Lon O. Hocker Award
Fifty years ago, Mary B. Hocker established the Lon O. Hocker awards to memorialize her husbands faith in our system of law. Lon O. Hocker loved the law and believed the law was the foundation of our freedom. Further, he believed that the courts, and only the courts, could preserve that law, and he believed the trial lawyer was the key to our system of justice. In Marys words, Lon O. Hocker recognized the importance of trial lawyers in seeing that all who came before the courts of justice were given a fair trial regardless of race, color, condition of purse, or religion.
The award is presented annually to three lawyers 36 years of age or younger one each from the St. Louis, Kansas City and outstate Missouri areas in recognition of outstanding trial work.
Past recipients are among the finest lawyers in the profession.
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Tom has represented me on a couple of matters.. Two worker's compensation cases and the accidents that caused my work injuries. He handled my cases quickly and efficiently and although they were not big cases he handled them like they were important cases. If any of my friends or co-workers get injured, I always give them Tom's name.
I was in an industrial accident, stairway collapse, and Tom handled my case against the owner of the building. When the topic of settlement came up before the start of the trial the defense lawyer mentioned a small amount, Later, Tom and I were in the elevator with the defense lawyer and Tom looked at him and said, you're going down. Watching Tom try my case and object and control the evidence was great. The jury gave Tom every single penny that he asked for. Tom and I stay in touch. I call him Big Tom.
"For nearly two decades, Thomas C. DeVoto has made substantial contributions to the continuing legal education of Missouri’s attorneys by sharing his experience and knowledge at various Missouri Bar CLE programs."