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Denise L. Childress | Up and Coming Attorney, Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Denise L. Childress

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, TRIAL ATTORNEY, WARD & CHILDRESS, ST. LOUIS

Practice areas: DWI/DUI, traffic

Law School: Saint Louis University

Like many defense attorneys, Denise L. Childress sometimes hears people ask how she can defend “criminals.” She has a ready answer.

“On a day-to-day basis, I get to be a constitutional warrior, ever vigilant of the erosion of our individual rights,” she says.

Childress has developed a reputation as a top DWI defense practitioner. Raised on crime stories and mysteries, she was drawn to detective work but eventually turned to criminal defense when – during an internship with the public defender’s office – she uncovered evidence that cleared an innocent rape suspect.

Eventually, she went on to practice at Ward & Associates. Within a year and a half, she was named director of operations and often works 60-hour weeks to get the job done. Her nominator calls her a critical, outside-the-box-thinker who has “become a true master of a highly specialized field of law.”

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