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Camille L. Roe, 39

Camille L. RoeAssociate, Jackson Lewis

Location: Overland Park

Practice Areas: Employment litigation, mediation, corporate diversity counseling

Law School: University of Missouri

Camille Roe is the first person in her family to graduate from law school and practice law.

“I matriculated through law school as a single parent of a young child,” she said. “I started practicing law when my daughter was 10. Now she is 18 and a college student.”

As an associate with Jackson Lewis, Roe has realized signifi cant successes through summary judgments and in trial, and she often speaks to businesses on best employment practices and other employment-related topics.

She also is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession as well as ensuring that underserved communities have access to legal resources, one of her nominators said. As chair of The Missouri Bar’s Committee on Diversity, she organizes CLEs on diversity and inclusion within the legal profession as well as The Missouri Bar’s annual
diversity summit.

Her first time going to trial as an attorney was one of the highlights of her life.

“I was second chair, of course,” she said. “The partner trusted me enough to allow me to examine witnesses and to give the closing argument. Although it was a nerve-racking experience, I loved every minute of it — especially when the jury ruled in my client’s favor.”

What is the best career advice you have received?

Don’t try to mimic someone else’s style because the jury, the judge, your client and others will see through the façade. Find and play to your own strengths, and develop your own style.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

Guard your reputation and always put your best foot forward because you never knowwho is watching.