Family, Criminal, and Civil Law Attorneys

The Law Office of the Ozarks specializes in Family Law, Criminal Law, and Civil Law matters, providing high-quality, effective legal services for reasonable rates.

Our team understands the pain, stress and uncertainty you are experiencing, and we have the expertise to help you find a resolution.


Family Law

Andrea Pate practices family law, with an emphasis on matters relating to the dissolution of marriage, divorce representation, mediation, child custody, paternity and child support. With the best interest of the child in mind, she also specializes in Guardian ad Litem representation and Parenting Coordination. Andrea Pate can help you move on to the next stage of life feeling whole, with your financial and emotional resources intact, and family relationships preserved.

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Criminal Law

In any criminal case, you always need an experienced attorney on your side. Defense Attorney, Joe Pate, is committed to protecting your rights and ambitions for the future, along with obtaining the best possible outcome of the criminal charge itself. With over 12 years of criminal law experience as both a defense attorney and prosecutor, Joe Pate is known as a strong negotiator who provides clients with personalized, individual attention.

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Civil Law

With a background in criminal prosecution and family law, James Whiteside now navigates the relations between community members in the practice of Civil Law. Focused in the areas of Real EstateProbate, and Estate Planning, James takes a sensible approach to the vicissitudes of these issues: ever seeking the mutual collaboration of parties, yet not hesitant to pursue justice via litigation.

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The Law Office of the Ozarks, in Springfield, Missouri, represents clients in legal matters throughout southern Missouri, including the cities of Springfield, Branson, Branson West, Hollister, Galena, Reeds Spring, Nixa, Ozark and other communities in Christian County, Stone County, Taney County, Greene County, Lawrence County, and Barry County.