A native of St. Joseph, Andrew J. Parmenter, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwest Missouri State University, graduating cum laude in 2004. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 2007.
In law school he was awarded the John D. Ensley Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, was a twice published member of the Washburn Law Journal and graduated with Dean’s Honors.
Parmenter is admitted to practice law in Missouri, Kansas, and the United States District Courts for the Western District of Missouri and the District of Kansas. Parmenter started his legal career as a Public Defender in the State of Kansas before returning to his hometown to enter private practice in 2012.
Prior to joining the Buchanan County Prosecutor’s Office in 2020, Parmenter practiced criminal and civil law. In his previous legal career he served as criminal defense counsel in hundreds of cases and litigated numerous jury trials securing acquittals for clients on charges including first degree robbery, armed criminal action, securities fraud, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery, child abuse, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a concealable firearm, vehicular burglary, forgery, felony theft, felony domestic battery, and various accompanying misdemeanors.
Parmenter has also co-presented a continuing legal education seminar on competence to stand trial and volunteers in the community as a youth basketball coach and active member of the Lafayette Alumni Association.