Founder & Principal Attorney
Chris Combs is the founder and principal of Combs Law Group LLC based in St. Louis, MO. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than seven years’ total legal exprience. Mr. Combs provides invaluable counsel and support to clients across Greater St. Louis and surrounding areas who face charges for DWI, drug crimes, violent crimes, federal crimes, and all other types of felonies and misdemeanors.
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Partner & Attorney
Steven A. Waterkotte focuses his practice almost exclusively on criminal defense. He defends the rights of the accused in felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. Mr. Waterkotte has a reputation as a passionate and relentless fighter for his clients. Steve Waterkotte has jury-tried many cases in courtrooms across Missouri. He has obtained not guilty verdicts on cases ranging from murder to rape to misdemeanors. He has been widely recognized in the criminal defense industry by his peers as demonstrated by a number of awards such as Best of the Best – Top 10, Lawyers of Distinction, National Trial Lawyer – Top 100, and Missouri Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney.
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Matthew Brown started his 12-year legal career in private practice, becoming Partner at the
Hillsboro Law Firm of Roberts, Wooten and Zimmer. Matthew specialized in Family Law and Criminal
Defense while in the private sector. The American Institute of Family Law Attorney has listed Matthew
as one of the 10 best family law attorneys for client satisfaction. Matthew has represented hundreds of
clients in all types of criminal matters, including all major felonies. Matthew also served as the
prosecuting attorney for the city of Crystal City.
Matthew joined the St. Francois County Prosecutor’s Office in 2021 as an Assistant Prosecuting
Attorney. While at the Prosecutors Office, Matthew dedicated a large portion of his time to prosecuting
crimes against children while first-or-second chairing several felony jury trials. Matthew was one of 25
prosecutors nationwide selected to attend The Secret Service National Computer Forensic Institute for a
week of training and career development. As a former prosecutor, Matthew understands what it takes
for the State to prepare a case and uses that knowledge when defending his clients.
Matthew is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. He attended Crystal City High School and
graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. Matthew attended law school at the
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Prior to attending law school, Matthew was
an assistant baseball coach at the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. In his spare time,
Matthew enjoys volunteering his time as an assistant baseball coach at Jefferson College. Matthew
continues to reside in Jefferson County with his wife, Marli, daughter Iyla and son Beckett.
Josue was born in Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula. He moved with his family shortly thereafter and settled in Franklin County, Missouri. Growing up, Josue has always been a passionate learner with motivation to grow. He attended Washington Elementary and Washington Middle School for his early education. He subsequently transferred to St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington so he could grow his faith within an educational setting. At Borgia, he was given many opportunities including being able to study abroad for a year in Germany. Josue was quickly able to adapt in this new environment and became fluent in German. That experience taught him invaluable lessons to prepare him for the journey after high school. Now fluent in three languages (Spanish and English, as well as German), Josue enrolled at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, majoring in Economics and minoring in Information Systems. He has made the Dean’s List every semester he has been enrolled. In addition, Josue completed the UMSL Advanced Leaders Program and is a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success. Upon graduating, he plans on attending law school to pursue his dream of becoming an immigration attorney.
In May of 2020, Josue was given the opportunity to work at Combs Law Group due to a sudden departure of a staff member as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. His strong work ethic and ability to adapt quickly paid off. More impressively, he has been able to work and attend school full-time, balancing both worlds seamlessly. From calling court clerks to drafting motions, Josue has been a reliable, solid paralegal who will make for an excellent lawyer in the future.
Jennifer was born and raised in St. Louis for most of her life. Upon graduation from St. Elizabeth Academy in 2001, she then moved to Oregon to attend college. She graduated in 2004 from Lower Columbia College with an Associate’s in Business Administration and Accounting. She met her husband in 2007 through a mutual friend. He joined the United States Marine Corps that same year and after they married in 2008, they spent the next 13 years moving between San Diego, California, and Quantico, Virginia for his service to our country. With four deployments under his belt, they made the decision to settle down somewhere to give their family more stability. After leaving the Corps in 2022, Jennifer and her husband moved home to Illinois to set down roots with their two children.
Jennifer worked previously in elder and family law, helping with trust, estates, wills and POAs. With her kids in school and her husband working, Jennifer was able to pursue her interest in the legal field and was presented with the opportunity to work with Combs Law Group. From keeping the court schedule to drafting motions and everything in between, Jennifer balances being a full time paralegal and mother and maintains the high standards that St. Louisans have come to expect from Combs Law Group.