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Willie J. Epps Jr.

Willie J. Epps Jr. is the Associate General Counsel and Head of Litigation at Edward Jones. He has practiced law for for 21 years. At Edward Jones, Mr. Epps is responsible for all lawsuits, arbitrations and complaints involving the firm. He leads a team of in-house litigators and complaints investigators. However, with 14,000 financial advisors operating in 50 states and throughout Canada, he also coordinates and works with outsourced litigators. Mr. Epps spent the bulk of his career as a trial lawyer. He started his legal career serving in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps as a judge advocate and special assistant U.S. attorney for four years. He went on to work as an assistant special counsel for The Waco Investigation. Later, he was named chief compliance officer at Charter Communications, Inc. and partner at two prominent Missouri-based law firms: Dowd Bennett LLP and Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP (in Kansas City.) At the firms, he said he was able to hone his “craft as a strong litigator and trial lawyer.” He joined Edward Jones about two years ago and also serves as general counsel, pro bono, for the Missouri State NAACP. Mr. Epps was born in Mississippi and raised in Missouri. He is a graduate of St. Louis Country Day School, Amherst College, and Harvard Law School. He speaks regularly at conferences on professional ethics and trial practice.

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