At the Piatchek Law Firm, LLC, we are proud of our management and support staff and the work that they do. Our firm seeks to distinguish itself as the area’s leader in customer service. Meet the friendly faces that make our office great:
Katherine Yoder, Business Manager
Katherine comes from a diverse background in educational, regional, and professional capacities. She has lived all over the Midwest, and attended middle and high school in Delaware before moving to Springfield, MO to attend college at Evangel, and then immediately went on to pursue her MBA at Missouri State University. After which Katherine found herself in Nebraska, working as a manager for Target, or ETL. Eventually, by way of Kansas City, she found herself in Chicago. Leaving retail, she worked for a law firm down town, impacting their efficiencies and billing practices to see a substantial increase in profitability for the partners.
After returning to the Ozarks, in the winter of 2015 Katherine found a home here at the Piatchek Law Firm, where she began work with the goal of making it easier for the attorneys and paralegals to deliver exceptional service to clients, by transitioning to new time and billing software, and continuing to develop a culture of service and excellence in the firm.
In her time away from the office, Katherine can be found surrounded by games and yarn, as an avid table top gamer and knitter. And, if you’re lucky enough – maybe she’ll take a break from that to bake up some sourdough or bagels for you.
Martha Olund, Legal Assistant
I was born in Columbus, Georgia, but have been living in the Springfield area for over 22 years. I like listening to our clients, and I especially enjoy learning about their lives and their families; it makes me feel that I can be a part of their lives while they are here. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, reading, and watching T.V.
Here at Piatchek Law, I greet clients as they come into our office. While they are here, I like helping them feel at home. I believe that at our firm, we help solve clients’ issues and address their needs. It is nice to see how we put our clients’ minds at ease before they leave our office.
Nick Ibarra, Paralegal
Nick Ibarra has been with the Piatchek Law Firm since the Spring of 2016. Working for Attorney Scott Taylor, Nick’s primary focus is Family Law, and specifically Contested Divorce and Custody Modification.
Nick is a former United States Marine and Iraq Veteran, graduated from Evangel University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management (Summa Cum Laude), and has a combined eight years of legal experience to include disability law and legislative law.
Nick has been a resident of Springfield since 1993, is married, and has three children and one grandchild. In his spare time he enjoys reading, exercising, playing and listening to music, and spending time with family.
Julie Cahill, Paralegal
Julie was born and raised in Raytown, MO before moving her family to Springfield, MO in 2007. She has worked in the legal field since 1998 when she got her first experience as a file clerk. From there, she advanced to the paralegal level and quickly assumed leadership positions. She gained a strong background in Social Security Disability Law while working for J.H. Deans Law Office in Kansas City and Parmele Law Firm in Springfield, MO before joining the Piatchek Law Firm family in May 2015. She is the paralegal to the managing attorney, Joseph J. Piatchek, and serves as the Senior Paralegal for the firm, managing Estate Planning and Probate areas of law.
Julie keeps busy with the help of her three children and two Chihuahuas. When she’s not defying death by teaching her daughter how to drive, she enjoys taking in a movie, baking, or enabling her Mexican food addiction.
Heather Cribbs, Paralegal
Heather Cribbs has worked for the Piatchek Law Firm since January of 2017. As a third year law student, she began working at the Firm with the purpose of completing her internship. Since then, she has worked for Attorney Scott Taylor, and her main focus is Family Law and Criminal Law.
Graduating in the top 25% of her class with a Bachelor’s Degree in finance, Heather has spent much of her career in Finance and Customer Service Management. Currently in the top 15% of her class while completing her Juris Doctorate, she looks forward to her future in Litigation and Criminal Defense.
A resident of Southwest Missouri for more than ten years, Heather is married and has two children, and is active in her church. In her spare time she trains for and competes in triathlons and enjoys reading, but her passion is spending time attending her boys’ soccer and basketball events.
Debbie Sullivan, Paralegal
Debbie Sullivan has worked with The Piatchek Law Firm since December of 2016. Working with Attorney Scott Taylor, she brings more than 20 years’ experience as a litigation paralegal. Currently her focus is Worker’s Compensation, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, and Family Law.
She has lived in Missouri since 1987, with having moved to Michigan for several years between then and now. She graduated from Phillips Junior College and graduated with an Associates in Applied Sciences in Paralegal Studies.
Debbie has three children and seven grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Samantha Wright, Paralegal
Samantha Wright has been with Piatchek Law Firm since the Summer of 2016. As a paralegal for Douglas Parker, her primary focus is on Family Law, Probate, Business Law, Civil Litigation, and Traffic Tickets.
Samantha has the combined experience of six years in the legal field, including work in Elder Law and Disability Law. Graduating with Honors from Ozark High School, she immediately went on to Ozarks Technical Community College where she spent two years studying in the medical field before deciding to start her journey in the legal field.
Samantha is originally from Iowa, lived a few years in Illinois, and has been in Southwest Missouri since 2004. She is engaged and has two children and one step-child. In her spare time Samantha enjoys being a mother, spending time with family, reading, engaging in politics, and being outdoors.
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