Faulkner Law Alumna Named Top Missouri Business Practitioner

headshot-norgardFaulkner Law alumna Ashley Norgard attributes much of her early success to the highly personalized mentorship and advocacy training she received at Faulkner Law. This week, just four years after graduating cum laude from Faulkner Law, Norgard was named a top Business Practitioner by Missouri Lawyer’s Media. She will receive this honor at the Women’s Justice Awards at the Four Seasons St. Louis on April 27, 2017. The Business Practitioner Award is awarded to female business practitioners who fulfill the ideals of leadership, professionalism, and a passion for improving the quality of the justice system or contributing to the betterment of the legal profession. Norgard was also recently named a 2017 Forty Under Forty by Springfield Business Journal.

After graduating from Faulkner Law, Norgard moved from Montgomery to Springfield, Missouri and quickly developed a robust practice representing businesses in the healthcare, life sciences, and education industries. “My Faulkner Law education let me hit the ground running. At an AmLaw 100 firm, everyone is smart and motivated. To set yourself apart, partners and clients want someone who can give constructive, practical advice in a friendly and efficient way. My professors helped prepare me to do that.”

Norgard was offered a job at Husch Blackwell after she and her partner Josh Bradshaw won the National Championship of the American Bar Association’s National Representation in Mediation Competition. Norgard laughs that she wasn’t always a skillful negotiator. “At first I thought being good meant being tough. It took two strong-willed Southern gentlemen (Professors Jeff Baker and Ken Dunham) hundreds of hours to finally drill it into my head that being an exceptional attorney means being equal parts knowledgeable, skillful, and likeable. Every modern feminist should go through charm school boot camp for lawyers.”

Norgard says that she chose Faulkner Law because her husband is a Montgomery native, and because the law school has a strong tradition of attracting local business executives. “Like a good portion of Faulkner Law students, I went to law school later in life after gaining experience in the private and government sectors. Now, several of my classmates like Wesley Walterscheid and Nate Nolin are serving as General Counsel for successful companies very early in their careers. My biggest inspiration was Sandra Wilson, who went to law school in her 70s after raising a family and building an enormously successful funeral home business—that’s the kind of special student who intentionally chooses Faulkner Law.”

While at Faulkner Law, Norgard was Editor-in-Chief of the Faulkner Law Review, and a member of the Board of Advocates who competed on trial court, moot court, and mediation and negotiation teams.

Norgard may be reached at ashley.norgard@huschblackwell.com.