Attorney Austin Fax is growing his practice with a wide range of focus areas.
The Rogersville native works with many clients who have experienced a traumatic event, such as life-changing personal injuries, the wrongful death of a family member or sexual assault.
“Litigation is incredibly difficult to navigate if you are not familiar with how the process works,” Fax says. “In these cases, not only do my clients trust in my knowledge and expertise of litigation, but also in how to deal with insurance companies to ensure that they are made whole from their loss.”
He also represents clients in real estate law – dealing with cases surrounding easement disputes, adverse possession and lease violations – as well as business law.
“These clients are particularly concerned with optimizing their investments, and they trust not only that I know the law, but that I am a good steward with their money and that I can properly advise them as to which disputes are worth their time and effort,” says Fax. “I am extremely blessed to give counsel and advice on such a broad range of issues, as there is never a dull moment in my practice.”
Fax says his biggest impact for clients is when he’s able to obtain large judgments or settlements.
“It is impossible to overstate how important that is to some of my clients, as it can be the difference between paying off their bills or going in debt, feeding their family or not,” he says.
The local attorney also has had cases overturned by higher courts. In 2016 and 2019, Fax says he took personal injury cases to the Southern District Court of Appeals, where he won adverse decisions and overturned rulings for his clients. He says those cases impacted how summary judgments are reviewed by trial courts throughout the state.
In 2017, he argued before the Missouri Supreme Court on behalf of the Missouri Apartment Association. He says though the Supreme Court did not rule in his clients’ favor, he thinks the case played a role in influencing the state legislature to make changes to Missouri landlord-tenant law.
Fax has his sights set on making partner at Lowther Johnson in the next year.
“That’s my biggest goal right now,” he says. “I also hope to continue helping clients in whatever way I can and look forward to being an asset in my firm.”
He’s also a member of The Missouri Bar and Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, where he serves on various committees. Outside of the legal field, Fax is involved in several community organizations. He recently was named to Leadership Springfield’s Signature Class 39, and he’s joined the board of directors for The Victim Center. With Fax’s membership of Rotaract Club of Springfield, he has served as chair of the Rock N’ Ribs committee for the annual barbecue festival.
“As lawyers, we owe it to our communities to make sure we are doing everything possible to make them better places,” he says.
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