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Career Journey

A conversation with Tamar Hodges.

You began pursuing a career in nursing before turning to law. Tell us about that.
 

My experience includes nursing on medical surgical and intensive care units at Level 1 trauma centers. I also coordinated risk management for a pediatric academic medical center, and I’ve served on hospital ethics committees. This background helps me really understands regulation from all perspectives, including drafting, implementation and enforcement.

Why did you decide to become an attorney?

I participated in mock trial during high school and my coach, the Honorable Jimmie Edwards, first planted the seed. When I decided to pursue a nursing career, instead, I met Mavis Thompson who had been a registered nurse for many years before becoming an attorney. The idea of being a nurse and an attorney was incredibly fascinating, but I quickly dismissed the thought of returning to school to complete another professional degree program because nursing school was tough! 

After working as an ICU nurse at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, I met another nurse/attorney who sat on the ethics committee with me. We talked a lot about her career path, and she was kind enough to introduce me to her colleague, who practiced healthcare law at a big firm. I realized practicing healthcare law was my calling, so I decided to trade in my stethoscope and scrubs for rules and regulations!

You worked in a smaller office for a period of time, then moved to St. Louis. Tell us about the transition.

I spent my first year at the firm working in the Jefferson City office, where I was one of nine attorneys, and I really enjoyed our close-knit community and the change in pace from the hustle and bustle of being in downtown St. Louis where I previously practiced law. Once the coronavirus pandemic hit and personally impacted my family, however, I realized I wanted to be back home. The firm ensured I had a seamless transition, even in the midst of a pandemic, and although I did not physically work in the St. Louis office the first several weeks after relocating, I received many warm welcomes virtually. The best part of being One Firm is that I still work closely with my colleagues in the Jefferson City office. The best part of the St. Louis office being located in Clayton is that Clayton is the county seat and consistently ranks as one of the best places to live and work in the state.

What do you like to do in your free time? 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my son and three nieces. When I’m not doing the 1,000 things related to being a mother or an aunt, I enjoy attending live music performances/concerts or binge-watching Netflix. I have recently started indulging in adult coloring books and am finding that enjoyable as well!

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Susan Early

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Karen Fischer

Director of Legal Recruiting

Susan Early

Senior Legal Recruiting Specialist

Emma Hearn

Lateral Recruiting Specialist

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