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Former prosecuter opens Baldwin City’s only general practice law office

Blake Glover has filled a void in Baldwin City by opening a general practice law office in his hometown.

Blake Glover has filled a void in Baldwin City by opening a general practice law office in his hometown.

April 15, 2014

On the wall behind Blake Glover’s desk in his downtown Baldwin City office is an enlarged copy of a photograph his brother discovered last year of an Arkansas department store bearing his family’s name.

“I love that photo,” he said. “I like it, too, because of the small-town spirit of it.”

Glover is following in the footsteps of his elders who owned the Arkansas department store, having recently opened Baldwin City’s only general practice law firm.

“I’m filling a void,” he said. “That’s how it was explained to me, too.”

Blake has established a temporary office at 606 High St. and will move one door to the west when DWHH LLC completes the renovations of that part of the old Vaughncraft Percussion complex being renovated into an office suite, he said. He doesn’t have a sign yet at his temporary office and his web page has not yet launched, he said.

“People are finding me,” he said. “Word of mouth has been great. One of the benefits is that a lot of people know me from growing up here.”

Glover graduated from Baldwin High School in 2000 and Baker University four years later. He then went to Dallas, Texas, where he earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law.

Blake said he practiced criminal law in Texas, working for the Collin County prosecuting attorney’s office for six year. The “fastest-growing county in Texas” is in the northeast section of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

“When I started, they gave me the lowest level misdemeanors,” he said. “By the time I left, I was prosecuting the highest-level felonies. I prosecuted everything from traffic tickets to murder. I was involved in more than 100 jury trials. I loved being in the courtroom.”

While in the Metroplex, he married his wife, Hailey, a Texas student he met while taking advantage of Baker’s exchange arrangement with Harlaxton College in Grantham, England. His wife's acceptance into a Kansas University doctorate program in communications brought the couple and their 3-year-old son Bryce back to his hometown.

While keeping a foot in criminal law by adding his name to those attorneys available to defend indigent defendants in Douglas and Franklin counties, he is excited about starting his own practice and exploring other aspects of the legal profession, Glover said.

“I’m already loving reacquainting myself with things I learned in law school and broadening my horizons, so that when someone comes in here with a problem down the road I can find the solution,” Glover said. “I want to be that resource to help you find that solution to whatever your problem is.”

That could involve taking on the client or referring the person to an attorney specializing in a particular legal area, Glover said.

Baldwin City is a great location for his practice because it only takes drives of 15 to 30 minutes to get to courthouses in Douglas, Franklin or Johnson counties, Glover said.

“It’s just a small hop on the highway to get me where I need to be,” he said. “That’s another nice thing about Baldwin. It has the small-town atmosphere but it’s not far from big-city amenities.

“I'm not looking to go anywhere. I love this town and community.”

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