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Up & Coming Honorees: Jessica Rooks, 34

Attorney, The Rooks Law Firm, Kirksville

jessica-rooksPractice Areas: Elder law, estate planning
and juvenile law

Law School: University of Missouri

Since childhood, Jessica Rooks knew she wanted to become an attorney. In the practice she’s established, her focus on caring for others and the law go hand in hand.

Rooks attended Truman State University, where she studied political science, and earned her law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law. While at Mizzou Law she helped to reorganize the guardianship statute for Missouri.

After graduating in 2012, Rooks worked as a solo practitioner, focusing on long-term-care planning, elder law, guardianship and juvenile law.

“The most rewarding moments of my career are when I help a family in crisis and provide them a long-term care plan. By the time the representation is complete, I feel like I am a part of their family,” she said.

In addition to her practice, Rooks said she believes “local community service is extremely important.” She has served on the Chamber of Commerce and the Kirksville Housing Authority Board, and she is active in her church.

What is your biggest accomplishment this year?

My biggest accomplishment this year has been the successful growth of my law firm and doubling my long-term-care planning business.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

It is important to seek a mentor that shares your values. Listen to your mentors, but never discredit doing something because it seems non-traditional. Creating your own path can lead to the greatest rewards.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Put God as the focus of all you do, and the life that is created will be one of peace.

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