Thursday, March 25, 2021 (St. Louis, Missouri) – Lashly & Baer, P.C. announces The Honorable Jimmie M. Edwards will join the Firm. “We are honored that Judge Edwards will be joining us,” President Lisa O. Stump said in a statement. “Judge Edwards has many years of experience handling complex cases and legal issues which will make him a tremendous asset to the firm. We could not be happier. Judge Edwards is a St. Louisan and public servant at heart, his career has been spent making this community a better place. He is guided by the principle of understanding the value of people and caring for them. We feel that his mission and our firm’s align closely.” Judge Edwards will join the firm’s Litigation, and Government and Education practice groups. He expects to spend a great deal of time mentoring attorneys at the firm, as well assisting with the firm’s recruiting and diversity committees.
“I have been so honored to have Judge Jimmie Edwards as part of my Administration over the past four years. As Public Safety Director, he led our largest departments with his constant professionalism, intellect, and vast legal experience. I am grateful for his service to the people of the City of St. Louis and thankful for his wise counsel and partnership during my time as Mayor. I know Judge Edwards will continue to be successful as he embarks on the next chapter of his professional career,” said Mayor Lyda Krewson.
“My enthusiasm for the opportunity to join Lashly & Baer, P.C. and to work with its highly qualified attorneys can barely be contained. I am looking forward to getting to work wherever the firm needs me,” said Judge Jimmie M. Edwards.
Judge Edwards has served St. Louis as the Director of Public Safety since 2017, when he was appointed by Mayor Lyda Krewson. Prior to this position, Edwards was appointed to the 22nd St. Louis Judicial Circuit Court and served there from 1992 to 2017. He spent most of his time on the bench as an Administrative Judge of the Family Court and Chief Juvenile Court Judge. Judge Edwards spent 15 years hearing adult cases before being appointed to the juvenile court in hopes of making a difference in the lives of children before they became criminals.
Judge Edwards is the founder of the Innovative Concept Academy, a ground-breaking school in St. Louis Missouri that acts as a last resort for at risk teens. The program garnered national attention from CBS Early Show, the Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, and a visit from the U.S. Secretary of Education. The program also earned Edwards the “Hero Among Us’ recognition by People magazine. Ebony magazine selected him to its 2013 Power 100 most influential in America List and Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts presented Judge Jimmie M. Edwards with the William Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence-one of our nation’s highest judicial awards. In 2014, Judge Edwards received honorary Doctor of Laws Degrees from Saint Louis University and Eden Theological Seminary.
Edwards graduated from Saint Louis University in 1978, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, and again in 1982, where he earned a Juris Doctorate degree. Judge Edwards began the private practice of law in a small law firm in St. Louis, Missouri in 1981; and in 1984 he served as general counsel at Sabreliner Corporation, an aircraft manufacturer. After serving in that capacity for six years, he joined the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company legal staff until 1992, when he was appointed circuit judge. Edwards resides in St. Louis with his wife Stacy Maria and their three children.
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Celebrating 109 years in business in 2021, Lashly & Baer, P.C. has offices in Downtown St. Louis and Belleville, Illinois. Lashly & Baer has been named one of the Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report, and received national ranking in Health Care Law, while receiving top St. Louis rankings in Corporate Law, Employment Law – Management, Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Personal Injury Law – Defendants.