The Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) is a not for profit corporation formed in 1978 in Kansas City. Jerry Handley brought a group of criminal defense lawyers together to discuss the formation of the organization and its administration.
Since its creation, MACDL has continued to promote excellence in the practice of criminal law and protect the rights of the accused. MACDL is the leading statewide association exclusively serving the comprehensive needs of the criminal defense bar. The mission of MACDL is to come together and improve the quality of the criminal justice system in Missouri.
Members of the MACDL include many of the top criminal defense lawyers in Missouri. MACDL members enjoy networking opportunities, publications focused on criminal justice issues and discounts on quality CLE seminars. MACDL is an affiliate organization of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
Named for our late brother from St. Louis. This award is for those who exhibit outstanding trial skills and a passion for trying cases involving the innocent accused. There are up to three available each year.
For Missouri lawyers, MACDL membership is reserved for the following:
Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense attorneys in Missouri which includes both MACDL members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the MACDL and other professional associations. This includes recognition for MACDL Past Presidents and MACDL members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the MACDL.
Use this directory to find a Missouri criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.