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Sheena R. Hamilton

Persistence from a young age has paid off for Sheena Hamilton. Hamilton has gone from a fifth-grade Law Explorer to a successful litigator for Dowd Bennett. The graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law defends employers in complex commercial litigation, corporate internal investigations and more. She also writes and speaks to attorneys and human resource professionals on workplace policies and procedures.hamilton-sheena

What are your proudest career accomplishments?

In November 2015, I won my first unanimous jury verdict. I worked alongside Ed Dowd and John Comerford to defend Missouri Baptist Medical Center against a claim of retaliation in violation of the Missouri Human Rights Act. I handled witness cross-examination, argued both motions for directed verdict, and argued various jury instructions in a two-and-a-half-week trial in St. Louis County Circuit Court.

What inspired you to get involved in the public service or justice system?

My first experience with the law was a program called Law Explorers in the fifth grade. The program taught students about the legal profession and its power. The program’s adviser eventually became my mentor, and hired me to cover his legal secretary’s maternity leave the summer after my sophomore year in college. I fell in love with the work, and have been working with attorneys ever since.

What is the best advice you have given or received?

The late and Honorable Donald L. McCullin was one of the first people I met when I moved to St. Louis and my mentor for his last 10 years on this earth. He told me that my legal career would be 40 years long, and the most important first step is to lay a good foundation.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

My father is a minister, and I sing in my church choir. I am not a soloist by any stretch, but I love music and the ability to express myself through gospel.

What is your favorite part of your job?

I really enjoy the opportunity to work with lawyers all over my law firm and a variety of clients because my practice focuses on employment law. Employment law touches every business and every client. Whether the business is hiring or firing, whether the individual is starting a new position or leaving a position, the advice of an employment lawyer always has the potential to be helpful.