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Shannon Haney, 40

Officer, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, St. Louis

shannon-haneyPractice areas: Litigation, environmental

Law school: Washington University

When it comes to environmental law, Shannon Haney always has her clients’ best interests at heart but, as the attorneys she’s mentored can attest, her clients aren’t the only ones for whom she looks out. “Someone who is concerned with your professional development as you navigate a new challenge is truly a gift,” writes one. “The best part is that Shannon is a mentor because she enjoys it and not for the accolades.”

But the accolades come anyway. “Shannon’s guidance has been indispensable to my development as a young attorney,” writes another. “She generously shares her time and knowledge, offering valuable insight into topics ranging from substantive legal issues to marketing and time management.”

A lot of Haney’s mentoring work is through the Women’s Connect group at her firm where she sits on the committee and plans professional development, networking and social activities. She often mentors two associates at a time in the litigation group but she also builds relationships across the firm and informally mentors others in different areas of the organization.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

I would tell young lawyers to seek out mentors and sponsors within their firm or organization. A mentor can help guide young lawyers through the “unwritten rules” of the legal profession or the organization they are working in. Mentors can help put challenges in perspective and assist in goal-setting for young lawyers.

What is the best career advice you have received?

The best advice I have received is to chart your own path and career.

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