Partner & Criminal Lawyer

Eric Vernon has been focused on criminal law since 1997. For several years, he worked as a public defender in Missouri. He had special assignment to juvenile court, and was part of the committee that established Clay County's Drug Court. A 1995 graduate of St. Louis University School of Law, he is licensed in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. In 1986, he graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy and spent eight years of commissioned service afloat and ashore. He is also a previously licensed merchant mariner: Master of Oceans (steam or motor vessels not greater than 1600 GT). Although I grew up with a lawyer father and an admiration for Atticus Finch, Clarence Darrow, and F. Lee Bailey, I can't say I had a burning desire to be a lawyer. As a young and single Coast Guard officer stranded in the gateway to the west, I went to law school at night while guarding our coasts by day. Law school took a little extra time, as I spent one summer in Operation Desert Storm and a two year sabbatical on a ship in Alaska. After finishing law school, I took another detour to work on tug boats in the Caribbean. Eventually, I settled back home in Kansas City and found my calling working for the Missouri Public Defender's Office in Clay County. The other lawyers and staff at the Public Defender's Office and the many clients taught me the dedication, determination, and skills necessary to give my clients the quality of representation and counsel that they deserve. In the arena of criminal law, Eric has successfully represented individuals charged with a wide variety of crimes, including federal conspiracy to manufacture and/or distribute drugs, trafficking in drugs, sexual assault, statutory rape, 1st degree murder, manslaughter, weapons charges, possession of controlled substance, child molestation, possession of child pornography, robbery, armed criminal action, and many more criminal charges. Since Kevin and I joined forces, I have focused on managing and defending most of our criminal and traffic cases. We work together to prepare for trials and have found that our differing styles and outlooks are good compliments, and two brains and four hands are always better than one brain and two hands. I also enjoy working with juveniles who have managed to run afoul of the law and their exasperated parents. I like to also add that I was honored to be a part of the committee that created the Clay County Drug Court and Veterans Court. I am a big believer in restorative justice and the possibility of redemption. I strongly advocate the mission of the area drug courts, mental health courts, and family drug courts. I often work to get clients entered in to the drug courts. The ethical rules governing lawyer advertising prevent us from describing our successes, lest you assume we are promising to do the same for you. We can commit to doing our best to achieve the best possible outcome for all of our clients. I also make a point of giving all of my clients a straight and honest appraisal of their case and their situation.

Bar Admissions

  • 2003 State Bar of Kansas
  • 1996 State Bar of Illinois
  • 1995 State Bar of Missouri (Good Standing, Active)

Education

US Coast Guard Academy, 31 Mohegan Ave Pkwy, New London, CT 06320
B.S. - Bachelor of Science - 1986
Saint Louis University School of Law, 100 N Tucker Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63101
JD - Juris Doctor - 1994

Career Highlights

  • Navy Commendation Medal
  • Coast Guard Achievement Medal
  • Southwest Asia Defense Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal

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