Practice areas: Business litigation and appellate law
Law school: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Recognized for his newspaper work as a top sports columnist, Scott Pummell did not follow a traditional path into the legal world.
During a decade-and-a-half as a journalist, he met luminaries from President Bill Clinton to Pope John Paul II but today, the important people he meets are clients who require his expertise in solving their business challenges.
A former law clerk for Missouri Supreme Court Judge Paul C. Wilson, he graduated summa cum laude after earning various CALI Awards for his grades and gaining the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence. Pummell joined Lashly & Baer in 2014.
In addition to his legal and reportorial talents, Pummell also earned a black belt in tae kwan do, an effort that he says contributed to the mental discipline he needed to survive law school, perform in court and build a career.
What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?
I have had several opportunities to help friends and neighbors who have stumbled into legal problems but could not afford a lawyer. Fortunately, my firm has been terrific about allowing me to help a number of them out on a pro bono basis.
What is the best career advice you have received?
Treat everyone you meet, whether it is your bank teller, cashier at the grocery store, priest, or whomever, like he or she is your most important client. Be respectful of everyone, always remain patient, and offer your curiosity about each person’s life every time you have the opportunity. First, and most importantly, it’s the right way to live. Second, you never know when someone might need a lawyer, so that random person you just encountered might end up being your most important client.