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2010 40 Under 40: Benjamin Stringer

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One of the hardest things Benjamin Stringer has had to deal with during his life is the 2006 death of his younger brother, Luke Stringer, due to complications from juvenile diabetes.

Stringer used his experience to better the lives of others and pay tribute to the life of his brother.

“His death devastated me,” says Stringer, a trial attorney and partner with Hall Ansley Rodgers & Sweeney PC. “I initiated the Luke Stringer Memorial Poker Tournament, which has raised more than $30,000 in the past three years for Luke’s scholarship fund and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.”

Completing difficult tasks is nothing new for Stringer.

“As a young lawyer, I took risks by representing individuals who deserved and needed counsel but had difficulty finding a lawyer because of circumstances related to their cases,” he says. “I always felt that if I worked hard and made choices that were morally grounded, good things would result. The risks I took – and continue to take – resulted in great results for my clients and allowed me the chance to impact the lives of people in need.”

Stringer, who serves on the board of governors for the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, also touches others’ lives through Campbell United Methodist Church, organizations such as Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks and as a coach for youth athletics.

His work as a board member for Ronald McDonald House’s Tooth Truck includes raising funds for the truck’s operation and managing the program’s resources.

Bonnie Keller, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks Inc., says Stringer often goes above and beyond his responsibilities to help the organization.

“He is always wiling to contribute expertise through legal opinions, sound business advice, personal resources and sharing his heart for children in need,” Keller says. “I personally feel like any need that would come up for the Tooth Truck or myself in the upcoming years would be met with an enthusiastic and helpful response. He is one of the most caring individuals I have ever met.”

Selected as a Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2008, Stringer works to help others find their own successes. He serves as a mentor to lawyers at Hall Ansley Rodgers & Sweeney PC and other firms, and he works with college students who want to learn more about the legal field.

“I try to demonstrate that regardless of your success, nobody is above doing the dirty work,” he says. “No one is too important to pick up trash, carry in equipment, wash down tables or clean up spills.”[[In-content Ad]]

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