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, Emily spends time with her husband, Matt, and their daughter, Lila in their hometown of Fulton. She also devotes her time to her new 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.
Kristen has been a member of the EdCounsel team since 2015. She represents public schools in a variety of litigation and general legal matters, including civil rights actions and grievances. When she is not at the office, you can generally find Kristen on the family farm or at a ballgame.
Emily joined EdCounsel in the summer of 2015. Since that time, her areas of emphasis with the firm have been in general counsel matters including employee, Board, and student issues. Emily and her husband recently welcomed their son, Bennett, and are taking joy in their new role as parents.
J. Danielle McAfee
Danielle joined EdCounsel in July 2015, after several years of practicing juvenile and family law. Danielle focuses her practice on a range of general counsel school law matters, including areas such as student issues, personnel matters, Board policy questions, and contract matters. In her free time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, photography, yoga, trying new restaurants, and dreaming of future vacations.
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.