Silvey & Associates
Family Law, Criminal Law, Traffic & Personal Injury Attorney
How did you get into this industry?
I’ve been practicing law in Jefferson City since 2014. I was raised in the Jefferson City area and wanted to help our community navigate the legal system, should they ever have the need.
What sets you apart?
Too many lawyers tell their clients what they want to hear to keep them as clients and continue billing hours. I tell my clients what they need to hear, even if it means fewer billable hours. My goal is to ensure my clients fully understand the legal system and set reasonable expectations of what to expect in their case.
How do you stay up-to-date?
The Bar requires and offers a number of options for continuing education. I attend multiple conferences a year to ensure my clients have access to the latest industry trends. I also maintain multiple relationships in the legislature to keep abreast of what changes are likely to become law.
What’s one thing you wish everyone knew about being an attorney?
Successful attorneys don’t keep a 9-5 schedule. To provide the best service for our clients, we often need to react to changes incases after hours and on weekends. I have not been on a vacation yet that didn’t require me to stop and help a client.
What’s been your biggest failure and how did you overcome it?
I ran for election twice for municipal Judge. I lost both times, but the experience made me realize I can have a much bigger impact in our community continuing to help clients than sitting on the bench.
How do you define success?
Working hard to fight for my clients and making sure they get the outcome they deserve and are treated fairly during the legal process.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Helping people through tough times. Going through a divorce or having criminal charge spending can be very stressful and emotional. I enjoy helping people and working with them to help lower that stress and working with them to get through a very hard time in their life.
What are your future goals?
My goal is always to be growing and learning. This year I was able to add an associate, which increased the number of clients we are able to help.
What are three words that best describe your business?
Motivated, compassionate, andaccessible.
As an attorney, what’s one thing you’d tell your child to never do when it comes to the law?
Everyone has the right to remain silent. No matter your age, if you are facing criminal charges, you should never talk to law enforcement without a lawyer present. You could end up saying something to the officer that allows them to arrest and charge you with a crime.
How is community involvement important to your job/business?
I believe that in order to be successful, a business must work to help better the community they are providing service in. My office takes several pro bono cases each year and donates to numerous charities in the community.
Who are your biggest supporters?
My husband, my two daughters, and my family.
Do you have any advice for those just getting started?
Work hard and don’t give up. Success does not come quickly or easily. Even when you feel like giving up, keep your head up and power through. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
When someone is looking to hire an attorney, what should they look for?
Look for an attorney who is responsive. This is the No. 1 complaint attorneys get. You want an attorney who will return your calls and emails.
Do you use any tricks to keep you motivated and productive in your day to day business schedule?
I am a big advocate of making lists and making sure those lists are done quickly. I often have multiple lists going at any given time. I usually have one for the day, week, or month that I am working through.
What is your favorite way to unwind?
I love to travel and experience new cultures, foods, and view amazing architecture. Also, floating at the lake with friends and family.
(573) 232-1884 | silveylegal.com
425 E. High St. JCMO