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Up & Coming Honorees: Shaun D. Hanschen, 39

Member, Blanton, Nickell, Collins, Douglas & Hanschen, Sikeston

shaun-hanschenPractice Area: General civil practice

with focus on civil litigation

Law School: University of Missouri

Shaun Hanschen is the sort of lawyer that other lawyers seek out for help. His achievements have been well documented at every level of his career. As a student, he was known for his high commitment to academics, and as an attorney he is renowned for his brief-writing ability and courtroom skills. For Hanschen, turning out a high-quality 20-page brief is just a regular day at the office, his nominator says.

Other firms frequently hire Hanschen for his ability to quickly analyze complex legal issues, and he commands respect from judges for his commitment to accuracy in the courtroom. Also this fall, Hanschen will receive the David Dixon Outstanding Appellate Advocacy Award from The Missouri Bar Foundation.

When Hanschen is not practicing law, he enjoys watching movies, following Mizzou sports and spending time with his wife and kids.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

Don’t worry so much your first few years, but also don’t be scared to try something that might be a little bit outside of your comfort zone. No one knows everything when they first start out. It took me five years before I thought I knew anything, and a few more years before I felt generally comfortable as an attorney. It takes time.

What is the best career advice you have received?

To have faith in yourself and stick with it, even when you’ve convinced yourself that everything you’re doing is wrong. It’s not nearly as bad as you think it is.

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

If I hadn’t chosen law, I would have likely pursued an advanced degree in international relations or security studies and tried to translate that into government service in national-security policy or in a think-tank.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I showed quarter horses for years as a kid and teenager.

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