Before law school, Joel attended Truman State University where he graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration - Finance and minor in Economics. While attending Truman, he was a member of Alpha Phi Omega. Joel attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2001.
While there, he served as president of the law school's chapter of the Christian Legal Society and the author for the Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review. After law school, Joel worked for Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, where he gained experience at the appellate level arguing in the Missouri Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
He also gained first and second-chair trial experience for six-years as an insurance defense attorney defending medical malpractice suits. He joined Aaron Sachs & Associates in 2009 where he enjoys working for individuals and their families to obtain compensation for their injuries. He has been involved in multimillion-dollar litigation while with the firm. Joel is a member of MATA and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.
Joel and his wife, Shelley, have two sons and two daughters: Noah, Nathan, Natalie, and Norah. The family enjoys traveling, are involved in various activities with their children, and are active members in their church where Joel has served as a member of the Board of Trustees.