Christopher Angles is a criminal defense attorney serving clients in Kansas and Missouri. Angles vigorously defends those accused of serious offenses including financial crimes, drug offenses, robberies, sex charges and other serious crimes at all stages in the federal, state, juvenile and municipal courts. His tenacity has helped him prevail in numerous complex cases. He has extensive experience with DUI/DWI cases in Kansas and Missouri, and is certified by Lance Platt in the administration of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Clients of the Angles Law Firm come from all across the country and range from working people to professional athletes and entertainers. Angles is most proud of being called upon regularly to represent fellow attorneys.
Sheila Jean Austin is co-founder as well as a business strategist with Talent Building Associates (TBA), a consulting firm specializing in growing and developing businesses of all types and sizes with the main objective of maximizing both profit and potential and decreasing employee turnover.
As a business strategist, Sheila’s responsibilities with TBA include but are not limited to project management, leadership development, plan development, speaking, training, and handling both internal and external communications. Sheila is known for driving brand growth, maximizing operational excellence, and bringing creativity and passion to businesses including the way Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and bias is addressed in the workplace. Prior to founding TBA, Sheila held a position in program management with a Fortune 500 global company where she was responsible for managing multiple projects and programs valued over $200 million USD. In this role, Sheila also served as the point of contact for employee engagement as well as sat on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team.
Sheila holds both her MBA and BA (emphasis in Corporate Communications) from Lindenwood University and is a licensed and recognized Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion trainer by Empowered Living. Sheila is based in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.
Sarah started with EMASS in 2019 with a strong desire to learn more about private probation, electronic monitoring and counseling services and how they can benefit the Judicial System. Since then EMASS has continued to partner with treatment courts, assist with jail depopulation efforts, seen numerous clients be successful with SATOP treatment and SCRAM devices. Sarah’s goal is to find cutting edge alternatives that benefit the client and also assist the Courts with options beyond incarceration.
Sarah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and has a passion for psychology. In 2019 Sarah retired from her 20 year career at Walmart where she last served as the Regional E-Commerce Director. In this role, she was responsible for launching new innovative initiatives to stores to better streamline customer needs and the growing demand for digital services. At EMASS, she has been mentored by the legendary Mike Smith to grow into the role that she currently holds as President.
Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and fur children, traveling to the beach and shopping on Amazon. She also serves on the School Board as the education of children is so vital in setting a good foundation for success.
Mike began his professional career with the State of Missouri; serving as a state probation officer from 1974 until 1991 when he founded EMASS. He served as the President/CEO of EMASS until he decided to step back to enjoy life in September of 2020. As Founder of EMASS, he currently is on the Board of Directors and still remains the SATOP Administrator. He introduced Continuous Alcohol Monitoring to the State of Missouri in 2008 and is one of the Legacy members for introducing alcohol monitoring in the United States. EMASS is currently celebrating its 30 year anniversary of serving the community, clients and the Courts.
Mr. Smith is married to his beautiful bride and currently enjoys his children, grandchildren, golfing, fishing and reengaging with old friends. He also continues to share his passion for playing the guitar for his friends and family.
Denise L. Childress concentrates her practice on defending citizens accused of driving while intoxicated and other crimes. She has represented clients in 33 counties throughout Missouri, has argued before the Missouri Court of Appeals in both the Eastern and Southern Districts, and has written Amicus Briefs in the Supreme Court of Missouri on behalf of the Missouri Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Missouri Society for Criminal Justice.
Ms. Childress has been honored with the Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women's Justice Award in 2020, the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers President's Award in 2019, and the Missouri Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Law Firm Leader Award in 2016. Ms. Childress has completed the NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Course, and continues to complete refresher courses as NHTSA updates its law enforcement training. She has also completed the NHTSA Drug Recognition Expert Course for Lawyers.
