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Michael K. Daming, 39

Managing partner, Wasinger Daming, St. Louis

michael-damingPractice areas: Business, banking and real estate

Law school: University of Missouri

Michael Daming says the best advice he can give young lawyers is to not be afraid to fail – so long as you try to avoid doing it too often.

Fortunately, Daming has built up a track record of successes as a leader at his law firm. A Truman State graduate, he finished in the top 10 percent of his law school class at Mizzou and has since developed a solid reputation among both co-counsels and opponents alike.

“I have been practicing for almost 35 years and have met and worked with numerous lawyers,” writes Daming’s nominator who has sometimes found himself representing parties opposite Daming. “Mike stands out for his leadership, competence and professionalism.”

Praised for his work ethic, Daming was a longtime associate at his firm where he was named managing partner in 2015.

In addition to being active with the state bar association, Daming is also chair of his municipality’s Planning and Zoning Commission as well as being a board member at Family Forward, which helps children and their families.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

I was proud to have successfully defended a case brought against one of our restaurant owner clients prevailing on summary judgment. Had the lawsuit been successful, the restaurant likely would have closed and our client would have personally faced financial ruin.

What is the best career advice you have received?

You’re not going to sign up clients sitting on your couch at night eating potato chips. If you want security in this profession, you need to get out and meet people.