Joseph L. Stokely grew up in Poplar Bluff and now lives in Kansas City, Missouri. He received a BS in Business Administration - Economics in 1977 and a Juris Doctor in 1980, both from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He has been an examiner with the Missouri Securities Division, a securities attorney in a small law firm, a claims and underwriting attorney with a major title insurance company, franchise director of an automotive aftermarket company, and he spent four years with the Resolution Trust Corporation (FDIC) helping to liquidate the real estate assets of failed savings and loan associations throughout the United States.
After restoring confidence in the banking system, Joe couldn’t find a real job so he cashed in his generous government pension, bought a computer and started a solo practice in his living room. That was twenty five years ago, but his wife still thinks he is looking for a job. His practice is general, mostly involving real estate transactions and utility easements. His favorite volunteer activity is helping out at the Center School District. His quarantine enterprises include walking his dog, catering to his three cats, and spoiling his four year old granddaughter.