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2021 Unsung Legal Heroes: Brenda Raynes

Legal Secretary: Legal Administration Assistant, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice

brenda-raynesBrenda Raynes began her career in a small law office in New Hampshire before coming to work for a series of firms in the St. Louis area. In 2003, she joined what was then Williams Venker & Sanders, which merged with Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice in 2018.

Raynes provides legal assistance and secretarial support to her assigned lawyers, including Paul Venker with whom she’s worked for more than 18 years. Venker says they are probably the longest-serving attorney-legal assistant team in the St. Louis office.

“Over the years, I am confident I have thrown her every conceivable challenge in work and scheduling demands!” he wrote. “She has shown real grit and professionalism throughout and has always been able to keep a good sense of humor, a good deal of patience and a smile on her face.”

What have been your key accomplishments in this role?

Most recent accomplishment would be dealing with COVID-19 and adjusting to the new safety protocols, as well as learning to work from home while still maintaining the same consistent support to the lawyers I work with.

What led you to choose a career in the legal field?

I was interested in the legal field from a young age and found my position to provide a good balance between work and home.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Work hard, go above and beyond your job expectations and you will be invaluable to the lawyers you work for.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is working with a great group of people all striving for the same goal and then seeing those results come to fruition. I have been fortunate to work for some of the best people in any firm where I have worked.

Unsung Legal Heroes 2021