Professional Resume

  • Founder of Vanover Law, LLC and of counsel at Gunn, Shank and Stover, P.C.


  • Executive Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Platte County, Mo.
    Management: Solve problems. Maintain and build relationships.  Take over complex and challenging cases as needed.  Train younger attorneys. Implement advanced use of technologies and improve systems.
    Litigation: Meet with victims and witnesses.  Evaluate cases and potential charges.  Research points of law.  Litigate pretrial motions.  Negotiate settlements.  Foresee jury deliberations.  Prepare for trial.  Try cases.  Appeal adverse rulings.
  • Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Mo. – Prosecuted primarily firearms offenses, but also bank robberies (including a jury trial involving three robberies, approximately 50 witnesses and 300 exhibits), drug cases, counterfeiting and explosives.
  • Shareholder in Witt, Hicklin and Vanover, P.C.
  • Associate at Witt and Hicklin, P.C.
  • Graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1998, College of Arts and Sciences, Communication Department, 1995
  • Licensed to practice law in Missouri and Kansas
  • Platte County Bar Association, vice president
  • Missouri Bar Association, Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, secretary – 2007 to 2015
  • Missouri Office of Prosecution Services Trial School, instructor – 2012 to 2016
  • Rotary Club of Platte City, member – 2002 to present, president – 2010 to 2011
  • First Christian Church of Platte City, board chairman, former Audit Committee chairman, elder and church attorney
  • Platte County Historical Society, member of Board of Directors