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Up & Coming Honorees: Michael Kuhn, 39

Associate, Dowd Bennett, St. Louis

michael-kuhnPractice Area: Commercial litigation

Law School: University of Nebraska

Michael J. Kuhn has a special gift for legal research and writing — skills he sharpened while clerking for five different federal judges after his graduation from law school in 2006. His facility with the written word and with the inner workings of the court have made him a valuable associate at Dowd Bennett in St. Louis, a firm he joined in 2014. His colleagues there seek him out to draft all kinds of motions, including dispositive, discovery and Daubert motions. Outside of work, he has volunteered as a “Big” with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, and he recently helped the Susan G. Komen organization plan the Race for the Cure. Kuhn and his wife, who is a physician, are expecting a son.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

Walking out of an abbreviated day of trial in the St. Louis city courthouse, my colleagues and I were getting on the elevator when Jim Bennett saw a very confused, somewhat distressed individual in the lobby who clearly was in need of some sound legal advice. Without hesitation, he instructed, “Mike, go help that person.” So I did.

What is the best career advice you have received?

“Never f—ing lie to the Court” (said in reference to someone who is not me).

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