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A Criminal Defense Attorney In Springfield MO Ready to Fight for You

Adam Woody is among the most experienced, credentialed, and court-tested criminal defense attorneys in southwest Missouri. He brings the full scope of his expertise to every case that he takes, garnering a record that includes hundreds of dismissals and not-guilty trial verdicts for all crimes up to 1st-degree murder.

Despite his national stature, Adam has remained focused solely on criminal defense here in the Ozarks. As such, he knows every aspect of our local criminal court system, and has a reputation for his thorough preparation and courtroom demeanor. He is the President of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a general member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is also a general member of the National College for DUI Defense which is an invitation only organization consisting of members who have demonstrated outstanding skill and experience in the field of DUI/DWI defense.

Certifications & Achievements

Adam maintains board certification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has consistently been recognized as a top as a criminal trial attorney. He is a member of the Missouri Bar, the United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Missouri, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. His ongoing awards and achievements include;

  • Six consecutive years ranked as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers organization
  • Selected for the Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list 2015 & 2016
  • 2018 Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2011 Up and Coming Attorney Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • Ranked in the Best Lawyers in America 2017 Edition for DUI/DWI Defense
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney Under 40 in Missouri by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyer in Missouri by the American Society of Legal Advocates in 2016
  • Designated among the Nation's Top One Percent by the National Associate of Distinguished Counsel in 2015
  • Named as a Springfield Business Journal Trusted Adviser in 2017

Adam studied Criminology, Psychology, and Global Studies at Drury University before going on to receive his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He is also a 2013 graduate of the National Criminal Defense College’s Trial Practice Institute.

Lacon Smith, Attorney

Attorney Lacon Smith graduated from Drury University in 2014 with her Bachelor of Arts in English and Global Studies. In May 2019, she was awarded her Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

During her studies Lacon served as an Associate Notes and Comments Editor on the Law Review, and will be published in the Second Volume of 2019. While in Arkansas, she also clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office, the James Law Firm (specializing exclusively criminal defense), and Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Alice Sprinkle Gray. Her areas of interest include wrongful convictions, the use of DNA evidence in criminal cases, and search and seizure law.

She is originally from Houston, Missouri, where she still enjoys spending time with her family and floating down the Big Piney River. Lacon lives in Springfield with her daughter, age 4.

Legal Assistants

  • Susie Banasik

  • Kelsey Miller

  • Kim Rhea