Angela Myers was born in Memphis, TN. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Evangel University, where she graduated with honors. In 2002 she received her law degree from University of Memphis, ranked number 2 in her law school class.
In 2002, she returned to Springfield, MO with her husband, a native of Republic, MO and was admitted to practice before Missouri state courts and the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Her legal career has led her down diverse paths, giving her a broad exposure to the practice of law. The first 10 ½ years of her practice was focused on litigating personal injury, medical negligence, wrongful death and products liability (including automobile, medical malpractice, slip and falls). She practiced with the law firm Placzek & Francis, in plaintiffs’ civil litigation. When the opportunity arose, she went to clerk for Judge William W. Francis at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, Springfield, Missouri (a former partner at Placzek & Francis).
After her time at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Angela began focusing her legal practice in the areas of Elder Law, Probate, Estate Planning and Litigation- including civil litigation and probate litigation. Angela’s primary practice at The Elder Law Group, LLC is in elder law, probate, estate planning, and trust administration work, although her practice spans other areas such as general litigation, probate & trust litigation, personal injury litigation, and small business formation.
Angela was selected as one of Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly 2018 Women’s Justice Awards Honorees.
Angela is actively involved in local, state, and national organizations. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Missouri Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, The Missouri Bar, and The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association. She was instrumental in the beginning years of the Southern Missouri Women Lawyers and most recently served on the Board of Directors and Events Committee Chair. She also served on the Assemblies of God Credit Union Board of Directors, including Vice Chairman of the Board. In addition to her work as an attorney, Angela is member of the Junior League of Springfield, serves on the board of Include Ozarks, served on the Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations in Springfield, Missouri, and completed Ozarks Chamber Ozarks Leads class in 2017-18. She has attended and been a member at James River Church since returning to Springfield, and actively volunteered in the Elementary Department of James River Church for over 12 years.
UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
Juris Doctor, 2002
Danielle graduated cum laude from Creighton University School of Law, where she served as President of the Student Bar Association, a member of the editorial staff of the Creighton Law Review, and was a founding editor of the Creighton International and Comparative Law Journal. Prior to attending law school, Danielle obtained a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and a master’s degree in Business Administration, both from (Southwest) Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.
Danielle has earned a number accolades in the area of estate planning and elder law including being named by the Springfield Business Journal as a Trusted Adviser and being selected as one of five attorneys in the nation by the American Bar Association for a two year Trust & Estate Fellowship. Danielle currently serves as the American Bar Association Long Term Care Committee Vice Chair and recently published an article in the national Probate & Property magazine on recent changes to Missouri's guardianship statutes.
Danielle is a member of the Greene County Estate Planning Council, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Community Foundation of the Ozarks Professional Advisors Council, the Southern Missouri Women Lawyers, the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar Association. She was also a member of the 2014-2015 Missouri Bar Association Leadership Academy, a recipient of the 2017 Missouri Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Award, and a recipient of the 2016 Springfield Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award.
In addition to her fulfilling work at The Elder Law Group, Danielle enjoys giving back to the community through her service as a board member for the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools, a board member for the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, a member of Leadership Springfield Class 35, and a member of the steering committee for Respecting Choices of the Ozarks which seeks to ensure all members of our community make well-informed choices about end of life care.
SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2011
MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
Nicole is originally from Gainesville, Florida, and attended the University of Florida. She earned an undergraduate degree in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration. Nicole then went on to law school at the University of Florida – Levin College of Law, graduating in 1998. She was the Executive Research Editor of the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy and won an award for excellence in research editing. Nicole’s note “Marriage and Divorce: Degrees of ‘I Do,’” won the award for best note in the Fall of 1997 and was published in the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 9:2, fall 1998 (West Law cite: 9 UFLJLPP 265). Nicole earned honors in Appellate Advocacy and was a Teaching and Research Assistant for Legal Research and Writing and Appellate Advocacy.
After graduating from law school, Nicole worked for a statewide workers’ compensation defense practice. She then clerked for the Honorable Judge Gary R. Jones, United States Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida in Ocala, Florida.
Upon relocating to Missouri, Nicole clerked for the late Honorable Judge Richard E. Dorr, United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri. She then went on to join a mid-size general practice firm. Nicole specialized in complex litigation, business litigation, employment law, civil rights defense, and municipal representation. She handled matters in both state and federal courts in Southwest Missouri and in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining The Elder Law Group, Nicole began focusing her practice to the areas of estate planning, elder law, and business formation and planning.
Nicole is actively involved in local and state organizations. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Missouri Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Missouri Bar, the Florida Bar, the Federal Court for the Western District of Missouri, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is also a member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, the Greene County Estate Planning Council, and the Southern Missouri Women Lawyers. In addition to her fulfilling work as an attorney, Nicole is a graduate of the Ozarks Chamber Ozarks Leads class for 2018-19 and is a board member for the Betty and Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
LEVIN COLLEGE OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1998
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Dianne M. Hansen
Dianne received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri and received her Juris Doctorate, with distinction, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, where she was awarded the “Outstanding Woman Law Graduate of 1992” by the National Association of Women Lawyers. After serving as a trial lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri for 7 years, in 1999, she relocated to Tucson, Arizona, where she changed her field of practice to the emerging area of Elder Law. In 2006, she returned to Missouri, where she continued the practice of Elder Law as of counsel to Ozarks Elder Law (formerly Zerrer Elder Law) for 13 years. Dianne, along with her former colleague, Lois Zerrer, were the earliest and leading practitioners in the field of Elder Law in Southwest Missouri.
Dianne has been a member of the Missouri Bar, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and the Missouri Chapter of NAELA for many years, having served on the Missouri Chapter’s Board of Directors, as well as a Vice-Chairman of the Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee. Dianne is a recipient of the W. Oliver Rasch Award from the Editorial Board of theJournal of the Missouri Bar, as well as the Member of the Year Award from the MissouriChapter of NAELA. She has been a frequent speaker on Elder Law topics before many community groups in Southwest Missouri and Springfield, as well as a presenter for continuation legal education programs for members of the Missouri Bar Association.
As of counsel to The Elder Law Group, Dianne will continue to focus her practice solely on estate planning and other elder law issues.
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS CITY
SCHOOL OF LAW
J.D., with distinction, 1992