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Amanda Hettinger, 38

Partner, Thompson Coburn, St. Louis

amamda-hettingerPractice areas: Business litigation/class action defense

Law school: University of Illinois

When a Fortune 500 company faces a class action, a taxation issue or a consumer fraud complaint, Amanda Hettinger is the person to call.

“She understands that more than just a litigation outcome is at stake, and takes the time to understand how litigation strategies align with the company’s business model,” notes her firm bio, “including immersing herself in the industry at issue so she can connect with key internal stakeholders, from engineers to marketing/sales to business analysts, who may be affected by the litigation.”

Hettinger’s representation of the City of St. Louis regarding home rule issues prompted a laudatory call to her firm’s leadership from then-Mayor Francis Slay. She’s also handled multi-state consumer merchandising practices litigation for a national telecommunications company, dealt with a high-profile franchise and competition dispute for one of the country’s largest liquor distributors and represented one of the biggest public pension systems in a securities and contract matter.

Outside the courtroom, Hettinger is a cabinet member for the United Way Women’s Leadership Society and a member of the Legislative Affairs Committee for the state Democratic Party.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

Arguing the appeal of the firefighter’s pension reform litigation on behalf of the city of St. Louis (and winning the appeal, of course!)

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

A children’s librarian. Two of my cousins are, and the fact that they get to read all the latest kids’ books, plus the beloved classics, as part of their job makes me jealous some days!

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