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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:

Debbie Leist

Debbie Leist

Business Manager

Bio Coming Soon

Martha Olund

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.

Emily Smith

Emily Smith (Mammorella)

Communication Coordinator

Emily’s bright smile and contagious cheerful personality will be your first experience with the Piatchek Law Firm! Emily works as the firm’s Communication Coordinator, fielding calls, greeting clients and making sure clients and staff connect fills her day. Born and raised in Battlefield, she is happily married and has two beautiful children who proudly attend St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School. Emily loves riding horses, watching movies with her family, fall candles and being a dog mom to the worlds sweetest pit bull, Riley Jean. In addition, she is a huge supporter of the Springfield music scene, as her husband, Robert, plays with a number of local bands.

Nick Ibarra

Nick Ibarra

Paralegal

Nick Ibarra has been with the Piatchek Law Firm since the Spring of 2016. Working for Attorneys Scott Taylor and Nicholas Lunnen, Nick’s primary focus is Family Law, and specializes in Contested Divorce, Paternity Actions, and Custody Modifications. 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 11 years of legal experience to include disability law and legislative law.

Nick is also a Men’s Physique Competitor and in June of 2020 won his Pro Card, allowing him to compete in professional competition events. Along with his passion for his own fitness, Nick is a personal trainer and diet coach that enjoys helping others reach their fitness goals.

Nick has been a resident of Springfield since 1993, has been happily married to his beautiful wife, Samantha, for almost four years, has four children and one grandchild. In his spare time he enjoys reading, exercising, playing and listening to music, and spending time with family.

Julie Cahill

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.

Scott Pope

Scott Pope

Paralegal

Scott brings many years of experience in many aspects of law practice and related fields to the firm, including a B.A. in Political Science from Drury University, summa cum laude, a graduate degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a diverse experience base in criminal, domestic, administrative and civil litigation.

Scott enjoys performing music as a hobby, and has been to Isesaki, Japan with the Springfield Sister Cities cultural exchange, and annually travels to Mexico to play for the Zihuatanejo Sail Fest with the M-Dock Band raising money for their school system.

Julie Cahill

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.

Scott Pope

Scott Pope

Paralegal

Scott brings many years of experience in many aspects of law practice and related fields to the firm, including a B.A. in Political Science from Drury University, summa cum laude, a graduate degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a diverse experience base in criminal, domestic, administrative and civil litigation.

Scott enjoys performing music as a hobby, and has been to Isesaki, Japan with the Springfield Sister Cities cultural exchange, and annually travels to Mexico to play for the Zihuatanejo Sail Fest with the M-Dock Band raising money for their school system.