Growing up in southwest Missouri, Matthew Russell witnessed first-hand that sometimes people just need a little help.

Accidents would happen, mistakes would be made, and lives would change.

He studied political science and government at Missouri State University before attending Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Neb. While he was at Creighton, Matthew won several awards for trial advocacy.

After graduating from law school, Matthew returned to southwest Missouri. He began working at the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in Springfield. Working in the major crimes division he tried many felony cases.

Over his decade there, Matthew prosecuted every kind of crime under Missouri law. He saw in the people he was standing against in court the people he knew growing up, his family and neighbors. They were in desperate need of help. Matthew decided the best way he could provide that help was by becoming a criminal defense attorney.

And so, he established MRD Lawyers. Matthew gathered a group of former prosecutors with a combined 30 years of experience. The firm committed itself to ensuring the legal system works for their clients.

As a defense attorney Matthew says he is not only protecting his clients’ legal rights, but also their lives.

“I genuinely want to make things better for my clients,” he said.

Matthew serves on the board of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is active in the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.

He is also the Mayor of the City of Republic, MO, working diligently to not only improve the town, but the region as a whole, by representing the best interest of his constituents.

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