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Sarah J. Klebolt, 39

Partner, Carmody MacDonald

Sarah J. KleboltLocation: St. Louis

Practice area: Litigation

Law school: Saint Louis University

After achieving plenty of her success in a relatively short time, Sarah Klebolt has started helping other attorneys find their own path.

She mentors associates, especially female attorneys. A longtime leader of her firm’s hiring committee, she now is responsible for tackling key issues for the firm’s future. Her nominators also rave about how she always tries to provide value to the firm and her clients, such as when she extended her services into the health care industry.

Klebolt frequently is called on to serve on her firm’s team that handles large, complex and often high-profile litigation cases. Outside the office, she devotes time to volunteer with organizations that help young people. She served for four years on boards at Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis, and she continues to coach youth sports.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

Don’t be afraid to ask more senior attorneys questions. Most attorneys love sharing their knowledge and experience and will respect that you are willing to ask and learn.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

For a litigator, I really don’t enjoy public speaking.

What is your biggest accomplishment this year?

I was instrumental in defeating a claim that could have impacted a billion-dollar project in north St. Louis that will be transformational to the area.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

Winning summary judgment in a $306 million case on the eve of trial. We worked so hard on this case, and to see all of our hard work pay off was very rewarding.

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