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Larissa values proactivity and clear, upfront communication in her practice.

Whether she is advising on the development of personnel handbooks, helping a company avoid discrimination charges, or guiding clients through state or federal litigation, clients comment on how clearly Larissa explains the legal issues at stake and the pros and cons of various options.

Larissa is so passionate about law and legal argument that she enjoys listening to Supreme Court oral arguments in her spare time. Her excitement about her field means that she stays on top of ever-changing labor and employment regulations, and she is always aware of what a new federal or state policy could mean for clients.

Larissa is a frequent contributor to the firm’s labor relations and education blogs.




  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Labor and Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2021-2022
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Women's Justice Awards - Pro Bono, 2019
  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2017 and 2019


  • J.D., Boston College Law School
    • cum laude
      • Uniform Commercial Code Reporter-Digest, Administrative Editor
      • Craven Constitutional Law National Moot Court, competitor
  • M.Ed., Boston College
  • B.S., Missouri State University
    • Criminology


  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association


  • Obtained summary judgment on alleged age and race discrimination claims with prejudice, including Section 1983 claim. Judge also awarded defendant over $25,000 in attorneys' fees.
  • Guided private university on security protocol and qualification requirements for security personnel.
  • Advised client on obtaining religious exemption to certain federal employment regulations.

General Litigation

  • Successfully defended international rental client in federal bench trial over commercial lease dispute. Damages were assessed at zero for our client despite myriad alleged property damage theories and requested award nearing $1 million.
  • Obtained dismissal of federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) claim for small-business client.
  • Coordinated collection and review of thousands of pages of electronically stored information in cost-efficient method for national client.
Outside the Office

Larissa loves exploring local trails with her husband and three young children. Hiking, fishing, and camping are also family favorites. Besides outdoor activities, Larissa likes to sample new foods, listen to podcasts, and play board games.

Community Leadership
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Board Member
Law Enforcement and Weapons

As a former reserve sheriff’s deputy, Larissa has a special interest in law enforcement and continues to monitor law enforcement guidance on weapons.

She is well versed in Civil Rights Litigation Section 1983 and has defended Section 1983 employment discrimination claims for public-sector employers. Larissa also advises national clients on guns in the workplace policies and has counseled a private university on security protocol and qualification requirements for security personnel.

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