to ensure the survival of the company itself. When people come together with open minds and collaborate, it is almost guaranteed that the united front consisting of differing viewpoints and ideas will result in finding newer and better ways of doing things for everyone involved.
Since 2017, I have had the pleasure of a predominantly civil law practice primarily situated in the injury law arena. While I also have exposure to business law, criminal law, estate planning, and other areas, injury law is without question my stock-in-trade. For years I worked for many of the nation's leading insurance companies, and now I represent the injured using the knowledge and skills I gained while defending against the very same actions I raise for my clients today.
- U.S. Federal Tax Court
- Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court W.D. of MO
- U.S. District Court E.D. of MO
Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.
Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
The safety of the people shall be the highest law.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, and philosopher
The only real lawyers are trial lawyers, and trial lawyers try cases to juries.
2005 W Chesterfield St #108
Springfield, MO 65807
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (417) 322-2222
Fax: (417) 322-6000