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Lori Rook, 36

Partner and managing member, Ozarks Elder Law, Springfield

lori-rookPractice areas: Elder law, estate planning and litigation

Law school: Oklahoma City University

Lori Rook is proud that she sometimes sweats the small stuff.

“No stone should ever be left unturned,” she says. “I have won many cases because of an enthusiastic effort put toward details that opposing counsel either overlooked or deemed not worthy of their time.”

She has been recognized as a Rising Star by Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Women’s Justice Awards. From the Junior League to the March of Dimes, her community involvement is extensive and she holds membership in numerous professional associations including being a board member for the state chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She enjoyed success at three firms before becoming managing member of her current firm in 2013.

“Lori is a dynamic, articulate, responsible and extremely caring individual who always puts her clients first,” writes her nominator. “Her enthusiasm for elder law is inspiring to those who work beside her.”

What is your biggest accomplishment this year?

I am extremely proud to say Ozarks Elder Law has continued to experience growth allowing our attorneys to serve more of Southwest Missouri’s elder law needs. While we have been able to assist a record number of clients with their long-term care and elder law needs, the firm has also resolved more nursing home neglect and abuse cases in 2017 than in any other year.  Overall, I consider myself very blessed to work with such amazing attorneys that share my passion for advocating for the elderly.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what profession would you have chosen?

Can you get paid to travel?