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Meet #MOLawyers: Erica Mynarich

Vol. 79, No. 2 / March-April 2023

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Erica Mynarich is a criminal defense lawyer with Cantin Mynarich LLC in Springfield. She serves on The Missouri Bar Board of Governors and the Standing Committee on Well-being in the Profession, among other committees, and has been recognized for her leadership in advocating and improving lawyer well-being. Originally from Chicago Ridge, Illinois, she graduated from Northern Illinois University School of Law and was admitted to The Missouri Bar in 2010.

Why do you think promoting wellness in the legal community is important?

Because being a lawyer is hard. And that stress builds and takes a toll on our minds, bodies, and hearts. If we do not fi nd a way to be well amongst that stress, we will burn out and quit.

What is something you want new lawyers to know about wellness in the profession?

If you are struggling, tell someone. You will be amazed how many other lawyers will help you and will not judge you because they have dealt with similar struggles.

Why do you think lawyers should get involved in their state, local, and specialty bars?

It is always good to know and love diff erent people. Through my participation in The Missouri Bar, I have made lawyer friends from all over the state that I can and have turned to for help. And I will absolutely help them if they ever ask.

Who is your professional mentor?

My professional mentor was Charles Ross Rhoades, the greatest criminal defense lawyer in Southwest Missouri. He passed away April 11, 2022. I hope one day to be half as good as him.

What are your favorite wellness activities?

Walking and running outside, reading novels, and sitting by fires.

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.