“My first clients were the men I poured coffee for in the coffee shop where I worked when I was in high school and college,” says Amanda Grellner. “When something has to be done, I dig right in and do it.”
While she was working for the county prosecutor as a secretary and raising a three-year-old son, Grellner decided to follow her childhood dream and become an attorney. She took the leap and decided to go to law school, ultimately earning her JD from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.
“I don’t measure my career by how many people I sent to prison or how many people went through treatment court or how many divorces I handled in a year,” Grellner says. “I work 80 to 90 hours a week. Doing what I enjoy and helping people in my community are my everyday goals.”
Recently, Grellner represented the children in what she describes as one of the worst child abuse cases she’s every dealt with. She is often called upon to serve as a guardian ad litem to advocate for children in difficult situations, especially teenage girls. Helping the elderly navigate today’s world is another of her commitments.
Her volunteer work includes serving as president of the board for the Community Health Center of Central Missouri, board chair for the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service, a member of the Missouri Supreme Court’s Treatment Court Committee, and an appointed Disciplinary Hearing Officer for Missouri’s Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel.
“Being an adversary doesn’t mean you have to be difficult and fight to the death,” Grellner says. “Be reasonable and kind. Treat others with respect. Settle a case rather than continue the antagonism. Offer courtesies when needed. Help people be reasonable. Lead by example.”