Municipal law is ‘career calling’

City Attorney Drew Hilpert stands outside the Jefferson City Municipal Building.

City Attorney Drew Hilpert stands outside the Jefferson City Municipal Building.

Drew Hilpert sees working as the Jefferson City attorney as his career calling, saying there’s almost nothing he doesn’t like about the job.

Hilpert became the city attorney in April, after spending several months serving as interim city attorney. He originally was hired in 2006 as the city’s associate city attorney.

Hilpert said, after law school, he worked with a small general practice firm in Columbia for about five years. While practicing there, he said he represented a small village, Windsor Place, which led to his first brush with municipal law. Hilpert said he was asked to help incorporate the village and ended up only “halfway” accomplishing it.

“Turned out it had actually been incorporated some years ago, they had just never appointed any trustees,” Hilpert said.

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