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Sarah A. Wade, 39

Associate, Thompson Coburn, St. Louis

sarah-wadePractice areas: Banking and commercial finance

Law school: Saint Louis University

It is easy for Sarah Wade to define her biggest accomplishment this year.

“Every deal that closes and every project that is completed, whether large or small, is truly an accomplishment,” she says. “My goal is to provide the best quality service for my clients at every turn.”

That’s a philosophy that has allowed lenders, banks and borrowers alike to trust her to handle their commercial finance, regulatory and restructuring matters. Her long experience in the world of banking and finance predates her legal career. This former editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal was once an examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank. Before that, she was an internal auditor at the Boone County National Bank of Columbia, a position she worked her way up to from her initial job as a bank teller.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

My favorite moment as an attorney would be my swearing-in ceremony. All of the hard work and the long nights had finally culminated in the achievement of my dream of becoming an attorney. Although the path that I traveled took longer than I had planned, I was – and continue to be – truly grateful for such an amazing opportunity.

What inspired you to get involved in the legal profession?

I was inspired to become an attorney while an undergraduate student at the University of Missouri. One of my teaching assistants was enrolled in the law program and took the time to talk with me about her career goals. Our discussions sparked my interest in the law. After working in the banking industry for several years, my desire to attend law school remained. Thus, with my husband’s support, I applied to attend the evening program and Saint Louis University.

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