Burnside Johnston & Connor

618/2833260; 618/6649202

A General Practice Law Firm Serving Southern Illinois Since 1883

Support Staff


Edie Dial

Edie is currently on year 20 of her employment as a Legal Secretary with the Burnside Firm. Edie came to the firm to work as a Legal Secretary with Judge M. Don Sheafor, previously a partner, from the law firm of Sheafor and Day in her hometown of St. Elmo. In the late 90's Edie's work branched from preparing Small Claims, to drafting Criminal Pleadings and Discovery and assisting Judge Sheafor in Family Law. Edie currently assists all Attorneys in configuring child support, Probate and Real Estate work, as well as, Municipality Work. When Edie is at her home in St. Elmo she enjoys working in her flower garden, raising butterflies, and spending time with her 7 grandchildren.


Paige Todd

Paige began her working full time as Attorney Ryan Connor’s legal assistant in May of 2016. Prior to joining the team as a staff member, Paige completed a 9 month internship alongside Attorney Connor. She is responsible for providing assistance in both criminal, juvenile, and family law to Attorney Connor. Paige graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville in May of 2016 with a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice, Pre-Law, and Psychology. She plans to further her education by pursuing her Masters degree in Criminal Justice policy and eventually law school. During her free time Paige enjoys spending time with family and friends.



Nancy was hired on to oversee all incoming and outgoing accounts in both our Vandalia and Greenville Offices. Nancy answers phone calls to both offices, prepares invoices and is responsible for billing and filtering emails and phone calls to all secretaries and Attorneys. Outside of work, Nancy enjoys spending time with her family, including her 4 grandchildren.


Jill Mouser

Jill is the legal assistant and secretary to Attorney Jack Johnston. More about Jill to be forthcoming!