I met with my first client on the couch of my old apartment. The apartment was cheap and gross. I was just out of law school. I had graduated law school during one of the worst legal markets in history. Jobs were scarce and the ones that were available were not very good and did not allow me to get into the courtroom.
I always wanted to represent people with real problems, not review paperwork for businesses trying to add to the bottom line. I decided to start my own firm…in my gross apartment.
That client I met with ended up retaining me as his attorney. He had a custody case and wanted to fight for the right to beinvolved in his son’s life. He didn’t have much money, but I didn’t have much experience. It seemed like a fair deal.
What I did have was motivation and fearlessness. I worked my butt off trying to figure out what I was doing. I worked late every night. I woke up early every morning. I researched the case law. I developed mentors. I called law school friends to ask questions. I attended continuing education conferences.
It was hard. Hard is actually an understatement. Starting a firm from scratch is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Many attorneys that take that road don’t last a year in business. I’m not ashamed to admit a few tears along the way, a lot of frustration, and more awkward, young attorney moments than I can count.
I signed more clients. I made a name for myself. I started trying a lot of cases. You don’t become a good trial attorney sitting on the sidelines watching others practice law. I became very good through “trial and error.” Pun intended. I picked up an award or two. My practice has been built one brick at a time. I don’t tolerate mistakes. I research my cases. I return my clients’ phone calls. I work really hard.
Oh, and that first case I retained….it turned into a three day trial. And we won. My client now has joint custody of his son.
|MO||Good Standing, Active||2010||11/11/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Top 10 Attorneys Under 40||National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys||2014|
|Top 40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Rated Attorney||Lead Counsel||2014|
|Up and Coming Lawyer||Missouri Lawyers Weekly||2014|
|10 Best Under 40||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2014|
|Communication Department Achievement Award||St. Louis University||2006|
|Bright Flight Scholarship Recipient||Missouri Department of Education||2002|
|Managing Partner||Bardol Law Firm, LLC||2011 - Present|
|Discovery Attorney||Williams Venker & Sanders, LLC||2011 - 2011|
|Discover Attorney||Bryan Cave||2010 - 2011|
|Legal Intern||St. Charles County Counselor's Office||2008 - 2010|
|Trade Practice Consultant||Better Business Bureau||2007 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Jefferson County Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis||Member||2014 - Present|
|St. Louis County Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Webster Groves Chamber of Commerce||Member||2013 - Present|
|Missouri Bar, Family Law Section||Member||2012 - Present|
|Missouri Bar||Member||2010 - Present|
|St. Louis Post Dispatch||How to bargain a speeding ticket away||2014|
|Firm Website||Four Questions to Ask at Divorce Consultations||2013|
|Fox 2 News||Daycare Dangers||2013|
|Saint Louis University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|Saint Louis University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2006|
|Webster BNI Meeting||Divorce Law in Missouri||2014|
|State Ex Rel Franklin v. Burlison|
|Charges Reduced - 2nd Degree Child Molestation||Charges Reduced - Probation|
|Unlawful Possession / DWI||Probation and Treatment Program|
|Divorce - Maintenance Award||Received Substantial Maintenance Award|
|Sentence Reduced - Felony Possession||Sentence Reduced|
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