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Matthew Mueller, 29

Associate, Graves Garrett, Kansas City

mueller-matthew-headshotPractice Areas: Commercial litigation, constitutional litigation, white-collar criminal defense

Law School: University of Missouri

Matt Mueller’s biggest accomplishment for this year is assuming responsibility for monitoring his firm’s interns and summer associates. “I’m taking time to think deliberately about how I can help them figure out what their career paths look like moving forward,” he says. “I encourage them to take ownership of their work and to follow up on their assignments.”

Mueller’s interest in systems of government and law plus his love of learning inspired him to get involved in the legal profession. Those interests, combined with his passion for helping people, led him to the practice of law.

Two of his most rewarding experiences as an attorney both came as a result of his being appointed to cases in Jackson County Circuit Court. In one of those cases, Mueller represented a mother for over two years in a fight for custody of her son, which was ultimately granted after a long and emotional journey.

In the other case, Mueller was appointed to defend a juvenile facing serious charges in juvenile court. “This was my first solo trial,” he says. “I convinced the judge that the state had not met its burden, and my client was acquitted.”

What is something about you that would surprise people?

My “go to” music is usually a soundtrack from a musical or movie.

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

I enjoy doing anything outdoors: hiking, camping, golfing, etc. Being outside is my preferred way to disengage from the constant connectedness of modern life. One of my mentors taught me that taking care of yourself puts you in the best position to take care of your clients.

Up & Coming Awards 2021