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Sangiorgio-Hirth Writes Article for Missouri Defense Lawyers Publication

The summer 2017 edition of the MODL Quarterly Report, a publication of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, features an article by HB attorney Josephine Sangiorgio-Hirth. In the article, she analyzes results from the Missouri Bar’s 2016 survey of judges’ evaluations of attorneys’ behaviors. The survey covered five characteristics of those behaviors: preparedness, professionalism, punctuality/promptness, knowledge of laws, and honesty.

Overall, the judges were satisfied with most of the practicing attorneys who appear before them. However, Sangiorgio-Hirth noted that not only was unprofessional behavior the judges’ number one unfavorable behavior, but their disapproval rating of attorneys’ unprofessional behavior had increased from 70% to 83% in the eight years since the last survey. She pointed out that it is in the attorneys’ best interests to heed the judges’ concerns and listen to their suggestions for improvement. (To view the full article, including survey results, click here.)

Sangiorgio-Hirth is an associate in the St. Louis office. She focuses her practice on the defense of toxic tort, product/premises liability, and personal injury claims.