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WJA 2019

Brandi L. Burke- Thompson Coburn

Brandi L. Burke recalls the advice she received from a colleague who told her to never tell someone that you don’t have time for them. “You always have time for them,” said Burke, a partner at Thompson Coburn. “It just ...

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Dedra Brock-Moore- The Law Offices of Dedra Brock-Moore

Dedra Brock-Moore knew she wanted to be a lawyer as early as age 6. “I knew I liked to talk,” she said. “I emceed my kindergarten graduation.” From a young age, she said she enjoyed public speaking. In high school, ...

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Liz Blackwell- Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Through the years, Liz Blackwell has managed to blend a career as a defense attorney in high-stakes, high-profile litigation with work that also advances social justice. She said that while practicing for Big Law firms doesn’t necessarily align with the ...

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Teresa D. Bartosiak- Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard

For some young lawyers, their first job out of law school is a mere stepping stone, a pay-your-dues post until brighter pastures emerge. But that wasn’t so for Teresa Bartosiak. The Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard shareholder remains at the ...

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Rachel Mitchell- University of Missouri School of Law

A self-professed “Navy brat,” Rachel Mitchell has lived in several U.S. states and Japan, finished home-schooling in 2004 and completed a six-year hitch in the U.S. Air Force. One thing remained constant, though. She was enamored of the law . ...

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Auriel R. Kirkland- Washington University School of Law

Auriel R. Kirkland was teaching elementary school children in Memphis, Tennessee, when she watched the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown was shot and killed by police Officer Darren Wilson. Three months later, she watched in amazement as ...

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Omobolanle Adeniran- Saint Louis University School of Law

Omobolanle “Bola” Adeniran’s parents are educators who established a firm household rule for their daughter and her two brothers: No degree less than a master’s degree would do. “No pressure there, right?” Adeniran said, laughing. But as a neuroscience major ...

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Jennifer R. Piper- Reinker Hamilton & Piper

While a career as a lawyer was always on Jennifer R. Piper’s mind, she once swore she would never touch the area of law in which she’s now built an entire practice. “I actually said in high school I wanted ...

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The late Kimberly B. McDermott Wulkopf- Lewis Rice

To her colleagues at Lewis Rice, Kimberly B. McDermott Wulkopf was a brilliant lawyer whose mastery of tax law and estate planning was matched only by her ability to win the trust and confidence of the sophisticated clients she served. ...

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Kathy K. Kranitz Sadoun- Kranitz, Sadoun & Carpenter

Kathy K. Kranitz Sadoun has practiced law in the same firm for almost 40 years while sitting at the desk her father used during his 50-year career. The St. Joseph woman is a third-generation lawyer, practicing alongside her brother in ...

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Shanna Jacoby- The Jake Jacoby Law Firm

Shanna Jacoby began working for her father’s law firm as a receptionist before her promotion to paralegal and later office manager. But it didn’t stop there for her. “I was like, ‘Hey, I think I want to do this,’” Jacoby ...

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