Prior to forming Purcell Legal Services, I worked as an attorney for a law firm based in St. Charles, Missouri. There, I handled personal injury cases, representing victims who were harmed through no fault of their own, and who needed assistance getting the compensation that they deserved. I also stood up to protect the Constitutional rights of those who were facing charges in our justice system. I was a part of a team of trial lawyers who received numerous awards for client satisfaction, and our firm was named a “Top 100 firm in the Nation” by the National Association of Trial Lawyers.
I also worked as a Plaintiff’s attorney at a nationally recognized Plaintiff’s law firm in St. Peters, Missouri. There, I represented clients who were the victims of harmful drugs and defective products. We represented over 2000 clients in Federal Court seeking momentary relief for their catastrophic injuries.
During law school, I had the opportunity to serve in the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. During my time there, I had the opportunity to protect our community and gain valuable insight as to how our justice system operates.
I attended Law School at my family’s alma mater, Southern Illinois University, earning my Juris Doctorate degree in 2012. While studying law at SIU, I was an active member of the Mock Trial Team. During my second and third years of law school, I became a Graduate Legal Teaching Assistant. In that position, I worked closely with my professor and other law school faculty assisting with courses in Client Interviewing & Counseling and Negotiation. In my final year of law school, I was honored to be elected by my peers as Magister (President) of Phi Delta Phi, a legal honor fraternity.
Prior to Law School, I attended the University of Missouri - St. Louis utilizing the benefits of the Missouri A+ Scholarship. After two years at UMSL, I transferred on a Speech & Debate Scholarship to McKendree University in Lebanon, IL, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication. While at McKendree, I was a part of the McKenderee University Speech and Debate Team. In 2007, our team was crowned National Champions at the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Tournament.
I grew up in Bridgeton, Missouri, and attended Pattonville High School, where I enjoyed my time as a member of the Pride of Pattonville Marching Band and the Speech and Debate team. I also received recognition for my work with public outreach and community service. I received the A+ Scholarship, and, as a member of the Boy Scouts of America, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
Growing up, I witnessed the American Dream first-hand. My grandparents founded and operated a retail business successfully for 42 years. Likewise, my parents, while both handling full time jobs, also devoted energy to building a successful retail & mail order company. I was able to learn that success is not just handed out, but comes as the reward of hard work, struggle, sacrifice, and perseverance. I continually strive to apply these lessons to every case I handle and every Client I work with.
In 2006, while at McKendree University, I met my wife Jessica. We were married in July of 2010 and we have one child. Jessica and I currently live in my hometown of Bridgeton, Missouri. Jessica works in retail management in the St. Louis area, and assists with the marketing aspects of Purcell Legal Services. In our spare time, Jessica and I enjoy spending time with family, cheering on our St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues, playing softball, spending time with our friends, and traveling.