By Jace Brotherton
My name is Jace Brotherton and I am a rising 4L JD,MBA student graduating from SLU LAW in December. I grew up in the small town of Taylorville, Ill., and did my undergrad at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (I-L-L).
This summer, I am working in downtown St. Louis at Evans & Dixon. My entire experience has been great so far. Each and every attorney has been very easy to talk to and willing to help out and give advice. I have also made some good friends through a few fellow interns.
I feel like Evans & Dixon has done a great job providing us with mentors and placing us in a way that we can pursue areas in which we are interested. They have also done a great job providing opportunities to meet other attorneys and asking about ways in which they can improve our experience. It is repeatedly mentioned that we are not here simply to help the firm, but also that the firm is really looking to provide us with an opportunity to learn and grow. Communication around the office is great and it’s obvious that the attorneys are invested in helping the other interns and I improve our careers.
I am primarily working in the large-loss subrogation department. It is a little funny how I barely even knew what subrogation meant before I began working at Evans & Dixon, let alone what it would be like to practice in this area. However, just a few weeks into the summer, I really love the work and feel very lucky to be where I am.
I primarily work under one member, Richard Gerber, and two senior associates, Matt Leffler and Matt McArthur (SLU LAW, 2010). The three have all been fantastic teaching me their practice and working with me to make sure I stay busy and stay interested in my work. If I ever get stuck or have questions, they are never too busy to take a few minutes to help me out. In fact, every attorney I have worked with thus far has been just as approachable.
I know I’ve mentioned this a little already, but I think if I had to pick one thing about Evans & Dixon I like most, it would be the culture. Most people tend to think that law firms, especially larger ones, are a little too dry and are not the most fun places to work. At Evans & Dixon, I really do not feel like that is the case. Everyone gets along great and people are always smiling, talking, and enjoying their work.