Jamie Boyer loves to argue, which is a good quality for a litigator. As an attorney with Stinson Leonard Street, she has represented clients around the country. In addition to representing clients in product liability cases, she represents states in lawsuits alleging inadequate funding for education, and she works with state education officials to craft school-funding statutes.
What are your proudest career accomplishments?
My first jury trial as first-chair was a products liability case in the city of St. Louis. My client was a small business owner who put everything he had into the company. We both knew that a loss meant his business was finished. I have never felt more relief or more pride than when the jury foreman said “we find for the defendant.”
What inspired you to get involved in the public service or justice system?
I love persuading people. Some might say that I love to argue. Regardless of how you characterize it, crafting a story, building an argument and then convincing an adversary, judge or jury to believe in your client is incredibly satisfying.
What is the best advice you have given or received?
Get it in writing.
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I really enjoy ridiculous action movies. The “Fast and Furious” franchise is one of my all-time favorites. I also love “The Mummy,” “John Wick,” “Twister” and “Deep Blue Sea.” While Oscar winners are all well and good, there is something very relaxing about popcorn, surround sound and car chases.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love anything that happens in a courtroom. It can be a scheduling conference or a trial — if I’m in the courtroom, I’m happy.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
An archaeologist, a disc jockey and a newspaper reporter.