Jarica (Hudspeth) Oeltjen
I am a 2009 graduate of Missouri State University’s political science program. Following my time at MSU, I attended law school at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and obtained my law degree in 2012. I currently practice with the law firm of Lathrop & Gage LLP, in Springfield.
I can’t really say enough about the education I received at MSU. Many thanks go out to people like Dr. Pybas, Dr. Paddock, Dr. Connor, and Dr. Dutton (also Jack Knight in the philosophy department) who were invaluable. These professors helped me refine my writing skills, and I developed strengthened analytical abilities thanks to their efforts. And the support from the political-science department didn’t end upon graduation. To this day, I look to Dr. Pybas as a mentor in my profession. He counseled me through the woes of job placement and helped me land a really great gig.
In my law practice, I focus on business-litigation matters including professional-liability and product-liability claims, and I also handle estate and probate litigation matters. I’ve second chaired two jury trials, taken numerous depositions, and argued several substantive motions in Christian, Dade, Greene, Laclede, Pulaski, and Stone counties in Missouri. I live in Mount Vernon with my husband Phil and our dog Nikki. A shout out to Phil, mom (Valerie), dad (Troy), Andrew (brother), Jason (brother), Brooke (sister), Grandma Linda, Grandpa Dwaine, Grandma Boots, and Doris for your love and support.