Duane is the father of six children, all of whom attend Missouri public schools or universities. As a first generation college graduate, Duane understands the profound impact public educators have had on his life. Duane founded EdCounsel to support and defend public schools and school leaders in the hope that he could positively impact the lives of as many children as possible, including his own.
Emily joined EdCounsel at its inception in 2014. Since that time, her practice has focused on general counsel matters, working through issues in real time with clients to reach practical and timely solutions. Outside of work, she spends time with her husband, Matt, and their children, Lila and Max. Emily also devotes her time to her position as Board member for the Fulton Public Schools
J. Drew Marriott
Drew joined the firm in April of 2014 with a passion to serve public educators. His practice focuses on guiding and counseling school leaders through both litigation and general counsel matters. When he's not in a Board meeting or courtroom, you can find Drew spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Tom joined EdCounsel in the summer of 2014. While he practices all areas of school law, his main focus has been on bidding, contracts, and Board governance. When he's not in the office, he can usually be found at the rugby field, at home watching a Cardinals' game, or spending time with friends and family.
Brian joined the firm in 2014. He focuses on defending school districts in court against claims made by employees, contracts and other litigants. In his free time, he enjoys having fun with his two young daughters, playing games and reading books.
Chris joined the firm in June of 2016 and splits the focus of his practice between general counsel and litigation assistance on behalf of our clients. Chris enjoys spending time with his daughters, going fishing and working out.
Ryan recently joined the firm and focuses his practice in both general counsel and litigation matters. Ryan spends his free time with his wife and three children.
Prior to joining the EdCounsel team, Rachel worked as legal counsel for the Office of Special Education within the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, now she uses this experience to provide counsel to school leaders on the variety of complex legal matters districts face every day.
Julia Katich Mudd
Julia previously served as legal counsel for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources where she worked on a variety of general legal matters including environmental regulatory issues, Sunshine Law compliance, administrative rulemaking, and personnel matters. Julia successfully assisted in organizing and leading the Department’s Red Tape Reduction initiative drawing on her attention to detail and ability to tackle difficult processes to help the Department reduce outdated and unnecessary regulatory burdens.
Matt comes to EdCounsel with varied and substantial litigation experience. His career in private practice started at a large Kansas City law firm, and he has also worked as in-house counsel for a multi-national Fortune 1000 company where he managed litigation all over North and South America, as well as in Europe. After that, Matt’s practice shifted to representing smaller businesses and public entities here in Missouri, and he has tried cases in state and federal courts on issues ranging from property damage to constitutional torts. Since joining EdCounsel’s Springfield office, Matt’s focus is helping public school districts navigate disputes, lawsuits, and day-to-day governance issues.