“They worked hard, but they also served their community outside of work by volunteering in different organizations,” said Myers, a Memphis native. “They were overall generous people. That was my idea of a lawyer — you worked really hard and helped your clients, but you were also were able because of your career path or skill set to help people outside of work.”
Myers knew she wanted to use her own gifts to help people in the same way. Her path to law school began at Evangel University in Springfield, where she earned a degree in public administration and social science. She went on to earn her law degree from The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, and was awarded the Cecil C. Humphreys Law Fellowship from 2000-2002.
She started her career in litigation with Placzek Law Firm and served as staff attorney with the Greene County Juvenile Office. While she enjoyed both roles, she said she soon realized she wanted to branch out. A position clerking for Judge William W. Francis at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, had given her confidence in her ability to work in many areas of law.
Myers joined Ozarks Elder Law in 2014, where her broad practice area includes transactional work such as estate planning, wills, trusts, power-of-attorney, trust administration, adult guardianships, long-term planning and special-needs trusts. She also handles litigation matters including elder abuse, medical malpractice, slip-and-falls, auto accidents, and nursing-home, trust and probate litigation.
“It allows me to stay on my toes while dealing with different types of clients,” she said.
Myers is a member of many professional associations, including the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and she served on the Southern Missouri Women Lawyers Association board of directors from January 2016 to January 2018. She’s been active with the Junior League of Springfield, was a member of the Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations from 2016-17 and is a member of the Ozarks Chamber 2017-18 Ozarks Leads class.
Like the lawyers she watched in her youth, Myers is actively interested in helping those who need it most. While guardianship cases can be uniquely challenging because of the emotional toll they can take on families, Myers said she finds them to be particularly rewarding, especially when she’s able to help a family seeking resources for a parent with dementia.
“Those are life-giving because I feel like I can really help them navigate this legal world a little easier,” she said.