|Missouri - MO||29 years|
|Illinois - IL||33 years|
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
I love what I do for a living. My job gives me the opportunity to develop genuinely deep connections with my clients and coworkers. We get to know each other very well and develop a sense of mutual respect. This systems we employ and the culture we create sustains my office. It also makes us highly effective at what we do.
My job also gives me a chance to have fun. I love the competition that is a part of every case, the strategies and the gamesmanship. I was very lucky to have worked with a creative and very bright lawyer when I started practicing, and his mantra was: “if you can’t have fun, what’s the point?” Keeping calm in the process of trial or any court proceeding allows you to have fun, and it helps make the process more tolerable for all concerned – especially our clients.
My work also gives me a chance to help others while having fun. I was lucky enough to have been in David Glover’s law school class, and David is one funny dude who happens to have his own radio talk show. Some days, after long hours at my office surrounded by men and women in dark clothing, David invites me to do an “ask the lawyer” segment on the David Glover Show: . Being in an environment filled with creative, funny people in bright clothing is reason enough to appear on the show every time Dave invites me, but I really enjoy trying to help the listeners. It is one simple way of helping the community and enjoying my time as an attorney.
Work also gives me the chance to give back to the community by supporting many charities – usually ones that are closely connected to the struggles of our clients. For instance, we represented the family of a young man who was shot to death outside a nightclub at a prominent St. Louis landmark. In the course of our work with the surviving family members, we were simply amazed by the sheer capacity for work, love and devotion the victim’s mother demonstrated. As a single mother, she often worked two or more jobs and lived at or below the poverty line. Her two boys went to school and grew up in a community that was filled with drugs, violence and family dysfunction. Yet her strength of character guided those boys to become hard working, educated young men that were raising their own young families. After the wrongful death case resolved, we donated money to a shelter for school age children that is known as a last stop before prison or death. The young men and women who come out of this shelter often find themselves with a diploma in their hand, pride in their souls and a spring in their step because society didn’t give up on them. By supporting the shelter, we felt as if we were helping others have the chance that our victim’s mother gave her son.