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Eric Vernon

Baldwin & Vernon
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Eric Vernon
Baldwin & Vernon

Eric Vernon has been focused on criminal law since 1997. For several years, he worked as a public defender in Missouri. He had special assignment to juvenile court, and was part of the committee that established Clay County’s Drug Court. A 1995 graduate of St. Louis University School of Law, he is licensed in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. In 1986, he graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy and spent eight years of commissioned service afloat and ashore. He is also a previously licensed merchant mariner: Master of Oceans (steam or motor vessels not greater than 1600 GT).

Although he grew up with a lawyer father and an admiration for Atticus Finch, Clarence Darrow, and F. Lee Bailey, he can’t say he had a burning desire to be a lawyer. As a young and single Coast Guard officer stranded in the gateway to the west, Vernon went to law school at night while guarding our coasts by day.

Law school took a little extra time, as he spent one summer in Operation Desert Storm and a two year sabbatical on a ship in Alaska. After finishing law school, he took another detour to work on tugboats in the Caribbean. Eventually, he settled back home in Kansas City and found his calling working for the Missouri Public Defender’s Office in Clay County.

The other lawyers and staff at the Public Defender’s Office and the many clients taught him the dedication, determination, and skills necessary to give his clients the quality of representation and counsel that they deserve.

In the arena of criminal law, Eric has successfully represented individuals charged with a wide variety of crimes, including federal conspiracy to manufacture and/or distribute drugs, trafficking in drugs, sexual assault, statutory rape, 1st degree murder, manslaughter, weapons charges, possession of controlled substance, child molestation, possession of child pornography, robbery, armed criminal action, and many more criminal charges.

Eric also enjoys working with juveniles who have managed to run afoul of the law and their exasperated parents.

He also likes to that he was honored to be a part of the committee that created the Clay County Drug Court and Veterans Court. He is a big believer in restorative justice and the possibility of redemption. He strongly advocates the mission of the area drug courts, mental health courts, and family drug courts. He often works to get clients entered into the drug courts.

Areas of practice:

Employment Discrimination

Missouri, Kansas and Federal Criminal Defense

DUI/DWI and Traffic Violations

Juvenile Law

Personal Injury Claims

Bar Admissions:





Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri

J.D. – May 1995

Honors: With Honors

United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut

United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut

B.S. – May 1986

Major: Government

Honors & Awards:

Navy Commendation Medal

Coast Guard Achievement Medal

Southwest Asia Defense Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Past employment positions:

Law Offices of Brian Costello, Kansas City, Missouri, Criminal Defense Attorney, 2002 – 2004

Law Office Eric E. Vernon, Gladstone, Missouri, Solo Practitioner, Criminal Defense Attorney, 2001 – 2002

Area 7, Clay County, Missouri, Assistant Public Defender, 1999 – 2001

Crowley Marine Services, Lake Charles, Louisiana, Chief Mate, 2d Mate, 1996 – 1998

Stobbs and Sinclair, Alton, Illinois, Attorney, Law Clerk, 1995 – 1996

U.S.C.G. Cutter Sweetbrier, Cordova, Alaska, Executive Officer, 1992 – 1994

Commander, 2d Coast Guard District, St. Louis, Missouri, Duty Officer, Budget, Supply, Planning and Special Projects for Operations, 1988 – 1992

U.S.C.G. Cutter Woodrush, Sitka, Alaska, Operations Officer, Communication Officer, 1986 – 1988

Commander, U.S. Naval Central Command, Manama, Bahrain, Duty Officer, Embargo Watch Officer, 1991

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