Springfield MISSOURI

ABOUT John W. Housley

John W. Housley has extensive experience in local government law, civil rights defense, commercial litigation, creditors’ rights and collections, real estate law and class actions. John’s practice involves representation of numerous local governments: he is the county counselor for Christian County and Webster County, the assistant county counselor for Greene County, and the city attorney for Fair Grove, Missouri. In addition, John defends the Springfield Police Department and has represented the city of Springfield in both state and federal court litigation.

In his 32 years of practice, John has handled numerous appeals to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Missouri Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. In addition to his experience representing local governments and businesses, John has an extensive practice in planning and zoning litigation and has been instrumental in the development and enforcement of Greene and Christian County’s zoning ordinances and building codes.

Mr. Housley is a Missouri Commissioned Peace Officer and has been a Christian County deputy sheriff for the past 20 years. He has drafted policy and procedure manuals for the Greene and Christian County Sheriff’s Departments as well as assisted other departments in revising their policies and procedures. He is a POST certified instructor and regularly conducts seminars for law enforcement officers. He has been a speaker at numerous seminars and the annual meetings of the Missouri Association of County Commissioners, the Missouri Recorder’s Association, and the Missouri Sheriff’s Association.

John serves as pro bono counsel for the Pregnancy Care Center. He is on the Board of Directors of the Springfield Landmarks Preservation Trust and is a member of the Springfield Executive Breakfast Club. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Second Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri.


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