SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Sandy Ellis, legal secretary and receptionist for Wampler & Passanise, has received a 2023 Unsung Hero Award from Missouri Lawyers Media, recognizing her commitment to excellence and behind-the-scenes leadership. Ellis was one of only eight legal secretaries in the state to receive the prestigious honor from one of Missouri’s top legal media groups.
“This award was created to recognize the employees on whom attorneys rely day in and day out to support their efforts consistently,” said Missouri Lawyers Publisher Susan A. Bocamanzo, Esq. “These are the ones who rise to the occasion despite anonymity. They are a testament to the Unsung Heroes who work for the cause, not the recognition.”
“Sandy Ellis has been with our firm for over 20 years,” said Wampler & Passanise Managing Partner Joseph S. Passanise. “Sandy is a dedicated employee who goes above and beyond to keep the law firm running smoothly. No matter the task, she consistently makes a difference with the lawyers, coworkers, and clients.”
Ellis began her career as the legal secretary to the late Dee Wampler when he was Prosecuting Attorney for Greene County. She then worked for the Honorable John Crow at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District. Upon Judge Crow’s retirement, she joined Wampler & Passanise.
“Sandy has stepped up and led during times of change in our office,” Passanise said. “Most notably when both Dee Wampler and our office manager Shawna Kipp died in the same year. She led our firm through grief and sadness with her example.”
Missouri Lawyers Media received nominations from across the state for the Unsung Hero Award. Ellis received nominations from the firm’s attorneys as well as three judges.
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