Ms. Childress is the Owner and President of Childress Legal, LLC, which she founded in 2019. Ms. Childress joined Carl Ward Law, LLC, in 2013 as an Associate Attorney, quickly was named Director of Operations of the law firm in 2014, and was named Partner in 2017. Prior to joining private practice, Ms. Childress worked for the Missouri Public Defender. In 2012, Ms. Childress received her J.D. from the St. Louis University School of Law with a concentration in criminal litigation. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice Systems from Truman State University in 2009, where she also minored in Spanish.
Ms. Childress has been a frequently lecturer on DWI law over the past six years and has been honored to join the national faculty of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. She has also taught on occasion at the St. Louis Police Academy regarding Probable Cause for DWI, what to expect in court, and how to testify.
Ms. Childress is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Missouri Society for Criminal Justice, the Missouri Bar, and the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. Ms. Childress is on the Executive Board of the St. Charles County Bar Association and a parishioner at St. Peter Catholic Church in St. Charles City.
Mr. Cameron Cooper is a sole practitioner in Independence, Missouri. He graduated from University of Missouri - Columbia in 2002 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Chemistry minor. After retiring from science, he received his J.D. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law in 2012, with admission to the Missouri Bar that year. In 2013, he was admitted to practice in Kansas. He was Legal Counsel for the Missouri Department of Revenue for nearly three years serving as both an administrative alcohol hearing officer and a trial attorney. In this time he heard and determined over two thousand administrative hearings, and handled administrative alcohol trials de novo and other license-related cases in courts across the western one-third of Missouri. He has been trained in the DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing 24-hour program.
Since 2015, Mr. Cooper has defended clients in state and municipal courts in Missouri and Kansas on a variety of charges. His practice emphasizes a particularly thorough approach to handling impaired driving-related cases and the attendant civil driver license withdrawal consequences. A significant portion of his work involves giving close attention to protecting or regaining lost driving privileges. He works closely with many area attorneys to achieve results in their own complex cases.
Mr. Cooper is a member of Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, KACDL, Eastern Jackson County Bar Association, and KCMBA. He participates in the Warrant Relief Program of the Volunteer Attorney Project in the Kansas City area.
Jeffrey S. Eastman graduated from Rockhurst College cum laude in 1980. In 1983 He received his juris doctorate degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law. Later that year he was admitted to the Missouri Bar. In 1999 he was admitted to practice in the State of Kansas. Thereafter, in 2001, he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. In 1987 he joined the then law firm of Duggan, Keleher & Svetlic. In 1988 he and Mike Keleher formed the partnership of Keleher & Eastman.
Jeff has represented countless clients throughout the state charged with impaired driving offenses in both jury and court tried settings. He has more than sixty published appellate decisions including Weiland v. Director, 32 S.W.3d 628 (Mo. App. W.D. 2000) which declared unconstitutional all municipal ordinances which prohibited being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle and Baldwin v. Director, 38 S.W.3d 405 (Mo. 2001) which forever changed to their benefit the licensing history of hundreds of underage offenders and State v. Mignone, 411 S. W.3d 361 (Mo. App. W.D. 2003) which recognized the trial court’s statutory authority to dismiss with prejudice in a pre-trial proceeding a criminal information wherein defendant’s BAC was proven to be less than .080%.
In 2008 he was the recipient of the Robert Duncan Appellate Excellence Award presented by the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2009 he was awarded the Bernie Edelman Tradition Award by the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2014 he was given the Charles M Shaw Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. Every year since 2005, he has been voted by his peers a Missouri Super Lawyer. He has consistently maintained a Martindale Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating. This preeminent rating, achievable only after admission to the bar for at least ten years, indicates the highest level of legal ability and ethics. It is described as “the pinnacle of professional excellence.”
His professional memberships include the National College for DUI Defense, The Missouri Bar, the Kansas Bar, the Clay County Bar, KCMBA and the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. He was past president for the Board of Directors for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is also the former Director of the Clay County Bar Association and past President of the Clay-Platte Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association.
