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Bradley D. Medcalf, 31

Bradley D. MedcalfPartner, McDuffey & Medcalf

Location: Osage Beach

Practice Areas: Motor-vehicle accidents, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, premises liability, product liability

Law School: University of Missouri

Brad Medcalf is the first lawyer in his extended family. Drawn to the law because of his desire to advocate for people, he saw parallels between what’s necessary to succeed in the legal profession and in sports: practice, repetition and application under pressure in competitive environments.

When Medcalf joined his firm in 2015, it had only one location, and cases came primarily from past clients and local residents. Today, under his leadership, the firm has grown to three office locations, and the case load has quadrupled.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

If a situation allows you to grow personally and professionally under mentors who care to invest their time and energy in your success — as opposed to only draining your time and energy to amass their own success — commit to that opportunity. Commit in an honest way to those who commit in a genuine way to you.

What is the best career advice you have received?

My law partner told me, “It doesn’t always matter how many hours you work. It matters how much you can accomplish in the hours you work.” The discipline to work efficiently gives me more time with my family and friends. I make it a point and enjoy spending time going to all of our family activities. I’m also a volunteer board member for The Changing Table, a nonprofit serving the need for diapers among families in the Lake of the Ozarks, and the coordinator for its annual golf tournament fundraiser. I have served as a volunteer coach and sponsor for many local youth sports teams.