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Jarica L. Oeltjen

Growing up in a farming community in southwest Missouri, Jarica Oeltjen learned at an early age that hard work, compassion, and creativity are pivotal when it comes to getting the job done in an efficient and effective manner.

Jarica studied political science at Missouri State University for her undergraduate degree and went on to graduate first in her class from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville School of Law. While in law school, Jarica worked as a teaching assistant, focused on business and commercial coursework, and participated in numerous competitions and programs geared at making students more attuned to the practical aspects of the law. A highlight of Jarica’s law-school career was her semester-long externship with Legal Aid of Western Missouri, where she assisted individuals in the Joplin area with domestic-abuse issues and a wide range of legal problems that arose following the 2011 tornado.  

With an emphasis on helping nonprofit organizations in litigation matters, Jarica uses her skills to protect clients’ interests and to communicate clearly with clients and her trial team about each case she handles. Jarica regularly serves as local counsel to large, multinational businesses defending litigation in Missouri. Her insight about the area and her familiarity with Missouri courts makes her a particularly valuable asset to clients. She was recently a part of a trial team that defended a manufacturer in a products-liability suit involving allegations of chemical exposure. Her assistance with research and briefing on various pre-trial matters helped the client reach a very favorable settlement on the eve of trial.

In addition to her nonprofit litigation work and serving as local counsel, Jarica works with a wide range of clients to navigate various types of disputes, such as breach-of-contract actions, personal-injury claims, property-damage claims, probate litigation, and professional-liability matters.

She has worked with dozens of clients on complex litigation matters and has helped them work through the complicated web of discovery issues involving electronically stored information (ESI) in both state and federal courts.  She has extensive experience with both taking and defending depositions, representing clients at mediations, and attending hearings to present her clients’ positions. She has also played an active role in jury selection, direct examination of witnesses, and cross-examination of witnesses in jury trials.

Representative Experience

  • Developed a creative argument to achieve partial summary judgment for a client in federal court, which ultimately pushed the case to settlement and saved the client in attorney’s fees and litigation costs.
  • First chaired a jury trial on a probate matter and obtained the desired result for the client.
  • Negotiated a favorable pre-litigation settlement for a telecommunications client, saving the client thousands of dollars in litigation expenses and other costs.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a public entity sued by a general contractor for breach of contract.
  • Successfully defended a personal-injury case to jury verdict.
  • Achieved early dismissal of a title company in a boundary-dispute case based on an aggressive approach during the discovery phase of the case.
  • Obtained a dismissal in federal court on behalf of a healthcare entity sued under the False Claims Act.

Jarica spends most of her free time with her beautiful family. Her interests include cooking, baking, biking, painting, and spending time at her family’s multi-generational farm in southwest Missouri. 

Court Memberships

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District for the Western District of Missouri
  • Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas

Honors

  • Highest Score on the Arkansas Bar Exam, February 2013
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women’s Justice Awards “Leaders of Tomorrow” Recipient, 2012
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award: Highest Ranked Student, University of Arkansas School of Law, Class of 2012
  • Joe C. Barrett Commercial Law Award
  • Arkansas Law Review, Articles Editor
  • Ben J. Altheimer Moot Court Competition: Best Oralist Award, Winning Team, and Honorable Mention for Appellate Brief
  • Dean’s List
  • University of Arkansas Presidential Scholarship
  • Judge Thomas F. Butt Legal Excellence Award
  • Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP Scholarship
  • Arthur G. Tesar Scholarship Recipient

Professional Affiliations

  • Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce: The Network
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, 2017 Law Day Chair
  • Board of Advocates
  • Delta Theta Phi
  • Lost and Found Grief Center, Volunteer

Publications

  • Stills v. Stills: A Perplexing Response to the Effect of Relocation on Child Custody, Case Note, 64 Ark. L. Rev. 781 (2011)
  • New Year’s Resolution,” SMBA Bar News, issue 2, 2017, at 8. 
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  • Springfield
    910 East St. Louis Street
    Suite 100
    Springfield, MO 65806-2523
F: 417.886.9126
Assistant
Barbie Clemens
417.877.5937

Education

University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2012

Missouri State University, B.S., summa cum laude, 2009