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Two Husch Blackwell Partners Honored at Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women’s Justice Awards

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4.23.12

On April 19, Husch Blackwell’s Sarah C. Hellmann and Ginger K. Gooch were recognized at the annual Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women’s Justice Awards ceremony in St. Louis. The Women's Justice Awards honor outstanding women contributors in the legal community.

A Partner in the firm’s St. Louis office, Hellmann received a Litigation Practitioner Award for her experience inside the courtroom and her pro bono work on behalf of abused women. Hellmann represents clients in all areas of business, tort and products liability litigation. Her practice focuses on healthcare defense, including medical malpractice actions and nursing home litigation. Within the community, Hellmann serves as the firm liaison with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s Volunteer Lawyers Program, and is a dedicated advocate for the residents of The Women’s Safe House, a local domestic violence shelter. Hellmann began volunteering at the Safe House in 2008, and upon recognizing the great need the women had for legal support, she crafted a program and partnership between the shelter and Husch Blackwell. Hellmann now works with several other Husch Blackwell attorneys who visit the Safe House semi-monthly and provide legal counseling to victims of domestic violence. Additionally, these attorneys handle a wide variety of cases for these women, many of which involve issues that have prevented these women from moving towards independence.

Gooch is a Partner in the firm’s Springfield office and received a Rising Star Award. She was recognized for achieving significant defense wins on behalf of clients and, for her contribution to her community through volunteer and pro bono work. Gooch works primarily in the areas of business litigation and appellate law. She also handles foreclosures and other banking issues for several banks in Southwest Missouri. Outside of work, Gooch serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross’ Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter, helping promote its mission via local fundraising and awareness-building activities. Gooch is also committed to providing pro bono assistance: in 2010, she took on a pro bono case and won the release of a man who had been imprisoned for 17 years. The man was convicted in the early 1990s of burglarizing a post office; the conviction was overturned via a writ of habeas corpus.

With more than 300 Litigation attorneys, Husch Blackwell has won verdicts and negotiated settlements resulting in the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars for clients. The firm has handled cases in virtually all areas of litigation, including business and commercial disputes, class actions, products liability, professional liability, consumer litigation and toxic tort defense.

Husch Blackwell encourages its attorneys to serve the community by performing Pro Bono work. The firm gives full billable hour credit to its attorneys for time spent on pro bono matters and supports various programs where firm offices are located.