Hello, my name is Joe Piatchek. 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.
After graduating from Mizzou with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, 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. 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 began my own law practice in 2004. Today, I am the Managing Attorney at Piatchek Law Firm, which currently has four attorneys and employs about 15 staff members overall. I am proud of our growth, but I am even more proud of the cast that I have assembled. I am a member of many community and professional organizations, including Southeast Rotary here in Springfield, and I have regularly donated 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.