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Andrea A. Stanley- Brown & Crouppen

andrea-stanleyAndrea A. Stanley is proud to be a plaintiff’s lawyer.

She said she’s always been a people person, and she finds the work to be meaningful.

“I feel like being a plaintiff’s lawyer, you’re representing the people,” she said. “I’m not representing this big corporation that has all this money, I’m representing folks who have gone through something.”

She said her clients may have long-lasting physical or emotional problems from their experiences.

“I’m really proud to be a plaintiff’s lawyer because I feel like I’m doing some good work that’s really affecting someone’s livelihood — and their life,” she said.

The Edwardsville, Illinois native studied criminal justice as an undergraduate student, minoring in French. After completing her studies, she took part in a legal study-abroad program in the Netherlands.

“I thought I was going to be in law enforcement — the DEA or the FBI,” she said. “After I did that legal-studies program and after graduating undergrad, I thought, maybe it’s something I could explore.”

She wasn’t sure if she’d get into law school, but she applied and was accepted into the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Going to law school, she said, “was kind of a life-changing event.”

“It really kind of helped me become more analytical and focused,” she said. “I never really knew I wanted to be a lawyer. Once becoming one, I realized I was meant to become one.”

Stanley graduated in 2010, in the midst of a particularly rough job market for lawyers. She found work at a Metro East law firm, focusing on plaintiff’s work, and also worked as a legal recruiter before she joined Brown & Crouppen as an associate in 2016.

Stanley said the case of which she’s most proud to date involved representing a family whose daughter died while under the care of medical professionals.

She said that wrongful-death case took several years to get to trial and ultimately ended in a plaintiff’s verdict.

“I really got emotional at the end when the verdict came down,” she said. “We felt nothing could bring her back, but this does help to bring the closure the family needed and they can slowly try to adjust to this new life without their daughter.”

In addition to her practice, Stanley is engaged in a number of activities in the St. Louis legal community.

She is a member of the board of directors for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, which she previously served as a volunteer attorney. She is chair of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Young Lawyer Division, and she serves on the executive board of the Mound City Bar Foundation, helping to raise money for law student scholarships.

Stanley also was part of the inaugural class of private attorneys to join the Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel, which provides legal representation in criminal cases to indigent clients through a partnership with the Missouri State Public Defender System.

Whether representing criminal clients pro bono or taking on LSEM cases, she said she feels a personal obligation to help others with the skills and resources she has.

“I feel like it’s the right thing to do,” she said. “If people need help and I can help them, why not?”