MoveMakers & NewsMakers for Jan. 13, 2021
See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."
Lashly & Baer, PC announces that Julie Z. Devine and Daniel K. Mannion have been named shareholders of the firm.
Devine has been with the firm since 2018 and has experience in all areas of litigation and employment counseling for employers in various industries including retail, restaurant, automotive/transportation, shipping, manufacturing, technology, healthcare, non-profits, telecommunications, call centers, hospitality, and elementary and secondary education.
Devine is on the board of directors for Rainbow Village and the personnel committee for the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse. She also regularly volunteers at the Federal Court Legal Advice Clinic. She holds a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard University Law School and a B.A. summa cum laude from Duke University.
Mannion has been with the firm since 2017 and focuses his practice on commercial litigation and transportation law. He regularly represents clients in commercial litigation, premises liability and transportation-related matters, including serious vehicular and trucking accidents, and catastrophic casualty claims.
Mannion holds a J.D. from University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law and a B.A. from Indiana University.
Sandberg Phoenix is pleased to announce Larry A. Pittman, II has joined the firm’s Kansas City office as counsel.
Pittman brings over 17 years of experience in business, bankruptcy, debtor-creditor rights, and secured transactions. He has worked with clients to navigate all chapters of the Bankruptcy Code, sell and acquire assets, and resolve and litigate claims in federal and state courts. His practice also includes counseling businesses on complying with consumer protection statutes, structuring secured transactions and lending relationships, as well as defending businesses against consumer claims.
Pittman holds a J.D. from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law and a B.A. in political science from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Dysart Taylor Cotter & McMonigle, PC announces that Leslie A. Boe and Meghan A. Litecky have each been elected as a shareholder/director of the firm, effective Jan. 1, 2021.
“We are proud to recognize Leslie and Meghan for their commitment to client service and proven results as they achieve this milestone appointment as new shareholders,” said managing partner Amanda Pennington Ketchum. “Each brings unique and valuable experience to their practice and we look forward to their continued success in this role.”
Boe, a problem-solver who uses her expertise to partner with clients, has advised clients in the construction industry, including owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers, for nearly two decades. She has significant experience in all forms of dispute resolution – mediation and arbitration – as well as trials in both state and federal courts.
Prior to joining Dysart Taylor, Boe operated her own law firm for almost a decade. This gave her a unique understanding of the challenges and complexities that private and family business owners face. She earned her legal degree from University of Missouri School of Law and her undergraduate degree in history and political science from William Jewell College.
As a former prosecutor, Litecky learned how to think critically and make decisions under extreme pressure – a skill she carries with her today as a civil litigator. Her practice focuses on a variety of civil litigation and personal injury defense matters, ranging from advising trucking companies in wrongful death actions to defending small businesses in professional liability claims.
For more than eight years, Litecky served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office before joining Dysart Taylor in 2015. She is currently a trial advocacy adjunct professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law and serves in various leadership roles within local bar and trial associations. Litecky earned her J.D. from UMKC School of Law and her undergraduate degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Missouri.
Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Peter Riggs has been elected a partner in the firm’s Kansas City office. The election to partnership was effective Jan. 1, 2021.
“Our talented people, combined with our culture of humility, collaboration and collegiality, make Spencer Fane a truly exceptional place,” Peter Riggs said. “Particularly during this past year, which created unprecedented challenges for law firms, our people pulled together, adapted to a shifting service landscape, and delivered for our clients. I join the ranks of the partnership with great optimism for the future of this firm and cannot wait to see what lies ahead for us.”
Riggs is an experienced litigator and regulatory attorney who advises clients across the financial services industry in litigation, government and internal investigations, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights matters. He draws on over a decade of experience with the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, most recently as a chief trial attorney.
Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, PC is pleased to announce that of counsel attorneys Kent M. Bevan, George P. Coughlin and Don R. Lolli have retired, effective Dec. 31, 2020. While each will be greatly missed, the firm congratulates them on reaching such a significant milestone.
“We will miss Kent, George and Don very much. Each has made such a lasting impression upon our firm, but we wish them the best as they start this next chapter of their lives,” said managing director Amanda Pennington Ketchum. “I know they are each looking forward to more time with family, especially all of the grandkids.”
Bevan, who served as the firm’s managing director in 2001-2002, joined the firm in 1988. He focused his practice in the fields of insurance law and litigation, as well as transportation and logistics. He dedicated himself to creating successful results for clients, handling complex insurance matters, coverage analysis, liability claims and property damage cases. Bevan received both his legal and undergraduate (political science) degrees from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Coughlin, who first joined the firm as a partner in 2000 and moved into his current role in 2016, focused on areas of product liability, casualty insurance defense and commercial litigation in his career. He defended large and medium-sized corporations, particularly the manufacturers of cranes, construction and lifting equipment; pollution-control and industrial equipment; and commercial cabinetry. Coughlin earned his J.D. from Georgetown Law and his undergraduate degree from University of Notre Dame.
Lolli, who joined the firm in 2003, has spent the past 45 years diligently working to identify clients’ legal issues and ensure they are resolved. He found resolutions for clients in commercial, business and personal disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation. Lolli received both his J.D. and undergraduate (economics) degrees from the University of Missouri.