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Strong Advocate: The Life of a Trial Lawyer

Named 1 of the 50 Best Books of the Year by St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Attorney Thomas Strong - arguably one of the most successful trial lawyers in Missouri history - authored "Strong Advocate: The 

Life of a Trial Lawyer" to chronicle his experience as a personal injury attorney in the contemporary world. The book includes excerpts from his professional experiences, dating back to when he first joined the legal field in the 1950s.

About Attorney Thomas Strong

Some would say that a profession in personal injury law is held in low esteem by the general public. After reading through Attorney Thomas Strong's book, however, this notion is quickly dismantled. Strong entered the field with the right motives: to help victims who have been injured by defective products or by the negligent acts of another.

As a 12-year old growing up in rural Southwest Missouri during the Great Depression, Strong bought a cow, then purchased others as he could afford them; eventually, he financed his education with the milk he sold. After graduating law school and serving in the Army's Counter Intelligence Corps, he rejected offers to practice in New York and San Francisco and returned to his hometown of Springfield.

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Late Career

In his last venture as a practicing attorney, Strong represented the state of Missouri in its case against the tobacco industry, culminating in a settlement totaling billions of dollars. Strong concluded his book by reflecting on the changes—not always for the better—in his oft-maligned profession.

Strong's story of tenacity, quick wits, and humor demonstrate what made him such a creative and effective trial lawyer. Attorneys and law students can learn much from this giant of the bar, and all readers will be entertained and heartened by his victories for the everyman.

Thomas Strong is now retired. The Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys distributes an award in his name each year to honor individuals who epitomize what a trial lawyer should be.

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