Zel M. Fischer was born in Hamburg, Iowa, on April 28, 1963, and grew up in Watson, Missouri.
Judge Fischer was educated in Rock Port public schools. He attended William Jewell College, in Liberty and received his B.A. in philosophy and political science in 1985. He is the recipient of the Harry S Truman Most Outstanding Political Science Major for the class of 1985.
He graduated from the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law with distinction in 1988. He is the recipient of the Order of the Bench and Robe, the American Jurisprudence Award from the UMKC School of Law and was a member of UMKC Law Review. He is the original author of “Chapter 40, Strict Liability of Product Manufacturers and Sellers — Manufacturing Defect of the Products Liability Handbook,” published by the University of Missouri–Kansas City, Continuing Legal Education.
Judge Fischer was admitted to The Missouri Bar in 1988. Upon graduation, he served one year as law clerk for the Honorable Andrew Jackson Higgins of the Supreme Court of Missouri. From 1989–1992, he practiced law in the Law Offices of James D. Boggs in Kansas City. From 1992–2006, he engaged in a solo law practice in northwest Missouri. In November 2006, he was elected associate circuit judge for Atchison County, in the Fourth Judicial Circuit, and served in that capacity until his appointment to the Supreme Court of Missouri in October 2008.
Judge Fischer was selected as an ASTAR Fellow by the board of directors of the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center for his knowledge and ability to preside over complex cases involving science or technology issues.
Judge Fischer is the President of The National Courts and Science Institute (NCSI), which is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to training judges in science.
He also serves as a member on the National Advisory Board for the University of North Carolina Bryson Center for Judicial Science Education.
Judge Fischer was the 2019 recipient of the Theodore McMillian Judicial Excellence Award from the Missouri Bar. The honor is awarded to a judge who sets an example of judicial excellence by leadership in the advancement of justice, provides outstanding public and community service to the people of Missouri, and who is a person of the highest character, integrity and honor who inspires other members of the judiciary to similar noble purposes.
Judge Fischer is an active member of his church and community.
Judge Fischer was married July 13, 1985, to Julie Ann Moore. They have four children, and four grandchildren.
Judge Fischer was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gov. Matt Blunt on Oct. 15, 2008, and was retained at the 2010 general election for a 12- year term expiring Dec. 31, 2022. He served as chief justice from July 2017–June 2019.
Matt is a partner with Rosenblum, Schwartz & Fry. Over the past 15 years, Matt has successfully defended clients on charges ranging from murder to assault, robbery, and fraud. Matt’s focus is in the area of DWI, Drug, and Sex offenses. He also handles select civil cases and appeals.
Matt serves on the executive committee for the St. Louis County Bar Association, on the board and DWI committee for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and as a member of the National College for DUI Defense.
Two of Matt’s passions are teaching Trial Advocacy II at Saint Louis University School of Law and serving on the board of his non-profit, St. Louis Impact.
Rick's career has now spanned more than 20 years. He spent his formative years with the Missouri State Public Defender System in the Kansas City trial office. After 5 years in the trenches in Jackson County, Rick hung out his shingle where he continued fighting injustices and helped make good case law along the way. Currently, Rick principally focuses on sex crime defense throughout Missouri.
When Rick isn't practicing law, he likes to pet dogs, pick on his banjo, and play chess against anyone who wants to sit down across the board.
Travis Jones has been an instructor in the law enforcement field for the last 19 years. He has taught over 4,000 hours for civilian and military police academies and installations. Advanced instruction has been done in the field of drug impairment, blood testing, and crash investigation. Travis Jones has been an instructor and speaker for organizations such as the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Lifesavers Conference, state and national prosecutors’ offices, and the Missouri Sheriff’s Association.
Travis received his Bachelor’s degree and Master of Science degree from Lindenwood University. He has developed a wide range of programs, including DWI enforcement (Alcohol and Drug), police traffic radar, and basic and advanced crash investigation. He has served as the administrator for several schools, including IACP Drug Recognition Expert Schools. He has successfully completed both the Borkenstein School of Alcohol and the Borkenstein School of Drug Effects on Humans at Indiana University.
