With a law career that spans almost 25 years, Tamee Reese has earned many achievements and honors. Working in corporate counsel for AT&T also puts her in a strong position to give back to the community by mentoring prospective lawyers and students. In addition to her work at AT&T, the University of Missouri School of Law graduate serves as secretary for the board of directors for the Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club and is a past president of the Association of Corporate Counsel-St. Louis Chapter.
What are your proudest career accomplishments?
I have practiced law for almost 25 years. I am proud of the fact that I was able to balance the demands of my career with the demands of my family. I traveled quite a bit when my son was growing up and was fortunate to have family and friends helping along the way. I am also proud of being elected to serve as President of the Association of Corporate Counsel-St. Louis Chapter in 2002 and to be awarded the William E. Jaudes Service Award for outstanding service to the organization in 2006. Last, but not least, I am proud to have been selected, approximately 10 years ago, to serve as one of the regional coordinators for AT&T’s Legal Department’s Diversity & Inclusion committee. In this role, I have an opportunity to work with students and aspiring lawyers on pipeline initiatives, such as Street Law and the ACC-St. Louis Summer Internship program.
What inspired you to get involved in the public service or justice system?
My grandmother inspired me to pursue a career in the law. She would cut out newspaper articles about attorney Frankie Muse Freeman and share them with me. She and Frankie’s late husband, Shelby Freeman, were cousins. The pride and admiration my grandmother had for Frankie and her accomplishments as a lawyer and civil rights icon inspired me to want to become a lawyer and help others.
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I decided in 2016 to say “yes” to opportunities I would typically turn down because it was outside of my comfort zone. It turned out to be one of my best years. I stepped out of my comfort zone and accepted assignments, speaking engagements, leadership opportunities and an invitation to visit a third-world country.