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B.A., American Studies and English, Columbia University, with Honors (1990)

J.D., Washington University School of Law (1993)

Professional Affiliations and Activities

Member, The Missouri Bar

Special Assistant Circuit Attorney, White Collar Fraud Unit, City of St. Louis

Board Member, Kansas City Women Lawyers Association

Graduate, National Institute for Trial Advocacy Trial Program

Graduate, National Institute for Trial Advocacy Deposition Program

Graduate, National College of District Attorneys Experienced Prosecutor Course

Judge, Wiley Rutledge Moot Court, ABA Client Counseling Competition and ABA Negotiations Competition, Washington University School of Law

Admitted to practice before several United States District Courts and Courts of Appeals.

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Virginia Lay heads the Government Solutions Unit. Virginia gained significant trial experience while working in the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office, the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, and as a Special Prosecutor for the Missouri Attorney General's Office. In addition to her work at Hesse Martone, Virginia was appointed and serves as Special Assistant Circuit Attorney in the White Collar Fraud Unit.

Virginia has tried more than 75 jury trials, including federal employment cases, and has tried hundreds of bench trials. She also has extensive appellate experience, including appeals in the Eastern District, Western District, and Southern District of the Missouri Courts of Appeal.

Virginia successfully argued the appeal before the Missouri Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of Meghan's Law.

She has represented several Missouri government agencies in employment cases, in addition to defending the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Missouri Department of Corrections against false imprisonment and excessive force claims. Virginia has conducted several MOBAR Continuing Legal Education seminars in Sexual Harassment Claims and Employment Law, Jury Selection and Government Practice, as well as leading continuing legal education seminars on Trial Tactics and Issues for the Missouri Attorney General's Office.

She is a graduate of the National College of District Attorneys Trial and Deposition Schools as well as the Experienced Prosecutor Course.

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