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Landon W. Magnusson, 38

Landon W. MagnussonAssociate, Withers, Brant, Igoe & Mullennix

Location: Liberty

Practice Areas: Appeals, civil litigation, habeas corpus, tort and contract issues, banking, construction

Law School: J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University

In addition to his J.D. from Brigham Young University,  Landon Magnusson also has earned an LL.M from the Université Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris. He is fluent in both English and French.

Early in his career, he served as a law clerk for Missouri Supreme Court Judge Patricia Breckenridge, who said of him: “Landon is a person of substance and character with a deep love of the law who has the intelligence and skill to master the legal work he undertakes. He handles all work and all individuals with whom he has contact with courtesy, respect and compassion.”

One of his 2020 career highlights is drafting an amicus brief on behalf of several men who graduated from a work-based, addiction-rehabilitation program.

“In the lead up to getting the brief filed, I spent hours speaking to these men about addiction and the miraculous changes they have made to become the men they are now,” Magnusson said. “This is one of the most inspiring cases I have ever worked on, and I count it as a privilege.”

In addition to his thriving legal practice, Magnusson has earned a spot on The Missouri Bar’s Pro Bono Wall of Fame. He also serves on the board of directors of the Liberty Chamber of Commerce. His first devotion, however, is to his wife and their three children.

What is the best career advice you have received?

“Unless you’re very lucky, you will almost surely not be starting your career in your dream job. . . . Always bet on yourself, and don’t be afraid sometimes to go against the grain. The obvious choice is not always the right one.” (Supreme Court litigator Kannon Shanmugam at the University of South Carolina School of Law 2020 commencement ceremony)