Michael Carter has lived in St Charles county since 1994. However he was born in North St. Louis County and primarily grew up near North Hanley & 270 in a highly integrated apartment complex by the name of Morningside Apartments. In the 9th grade his family moved off of Howdershell/McDonnell Blvd. while Carter attended Hazelwood West.
Immediately out of high school Mike started work in the family real estate business. After 5+ years in the trade (he is still a broker) Carter decided to complete his college education and pursue political science, philosophy, journalism, law, and marketing. During this educational trek Carter drove for UPS, bartended at Applebee's and worked for years as a graduate teaching assistant. (he continued to teach marketing at Mizzou & UMSL for ~14 years)
Ultimately, Mike obtained his bachelors in philosophy/poli-sci, juris doctorate, and masters of journalism from UMSL and MIZZOU.
After graduating Michael went to work for Fleishman Hillard in the Public Affairs department. However, with enough business coming in from family and friends, he started his own law Firm — Carter Law Offices, LLC in St. Charles & St. Louis, MO. (handling real estate, criminal, and corporate law)
Michael is the municipal judge of Wentzville, president of Carter Law Offices, broker of Homes USA, and general counsel / COO for one of the largest employers in the St Charles county area — recently negotiating the multi-million dollar deal to name Car Shield Field, the home of the River City Rascals. Carter also worked for the Missouri Attorney General's Office in Consumer Protection, clerked for Missouri's Western District Court of Appeals, and also clerked for the United States Senate.
In his many years as Wentzville’s municipal judge, Carter was ahead of the curve in implementing sweeping changes to Wentzville’s court before the advent of statewide senate bills 5 & 572 which ultimately brought the state’s municipal courts in line with Carter’s municipal court efforts. Area circuit judges have commended Judge Carter for his forward-looking efforts and wrote letters of accolades to his city aldermen and mayor to express such.
Carter also worked for years to help successfully ban red-light cameras in St. Charles County thereby severely impacting their use statewide as well.
Ms. Ruth started her career in the public defender's office for Missouri and honed her lawyering while continually handling tough situations with little client resources. This makes her a precious gem in the private practice world. At DWI Centers we allow her to explore every possible option for our clients and her vast experience helps guide the entire office at times. Whether we are dealing with a municipal ordinance infraction, misdemeanor, or felony; Ruth knows all the possible avenues and leaves no stone unturned. Just a few words into a legal conversation with her and you know she is the right lawyer
SHELLY CRONIN, JD
SHELLY CRONIN, JD
Ms. Cronin's background is bankruptcy and criminal law. She is a dedicated research expert who has assisted circuit judges and legal writing personnel at Law Schools with major research. She is directly responsible for DWI Center's successes wherein DWI Center has won many hearings, obtained extremely favorable pleas, and had bad evidence thrown out of court. Often, Shelly is known not to take "no" (or "yes" for that matter) for an answer; if she feels something is amiss, she will unturn every stone to get the answer we need.
Attorney Brendan, simply put, is a good guy. Good guys in the judicial system finish first. He has worked all sides of criminal cases during his time at the state prosecutor’s office and as a defense attorney in private practice. Brendan has the much sought-after temperament to analytically weigh the pros and cons of every case while remaining passionate about and aware of what his clients need and want. Brendan saw first-hand at the prosecutor’s office just how many defense attorneys take the first deal that is offered. He knows that the facts in EVERY case are different and unique and that the strengths of a case must be thoroughly researched side by side with the client. In fact, it is the way that Carter Law Offices handles its large dockets, treats its clients, un-turns every stone, and involves its clients that convinced Brendan to join a team where the attorneys and paralegals do not simply go with the first offer made by opposing counsel.
FELICIA DIXON, OPERATIONS MANAGER
Ms. Dixon is the all around go-to person at DWI Center, TLC Traffic Law Counselors®, and Carter Law Offices, LLC. We are not sure if it's compulsory that she join MENSA, but if organization dictates membership, well, she should be inducted immediately. Felicia knows every clerk at every court along with each of their procedures -- not to mention the prosecutors and judges too. We invite you to come by on a business day and drill her about the 150 or so municipal and state courts throughout the region. Additionally, she can just about name or recall any case out of the 100s we are handling at any one time. It is truly a feat. Finally, she is one of the most consumer-service oriented individuals in the state of Missouri -- possibly the U.S.
MEGAN ZEMEK, OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
Mrs. Zemek has a bachelors of science in criminal justice with a minor in forensic science and her paralegal certificate. She works quickly and pays attention to every detail. She assists the Operations Manager and all attorneys on a regular basis. Her high-level sports play experience at the collegiate level dictates that the client and the team come first with laser like precision focused on the best outcome for every single situation.
OPERATIONS SPECIALIST / PARALEGAL
SHELBY EVANS OPERATIONS SPECIALIST / PARALEGAL
Shelby is as unique as her name. Her co-workers love her as much as our clients do. With an infectious wit, naturally caring demeanor, and unforced charm; you will know you have called the right law firm. Always thinking about the most efficient path toward every client's objective is perhaps her number one attribute. Client expectations are upper most in her mind when dealing with a real estate issue, reinstating a driver license, purging a record, coordinating court communications, or gathering the necessary documents to make sure a customer's file is wrapped up before a deadline. Ms. Evans is all about measurable results which she cultivated during her many years managing retail where reports, reports, reports dictated the measurement of outcomes. We are so happy she is with us at Carter Law Offices.
LAUREN GILMORE OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
Lauren can slow down time. No, not really, but you would think she can, given all that she achieves daily for our clients. Believe it or not, Ms. Gilmore's experience in the fast-paced automotive repair industry (while pursuing her legal studies for many years) brought her to Carter Law Offices. Constantly taking care of and tending to car owners' needs can be a very tricky business. For many folks, their vehicle is their most prized possession. Well, multiply that concern by five bajillion when someone is tackling legal challenges and needs our help. Lauren makes sure that we repair problems, maintain constant communication, and get the best outcomes for the fairest fees. These things are simply ingrained in her basic operating system and we love it. Now, top all this off with her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies along with a specialized Bachelors in Legal Studies. (did we mention she's a notary too?)