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Brian Wacker, 33

Associate, Herzog Crebs, St. Louis

brian-wackerPractice areas: Commercial, employment and fiduciary litigation

Law school: Saint Louis University

Brian Wacker was on his way to a possible career as a sports broadcaster when a First Amendment professor in journalism school opened his mind to career possibilities in the legal field.

Today, he defends clients against Missouri and Illinois human rights act claims and FLSA overtime cases as well as Missouri Merchandising Practices actions and minimum wage and wrongful discharge matters.

Wacker has also been instrumental in advising clients on issues related to termination, employee handbook drafts and benefit questions.

“Brian is a gifted advocate and a hard worker,” writes his nominator. “He handles all types of litigation for our firm, from the simple to the complex.”

What is the best career advice you have received?

Avoid taking shortcuts. Being an attorney requires hard work, especially as a young attorney. The best way to improve and grow in your practice is to take ownership of your work.

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

I’d likely be a middling sports play-by-play announcer, chasing my dream of announcing Kansas Jayhawk basketball games on television or radio.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

Over a summer in law school, I spent six weeks working on an archaeological dig in rural Ireland. I joined a group of students from SLU researching and digging out a small church and cemetery near a town called Kilteasheen in County Roscommon, Ireland. In truth, we spent just as much time at the Mayfly Inn (the local pub) as we did digging.