Our Attorneys

Meet Our Attorneys

We invite you to review the credentials and achievements of our Springfield, Missouri attorneys.

J. Craig Preston
J. Craig Preston

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Springfield Business Journal's 40 Under 40

Mr. Preston grew up in Sparta, Missouri where he attended elementary and high school. After graduation, Mr. Preston decided to attend the University of Arizona where he received his Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from the Collage of Business and Public Administration. Upon graduation from the University of Arizona, Mr. Preston attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he received his Juris Doctor, cum laude.

After graduation from Law School, Mr. Preston and his wife decided to return home and he began his practice. As a partner with O’Reilly & Preston, LLC, Mr. Preston focuses his practice on civil ligation and transactions with special emphasis on real estate law and litigation, construction law, personal injury, worker’s compensation, employment law, collections, and business formation. Mr. Preston has been involved in all aspects of both judge and jury tried cases as well as appeals there from.

Outside of his practice, Mr. Preston enjoys spending time with his wife, Rintha, and son, Grady. He also greatly enjoys volunteering his time as a board member on the City of Ozark Parks and Recreation Board of Directors since being appointed by the Mayor in 2008. He is also a member of Ozark Rotary, and has judged numerous speech and debate competitions as well as trial advocacy competitions. Finally, he is an avid golfer, enjoys various water sports and outdoor activities, and constantly follows the University of Arizona men’s basketball program.


  • University of Arizona (B.S.; cum laude) – Lawther LAW Scholarship
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City (J.D.; cum laude) – UMKC Law Review
  • Urban Lawyer
  • Member Trial Advocacy Accelerated Program
  • Vice President UMKC Emissaries
  • Fundraising Chairperson UMKC Emissaries

Honors & Awards

  • Missouri/Kansas SuperLawyers Rising Star – 2013
  • Springfield Business Journal – Forty under Forty Award – 2012
  • Highly Rated on Avvo

Author & Speaker Credits:

  • Legal Meeting, SAHA (Springfield Apartment Housing Assn) 2013
  • Landlord-Tenant Law, Sterling Education, 2013
  • Landlord Training Program:  Community Partnership of the Ozarks, 2012
  • Minimizing Legal Exposure: Compliance, Retention & Security, Business Summit October 17, 2011
  • Landlord-Tenant Law, Sterling Education, February 24, 2011
  • Landlord-Tenant Law, Sterling Education, April 14, 2010
  • Employment Law / FMLA Update, Sterling Education, February 24, 2010
  • The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues, Lorman Education Services, May 31, 2007
  • Who Really Owns Your Software? Springfield Business Journal, January 2007.
  • Sued In Timbuk Tu, CECB on the Subject, November 2007
  • Homeowners and Contractors, CECB on the Subject, April 2006

Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (Member of Trial, Young Lawyers’, Commercial Law, and Mentorship committees)
  • Former Chairperson of Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association Mentorship Committee
  • Former Chairperson of Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Committee
  • Missouri Bar
  • University of Arizona Alumni Association
  • Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity
  • UMKC Student Bar Association


  • Board of Directors of City of Ozark Parks and Recreation (Parks Board)
  • Member of Ozark Rotary
  • High School Trial Advocacy Judge (numerous locations)
  • High School Speed and Debate Judge (numerous locations)