Excellence in Law Awards

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Excellence in Law Awards
St. Louis Magazine proudly presents its inaugural Excellence in Law Awards. We are looking for outstanding attorneys who made a difference in the community in 2015, whether through their service, a significant case, or exemplary leadership. Entries were welcome from firms of all sizes, whether from the public or private sector, including corporate counsel. Winners will be announced in the November issue of St. Louis Magazine.
St. Louis Magazine made a $25 donation per nomination for each of the first 200 nominations to Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) has provided high quality legal assistance in civil cases to the low-income community for more than 50 years. In 2014, LSEM helped nearly 15,000 people (including clients and their household members) in 21 counties of eastern Missouri. LSEM is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and as a private, charitable non-profit, receives and appreciates financial support from members of the public. More information is available at lsem.org.
Community Service
A lawyer who helped improve the community, whether by promoting equality, fairness, diversity, or greater awareness of and access to legal rights; furthering our cultural institutions; or defending the environment.
An individual who advanced the practice of law, whether through business principles, integrating technology, structural changes, or innovative policies.
A lawyer who illustrated the significance of a particular case for society at large, whether through media, education, community programs, or work in the public sector.
Pro Bono
A lawyer who performed excellent legal services at no cost for clients who could otherwise not afford private representation.
A lawyer who demonstrated skillful arbitration, mediation, or settlements during the past year.
Rising Star
A lawyer under age 40 who excelled during the past year.
Lawyer of the Year
An individual who embodied the highest ethics and principles of the profession of law.
Firm on the Rise
An organization that grew rapidly, expanded their outreach, or carved out new areas of expertise.
Selection Committee
Note: Members of the selection committee will recuse themselves from judging nominations that present a potential conflict of interest, either personal or professional.
Heather Bub
President of the Women Lawyers' Association of Greater St. Louis, Associate at SmithAmundsen
Eric Kukowski
President-elect of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Counsel at Evans & Dixon
Richard Juang
President of Missouri Asian American Bar Association, Associate at Polsinelli
Mary Pat McInnis
Assistant Dean of Career Development at Saint Louis University School of Law
Samir Mehta
President of South Asian Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Associate at Stinson Leonard Street
Jessica Mendez
President of Hispanic Bar Association of St. Louis, Associate at Armstrong Teasdale
Annette Slack
President-elect of Mound City Bar
Nancy Staudt
Dean of Washington University School of Law
Ken Vuylsteke
President of The Lawyers Association of St. Louis, Immediate Past President of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Senior Partner at Fox & Vuylsteke LLC