Law School: Washington University
Some attorneys are wise beyond their years and that’s what people say about Andrew Metcalf.
“Even though Andrew is only a few years out of law school, he has mastered many of these skills that might take an attorney twice as many years to attain,” writes his nominator noting his ability to interact well with both clients and opposing counsel. “He also routinely volunteers to issue client alerts and blog articles on new legal developments and court decisions.”
In fact, that kind of communication is right up Metcalf’s alley. His work in employment law led him to co-found the Young Professionals Council at the Human Resource Management Association of Greater St. Louis where he serves in an editorial capacity at the monthly newsletter. Metcalf has taken an active role at the American Bar Association supervising its 2016 Midwinter Report of Family and Medical Leave Act Cases.
He’s managed to take on a leading part at his own firm too. Metcalf has recruited a number of young attorneys to join Ogletree Deakins.
“I wanted to do human resources law,” Metcalf says. “The legal issues HR departments face day-to-day and in litigation are challenging. I knew I would enjoy being a part of the process of coming up with practical solutions.”
What is your most important work at your organization?
I am a human resources lawyer. I help businesses develop workplace policies and best practices. I also represent companies of all sizes in lawsuits and administrative actions involving employees.
What is your biggest accomplishment this year?
I was appointed to represent an Illinois prisoner in his First Amendment lawsuit against two prison officials. My client alleged that, after he filed grievances about conditions in his prison, he was transferred to a less desirable prison in retaliation for exercising his First Amendment rights. I helped my client take the case to trial in July. The jury entered a verdict and awarded damages in his favor.