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Patrick J. McAndrews, 36

Patrick J. McAndrewsPartner, Spencer Fane

Location: Kansas City

Practice Areas: Commercial litigation, outside general counsel

Law School: Michigan State University

One of the most meaningful moments in Patrick McAndrews’ legal career came in the form of a thank-you card from an opponent.

His firm was the second to take on a client’s case, and he quickly saw a solution that could make both sides happy, he said. The parties settled, and he later received a handwritten letter from both plaintiffs’ counsel and the plaintiff.

“They wanted to let me know that they felt heard, which is something that they had not experienced in the case prior to my involvement,” he said.

The card, now framed, remains in his office.

“It is my constant reminder that practicing law is not a zero-sum game,” he said. “The point isn’t to win and the other side to lose. It is about finding a workable solution for all.”

What is the best career advice you have received?

Always like the people you work with. Whether that’s a client or co-workers, it is always important to like the people you’re working with. You will do better work, and you will be happier doing it.

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

That’s easy: Playing with my daughter. I become a dad a little later in life, and there is nothing that makes me happier then coming home, getting a big hug from my daughter and then swinging her in our big tree in the front yard.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I’ve played the piano since age 4 and even trained to become a classical pianist throughout high school. I still play a lot. Whether it’s playing the piano in the lobby of the Commerce Bank Building or playing after work at home, I still play just about every day.