20 Under 30 Class of 2010
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McAnaney, Van Cleave and Phillips
|McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips is a full-service law firm that specializes in legal services to small and medium-sized businesses with labor and employment issues, workers’ compensation, premises liability and auto liability, as well as legal services for education.
4650 South National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65810-2896
Elijah Haahr, 27
Attorney, McAnaney, Van Cleave and Phillips, PA
Professionally, Elijah Haahr is a civil-litigation attorney, working with small business owners to mitigate damages and keep settlement impacts on his clients to a minimum. His best skill: An ability to cooperate with other attorneys and judges while still aggressively defending clients. If you’re very hard-nosed on every case, you’ll never reach settlements,” he says. Haahr is also a member of the Greene County Environmental Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to government for eco-friendly practices, including the recent call to ban coal-tar sealants.—M.L.
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Q&A: Get to know Elijah Haahr
How do you get your news?
What’s one website you check daily?
“I’m kind of a political junkie. I check the Drudge Report and Politico; those are the two a check first thing in the morning.”
What did you want to be when you grew up when you were 5?
“I wanted to be the third baseman for the New York Yankees. I’d do it for a tenth of what they pay A-Rod.”
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
“That’s a long ways away, so it’s hard to say. If I could pick, I’d be at the point in my professional career to take time to do more public service and volunteer. As a young attorney, part of what you want to do is become better at your field, so there’s only a small amount of time to take a more active or leadership role [in the community].”
If you had to choose any other profession, what would you choose?
“Probably government, run for political office.”
How do you define success?
“There’s a Bible verse. It’s in Matthew, and it’s the parable of the master giving his servant something to do, and when he does it well he says ‘you’ve been faith ful in a few things, so I’ll put you in charge of many’. God, family clients; [success would be] if they can see me and think I’ve done well in small things and can put their faith in me in bigger things.”
Why do you like what you do?
“Because of the challenge. It’s a daily challenge and a daily unique challenge. No case, issue or day is the same.”
Fill in the blank. A perfect day at work is… ?
“Successfully resolving a case; winning or reaching a settlement your client is happy with. The best thing to do is to take news to a client that you’ve had a successful result.”
Three words that describe your job are… ?
Challenging, unique, rewarding.
What’s your dream job?
“Down the road, something in public service.”
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do for your career?
“Taking the Bar exam. Man, it’s brutal.”
Where’s your ideal vacation?
“I’ve never been on a cruise, so I guess if I could pick somewhere it would be on a cruise. Maybe Europe. The best vacation I ever went on was a road trip with my brother and two friends from college, from Springfield to the east coast of Maine, touring famous horror movie sites [Amityville, New York; Helltown, Ohio].}”