About Our Estate Planning Law Firm
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Alexandra “Alex” Jackson
Estate Planning Attorney
Walter “Jim” Morse
Estate Planning Attorney
Joan “Joanie” Peterson
Joan “Joanie” Peterson was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2008. Prior to attending Law School, Ms. Peterson served as a Nurse Corp Officer in the
United States Air Force. She was commissioned in 1985 and served as a flight nurse accruing hours in C-130, C 141, and C-9 Aerovac aircraft until her unit, the 36 AEF, was disbanded in 1993. Ms. Peterson then served as an Air Force Reservist to the 442nd Medical Group at Whiteman Air Force Base. Ms. Peterson remained as a member of the 442nd Medical Group through 2011, when she transferred to the Missouri Air National Guard to become a Wing Group Commander.
While serving as a Reservist, Ms. Peterson had a very successful civilian career. She practiced family/probate law, became Director of Risk Management and Legal/Regulatory Compliance for two Kansas City area hospitals, and ultimately became the Executive Chief Nursing Officer. Colonel Peterson retired in 2015 from the Air Force after 30 years of service, and is very happy to have this role to utilize all her passions and talents for Veterans with disabilities.
Sabrina holds a J.D. from the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia. Prior to law school, Sabrina attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she earned a B.S. in Political Science/Pre-Law with a minor in Business Administration. Upon graduation from college, Sabrina obtained her paralegal certificate and her Master’s Degree and worked as a paralegal in the fields of personal injury, asbestos litigation, medical malpractice, and employment law. After working for several years as a paralegal, Sabrina decided to pursue her law degree.
While in law school Sabrina was very active in Appalachian School of Law’s community service program and served as a volunteer in local community events. Sabrina spent her summers gaining experience as a student attorney at Legal Aid of Northern Virginia and the Office of the Public Defender in Warrenton, Virginia.
Upon graduation from law school Sabrina moved back to Northern Virginia and began practicing law, specializing in corporate, personal injury, and bankruptcy law. For the last couple of years, Sabrina’s focus has been veterans disability law. After spending a year at the Board of Veterans Appeals as Associate Counsel, Sabrina turned her attention to advocating on behalf of the Veteran. Sabrina knows firsthand the sacrifices that military families make because she comes from a military family. Sabrina is driven to advocate on behalf of those who have served our country.
When not working, Sabrina enjoys traveling and spending time with her pets, family members, and friends.
Chris McGhee retired as a Master Sergeant after twenty years of active duty service in the United States Air Force. His career began as an F-16 Crew Chief culminating as a Lead Production Superintendent for an Aircraft Maintenance Unit. Throughout his military career, Chris was recognized for his leadership, problem-solving abilities, and integrity.
After his service, Chris moved to Maine and worked for the Veterans Upward Bound program at the University of Southern Maine. In his role as an Academic Advisor, Chris directly supported first-generation college veterans as they pursued post-secondary education across the state.
In 2019, Chris began his first year at the University of Maine School of Law. In addition to his rigorous studies, he took on the role of Student Veteran Liaison, helping to introduce potential students to Maine Law and assisting incoming veteran students with their transition.
During his time in law school, Chris’s commitment to service members was evident. Through research and Freedom of Information Act requests, he found possible links between specific military roles and an increased risk of suicide. Recognizing the importance of his findings, he collaborated with Senator Angus King’s office. Their collective efforts contributed to a section of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, which calls for an in-depth study of military suicides by job category. The results of this study are expected by the end of 2023.
Chris is now finalizing his Master of Laws (L.L.M) degree, an advanced legal degree, for a Fall 2023 graduation. His focus during this advanced study is on information privacy and employee benefits law. Currently, as an attorney at Jackson & MacNichol, Chris specializes in Veterans Disability law.
His military experience and dedication to veterans’ rights make him a committed advocate for those he serves.
While we specialize in Asset Protection and Estate Planning, we also represent disabled Veterans fighting to get their benefits from the Veterans Administration and disabled individuals who need benefits from the Social Security Administration. If you or someone you know needs help with a claim before the Veterans Administration or Social Security, follow the links above or visit www.jackson-macnichol.com.