We are happy to announce Tayler Bertelsman has joined Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas.
Tayler was born and raised in Swansea, Illinois, and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology from the University of Kansas where she wrote two highly regarded theses concerning the social construction of terrorism. She went on to obtain her Juris Doctor from St. Louis University School of Law, concentrating on International and Comparative Law. She also studied abroad through the law school in Madrid, Spain during the summer of 2019. Her honors include Alpha Kappa Delta Honors Society, Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society, Benjamin Xue & Associates, Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition Student Award 2020 and 2021, and School of Law Dean’s Scholar. She was also a Student Ambassador.
When asked about her experience at SLU, Tayler responded, “The school pushed students to think of the greater impact of their work on their communities, while giving students all the practical tools necessary to succeed. I felt as though I got a great mix of bar prep classes and practical skills classes, such as trial advocacy and civil practice. Throughout my education, professors included real-world context and big-picture analysis in addition to the black letter law. I left feeling as though I received a well-rounded education.”
Tayler indicated the most valuable part of law school was re-learning how to think. Because of her education, she has developed skills that allow her to dissect complex problems, consider multiple angles and viewpoints, and analyze specific issues. “While I do not always have the solution, I have the skills to find the solution. I look forward to spending the next several decades of my life continuing to build upon the foundation law school has provided me.”
Her hobbies include German language study, skiing, hiking, history, baking, and scuba diving. Tayler has obtained “master scuba” certification, the highest non-professional certification available. She was also a competitive water skier as a teenager.
Tayler has lived in Madrid, Spain, Prague, Czech Republic, and Playa del Carmen, Mexico.