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Up & Coming Honorees: John P. Torbitzky, 34

Partner, Behr, McCarter & Potter, St. Louis

john-torbitzkyPractice Areas: Business and commercial litigation, employment law, insurance coverage

Law School: Saint Louis University

John Torbitzky is not afraid of work. He’s an Eagle Scout. He graduated with honors from both University of Missouri and Saint Louis University School of Law. He worked as a barista for a year-and-a-half after college. In fact, the promise of work was among the reasons Torbitzky decided to become an attorney.

“It requires hard work, analytical ability, strong writing skills and a constant curiosity,” he said. “It fit me well.”

While in law school, Torbitzky served as managing editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal. He received multiple awards for academic excellence and graduated third in his class after completing multiple legal internships and research positions.

Torbitzky began his legal career clerking for Missouri Supreme Court Judge Zel M. Fischer for two years. Later he became an associate at Brown & James and Lashly & Baer in St. Louis, where he honed his litigation skills.

“We are in this industry to serve our clients, and there really is no better feeling in my professional life than knowing that my client is happy with the work that has been done and satisfied with the result we achieved,” he said.

Torbitzky now is a partner at Behr, McCarter & Potter, representing corporate, individual and municipal clients. Out of the office, he and his wife are raising a 2-year-old son.

“Anything we can do to keep a 2-year-old entertained for a few minutes is my favorite thing to do,” he said.

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

I probably would have been a journalist or a teacher.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Always be the most prepared person in the room.

What is your biggest accomplishment this year?

I successfully briefed an attorney-disciplinary matter to the Supreme Court of Missouri and have helped to negotiate a number of very favorable settlements for my clients.

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