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2022 Unsung Legal Heroes: Sarah Drum

Paralegal: Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Sarah Drum’s workload at Shook, Hardy & Bacon varies greatly, which is one of the things she loves about her job.

“One day my focus may be on activity in a MDL litigation which consists of more than 2,600 cases, the next it may be settlement-related, and the next it may include anything from reviewing literature, publications and legislation to analyzing document productions, preparing for depositions, or assisting with appellate work,” she said. “It’s great and keeps me on my toes.”

Drum said she majored in political science in college at the University of Oklahoma and considered law school after graduation, but wanted to work in the legal field first to see if it was the right fit. After 15 years, she said it is an excellent fit.

Tell us about your key accomplishment(s) in this role.

I take pride in being part of a skilled team which has locked in some big wins recently for our clients, as well as watching those whom I have mentored use skills we covered as stepping stones in their careers.

What is the best part of your job?  

The best part of my job is my incredible team. We have a real sense of family and I take pride in that. It is truly wonderful to work with and have the opportunity to learn from attorneys who are not only dedicated to providing our clients with top-notch service and results but who also genuinely care for their staff. Our entire team works unbelievably hard but never forgets to have fun along the way. I am truly blessed.

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

Over the years, a few pieces of advice have really stuck with me:

  • Never settle, and never give up.
  • Never answer a question by saying, “I don’t know.” Instead, go out and find the answer or find someone who can help resolve the question.
  • Mistakes are opportunities to grow – own them, learn from them, and move keep moving.

What is something that would surprise people about you?  I love to cook, especially when I can use produce from my garden. I also love to volunteer at local animal rescues and am a certified SCUBA diver.

Unsung Legal Heroes 2022