In her storied career, Alisse Camazine, principal of Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C., has accomplished much on behalf of her clients and firm. The family law attorney recently was named under the “Top 10” Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers list and has been distinguished as a recipient of one of the coveted Missouri Lawyers Weekly ICON Awards. The latter is an honor afforded only to those in the field of law who have shown a long-standing commitment to the Missouri legal community, are 60 years old or older and have held a senior position within their organization.

“I was beyond humbled,” Camazine says of the lifetime accolade. “This award personifies the ideals of what it means to be a lawyer and is peer-initiated. If you work hard and you have the highest degree of ethics, success comes your way.”

Integrity remains at the core of how Camazine operates personally and professionally. Her legal career started at a time when women were a rarity in the field. “You had to know how to navigate through older male attorneys calling you ‘honey’ and ‘babe,’” she recalls. “I teach lawyers, especially women, that what’s most important is doing your work and having a high degree of ethics. That way, when you open your mouth in front of a judge, they know that what you are saying is the truth.”

That honesty extends to the top-rated service she provides clients. “You have to be an agent of reality for your clients,” Camazine asserts. “A judge once said that the hardest part of what he did was watching lawyers give bad legal advice by telling clients what they want to hear. I try to be responsible by telling clients what the law is. That is a big part of what I’ve taught at the firm.”

At Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C., everyone works together to accomplish solid representation for clients. “No one is more important than the next,” Camazine explains. “You can’t do your work without your staff. I spend a lot of time working with the other lawyers in the office. I now have younger partners who are mentoring as I do.”

The support of her colleagues is something Camazine feels beyond the legal realm. She serves on the board of directors at Gateway to Hope, a charitable organization that removes barriers to affordable and timely quality health care for people with breast cancer.

“This is a cause that is near and dear to me, as I am a breast cancer survivor,” Camazine shares. She co-chaired last year’s KaleidoHope gala and was thrilled to see her entire staff come out in support. She looks forward to chairing the 10th annual KaleidoHope gala on October 12.

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