Kristie Pierce joins the office with three years of experience practicing exclusively in criminal defense. Kristie considers it a privilege to walk her clients through the process of being charged with a crime and advocating on their behalf.
Kristie has successfully negotiated dismissal on a habitual felony offender driving while intoxicated case. She has also obtained a “not guilty” verdict from a jury on a driving while intoxicated case for a repeat offender. She has also negotiated dismissals on numerous felony charges including stealing, burglary, forgery, assault, and possession of a controlled substance.
Before joining Twibell Pierson Criminal Law, Kristie spent three years at the Greene County Public Defender’s Office. There, she handled a high criminal defense case load ranging from misdemeanor offenses to serious felony charges including first-degree assault, rape, and murder. She represented hundreds of individuals in Greene County and maintained a dismissal rate of over 40%. Kristie works with each of her clients to understand their long-term goals and put them in the best position possible to achieve those goals.
While Kristie now calls Springfield Home, she is originally from Seattle, Washington. Kristie left Seattle to attend school at Liberty University, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Politics and Policy. She was hired as a legal assistant in a small law firm that specialized in the neglect and abuse of elderly and disabled persons. After three years as a legal assistant, she started law school at Liberty University School of Law. Kristie was a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship and a recipient of the Virginia Law Foundation Grant for work she did with the Virginia Legal Aid Society. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Juris Doctor just a month after she and her husband welcomed their first child.
After law school, Kristie and her family relocated to Springfield where she successfully passed the Missouri bar exam with a newborn in tow. Kristie began her career as an Assistant Attorney General at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. There, she performed civil defense work defending the State of Missouri in Worker’s Compensation cases.
After nearly three years at the Attorney General’s Office, Kristie chose to pursue her passion for criminal defense and joined the Missouri Public Defender’s Office. As a public defender, she represented hundreds of indigent criminal defendants, many of whom were in jail or prison when she received their case. Kristie regularly argued for her client’s release, aggressively argued pre-trial motions, and negotiated for charges to be dismissed or reduced.
Kristie is a member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association. In addition to her legal work, Kristie is also a member of James River Church, in Ozark, Missouri, where she volunteers with the Living Free and pre-school ministries.