Saint Louis University School of Law,
B.A., Legal Studies, 1996
A.A., Business Administration
St. Louis Diversity Job Fair, 2006-Present
Steering Committee Member
Recruiting Association of St. Louis
Association of Legal Administrators, Gateway Chapter
Professional Development Consortium
Nominating Committee Member, 2010
Association of Legal Administrators
Society for Human Resource Management
Human Resource Management Association of Greater St. Louis
American Bar Association
Missouri Bar Association
BAMSL Community Awareness Award, 2010
For service on the St. Louis Diversity Job Fair Steering Committee
Thompson Coburn LLP
Director of Professional Recruiting, Development & Diversity, 2011-Present
Husch Blackwell LLP
Director of Recruiting & Professional Development, 2007-2011
Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus
Regional Operating Officer 2004-2007
Jones & Rath, P.C.
Operations Coordinator (Law Team), 1998-2001
Paralegal - Labor & Employment, Benefits and Immigration, 1997-1998
Wonder Weims Rescue
Assumption Catholic Church
Coordinator, Lector Ministry
Andrea excels at connecting talented attorneys and legal professionals with a firm dedicated to diversity, mentorship, and exceptional personal and professional development opportunities.
As Thompson Coburn's Director of Professional Recruiting, Development and Diversity, Andrea leads a broad administrative department focused on diversity, professional development and CLE, and the recruitment of counsel, associates, and law students.
Andrea coordinates the Firm's nationwide lateral counsel and associate recruiting efforts, and works closely with management on lateral partner recruiting. Her department also handles law student recruiting and manages Thompson Coburn's summer associate program, which attracts a diverse field of candidates from law schools across the country.
Thompson Coburn provides a robust calendar of CLE programming for attorneys in all offices; Andrea's department manages the development and accreditation of those courses. Her group also coordinates the Firm's three mentorship programs, which pair incoming attorneys with Thompson Coburn attorneys based on the mentee's priorities, such as practice area experience, business development goals, and work/life balance. Many firm leaders, including Chairman Tom Minogue, participate in the programs every year. The department also facilitates the twice-yearly performance review and compensation process for associates and counsel.
Andrea's department includes the Practice Support Services group, where a diverse pool of 60+ legal professionals gives our attorneys the depth of support they need to provide the highest level of client service. This group includes paralegals, practice area assistants and litigation clerks, and also provides practice-specific docketing services, patent and trademark illustration, medical consultation, legal investigation and other professional non-attorney services throughout the firm's offices.
Finally, Andrea oversees the Firm's extensive diversity efforts. Her department supports internal affinity groups, leads work on the Total Commitment Women's Initiative program, and facilitates Thompson Coburn's frequent partnerships and collaborations with diverse bar associations and law student associations in each of our markets. Andrea has played a lead role in maintaining the Firm's top-tier rankings for national workplace honors focused on women's leadership, LGBT equality, and racial and ethnic diversity.
Andrea started her career as a paralegal inside a major corporate law department. She later moved into an operations role for that same department, where her responsibilities included helping to develop a significant budget, coordinating staff recruiting, and working closely with law team leadership on various operational issues. She earned both a bachelor's and a law degree while working full-time and attending night courses.