I am a native of St. Louis, born and raised in west St. Louis County. I now live in the City of St. Louis with my three children. My professional "point of view" was sculpted by my senior partner, Tom Casey. I was fortunate to meet Tom as a law student. I worked with Tom during law school and as an associate following my graduation from St. Louis University's School of Law. Tom has served as my professional mentor for the past 16 years. Tom and his son, Matt, have been my partners since July 2004. Tom taught me on my first day in his office to treat people with respect. He told me that we often meet people at their lowest - soon after an injury, in the midst of medical treatment and, perhaps, during a period of unemployment. Tom taught me to work on behalf of our clients as if they "are your parent, sibling, child or cousin..." I've tried my best to work from that perspective every day and to consistently act on behalf of a client to advise them on how to proceed with their dispute, complaint or problem. In May 2010 I learned first-hand about the challenges that many of our clients face. I was hit by a car while riding a bicycle. After rolling onto the car's hood, I fell forward onto the pavement, striking my head, left shoulder and low back. I struggled with headache, neck and low back pain for months. But, I think my experience made me a better lawyer by providing me with first-hand knowledge of what an injured person goes through at the emergency room and, later, at the offices of their family physician, physical therapist, neurologist or pain management physician. I'm a baseball fanatic, having played Division III baseball in college. Today, I'm relegated to the softball field and assistant coach of my son and daughter's softball and baseball teams. My family attends St. Gabriel Catholic Church in St. Louis Hills.