Colson & Colson, L.L.C. Law services

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It always helps to know a little more about the people that you are working with. How qualified are they? Will they be able to handle my case and provide me with the best possible outcome for my situation? These questions and more are always going to be in our minds. Take a few moments to read about the staff at the firm and decide for yourself.

Jill R. Colson was born and raised in St. Francois County, Missouri and graduated from Farmington High School. She obtained her B.A. in 1984 from the University of Missouri - St. Louis and after working in sales for a Fortune 500 company for 5 years, she decided to follow in her father's footsteps and pursue a career as an attorney. Jill continued to work full- time while attending law school at night. She received her Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law in 1994, and began her law practice with her father's law firm in Farmington, Missouri, in April 1994. Her father practiced law for 56 years before passing away in October of 2011, and since that time, Jill has continued to operate her own law practice at the same location in Farmington, Missouri.


She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. She is a member of The Missouri Bar and the 24th Judicial Circuit Bar Association.


She serves on the St. Francois County Board for the Developmentally Disabled, the Boards for the Parkland Health Center and the Parkland Health Center Foundation.

Jill R. Colson - Attorney

Julia was born and raised in Washington County, Missouri, and has been a lifelong resident of Washington County, except for the period she lived with her husband while he served in the U.S. military in Texas, Colorado, Germany and Kansas. Julia attended Mineral Area College from August 1992 - May 1994 where she received an Associate's Degree with a major in General Business. After receiving her degree, Julia was employed by St. Francois County Abstract, Mineral Area Office Supply, U.S. Census Bureau and Potosi Abstract Company. Julia began her career as a legal secretary with Colson, Wagner, Ray & Mackay, L.L.C., now known as Colson & Colson, L.L.C., in November 1998. Julia has served as a legal secretary for over 16 years.

Julia M. Sumpter - Legal Secretary

Trust your legal situation to be handled by someone with over 25 years of experience in providing thorough, dedicated assistance to her clients.

Rita A. Stam was born and raised in St. Francois County and has continued to live and work in Farmington, Missouri. She graduated from Farmington High School in 1965 and has attended Mineral Area College part time. Rita became employed as a secretary to David L. Colson in 1966 and continued as his secretary until his death in 2011. During that period of time she has worked as a legal secretary in all general practice areas of law and also served as an administrative assistant. Since 2012, her primary areas have been Probate, Estate Planning, and Social Security Disability, and assisting with administrative duties. Rita has over 45 years of experience as a legal secretary.

Rita A. Stam - Legal Secretary

Loretta Smith was born and raised in Sedalia, Missouri. She received an Associate of Science Degree in Accounting from St. Paul College at Concordia, Missouri, in 1984, and a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from St. John's College at Winfield, Kansas, in 1986. She worked 15 years in management for a major retail company while living in Kansas and Missouri. After getting married in 1999, she settled in Desloge, Missouri, and has worked for Colson & Colson since April of 2002 as the billing secretary. She has served as Treasurer for the Threads of Friendship Quilt Guild and is currently Treasurer for Iron Mountain Zone LWML. Loretta has over 12 years of experience as a billing secretary.

Loretta Smith - Legal Secretary and Billing Clerk

Jill R. Colson Loretta Smith Rita A. Stam Julia M. Sumpter

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