Travis completed training manuals and programs for the US Marine Corps Law Enforcement Program from 2010 to 2016. These manuals include the SFST Refresher, SFST Basic, SFST Instructor, Intoxilyzer and Intoximeters Breath Testing Instruments/ Preliminary Breath Testing Operator and Supervisor, Drugged Driver Identification and Advanced Drugged Driver, Radar Basic and Instructor, Basic Crash Investigations, and Lidar Basic/ Instructor.
He has instructed these courses for the US Marine Corps, US Air Force, US Navy, and US Army. He coordinated and supervised training videos in DWI Enforcement that are used by police departments. Travis has developed and taught courses for attorneys and legal professionals, including alcohol/drug use detection, DWI Enforcement/Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Breath/blood testing, and speed measurement. Travis has also instructed on Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, alcohol/drug effects on humans, and numerous other courses to private companies, public entities, and medical professionals.
Denise’s practice emphasizes DWI defense in both municipal and state courts. Denise received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994, and was admitted to the Missouri Bar that year. She is also licensed in Kansas.
Denise is founder and President of The Missouri DWI Institute, LLC, an organization dedicated to educating judges, attorneys, and law enforcement regarding the law and science of DWI. She is also President of The Missouri Society for Criminal Justice, an organization focused on DWI defense. She has been voted by her peers a Super Lawyer in Missouri and Kansas in the area of DWI defense. She is a member of the National College for DUI Defense as well as the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. Denise is NHTSA Certified in the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety tests and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She served as Co-Chair of the Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar and was honored with the MACDL President’s Award in 2019. She consults with attorneys around the state on challenging prior convictions in criminal DWI cases.
Joseph S. Passanise graduated with honors from Missouri State University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communication (1991) and master’s degree in Communication (1993). He continued as a Rotary Scholar obtaining a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of London, Imperial College (1995) and obtained his Juris Doctor, with Honors, from Washburn University School of Law (1997). Passanise is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and both the Western and Eastern District Federal Courts in Missouri. He has been awarded the highest rating of “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, which recognizes attorneys, based on peer-review, with the highest practice and ethical standards.
Passanise practices criminal defense in federal, state, and municipal courts with partner Dee Wampler and associate Taylon Sumners in Springfield, Missouri, and has participated in numerous high-profile jury and bench trials. He is a Past President of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) and is a frequent speaker at Missouri Bar and MACDL conferences. He is a member of the National College of DUI Defense (2004-Present), the National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center (2011-Present) and teaches Legal Communication as per-course faculty at Missouri State University.
His peers have recognized Passanise as a Best Lawyer® (2007-Present) in the practice areas of white collar, general criminal, and DUI defense. Wampler & Passanise Law Office has been recognized as a “Best Firm” by Best Lawyers (2011-Present). Joe has been selected as a Super Lawyer by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine, which recognizes the top 5 percent of attorneys through peer review (2006-Present). He is listed in Who’s Who in American Law (2005-Present) and named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers (2007-Present).
Passanise has been awarded the Charles M. Shaw Award for excellence in trial advocacy. The Governor of Missouri appointed him to the Missouri Tourism Commission in 2020 and he was named Best Lawyers® 2021 Springfield Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year. Passanise is a fellow in the prestigious American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers (ABCDL).
Judge Mark D. Pfeiffer was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, in May 2009, and served as the Chief Judge from 2016-18. Judge Pfeiffer was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, and raised in Columbia, Missouri. He graduated from Columbia Hickman High School in 1985, received his undergraduate degree from Westminster College in 1989, and his juris doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1991. Judge Pfeiffer and his wife, Tracey, reside in Columbia, Missouri, where they raised two sons, Wilson and Brady.
