Of Counsel, Spencer Fane, Kansas City
Practice Areas: Government affairs/litigation
Law School: University of Iowa
“My aunt lost everything in Hurricane Katrina,” DJ Pierre recalls. “That was when I knew I wanted to go into a profession where I could do more than stand on the sidelines. I wanted to be an advocate for people like her.”
One of his favorite experiences as an attorney came when he was serving as a mental health prosecutor. A man who frequently got arrested and had a laundry list of charges against him was referred to mental health court. Pierre and the staff helped him get clean and graduate from the rehabilitation program. Because of that experience, Pierre knows the importance of alternative programs for getting at the heart of the issues that cause criminal behavior.
Pierre, the oldest of seven children in his family of origin, is now the father of two. “The best career advice I’ve ever received is not to bring my work home,” he says. “As attorneys, we deal with a multitude of complicated issues. We need to make sure home is our sanctuary.”
What advice do you have for young lawyers?
First and foremost, give back. Get involved and invested in your community. You will also be surprised by how relationships gained through public service will open doors for you and your law practice.
What is your favorite thing to do away from work?
I love to travel. I am married to a Spaniard, and my mother is Brazilian. There is an entire world out there to experience. I am also a massive soccer fan. Nothing stresses me out like watching the Brazilian national team or AS Roma.