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Aaron Sanders, 36

Aaron SandersAssociate, Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch

Location: St. Louis

Practice Areas: Commercial litigation, employment litigation

Law School: University of Missouri

Aaron Sanders has earned the trust of his clients and the other attorneys in his firm because of his commitment to timeliness and the quality of his work.

“Aaron is tops as far as skill and professionalism are concerned,” one of his nominators wrote. “I trust him with any matter, before any judge, and to talk to any client.”

Sanders has worked as the lead (and often only) associate with several partners in his firm on complex and important cases, including two large trust cases that resulted in outstanding outcomes for his clients. He works on some of the most critical cases the firm is handling today.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

I worked on a pro bono case involving international child custody issues under the Hague Convention. Prevailing in that case and allowing the mother to keep her children with her in the United States was a great feeling.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

1.) Ask questions. We all started out clueless, and it is OK to rely on others to find your way.

2.) Do not say no unless you absolutely have to. Find a way to have time to squeeze in that extra project. This will make you reliable and will lead to more opportunities.

3.) Don’t dismiss the advice and counsel of your superiors. You may think you have a better understanding of the law. That is seldom the case. You will learn far more from following the lead and advice of those around you than from simply knowing the black letter law.