Judge Pfeiffer began his legal career in January of 1992 with the law firm of Farrington & Curtis in Springfield, Missouri. In 1995, Judge Pfeiffer moved back to his home town of Columbia, Missouri, where he and his law partner of fourteen years, Wally Bley, formed the law firm of Bley & Pfeiffer, P.C. At both law firms, Pfeiffer specialized as a trial and appellate attorney in civil litigation.
Judge Pfeiffer is active in the Missouri Bar Association, Boone County Bar Association, and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Westminster College, is a judicial fellow of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an Executive Committee member of the Council of Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeal, the Chair of the Missouri Appellate Court Education Committee, and is a member of The Crossing Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Scott created Twibell Pierson Criminal Law in 2019. Twibell Pierson Criminal Law focuses on criminal defense matters through a client focused and result driven approach. Prior to creating Twibell Pierson Criminal Law, Mr. Pierson worked at The Law Office of Wampler and Passanise starting in 2014. While there, he worked on Federal, State and Municipal criminal cases. He has been recognized as one of the top Up-And-Coming attorneys in Missouri by the Springfield Business Journal and Missouri Lawyers' Weekly.
Prior to Twibell Pierson Criminal Law, Scott attended Missouri State University and University of Missouri- Kansas City. While at Missouri State, competed on a national ranked policy debate team. He was also involved with Missouri State University, serving leadership roles including Student Body Vice-president. He was awarded the Board of Governors Commendation for Outstanding Service to the University. Further, he was awarded Greek Man of the year, the highest honor given to an individual in the Missouri State Fraternity system.
Scott went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Law. While in law school he was the winner of outstanding oral advocate in the Ellison Moot Court Competition. Further, he competed on the national moot court team. Scott in law school also interned at the Kansas City Public Defender Office, which allowed him to work on high profile felony cases. Scott’s high aptitude in trial preparation and argument led to him being selected by faculty to the distinguished Order of the Barristers.
Upon graduation he worked at McGonagle Spencer PC, a small law firm in Kansas City, which specializes in plaintiff’s class action work, personal injury, and criminal law. While at the firm Scott was an advocate for clients who had suffered life altering injuries. Wanting to get back to Springfield and back into the court room on a regular basis Scott accepted a job with the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office, practicing solely in Criminal Defense.
Working at the Public Defender’s Office, Scott participated in numerous bench and jury trials at both the misdemeanor and felony level in state court. Scott had frequent success in felony and misdemeanor litigation.
Scott remains involved in the Springfield Community and currently serves on the Board of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association. In 2020, Scott received the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association President’s Award given to an individual who is committed to serving the community through legal services.
Mr. Reid is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law and practices primarily in the areas of criminal and civil litigation. The majority of Mr. Reid practice concentrates on complex DUI/DWI litigation and Summary Suspension matters including those involving blood, breath, and drug recognition. Mr. Reid has personally represented clients in over 50 counties in Missouri and Illinois, as well as multiple other states
Mr. Reid is a frequent lecturer in the area of DUI/DWI law and practice as well as the administration of Standardized Filed Sobriety issues and Alcohol concentration testing including but not limited to matters involving blood and breath testing in both Illinois and Missouri. Mr. Reid is a coauthor of the Missouri DUI Handbook of the Missouri Practice Series. Mr. Reid is a certified instructor in the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Test.
Mr. Reid is a member of the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar, The Illinois Bar, the National College of DUI Defense Attorneys, as well as The Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is licensed to practice before State and Appellate Courts in Missouri and Illinois as well as the United States Supreme Court.
Gina Simone is an associate at the Law Offices of Denise Kirby. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Gina is a member the Missouri Bar, the Kansas Bar, the Volunteer Attorney Project, and the Missouri Society for Criminal Justice. She is licensed to practice before the State and Federal Courts in Missouri and Kansas. She is NHTSA Certified in the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.
