MoveMakers & NewsMakers for Jan. 6, 2021
See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."
Harness Dickey is pleased to announce that Charlie Franklin has been promoted to principal, effective Jan. 1, 2021.
Charlie Franklin, Ph.D., is a patent attorney in the firm’s Clayton office. He advises some of the firm’s largest clients in the computer, electronics, and mechanical industries. His expertise spans technologies related to computer software and processing systems, power supplies and circuits, electric motor controls, wireless communications, and HVAC systems. In addition to preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications, Franklin prepares freedom to operate opinions and assists with litigation matters, including Inter Partes Review (IPR) trials. He holds a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Missouri.
Graves Garrett LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Brad Bodamer as senior counsel. He brings to the firm nearly four decades of legal experience prosecuting and defending claims in a wide variety of complex litigation matters.
Bodamer earned a well-regarded reputation in the local, regional, and national legal communities as a highly influential partner at both Shook Hardy & Bacon and Stinson prior to joining Graves Garrett. He developed a strong track record of success in litigation involving software disputes, alleged consumer protection violations and other business torts, insurance, antitrust, intellectual property, products liability, and employment actions.
“I’m honored to join a firm with such a distinguished group of attorneys who approach their legal work with the highest level of integrity,” Bodamer said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to join such a respected Kansas City firm with a proven track record of success for their clients.”
Bodamer has first-chaired more than 30 trials to verdict in federal and state courts throughout the country, and his legal work has regularly garnered local and national awards and distinctions. He was honored as a Legal Champion by Missouri Lawyers Media after obtaining a defense verdict at the conclusion of a two-week jury trial in a deceptive trade practices class action arising out of the retail sale of motor fuel.
“Brad is a top-level attorney in the city, and we’re fortunate to have him become a part of the team,” said Nathan Garrett, partner at Graves Garrett. “Our firm continues to enhance its bench on commercial litigation and class action lawsuits, and this reinforces our commitment to handling high-level matters on a national level.”
Bodamer completed his undergraduate studies at Missouri State University and later earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a law clerk for Judge Andrew Jackson Higgins of the Supreme Court of Missouri.
In addition to his legal practice, Bodamer serves on the board of directors for Kansas City Friends of the Zoo and recently rolled off the board for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City after serving nine years.
McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan is pleased to announce that Missouri Lawyers Media has named Susan Saper Galamba and Tiffany A. McFarland to its 2020 POWER 30 List for family law. Both are co-chairs of the family law and divorce practice group for the firm.
Evans & Dixon, LLC is pleased to announce that Kevin H. Dunaway has joined the firm's Springfield office. He brings with him over 35 years of experience practicing law in the Springfield area. Throughout his career, Dunaway has focused his practice in the area of workers’ compensation, but he also practices extensively in general civil litigation.
Husch Blackwell has appointed Adam N. Charlsen as managing partner of its Omaha office, effective Jan. 1, 2021.
Charlsen succeeds partner Marnie Jensen, who has served as office managing partner since April 2019. Jensen will continue her full-time law practice representing clients in the food and agricultural industry.
Charlsen is a member of the firm's real estate, development and construction industry group. He advises retail, restaurant, office and industrial clients on site acquisitions and leasing transitions, as well as on related due diligence and development matters. He also counsels local government agencies and districts on public infrastructure development and related governance issues and, as a member of the firm’s public-private partnership and retail teams, provides legal assistance. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, and he currently serves as the State Government Relations Chair in the ICSC Central Division.
“Adam will play a vital role as a key client-facing leader in Omaha,” said Paul Eberle, chief executive of the firm. “His leadership in the Omaha office will continue Marnie’s client-first legacy and continue to broaden the visibility of our firm in this important market.”
“I am excited to continue Husch Blackwell’s legacy of superior client service to our Omaha clients. Omaha has earned a deserved reputation as a great place to live, work, play, raise a family, and grow a business, and I am proud to champion that reputation in my new role,” Charlsen said.
Charlsen earned his J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law and his B.A. from the University of Kansas. Before joining Husch Blackwell, Charlsen served as in-house counsel for the nonprofit organization Boys Town. He will continue to represent clients while serving as office managing partner.