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2021-22 Missouri Bar leaders elected

Cape Girardeau lawyer John Grimm elected president

2021-22 Missouri Bar Officers

John Grimm, with the Limbaugh Law Firm in Cape Girardeau, today was elected the 2021-22 president of The Missouri Bar. The election took place during a hybrid meeting of the state bar’s Board of Governors at the conclusion of the 140th Annual Meeting of The Missouri Bar held virtually this week. He succeeds St. Louis area lawyer John Gunn as president of the 30,000-member organization.

Grimm was sworn in as president immediately following his election. His Oath of Office was delivered by Hon. Douglas Thomson at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. The ceremony was broadcast live via The Missouri Bar’s Facebook page.

In an earlier address to lawyers as part of the virtual programming, Grimm spoke about the bar’s ongoing efforts to improve the profession, the law and the administration of justice on behalf of the public.

“I’m looking forward to talking to lawyers about the great work that they’re doing and finding ways to let them know that The Missouri Bar is here to help them even better serve their clients,” Grimm said. “I also look forward to continuing our efforts to educate the public about the legal system and resources available to them as part of our ongoing efforts to help improve the lives of Missouri’s citizens.”

Grimm earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and has served on the Board of Governors since 2010. He has an active trial practice in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, insurance coverage and defense, business, real estate and employment litigation. Grimm is also an experienced mediator and former circuit judge.

Lauren Tucker McCubbin, with Polsinelli in Kansas City, will serve as president-elect. She earned her law degree from Washington University School of Law and has served on the Board of Governors since 2014. Her practice is concentrated on insurance recovery counseling and litigation in connection with all types of insurance. She also represents the firm’s business, financial, and health care clients in complex commercial litigation, including class actions and multidistrict litigation.

The new vice president of The Missouri Bar is Megan Phillips, a career law clerk with more than 15 years of public service in state appellate and federal trial courts. She is also an adjunct instructor at Saint Louis University School of Law. She earned her law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law and has served on the Board of Governors from 2008-2010 and again since 2017. She is a past co-chair the Joint Commission on Women in the Profession, established by the Supreme Court of Missouri and The Missouri Bar.

Newly selected representatives from the three districts of the Missouri Court of Appeals are: Karen McCarthy of St. Louis, Erica Mynarich of Springfield, and Athena Dickson of Jefferson City. They, along with the officers and the immediate past president, compose The Missouri Bar’s Executive Committee for the coming bar year.

The Missouri Bar is a statewide organization that is dedicated to improving the legal profession, the law and the administration of justice for all Missourians. Created in 1944 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, it serves all 30,000 of Missouri’s practicing lawyers. To achieve its mission, The Missouri Bar provides a wide range of services and resources to its members, as well as the media, educators and the citizens of Missouri. To learn more about The Missouri Bar, visit and