Husch Blackwell LLP associate attorney Larissa Warren is only a year removed from Boston College Law School. Yet, she’s already illustrated her leadership qualities in the firm’s Springfield office, and she’s earnestly building her clients’ trust.
Mostly representing employers, Warren works to advise clients on industry laws and regulations and also represents them in state and federal courts in suits involving discrimination charges and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
“As an attorney, my foundational goal should always be to practice in a manner that merits my client’s trust,” she says. “As a new member of my profession, I look forward to earning my clients’ trust in a more comprehensive way as my career develops, but daily endeavor to continue growing trust through each small task conducted with ethics and excellence along the way.”
Warren takes a proactive approach, so her clients address legal issues on the front end rather than waiting until a crisis strikes before acting. Perhaps she’s drawing on her internship experience with Boston Police Department’s Office of Labor Relations, where she researched contract law prior to negotiations between the city and four labor unions.
“I collaborate with clients and our legal team about ways not only to address existing problems but strategies to prevent future legal difficulties,” she says.
Warren’s work quickly struck a chord with Husch Blackwell’s local managing partner. Bryan Wade says since joining the firm last year, she’s already established herself as a leading voice with room to grow.
“Firm management certainly considers Larissa one of our up-and-coming talents,” Wade says. “She enjoys an excellent reputation in our firm and already has demonstrated that she has tremendous leadership potential.”
Outside of the office, Warren is involved in a number of civic activities impacting the Springfield-area community.
An active member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, Warren serves on the Friends of Ashley House Committee that raises money for traditional housing run by Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services. Through the work, Warren helps girls ages 16-21 who are exiting the foster care system.
She also is working to implement a juvenile justice committee via the Supreme Court of Missouri’s commission on racial and ethnic fairness.
“This committee will respond to needs in Missouri communities identified by those involved with the juvenile justice system,” she says.
With experience as a teacher in Tanzania, Warren is committed to increasing the diversity in all of Husch Blackwell’s offices.
“Larissa is working with firm diversity officers to bring to Springfield a program that introduces diverse college students to the challenges of practicing law,” Wade says. “She has met with several community leaders to set up a companion mentorship program and we look forward to the growth of the program.”
SBJ analyzes economic survey data results.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful tools and resources to use for the customer discovery phase of launching a new tech business. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Jared Rasmussen, Office Leader for Springfield and Joplin with the engineering firm Olsson, explains the vision of the Renew Jordan Creek Project. He says the city's investment demonstrates it's commitment to the community.
Both Jeramey and Julia Henson talk about their experience in PDR (paintless dent repair), and elaborate on the need for efficient time management. Sometimes you need to know when to move on to the next project. Jeramey and Julia Henson are co-owners of the HM Dentworks Academy with Chris McWhirter.
Jessica Oliva, owner of Pickles and Buns food truck and co-owner of Tinga Tacos, says not to assume you know everything. She says her time in the industry has taught her that she always has more to learn.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, explains what entrepreneurs should know about starting the customer discovery phase for launching your great tech business idea. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliot describes the trends she sees in small towns after the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. She says that people see opportunity in these rural places they might not have seen before. Elliott is the Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group.
Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, gives an overview of what the process looks like once you have decided to invest in a new building. This video is sponsored by Branco Enterprises.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about team cohesion. He says that despite the fact he may not look the part of a coach, the men look past it to see how they can work together.
Barak Hill, a professional musician living in the Springfield area, recounts when he first realized he could take his music career seriously. He recounts his journey to the point when he realized his passion could do more than pay for itself.
Rachel Barks walks through her experience as an interior designer and a basic understanding of what she considers when looking at an interior space. Barks currently owns Artistree Pottery, a business she started in 2020 after a career in interior design.