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Meet #MOLawyers: Benjamin Sidney Faber

Vol. 78, No. 6 / November-December 2022

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Ben Faber owns Faber Law Firm in his hometown of Columbia and serves as a volunteer criminal defense attorney for the Boone County Veterans Court. Faber has been recognized by The Missouri Bar for his pro bono work by being placed on the 2021 Pro Bono Wall of Fame. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, Faber joined The Missouri Bar in 2013. 

What drives your passion for pro bono?

The outcomes. At Veterans Treatment Court graduation, participants who have successfully completed the program are surrounded by their families, the treatment team, court staff, and other treatment court participants to celebrate the graduates, tell stories of their successes, and give advice to the audience. 

Why do you think lawyers should try to provide pro bono services?

It’s just the right thing to do. There are plenty of people out there who need help and can’t afford it. Missouri lawyers can have a positive impact on someone’s life by donating even a small amount of our time and expertise. It goes a long way not only for the client, but also for the public’s perception of the legal profession.

What do you enjoy most about working with veterans?

Almost all the veterans I represent served post-Vietnam War, so these are all people who made the choice to serve our country. It really is a privilege to be an advocate for individuals with that sense of duty and patriotism. 

What is the best piece of personal advice someone has given you?

Choose friends who you can count on, who are smarter than you, and who have talents that you do not.

If a theme song played every time you entered a courtroom, what song would you choose?

“Wipe the Case Away” by Bobby Shmurda.

Editor’s note: These responses have been edited for clarity and brevity. Do you know someone who should be featured in Meet #MOLawyers? Let us know by emailing nhillen@mobar.org.