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Ernesto Segura, 40

Partner, Husch Blackwell, St. Louis

ernesto-seguraPractice areas: Real estate, development and construction

Law school: Saint Louis University

Not every attorney gets to see the results of his work gracing street corners around the city but Ernesto Segura isn’t just any attorney.

A simple drive across town allows this real estate lawyer to point out his many contributions to the landscape. Some of his recent efforts have been as counsel for NorthPoint Development in connection with the Hazelwood Logistics Center which will soon house an location.

He was also involved in initiatives to try and keep NFL football in St. Louis and in representing the St. Louis Blues and Kiel Center partners during the ongoing renovation of Scottrade Center.

“Ernesto has represented developers and public bodies in some of the most high-profile real estate and public financing transactions in the region,” said his nominator, noting that Segura has “distinguished himself time and again” in the complex field.

What inspired you to get involved in the legal profession?

Ultimately, I knew that I would only be happy in a career that required me to be a life-long learner and that never stopped challenging me intellectually.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

Never lose sight of the fact that what we do ultimately is providing a valued service to a client. Whether that client is big or small, a person or a corporation, they need our expertise and guidance and you owe each and every client your best in that regard.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Don’t ever expect anything to be given to you, just go out and earn it.