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Up & Coming Honorees: Patricia Llanos, 37

Attorney, Brown & Crouppen, St. Louis

patricia-llanosPractice Area: Personal injury

Law School: City University of New York

After earning a master’s degree in public health from Saint Louis University in 2006, Patricia Llanos noticed that health policies affected people every bit as much as — if not more so than — individual behavior. She resolved to ameliorate that situation by becoming an attorney, and she earned her law degree from the City University of New York in 2014. Within two years, she had landed at Brown & Crouppen, where she negotiates and settles disputes with health-insurance companies for clients in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. As the sole attorney there who speaks Spanish, she helps Spanish-speaking clients on pre-litigation claims, and has led the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She also volunteers as an advisor at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Treat others as though they may one day be your supervisor. You never know where people will end up, and many will remember how you once treated them, good, bad or other.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I am the definition of an introverted person, albeit with a good sense of humor, which surprises people considering the profession I have chosen.

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

Sleep.

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