I am a lawyer practicing in the greater Springfield, MO metropolitan area, with an emphasis in Dallas, Polk, Hickory and Greene counties. My office is at 115 N. Maple, PO Box 904, Buffalo, MO 65622.
Angela Umbarger is my wife and colleague; we are not in the same firm. She practices around the corner at an office with Rieschel & Umbarger, LLC in Buffalo, Missouri.
Because of my busy court schedule, I meet clients by appointment only. Email me or give me a call at (417) 733-0715 or (417) 865-4600 to set up a time to chat. I generally charge $75 for a 30-minute consultation.
The practice of law has given me a chance to see and do some interesting things and meet some interesting folks.
- I am a candidate for Dallas County Prosecuting Attorney.
- I have served as appointed counsel for numerous parents in Juvenile Court.
- I have obtained special training and served as mediator in numerous family law cases.
- I have obtained basic and advanced training and have served as guardian ad litem (“GAL”) in numerous family and juvenile cases.
- I have represented countless family law litigants in various trial and appellate courts in Missouri.
- I have tried criminal cases ranging from traffic to murder for defendants and have served as special prosecutor in municipal and juvenile courts.
- I have fought for tens of millions of dollars for my clients.
- I obtained special training to serve as a domestic violence victim advocate.
- I authored and co-authored several portions of MoBarCLE desk books for the Missouri Bar. These are the “black books” Missouri attorneys use as a practice reference.
- I have several reported cases in the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District; Missouri Supreme Court; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri; and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- I have served as adjunct faculty at Missouri State University.
- I served as lead counsel on the Springfield, Missouri case that for the first time litigated red light cameras all the way to the Missouri Supreme Court. The Springfield cameras have been turned off ever since.
- I served as affiliate counsel with the Rutherford Institute on the high school mass lock down and search case with Springfield Public Schools and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. We took that case all the way to the United States Supreme Court, along the way protecting over 15,000 local high school students from mass lock downs.
- I partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union in Missouri to protect a woman sued by a small town mayor for criticizing his actions while in office.
- I served with an international team of lawyers and volunteers to monitor a nationwide election in El Salvador. We persevered through intimidation and threats of violence during our fight to protect democracy for the people there. Later, I coordinated a team of Americans to muster donated eyeglasses for visually impaired people without access to glasses in a village we visited.
- I partnered with a small business and local church in Springfield to provide donated bibles to victims of Hurricane Katrina. At the time of the crisis, the number one request of victims of the storm was access to the Bible.
- I worked with a team of concerned neighbors and colleagues with a large law firm to protect local business and quality of life by litigating issues surrounding the construction of a Walmart Neighborhood Market – all the while fighting for the rights of Springfield voters to keep their right to have a vote in land use issues.
- The Missouri General Assembly has enacted statutory changes on two separate occasions in the wake of my advocacy.
- My work has been covered in the press locally, state-wide, nationally and even internationally.
- I have had opportunities to educate other lawyers when I have been invited to work on Continuing Legal Education.
- I have had an opportunity to serve Buffalo as Alderman. My accomplishments included a larger storm siren for tornado warnings, support for first responders and advocacy for local business.
- I have had an opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful people through counseling Dallas County nonprofits for free.