Nathan Swanson began his law career in Denver in civil litigation, then moved to Missouri to pursue his dream of working in criminal defense. As a criminal defense attorney at the St. Louis law firm of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry, Nathan Swanson won several criminal cases for his clients, and developed a solid reputation as a DUI and DWI attorney. He has since become a breakout star in appellate law, winning such high-profile cases as Russell Faria’s criminal appeal, which was featured on Dateline NBC and on Oxygen’s Snapped.
Dan Viets is an attorney in private practice in Columbia, MO, concentrating on the defense of marijuana cases. Dan served as Chair of the campaign Board responsible for placing Missouri's Constitutional medical marijuana law on the ballot and supported its passage by 66% of Missouri voters. He helped draft Article XIV, which is now Missouri's Constitutional medical marijuana law.
He has served for many years as the Missouri State Coordinator for NORML. He is a former president of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, former chair of the board of the Mid-Missouri ACLU, former president of the University of Missouri student body and former chair of the City of Columbia Human Rights Commission. Dan hosts a weekly radio program, called "Sex, Drugs and Civil Liberties", on a community station affiliated with National Public Radio.
Dan was the recipient of the 1993 Martin Luther King Association's "Keeping the Dream Alive" award and the 1995 Mid-Missouri "Civil Libertarian of the Year." Dan was named High Times Freedom Fighter of the Month in March, 2005 for his work helping to pass both a marijuana decriminalization initiative and a medical marijuana initiative in the November, 2004 election in Columbia. He received the 2005 Atticus Finch Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer award from the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In January, 2006 he received the Trailblazer award from the Mid-Missouri NAACP. He received the "Audiencey Award" from Conan O'Brien on the Tonight Show for looking most like the college professor who could always get you weed.
Dan has also been recognized by Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, Lawyers of Distinction and National Trial Lawyers for exhibiting excellence in the field of criminal law.
Gary Witt was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District in January 2010, and retained in 2012. He served as an Associate Circuit Judge for Division V of the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Platte County Missouri from 1998 to 2010. Prior to becoming a Judge, he was a Shareholder with the firm of Witt, Hicklin & Witt, P.C. in Platte City. He and his wife Angie live near Parkville, Missouri. His undergraduate degree is from William Jewell College and law degree from University of Missouri- Columbia School of Law. Elected to three terms as a State Representative, he served as Chair of the Judiciary and Ethics Committee and Chaired the Special Committee on Impeachment. He is a Fellow with The National Courts and Sciences Institute. He serves on the Board of the Missouri Institute for Justice. He is Past-President of the Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges and is Past-President of the Platte County Bar Association. In addition, he is Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Missouri Judicial Conference. He is a frequent speaker to civic and school groups. He has served on the Board of the Platte County Historical Society (former Treasurer), Life Member of the MU Alumni Association. Presented with the Appellate Judicial Excellence Award by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri - 2020. Voted Best Associate Circuit Judge; Missouri Lawyer's Weekly readers poll (2009) and was given the prestigious President's Award from the Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges (2009) and the Dr. Terry Martinez Science and the Law Award by the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2015).
A trial attorney at Gabris Law, LLC, Christopher J. Zellers represents clients in the St. Louis, Missouri, metropolitan area and all surrounding counties in DWI/DUI and criminal matters.
Admitted to practice in Illinois and Missouri, Mr. Zellers is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and The Missouri Bar. Recognized for his courage in taking on difficult cases and his ability to win them at trial, he works closely with other experts and defense attorneys to create a successful defense for those who have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Combining aggressive techniques, thorough investigation, sound trial strategy and weaknesses in the opposition’s cases, Mr. Zellers protects the rights of those accused of committing crimes.
Mr. Zellers earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Saint Louis University before attending Saint Louis University School of Law, where he graduated with his Juris Doctor. He received training from some of the nation’s experts in defending those charged with driving while intoxicated. Committed to protecting the rights of the average person, he uses his experience, knowledge and instinct to find a favorable solution for his clients, whether that be less jail time or a larger compensation after a personal injury.