The business of lawyering isn’t easy.
But then you knew that.
For a profession that exists to interpret, adjudicate, defend or prosecute an ever-changing set of laws across a span of jurisdictions, the best at it possess bright minds,
compassion, due diligence and dedication.
These are the people we honor this year with our Missouri Lawyers Awards. Regardless of the side you sit on in the courtroom, or the client you represent, you will agree a great attorney exemplifies the best qualities of the profession: effective and dogged representation, civic duty, mentoring and generosity.
And we believe Robert Blitz is a leader with an extra dose of those qualities. The NFL decision to move the Rams back to LA has come and gone, but Blitz fought the good fight after he
was appointed to the Stadium Task Force to keep the team in St. Louis. And as he battled a variety of stadium-related litigation, he also juggled a heavy case load at BB&D — where he is a founding partner. His career verdicts and settlements to date exceed $300 million.
And while Blitz takes the headline in our list of honors, he is certainly not alone. In these pages, you will find tribute to attorneys whose tireless work has had a direct, positive impact. They are your partners, your adversaries, your mentors, your friends.
Nominations for these awards were submitted from across the state and from a wealth of resources. The nominations alone are a testament to the great work
practiced day in and day out by so many dedicated men and women. But in selecting the honorees, we looked at not only expertise in the profession, but commitment to community. They are leaders, not followers.
They understand, and demonstrate, that service to their communities isn’t a byproduct of success; in fact success is a byproduct of service.
On behalf of everyone at Missouri Lawyers Media, I extend my sincerest congratulations to the 2016 Missouri Lawyers Awards honorees. We are proud to be a part of this recognition and grateful to those honored this year.