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Donna Harper

Principal, Sedey Harper Westhoff

For more than than 30 years, Donna Harper has served as a voice for employees facing discrimination, and come out on top. After prosecuting employment discrimination cases at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in St. Louis, Denver and Los Angeles, she helped to found Sedey Harper Westhoff in 2006, where she’s been consistently recognized as one of Missouri’s top attorneys.

What are your proudest career accomplishments?

My top cases include, helping a mentally challenged man who washed dishes for a hotel get enough money to retire with dignity and in comfort after he was unjustly fired; getting immigrant nurses the pay they earned and were promised; having an all-white jury agree that an African-American lieutenant didn’t deserve to be fired; and stopping a serial sexual harasser in his tracks.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I have nine brothers and sisters, and am the oldest sister.

What is the best advice you have ever been given or received?

Plan your work and work your plan.

When you were growing up, what did you want to be?

Anything but a nun, which is what everyone else wanted me to be.

What has been your favorite part of your job?

My clients, hands down, are the best part of my job. And I bring my dog to work, which is pretty wonderful, too.

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