Law School: Washington University
It seemed clear early on that Joel Christensen was bound for great things.
As the recipient of a host of law school honors including the Mary Collier Hitchcock Prize for outstanding writing and the Dan Carter-Earl Tedrow Memorial Award, he was the student selected by his Washington University classmates as “exemplifying the aims of all those entering the profession of law.”
After a year at Devereux Murphy and more than two years at Armstrong Teasdale, Christensen joined his present firm in 2013 and was named a partner in June after, in the words of his nominator, “demonstrating the superior skill, temperament and work ethic required to handle all aspects of our most complex litigation matters and making exceptional contributions to our firm and profession.”
He was elected to the St. Louis County Bar Association’s Executive Committee and is a member of the Lupus Foundation of America’s Board of Directors.
What is your most important work at your organization?
My most important work at Behr, McCarter & Potter is being a good citizen of and ambassador for the firm. My words, actions, and decisions with respect to where I spend my time and energy reflect on our partners, associates, staff, and clients.
What inspired you to get involved in the legal profession?
My freshman year of high school, when I walked into my first speech and debate class, I knew I wanted to make a career of practicing law. I completed three internships as a college student, in three remarkably different contexts (a state public defender’s office, a private law firm, and the Supreme Court of the United States), which broadened my exposure to the law and reinforced my unwavering interest in a legal career.