Elijah Haahr was raised on a farm in SW Missouri. His dad, a former teacher, owned his own home building business and his mother was a social worker before she became a stay at home mom. Elijah’s parents decided to homeschool their children so Elijah was taught at home all through high school. Elijah was raised in a home where faith, family and hard work were encouraged and these ideals stayed with him as he grew up.
Elijah’s parents bought a farm near Republic and Elijah and his siblings helped his dad bale hay on the farm and worked in their dad’s construction business. During high school, his family decided to move further into the country and. for two years, they lived on 70 acres outside of Marshfield. It wasn’t long until they decided to move back to the Springfield suburbs. His entire family still resides in the Springfield metropolitan area. Elijah graduated high school in 1999 and began to turn his attention towards the future.
After graduating high school, Elijah received an academic scholarship to Ozarks Technical Community College. Elijah worked part time through school but was a constant member of the Dean’s List and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor’s Society. He graduated cum laude in 2002 with his Associate of Art’s degree. OTC will always remain a special place in his heart because of his time spent there.
After graduation, Elijah was offered a full tuition scholarship to attend Missouri Western State University. He took the opportunity to become deeply involved in campus life as a member of the MWSU Honor’s Society, was active in founding the local chapter of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, and served in the Student Government Association as a Senator and President. Elijah graduated cum laude in 2005 with undergraduate degrees in History and Government & Public Affairs.
During his senior year of college, Elijah took the LSAT exam and began applying to law school. He was offered admission to numerous law schools around the country but received an academic scholarship to attend the University of Missouri School of Law. Elijah immediately became active in numerous activities. During his three years at MU, he represented the school in several oral advocacy competitions at the regional level. He served on the MU Board of Advocates and was named by the ABA as the national student director of the 2007-08 Appellate Advocacy Competition. Upon graduation, he was awarded the prestigious Order of Barristers as one of the top ten oral advocates in his graduating class. Elijah was very active in a variety of other activities including serving as Vice President of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Society, was a member of the inaugural class of the Elwood L. Thomas Inn of Courts, and was a member and Editor-in-Chief of the Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review.
Elijah graduated with honors from MU Law School in 2008 and, after passing the Missouri Bar Exam, returned to Springfield.
Elijah practices law for Lathrop Gage in their Springfield office as a member of the firm’s Products Liability division. He has tried cases in state and federal court and argued before the Southern District Court of Appeals. For the last three consecutive years, he has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine.
Elijah also keeps active in the local community. He has served as President of the Springfield Jaycees, is an active member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association and has been recognized as 417 Magazine’s 20 under 30 and Springfield Business Journal’s 40 under 40. He and his family have volunteered with a variety of organizations including CASA, Springfield Victory Mission for the Homeless, and the Adopt a Street Program.
Elijah lives in Springfield with his wife, Amanda, and their four children; Jackson, Regan, Scarlett, and Alexandra.