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Lilian Davis, 35

Shareholder, Polsinelli, St. Louis

davis_lilian_lhdav_hiresheadshotPractice Area: Labor and employment

Law School: St. Louis University

Lilian Davis has several attorneys in the family, so she always knew what she wanted to do for a living.

“I was particularly drawn to the idea that attorneys are wordsmiths who can make powerful arguments based on the words they choose,” said the Polsinelli shareholder.

Today, Davis assists clients in ERISA matters, wrongful termination claims and other workplace disputes using her words to help craft compelling defenses.

A Girls on the Run St. Louis Energy Award winner and YWCA Leaders in the Workplace honoree, the 35-year-old Notre Dame political science alumna also is a certified fitness instructor who even taught barre classes during the first three years of her practice.

In addition to Girls on the Run, where she still sits on the advisory council after her stint on the board of directors, Davis is actively involved in St. Peter’s Catholic Church and the Regional Business Council Young Professionals Network.

Within the legal community, Davis has served on the board of directors for the Missouri Asian-American Bar Association since 2013.

What advice do you have for young lawyers? 

Take a deep breath. Everything will work out.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what profession would you have chosen?

A teacher.

What is the best career advice you have received? 

“You never know who you will meet.”

What is your favorite thing to do away from work? 

Doing anything outside with my kids (and husband).

What is your biggest accomplishment this year?

Obtained a summary judgment in a particularly contentious race discrimination case.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

First-chairing a wage-and-hour trial.

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