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Brandon Jackson, 35

Attorney and Diversity Ombudsman, Brown & Crouppen

Brandon JacksonLocation: St. Louis

Practice area(s): Personal injury

Law school: University of Illinois

Brandon Jackson’s commitment to helping the less fortunate extends well beyond his work on legal cases, where within the past year he secured six-figure settlements for his personal injury clients.

Jackson says helping those in need is “the truest reminder of the power afforded to you by being an attorney,” and he believes pro bono work is an excellent chance to expand a lawyer’s skillset and provide a powerful reminder of why many attorneys entered the profession. He points to his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College, the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as the spark for his appreciation of civil rights and desire to serve his community.

Jackson has completed more than 50 hours of community service that includes jail visits and phone calls with those too poor to afford bail and private attorneys, according to his nominator.

He also serves with ArchCity Defenders, working with the St. Louis-based, nonprofit civil-rights law firm to connect with volunteers and help the poor navigate the court system. As an executive member of Brown & Crouppen’s diversity and inclusion committee, he helped the firm participate in the St. Louis Diversity Job Fair for the first time.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

People would be surprised to know that my passion for service almost led me into the ministry. I became a lawyer instead, but it comes from the same desire to serve.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

The look on my parents’ faces when I was sworn into the profession . . . They sacrificed everything so that I could be the first college graduate in my family. Becoming an attorney was but a small way to return their investment.

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