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WJA 2021: Deme Sotiriou

Adapting is part of who Deme Sotiriou is — as an attorney and as a person. Born in Singapore, she and her family came to the United States when she was 10 years old. Her father is from Greece, and her mother is from Arkansas.

sotiriouShe and her brother are the only attorneys in the family. As she was graduating from high school, her brother was just finishing law school. When she interned at a prosecuting attorney’s office, she decided to go, too.

After earning bachelors’ degrees in psychology and criminal justice from Saint Louis University, she earned her J.D. from Saint University School of Law. She clerked for attorneys who specialized in personal injury cases. She also worked as a personal injury defense attorney and at an insurance company focused on defending tractor-trailer claims.

Sotiriou’s clients are people who have been seriously injured, lost their jobs, lost their hobbies, lost their loved ones. People whose lives changed in an instant. As a personal injury attorney, she handles commercial motor vehicle, tractor-trailers and other commercial motor vehicles, and serious personal injury cases.

“I love representing people who can’t fight for themselves,” she says. “I’m honored to help them through a horrible chapter in their lives. I’m proud of each case I work on.”

Sotiriou consistently obtains top-notch results for seriously injured people. While some lawyers are afraid of the courtroom, she is not. Whether fighting an hours-long discovery dispute or deposing a corporate representative, she stops at nothing to obtain full justice for her clients. She routinely takes a “nice but firm” approach and is widely respected by colleagues, judges and clients.

“Each case is unique and important to me,” she says. “Whether it involves a soft tissue injury or a catastrophic injury. I work to help my clients get their lives back together and move forward. Seeing the joy on my client’s face when we come to a great resolution makes it all worthwhile.”

Outside the office and courtroom, Sotiriou serves on the board for Annie’s Hope, the center for grieving kids. This nonprofit organization provides comprehensive support services — including summer camps and family support groups — for children, teens and their families who are grieving a death.

Adapting is part of surviving, especially during a pandemic. In her practice, Sotiriou went from traveling across the country for depositions, to virtual depositions, to in-person depositions again. She laments not being able to meet with her clients in person, but it doesn’t affect her ability to come to their aid.

“I’m thankful to represent each of my clients,” she says. “I will continue to do a great job for them.”

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