Values Team 1For more than 35 years, Sandberg Phoenix has maintained a reputation for providing extraordinary client services, backed by a guarantee that was among the first of its kind in St. Louis. In 2015, Sandberg Phoenix rolled out a comprehensive initiative that took the core values of the firm and developed them into a philosophy that drives the way each member interacts with clients and with one another on a daily basis. We live these values and integrate them into hiring, training, evaluation and marketing and communications to ensure that we achieve our aspirations of providing the best client service in the legal industry.

Our firm values are:

1. Put People First
At Sandberg Phoenix  we are in the business of people.   People are our product.  People are our customers.  Taking care of People is what we do and we set the example by putting our members first.  That means providing better benefits, providing better training, taking more time and caring more about our people than any other law firm.  Why?  That is exactly what we expect of our members when we serve our clients.  We set the example. We can’t ask our members to put our clients first if we don’t do the same for them.

2. Deliver Amazing Client Service
Sandberg Phoenix is client service.  It is our passion.  We strive to provide more than asked, earlier than requested and better than imagined.  We “wow” our clients daily.

3. Exemplify Unquestionable Integrity in all You Do
Our word is our bond.  We act at all times as if the client, the court and our members are watching.  When it comes to Integrity, there is only one way.

4. Build a Fun and Enjoyable Work Environment
Our subspecialty is fun:  We love what we do and we have fun doing it.  We know that enjoying our work, team, and environment leads to happier people, better service and satisfied clients.

5. Pursue Continuous Development and Learning
We push ourselves to improve every day.  We attract and retain talent not based upon what they have accomplished, but upon what they will accomplish.  We have an insatiable drive to become better every day and to never stop learning and improving.

6. Invest and Improve the Communities We Serve
We can’t do it alone and neither can the communities we serve.  We believe in continuous improvement for ourselves and our communities so we invest our time, talent and dollars to help our neighbors and neighborhoods.

7. Build a Positive Team and Collaborative Environment
We think team first.  We serve our clients and members best when we collaborate as a team.   Building a positive team and collaborative environment requires three ingredients:  Team, Collaboration and Positive attitude.  Teamwork improves results, strengthens the firm and is essential to helping our clients succeed.

8. Take Personal Responsibility
Each of us takes personal responsibility of process, product and results.  As Harry Truman said, “The buck stops here.”   Well, the “buck stops here” with each of us every day.  We own our work and our actions.

9. Treat Everyone with the Highest Degree of Respect and Empathy
We expect our people to treat everyone they meet with respect and empathy. We seek to understand and truly appreciate the best of everyone we encounter.

10. Deliver Value and  Excellence to Client and Firm
Each of us must deliver excellence and value to our clients and the firm.  We keep our standards at the top and our eye on the bottom line.


Sandberg Phoenix Values Champion

To celebrate individuals who live our firm values, Sandberg Phoenix recognizes one individual every other month who has gone above and beyond their responsibilities to make this a great place to work. Our current values champion and their contribution is below.

Chelsea Kennedy, Legal Assistant

I’d like to nominate Chelsea Kennedy. Chelsea always goes above and beyond to brighten everyone’s day. For Random Act of Kindness day, Chelsea got here early to leave chocolates on everyone’s desks. For the holidays, she left her floor (and possibly others) with little stockings of candy and hot chocolate. When a fire destroyed blankets and toys for Shriners Children’s Hospital and we asked for donations, Chelsea went out of her way to research and find blankets on sale and send out an e-mail to all employees letting them know where they could purchase them. She also donated at least 10 blankets and some toys. For the Bake Auction, Chelsea selflessly baked NINE dishes – which resulted in about $500 total to our charities. She has joined the Charity Committee and has become an active member in the short time she’s been here. She goes out of her way to remember people’s birthdays and other important events in their lives. Chelsea exemplifies the values of Putting People First and Building a Fun and Enjoyable Work Environment. I ask that the Values Committee recognize her for all she does for her coworkers. Thank you!

Nominated by Alicia Wherle


I’d like to nominate Chelsea Kennedy for Values Champion. She exemplifies Delivering Amazing Client Service and Delivering Value and Excellence to Client and Firm.

Chelsea is an invaluable asset to the firm and has served as a huge help to me and our clients. Chelsea had to pinch hit for me after the end of the day when my assistant was out. Chelsea had to file two answers, three motions, three supporting memoranda (all with exhibits), and send out two discovery responses, and fifteen (that’s right, fifteen!) discovery requests on one day.

To make matters worse, all of these documents were not finalized until after 4pm! Chelsea was incredibly helpful and our clients are lucky to have such a dedicated staff member.

Nominated by Ben Wesselschmidt


I’d like to nominate Chelsea Kennedy for Values Champion for the following reasons:

  • Put People First. Chelsea takes the time to get to know everyone here at the firm and she truly cares about people. She was here all of two weeks during Values Week, and on Random Act of Kindness Day, she hand-delivered little messages with a small candy bar. She is truly a wonderful and special person.
  • Deliver Amazing Client Service. I have not worked with her enough to speak to her client service. However, one day she saw me trying to make copies of something in a rush for a meeting that was ongoing. She asked if she could help and made all of my copies so I could get back to the meeting.
  • Build a Fun and Enjoyable Work Environment. Chelsea is super easy to get along with and enjoyable to speak with. She is always smiling and laughing and has a wonderful and positive spirit.
  • Invest and Improve the Communities We Serve. Chelsea is an active participant in Charity Committee events. She made like 9 items for the bake auction and probably single-handedly contributed to about $1,000 of earnings at the auction.
  • Build a Positive Team and Collaborative Environment. See Item #2 above.
  • Treat Everyone with the Highest Degree of Respect and Empathy. See Item #1 above.

Nominated by Mara Lahnar


Sandberg Phoenix Values Videos

Our members are committed to living our values and spreading awareness across the firm. In that vein, members have written, directed and starred in videos depicting some situations where we have excelled at our goals, as well as some humorous scenarios where we would not! Take a look on the Sandberg Phoenix YouTube Page.

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