March 6, 2003
David Peppard Opens Law Office In Memphis
Saying there is a "shortage of lawyers" sounds like the beginning of an attorney joke, but a new attorney practicing in Memphis attributes the lack of lawyers in the region in part for his return to northeast Missouri.
"One thing I noticed right away was how much of the legal work here was being done by attorneys from out of the area," said David Peppard. "I think there is a good opportunity here for me to build a solid general practice, while allowing me to get back to this part of the state."
After spending 10 years practicing law in his hometown of St. Joseph, Peppard began considering the move to the area last year. "I prefer living in a small community to city life. I came to Memphis with my girlfriend last summer. It had been some time since I had been here and it struck me how much Scotland County was like Clinton County, where I taught school years ago and lived both before and after law school."
The door to the Peppard Law Office, P.C. opened at 213 S. Main Street in January. David offers legal counsel regarding civil litigation, family, real estate, traffic/criminal, commercial, and property law, as well as governmental and probate issues.
Peppard operated law offices in St. Joseph and Gower since 1993. For almost five years, Peppard served as assistant city attorney for the City of St. Joseph, where he prosecuted and defended civil lawsuits as the primary staff litigator. He also worked as the city attorney/ prosecutor for the City of Gower.
A 1992 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School, David received his undergraduate degree in mass communications and education from Truman State University (formerly NMSU), where he graduated magna cum laude, in 1980.
It was during his days at NMSU that Peppard established ties to this region. "Since I moved away, there probably hasn't been a month go by where I didn't get to come here to visit friends," he said. "I'd always thought I'd come back here to live some day."
Prior to law school, Peppard worked as a news reporter and a sports director for radio stations in Kirksville and Hannibal. David also spent time as a part-time broadcasting instructor at NMSU, before taking a journalism teaching position at Lathrop High School. During his four years at Lathrop, Peppard was the advisor for the school's award winning school newspaper and yearbook. He also coached boy's basketball, girl's volleyball, and academic bowl there and was an assistant coach for an undefeated boy's basketball team that won the state 2-A title in 1985 and finished third in 1987.
While he has been practicing law for the past decade, school and sports still hold a special place in Peppard's heart. "I hope I'll be able to contribute something to the area's schools and communities beyond practicing law here," he said.