Growing up, Cathy Steele loved to argue, debate, and speak, so she thought a career in law would be a perfect way for her to use her talents to help others. Now, 35 years later, she is thriving as a managing partner of her own law firm, The Law Office of Cathy Steele, which is primarily focused on real estate tax appeals, estate planning, and probate law. In her role, Ms. Steele focuses on estate planning and valuing commercial property. She is proud that her position gives her the opportunity to support and build relationships with people and businesses.
The biggest challenge Ms. Steele faces is being the sole proprietor, which means she has to both run the business and practice law. She feels that hard work and some luck contributed to her success, as well as her strengths in identifying problems, listening and understanding her clients, and preparing documents. Further, Ms. Steele has had great male mentors along the way that have guided her. If she could offer some advice to the younger generation of women entering the workforce, it would be to work hard and be confident. Ms. Steele says that there will be bullies in the legal profession, but there are also mentors who can be an invaluable asset. She believes it is important to listen and observe others.
To prepare for her career, Ms. Steele earned a JD from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She hopes to be remembered as someone who is smart, successful, and honest. When Ms. Steele isn’t working, she enjoys traveling and getting involved with community agencies that help children. She is the past president of Jewish Family and Children Services, and is a Child Advocate Specialist in St. Louis. Ms. Steele is also a member of The International Women’s Leadership Association.
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