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Laurel Stevenson

Partner, Haden, Cowherd and Bullock

Since graduating from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1989, Laurel Stevenson has taken more than 60 cases to trial and assisted in claims and litigation in eight states. Before joining Haden, Cowherd, she was in-house counsel for a Dutch corporation and managing partner for a mid-sized Missouri firm.stevenson-laurel

What are your proudest career accomplishments? Facilitator for the Missouri Bar Complaint Resolution Program and Fess Dispute Resolution Program. It has given me an opportunity to better understand client needs, and help attorneys improve their communication skills. Resolution of a double-fatality decapitation case involving two 20-year-old best friends without protracted litigation. One of the side benefits was helping to facilitate changes to the intersection where the tragic accident occurred.

What inspired you to get involved in the public service or justice system? Larry Edgar from the Greene County Juvenile Court was a mentor in college, as was now-deceased Joe McAdoo of Drury. They inspired me to use my communication skills to help people in a wide variety of complicated situations.

What is the best advice you have given or received? Be true to yourself and your family. Listen to your children and appreciate their concerns from their perspective. Always treat court personnel with the same respect you would give your grandmother.

What is something that would surprise people about you? I am a diehard Packers and Badgers fan, and love everything about cheese beads, cheese heads, and cheese generally.

What is your favorite part of your job? Although people can be difficult, and downright frustrating, the challenges presented by difficult people make it rewarding. One of the most challenging clients I ever dealt with called me nearly every day during my second pregnancy when I was hospitalized eight times. Most people thought he was a total jerk, but below the surface, he turned out to be one of the best people I have ever known.

When you were growing up, what did you want to be? An actress. I had the pleasure of meeting Lindsay Wagner and Alan Alda at a young age, and was inspired by their skills and resolve. I also wanted to be an Olympic figure skater, but I am a complete klutz so that dream was dispelled very quickly.