I strive to help people through the legal process. I take the time to explain to them what is happening with their case and the effects that can have on their lives. Attorneys get the reputation of not returning phone calls or talking "down" to people. I work hard to return all phone calls within one work day (if not much sooner) and treat people as I want to be treated.
My geographic practice areas include Greene County and the surrounding counties of Christian, Stone, Taney, Lawrence, Webster, Polk, Cedar and Dade. I handle municipal court cases as well.
I graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1995 and attended Missouri State University until 2000 earning a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Political Science. While undergrad I owned and operated a successful Video Store in Mt. Vernon, Missouri.
I attended Creighton University from 2000-2003. I participated in several mock trial and moot court competitions. I won the Regional Trial Competition and competed at Nationals.
I was hired by Darrell Moore at the Greene County Prosecutors Office in 2003 upon my graduation. I left in 2006 to work for Dee Wampler and then went back to work for the Greene County Prosecutors Office for the remainder of 2006 until 2012 when I started my own law firm. While at the Greene County Prosecutors Office I prosecuted every single type of case in Missouri. From child support and traffic tickets to homicides and sex cases. I have handled thousands of cases and taken hundreds to trial.
In 2009 I was selected to be a member of Class 24 of Leadership Springfield. I was selected as the Class Representative to serve on the Board of Directors. I am currently the President of the Board of Directors of Leadership Springfield.
My Practice is mostly comprised of Criminal Defense, Family Law and Estate Planning.
I have the pleasure of teaching Character Education to the Wilson’s Creek School in Battlefield, Missouri. I have served on the CASP Board of Directors, Vice-Chair of Violence Free Families and do pro bono work for Harmony House.
Languages Spoken: German, English
Licensed since 2003
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|MO||Good Standing, Active||2003||01/08/2013|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|40 Under 40||Springfield Business Journal||2014|
|Class 24 Graduate||Leadership Springfield||2009|
|Prosecutor of the Month||Greene County Prosecutors Office||2008|
|Owner||Law Offices of Matthew Russell||2012 - Present|
|First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney||Greene County Prosecutor's Office||2006 - 2012|
|Associate||Law Offices Of Dee Wampler & Joseph Passanise||2006 - 2006|
|Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney||Greene County Prosecutor's Office||2003 - 2006|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association||Criminal Committee Chairperson||2014 - Present|
|Judicial Evaluation Committee||Member||2010 - Present|
|Leadership Springfield||Chair of Kenworthy Selection Committee||2010 - 2012|
|CASP Board of Directors||Board Member||2010 - 2012|
|Leadership Springfield||Co-Chair of Membership Development||2009 - 2010|
|Leadership Springfield||President Board of Directors||2009 - Present|
|Violence Free Families||Vice Chair||2009 - 2012|
|Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Attorney Member||2007 - 2007|
|Sunrise Rotary||Chair of Character Education||2006 - 2011|
|Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys||Attorney Member||2003 - 2012|
|American Bar Association||Attorney Member||2003 - Present|
|Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity||Attorney Member||2003 - Present|
|Missouri State Bar Association||Attorney Member||2003 - Present|
|Praetor||Law School Newspaper||2001 - 2003|
|Praetor Student Newspaper||The Role of a 3rd Year Law Student||N/A|
|Creighton University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|Southwest Missouri State University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2000|
|Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association Hour by Hour CLE||Revised Missouri Criminal Code||2014|
|Organization of Female Accountants Monthly Meeting||White Collar Crime in Organizations||2013|
|Springfield Non-Profit Round Table||White Collar Crime||2012|
|CFO - Fraud Seminar||White Collar Crime||2012|
|Springfield Police Academy||Search and Seizure||2011|
|Springfield Police Academy||Search and Seizure||2010|
|Springfield Police Academy||Civil Service||2009|
|Springfield Police Academy||Search and Seizure||2009|
|Drury Police Academy||Domestic Violence||N/A|