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Samir R. Mehta, 39

Samir R. MehtaPartner, Stinson

Location: St. Louis

Practice Areas: Intellectual property litigation and intellectual property services

Law School: Washington University in St. Louis

While working for a large software company, Samir Mehta was inspired to join the legal profession after being exposed to the company’s in-house and outside counsel.

“The appeal was simple,” he said. “I liked that lawyers deal with a variety of complex and changing cases. I am much more engaged in a world of change.”

Today, Mehta prosecutes patents in computer software and business methods while also serving on Stinson’s IP litigation trial team.

A nominator pointed to Mehta’s positive attitude and knack for providing sophisticated legal analysis that enable him to guide clients through an evolving IP landscape.

“Samir works diligently to provide outstanding client service and practical advice,” his nominator wrote. “He is also a team player, frequently mentoring less experienced attorneys and working on cross-office teams.”

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

Be tenacious and keep your eye on the long game. Your life and career are, hopefully, quite long. Right now, the current outlook for the economy may cause anxiety, but this is going to just be one chapter of your career and of your life. If you can focus on developing your skills and pushing the ball forward, you will get to where you intended. I speak from experience — the legal economy in 2011 was disastrous and difficult to navigate.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I have been an award-winning writer, co-producer and co-director of short films.

What is the best career advice you have received?

You define your career — but your career does not define you.

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

A tie between long-distance running and time with my family.