Please allow me to introduce myself. I'm Evan Schaeffer, the author of this weblog, as depicted in my new photo for the pictorial directory of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. After 750 posts, I thought you deserved to know a little more about me. I'm a lawyer who practices in various courts around the country, but primarily in the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Madison County, Illinois. That's where the offices of my firm, Schaeffer & Lamere, are located. Although I have described myself on this weblog as a "plaintiffs' lawyer," a "trial lawyer," and a "class action lawyer," and began this post with a line from "Sympathy for the Devil," I'm best described simply as a lawyer. Back in law school, I was the managing editor of the law review. After I graduated, I worked as a defense lawyer at Thompson Coburn for nearly seven years. (I'm now a proud member of its new "alumni program.") As a defense lawyer, I was in the litigation department, and did commercial, tort, and criminal litigation. Primarily, I worked on the defense of medical malpractice and admiralty lawsuits. I was also lucky enough to get lots of trial experience, which included second-chairing a three-month criminal trial in the federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland, with the mentor whom I most respected. (He knows who he is.) The trial involved charges that the defendants had falsified tests of a fire retardent that was used in nuclear power plants across the country. We won.
My more recent professional statistics are catalogued on my firm's website. Is there anything else to say about me other than that I'm a lawyer? Well, yes, there is. It's not unusual for lawyers to have other interests. The one I've divulged over and over on this weblog--for example, in this post--is writing. In the years before I was able to invest my writing energies in weblogs, I was published in many different newspapers and magazines, including Runner's World, the Chicago Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. You can read many of these Op-Eds and essays here and here. Recently, as a direct result of my weblogs, I got a book deal. Unfortunately, it's a non-fiction book for a specialized audience. I'm still having fun with it, but my main interest is fiction. The fiction publication to date about which I'm most proud is a long story in the literary magazine Artful Dodge titled "Artwork," which is included in the limited material from the print publication that the Artful Dodge editors have made available online. Other fiction efforts are in the works.
So that's a little about me. Welcome to my weblog, where you'll read now and then about my wife and law partner, Andrea Lamere, and the four children making noise in our home, ages 15, 12, 8, and 7 months. If you promise to return from time to time, I'll do my best to provide you with something worth reading.
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