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David N. Appleby


David N. Appleby was born in Springfield, Missouri, graduated from Ozark, Missouri High School, Missouri State University (BS Economics), and the University of Missouri, School of Law (JD). He is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, and all Missouri Courts. He has practiced law since 1976 with service as a Prosecuting Attorney for Christian County, Missouri and as a Municipal Judge. He has been active in numerous law related activities, to include serving as the President of the Christian County Bar Association and as Chairman of the Regional Missouri Council on Criminal Justice.

Now a retired Colonel, he has extensive Active and Reserve service in the U.S. Army, is a Vietnam veteran, and has received numerous awards and decorations, to include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He also had foreign service in Panama, South Korea, Germany and Belgium, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division and numerous Army and joint Special Forces (“Green Beret”) units. He is also active in a number of civic organizations, and has served as a member of the Board of Aldermen for Fremont Hills, Missouri. He has recently served as President General (national president) of the Sons of the American Revolution.

In addition to the SAR, he is a member of several charitable, patriotic, hereditary, fraternal and veterans organizations, to include the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (Knights Templar) where he also served as the national president; Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem; Ancient Free & Accepted Masons (Blue Lodge, all York Rite bodies, Scottish Rite 32 degree and Shrine), Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and Military Order of the Purple Heart.

EDUCATION: Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University): BS in Economics (1970)

U.S. Army War College (1995)

University of Missouri, Columbia: School of Law, JD (1975)

PROFESSIONAL: Attorney at Law: Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court (Western District of Missouri); all Missouri Courts.

Private law practice: for more than thirty six years.

Municipal Judge: City of Ozark, Missouri

Former Prosecuting Attorney: Christian County, Missouri

Former City Attorney: City of Ozark, Missouri

Past President: Christian County Bar Association; Past Secretary, 38th Judicial Circuit Bar Association; member Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association and Missouri Bar Association.

Former Business Law Instructor: School of Business, Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University).

Insurance Producer: Licensed (for more than 28 years) for Accident and Health, General Casualty, Life, Property, and Title.

GreenBeretMILITARY: Colonel (Retired), Army of the United States

Commissioned: ROTC, 1970 (Distinguished Military Graduate), 3 years active duty, 24 years active reserve duty.

Graduate: Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Civil Affairs Officer Advanced Course, Special Forces Officer Qualification Course, Foreign Area Officer Course, Command & General Staff College, Department of the Army Inspector General School and U.S. Army War College.

Significant Command and Staff Assignments: Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader, Infantry Rifle
Company Commander, Special Forces “A Team” Commander, Special Forces Battalion Operations Officer (S-3), Special Forces Battalion Commander, Theater Special Operations Command Plans Officer (J-5), Division Operations Officer (G-3), Brigade Commander, Division Chief of Staff.

Foreign Service: Vietnam, Panama, South Korea, Germany and Belgium.

Awards and Decorations: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Reserve Commendation Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Airborne Badge, Vietnamese Airborne Badge, Belgium Parachutists Badge, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab


Missourian Award: recipient, 2005, for outstanding contributions to the community, state and nation.

Minuteman Award: highest award for service to the National Society Sons of the American Revolution. Also recipient of NSSAR Patriot Medal, Liberty Medal, Gold Good Citizenship and State Distinguished Service Award, inter alia.

Distinguished Service Award: highest award for service to the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (SMOTJ-Knights Templar). Also, Distinguished Service Award for service to OSMTH (International Association of Knights Templar), Legion of Merit, inter alia.

Past Alderman: City of Fremont Hills, MO

Past Chairman: Regional Council on Criminal Justice

Past Member: Regional Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Past Member: Southwest Missouri State University Alumni Board

Past President: Ozark Athletic Booster Club

Board of Directors (NOT FOR PROFIT): Chairman The SAR Foundation, Louisville, KY; Chairman/President, The General Raymond G. Davis Templar Foundation, Gaithersburg, MD; Human Potential Counseling Foundation, Springfield, MO; and, Physicians for Youth, Inc., Nixa, MO.

Advisory Boards (NOT FOR PROFIT): Chairman, Missouri State National Defense Committee, Washington DC; and, Admiral James J. Carey Foundation, Washington, DC.

Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of 
Jerusalem: Member

Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, Knights Templar: GrandPrior XIV (National President), Grand Priory of the United States; Prior II, Priory of Nieux Amsterdam; Prior I, Priory of St. Louis the Crusader; Commander, Commandry of Antioch; Grand Referendry, OSMTH (International Association of Knights Templar).

Ancient Free and Accepted Masons: Master Mason; York Rite all bodies; Scottish Rite, 32 degree; Shrine.

David&Ray-02Sons of the American Revolution: Past President General, (National President)NationalSociety; Past President and National Trustee, Missouri Society;and Past President, Ozark MountainChapter.

Military Order of Foreign Wars: Past CommanderMissouri Commandery.

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States: Treasurer/Judge Advocate, Missouri Commandery.

Military Order of the Purple Heart: Associate Life Member

Special Forces Association: Member

The Army & Navy Union of the United States: Life Member (Garrison #65, Arlington, VA)

VFW: Life Member. (Sam Appleby, Jr. Post # 7628)

Disabled American Veterans: Life Member

American Legion Life: Member. (Kirby Wilcox Post #676)

Military Order of the Carabao: Member

Sigma Pi Social Fraternity: Past Sage (President) Alpha Rho Chapter (Southwest Missouri State University)


David A. Healy


David graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2003, after which time he served the citizens of the State of Missouri first as a law clerk for the Missouri Court of Appeals and then as an Assistant Greene County Prosecuting Attorney.  After entering private practice with Ingold & Associates, LLC to focus on estate planning and probate and trust litigation, David later formed the law firm of Imhof & Healy with Daniel W. Imhof.   When Mr. Imhof became a Greene County judge, David and his brother Douglas formed Healy & Healy in 2007 wherein David maintained a broad trial practice ranging from criminal defense at both state and federal trial courts and at the federal courts of appeals to civil litigation including personal injury matters, family and juvenile matters including contested adoption proceedings, and probate and trust litigation. David also performed a substantial amount of transactional work for a number of local businesses and estate planning for numerous southwest Missouri families during his time with Healy & Healy.

In January of 2014 David merged his practice with the practice of David N. Appleby forming the firm of Appleby Healy, Attorneys at Law, P.C.  David continues his representation of local southwest Missouri families in a wide range of legal matters from criminal defense to commercial litigation while focusing his practice more on the estate planning needs of his clients.

David serves on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Greene County Estate Planning Council, the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, the Christian County Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar. David also serves on the Board of Directors of the Springfield Pregnancy Care Center, is a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield, and is an active member of his church.

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James A. Whiteside


James earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Missouri State University and his Juris Doctorate from the St. Louis University School of Law. Following law school, James served in Warren County Missouri as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and led the Multi-Disciplinary Team in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and domestic violence cases. In addition to his service with the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, James also served as a member of the Missouri Association of Drug Court Professionals, and was appointed to the Supreme Court Rules Committee for Alternative Treatment Courts. James was subsequently appointed by Governor Matt Blunt to serve as Prosecuting Attorney for Montgomery County, Missouri where he also chaired the Child Fatality Review Board. James then took time to practice in the civil arena in areas of contracts, estate planning, and family law before coming home to southwest Missouri to supervise the Major Crimes Unit of the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. In January of 2016, James joined Appleby Healy representing clients in an array of matters with an emphasis on domestic law.