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Laurel Stevenson Profile

Sunday, October 1, 2017  
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31st Circuit Judicial Commission

Candidate Profile- Laurel Stevenson

It has been a privilege for more than 20 years to handle and try cases throughout the state, and more recently, to serve as a mediator for several state and federal cases. Whether I am up north or down south or anywhere in between, I almost always hear feedback about Greene County, and the feedback is nearly universal: "We love Greene County". My husband nearly dragged me to Springfield more than 20 years ago which was no easy task as I was in-house counsel for a wonderful company in Wisconsin after initially starting my practice in Iowa, and I am the quintessential cheesehead and Packers' fan. I subsequently had to admit that we made the right move, which has no doubt contributed to the longevity of our marriage of nearly 24 years. Greene County has been a great place to raise a family and practice law. Our son recently returned to the area to continue his studies after spending a year away at college, and our daughter is in high school year with plans to attend a local university. We count among our close friends a plaintiff's attorney which I believe is yet another reason why so many love Greene County: we can advocate for our clients and still find common ground, personally and professionally. I have applied to serve on the 31st Judicial Commission to help continue the tradition of a strong bench, and hope that an opportunity to serve will allow me to continue to educate the public why so many love Greene County. I received my law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1989, and am admitted to practice in Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. I serve as a Facilitator for the Missouri Fee Dispute Resolution Program, and previously served as a Facilitator for the Missouri Complaint Resolution Program. I am a Partner at Haden Cowherd & Bullock, LLC, and the founding member of the firm's Strategic Collaboration Group. My litigation practice includes the representation of individuals, small businesses, and a company with nearly 35,000 employees. I have handled a multitude of cases and claims, from insurance fraud to wrongful death to professional liability to employment disputes and commercial matters. I served on the Board of Directors for the SMBA, and have served a number of roles with the Southwest Chapter of the American Heart Association, including Chair of the Executive Leadership Team. I value the professional awards I have received, among them the 2013 award from Drury University for Excellence in Student Engagement, and the 2017 Women's Justice Litigation Practitioner award. More information about my practice and background can be found on the firm's website at www.hcblawfirm.com. Thank you for the opportunity to be a candidate, and for the opportunity to be a part of a great community.