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 work in May of 2016 in our Greenville Office. Prior to joining the team as a staff member, Paige completed an 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 at the St. Louis University Law School. During her free time Paige enjoys spending time with family and friends.



Tabitha began her work in June of 2018 in our Vandalia Office with having an additional three years’ experience in the legal field. She is responsible for providing assistance in both criminal, juvenile and family law to Attorney Connor. Tabitha graduated from the University of Phoenix with her Associates in Criminal Justice and is continuing her education at the National Paralegal College to obtain her Bachelor's in Science of Legal Studies. During her free time, Tabitha enjoys spending time with her friends and  family including her two children making memories and planning adventures.



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.