Hello, my name is Joe Piatchek. If you are reading this, that usually means you are thinking about hiring me or my firm, and you are curious about what kind of guy I am. Hopefully getting to know a little bit about me will make you feel more comfortable in calling me or scheduling a visit, and I would love the opportunity to get to know you too.
I was born in Springfield, Missouri, where I attended elementary, middle school, and high school. In fact, I have lived here in Springfield my entire life, except for seven years spent in Columbia, Missouri: four years undergraduate and three more in law school at the University of Missouri – Columbia.
When I was growing up, I remember being told frequently by many people, specifically including family members and teachers, that I should someday become an attorney. I don’t think this was a compliment . . . I think this was the nice way of pointing out that I liked to debate everything. My dad used to always accuse me of playing “the word game,” saying I would always find ways to twist or turn what he was saying to try to win whatever debate we were having. Looking back, he was right, and I am lucky that my parents and teachers put up with me!
In general, I was relentless – to a fault. I loved games of all kinds, I loved solving problems, and I would never stop until I figured it out, or until I won. I would keep going long after others would have given up. This has been both a blessing and curse during my life, simply depending on how I use the aspect of my personality. As an attorney, it has been one of the cornerstones of my success thus far.
So back to my story – when I arrived at college at Mizzou, I was not sure what I wanted to do. I started out wanting to be an engineer, but my college level calculus class changed my mind about that pretty quickly. Then I was undecided for a while, but I finally settled on Psychology, because I thought it was interesting, and I enjoyed reading the textbooks. So I eventually majored in Psychology, and graduated with honors, in four years flat.
After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I was still unsure what I wanted to do. I wanted to work in my degree field, but in the back of my head, I knew that law school was always an option. I decided to try working in the psychology field, so I returned to Springfield to work at Lakeland Regional Hospital, where I worked with adolescents who were suffering from various forms of mental illness, abuse, and neglect. I also worked at The Burrell Center in Springfield as a Community Support Worker (social worker/case manager) for senior adults with persistent and acute mental illness. During this time, I first began exploring a professional role as a counselor to others. This is also when I was first exposed to the legal field, regularly dealing with many government agencies, courts, police, and occasionally attending court hearings. Rather than pursuing graduate work in psychology, I instead decided to attend law school.
Upon graduating with my law degree and passing the Missouri Bar Exam, I returned to my hometown of Springfield and worked for a personal injury firm. I then decided to hang out a shingle and begin my own law practice in 2004. The rest is history.
Today, I am the Managing Attorney at the Piatchek Law Firm, LLC, which I established in 2005. I also run a special division of our law firm, Affordable Legal Services®, which provides solutions to an array of common legal concerns at reasonable flat rates. I am also a certified mediator and a Notary Public, and I employ notaries whom provide mobile notary, witnessing, and loan closing services throughout Missouri.
The Piatchek Law Firm currently has four attorneys and generally employs about 10 staff members overall. I am proud of our growth, but I am even more proud of the cast that I have assembled. Currently, I am a member of many community and professional organizations, including Southeast Rotary here in Springfield, and I regularly donate my time and expertise to local churches and non-profit agencies. I have previously volunteered time for Legal Services of Southern Missouri, served on the board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Ozarks, and the board for Birthright.
I live in Springfield with my wonderful wife, and best friend, Tracy Piatchek. I met her while I was working at the Burrell Center here in Springfield, and we’ve been together ever since. We had our first daughter in January of 2011, Helen Noelle Piatchek. Getting to know her bit by bit has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Every time I think I know her, she’s on to the next thing and doing something new! More recently, my wife and I were lucky enough to have a second child, John Steven Piatchek, and we are getting to do it all over again. My wife Tracy teaches at Immaculate Conception Elementary in Springfield. Away from the office, I enjoy exercise, sports, music, and spending time with my family, and I have been known to do a little bit o’ Netflix binge-watching. For the last few years I have been running between 15 and 25 miles per week, and I have been playing basketball twice a week with a group of guys for close to 20 years now; we play over at First Baptist in Springfield. I retired from golf, but perhaps some day I will take it up again.
Joseph J. Piatchek
Last Updated: April 25, 2018
State Bar Admissions:
- J.D. (Juris Doctorate Degree)
- Honors: Attained Advanced Certificate in Dispute Resolution
- Bachelor of Arts Degree
- Honors: Graduated with Honors in Psychology
- Major: Psychology
- Minor: Sociology
Professional Associations and Community Involvement:
- Missouri Bar
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- ABA Business Law Section
- Greene County Estate Planning Council
- Better Business Bureau (BBB)
- Southeast Rotary Club, Springfield, Missouri
- Previous Member, Board of Directors, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Ozarks, Inc.
- Springfield Business Works, Past President
- Immaculate Conception Parrish, Springfield, MO
- Previous Board Member, Birthright
Past Employment Positions:
- Curran Law Firm, Springfield, Missouri
- University of Missouri – Health Sciences, Institutional Review Board
- Burrell Behavioral Health, Community Support Worker
- Lakeland Regional Hospital, Psychiatric Technician
- Lifehouse Crisis Maternity Home, Springfield, Missouri
- HOPE Foundation, Springfield, Missouri
- Legal Services of Southern Missouri, previous participant
- Mediation Services
- Mobile Notary and Witnessing Services
- Estate Planning, Wills, and Trusts
- Business Law
- Elder Law
- Asset Protection
- Cooperative, Uncontested Divorce
- Traffic Defense
- Certified Mediator
- Real Estate Transactions
- Declaratory Judgments on Auto Titles
- Business Succession Planning
- Other Areas (please see the rest of the website)