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Ty Gaither

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Joplin, Missouri
Ty Gaither is a graduate of the University of Missouri School Of Law in Columbia, Missouri.  In addition he holds a Master of Science Degree in Pathology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Botany, providing a specialized knowledge in the field of Criminal Forensic Science.   Mr. Gaither has practiced exclusively in the field of Criminal Law for more than twenty five years.  After Law school, he served for three years as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Jackson County, Kansas City Missouri and as Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Office of the Cole County Prosecuting Attorney in Jefferson City, Missouri. Following these experiences, he was employed as Chief Counsel to set up the Office of the Greene County Public Defender, in Springfield Missouri.
Since entering private practice, Mr. Gaither has successfully handled, from his offices in Springfield and Joplin Missouri, hundreds of federal, state and municipal  felony and misdemeanor criminal  cases.  The majority of his practice during that time has been focused on drug, alcohol, and controlled substance related cases, though his experience includes jury trials, in murder, robbery, rape, assault, burglary, stealing, and almost every other aspect of criminal defense.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law - Federal (White Collar Crime)
  • Driving While Intoxicated DWI/DUI
  • Drugs, Controlled Substance
  • Speeding, Stop Sign, General Traffic Offenses
  • Driving While Suspended/Revoked
  • Personal Injury
  • Auto Accidents

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1980


  • University of Missouri School of Law
    • J.D.
  • Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
    • B.A. magna cum laude


  • Steve Hayes, Attorney at Law
  • U.S. Bank
  • Les Boyles, Attorney at Law
  • Jasper County Bar Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Cole County Prosecuting Attorney, Chief Assistant, 1979 - 1981
  • Greene County Public Defenders Office, Chief Counsel, 1981 - 1982


  • English (Primary)
  • German

Contact Information

Ty Gaither, Attorney At Law
740 S. Illinois Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: 417-553-0798
Fax: 417-624-4091
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