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Off the Cuff with Claiborne: Scott Rosenblum

“Who you gonna call?” That classic line from Ghostbusters has a much more serious impact when someone is looking for an attorney. Enter Scott Rosenblum. Whether it’s a high profile case that everyone is whispering about or an unpopular trial where emotions run high, the defense attorney has done it, tackling more than 450 jury trials in his career.

Did you know you always wanted to be a defense attorney?
I always wanted to be a lawyer. I was never shy, but I was on the quiet side in high school and college. It wasn’t until taking a litigation class in law school that it just clicked, and I felt really comfortable in the mock courtrooms.

Did you ever think that your kids would follow in your footsteps?
I never put any pressure on them. My three oldest children have gone on to be lawyers, but they have zero interest in criminal law. Maybe they’ve seen how much work goes into. It’s great to see the finished product in court, but you don’t just show up and cross examine someone. There are many lonely hours spent getting prepared.

Where did you get your passion for baseball?
Growing up, there was a lady that helped take care of me and my siblings. Supposedly, when I would go to sleep, she would put my left hand in a sock because she decided I needed to be a right-handed baseball player. She and I would listen to the Cardinals on a little transistor radio, and she’d tell me all her stories about baseball. It just stuck with me. I love the game.

What is your favorite St. Louis sports moment?
When my daughter, Hayley, was 12 or 13, she had some really bad anxiety after going to summer camp. One day, I was talking to Marshall Faulk before a game like I always did. Hayley said, “Uncle Marshall, I want you to score three touchdowns for me.” I told her that she couldn’t just ask him that, but sure enough, he scored three touchdowns. Not only that, he introduced what he called the Hayley hug for that game.

Favorite place to travel.
Cabo San Lucas.

What is your go-to attire for court and casual situations?
In court, it’s an all black suit with a white shirt, a black Hermes or Louis Vuitton tie and black Louis Vuitton shoes. For casual, black jeans and a black T-shirt.

Every man should have what in their closet?
A black T-shirt.

What wouldn’t you be caught dead in?
I just saw my buddy wearing a Tom Ford suit with bell bottoms. I wanted to point and ask, “What are those?!”

You have seven meals left. What restaurants are going to?
Cafe Napoli, Tony’s, John Mineo’s, Annie Gunn’s, Sidney Street Cafe, Paul Manno’s, Peacemaker Lobster & Crab.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and the best advice you can give?
Young lawyers need to find a mentor to teach them what they don’t learn in law school. It gives you the nuts and bolts, but you need to find somebody who knows how to treat clients, other lawyers and court room staff. So many young lawyers think they’re big shots, and they’ll speak down to clerks. That’s crazy because that clerk can shut them down. There is so much to learn about being a lawyer that’s not being a lawyer.

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