MoveMakers & NewsMakers for Jan. 17, 2023
See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."
Danna McKitrick PC announces the election of Tabitha L. Atwell to the position of principal, effective Jan. 1, 2023.
“We are excited to have Tabitha as a principal of our firm,” said Ron Danna, one of the founders of the firm. “As an experienced estate planning attorney, she brings a high level of knowledge to our estate planning team, especially in the use of unique trusts for complicated estate and tax planning.”
Atwell focuses her practice on estate and tax planning, probate, and trust administration. She also assists both families and individuals with proactively planning for incapacity, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and individuals with disabilities.
“From my initial meeting with Danna McKitrick, I could sense the firm’s commitment to the growth of the attorneys and the importance of client service,” said Atwell. “This feeling made me want to be a part of the firm and I was excited for the opportunity. Today, I am honored to be elected as a principal of Danna McKitrick and look forward to continuing to serve our clients alongside my colleagues.”
Atwell serves as legacy advisor for St. Louis Children's Hospital and is a board member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Her other memberships include the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.
Atwell earned her Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2002. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and marketing from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1999.
Padberg, Corrigan & Appelbaum has changed its name to Padberg Appelbaum Knepper (PAK) effective Jan. 1. The new name recognizes the promotion of Nicole Burlison Knepper to principal and partner.
Knepper joined the firm in 2016 as an associate. She represents clients who have been injured in a range of civil practice cases, including automobile accidents, workers' compensation, wrongful death, and premises liability. She is licensed in Missouri and Illinois with experience at the state, federal, and appellate court levels.
Knepper is active in the legal community as a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. She currently serves as a vice president of the Lawyers Association of St. Louis and has been on the organization’s executive committee for six years. She has received numerous professional recognitions over the years including being a recipient of the Lon O. Hocker Award.
“Nicole has an outstanding reputation in the St. Louis legal community,” said Matthew Padberg, PAK principal and partner. “She is articulate and persuasive in the courtroom, and a fearless advocate for her clients trying cases in front of juries.”
“Nicole’s combination of compassion and passion are qualities that make her an excellent plaintiff’s attorney,” said Theresa Appelbaum, PAK principal and partner.
“Practicing law isn’t always easy, but getting to work with this group of dedicated attorneys, fighting together for the rights of injured people makes it worth the battle,” said Knepper. She adds, “I am excited to contribute to the leadership team and continue our unwavering commitment to provide quality service to our clients at a firm where everyone truly loves being a lawyer."
Knepper earned her Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law. She received an undergraduate degree in French and international studies from the University of Missouri - Columbia.
Stinson LLP promoted four lawyers from its St. Louis office to firm partnership, effective Jan. 1, 2023: Rob Harry, Jenna Hueneger, Morgan Johnson, and John Schroeder.
Harry utilizes his real estate and financial services multidisciplinary background to find practical and business-oriented solutions for his clients. He offers significant experience in commercial real estate transactions, commercial real estate finance, renewable energy project finance, commercial leasing and secured lending.
Harry is also committed to pro bono work. He has represented clients in a variety of matters including structuring and implementing funds to inject capital into underserved St. Louis neighborhoods, developing a loan program to restore homes, researching and defending against human rights issues, and providing general counsel to nonprofit organizations. Harry earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law.
Hueneger advises her clients through a diverse array of complex business transaction. She regularly represents and counsels financial institutions and borrowers on all types of financings, including asset-based, working capital, construction and real estate loans, and has extensive experience representing clients in sophisticated finance, commercial, and M&A transactions. Although her practice spans across multiple industries, she has gained significant experience advising clients in the agribusiness industry.
Hueneger is a board member for CASA of St. Louis Young Professionals and is a Legal Services of Eastern Missouri volunteer attorney. She earned her Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law.
Johnson works directly with his clients on how best to protect and commercialize their intellectual property rights and avoid infringing on the rights of others. He focuses his practice on patent preparation and prosecution, leveraging his chemical engineering background to secure patent protection for clients in the chemical, pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. He leverages his chemical engineering background to secure patent protection for clients in the chemical, chemical technology, pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. He also utilizes his experience protecting intellectual property rights to provide valuable insights during M&A due diligence with respect to intellectual property ownership and agreements.
Johnson is chair-elect of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis' Patent, Trademark & Copyright Section. Johnson earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Northern Illinois University College of Law.
Schroeder leverages his background in chemical engineering to seek custom solutions for his clients' high-stakes technology and intellectual property disputes. He is a skilled patent, trademark and trade secrets litigator, and is especially skilled in litigating the validity of patents in inter parte review and post grant review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He also assists clients in matters involving patent counseling, patentability and non-infringement opinions, due diligence and licensing.
Schroeder earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law.
Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch LC welcomes Steven A. Ramsey to their firm as an associate in St. Louis.
Ramsey previously served as director of governmental policy and legislation at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), as an assistant attorney general at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, and as an assistant prosecutor in Jackson County. He joined the firm from an in-house position with a large non-depository institution. Ramsey also clerked for the Supreme Court of Missouri under Judge Paul C. Wilson.
Ramsey has conducted numerous jury and bench trials in federal and state courts and in civil and criminal settings. As a prosecutor, he worked on various cases including violence, sexual violence, DUIs, property crimes, and drug crimes. As an assistant attorney general, he represented various state agencies, state employees, law enforcement, and state-wide elected officials in civil lawsuits.
Ramsey has been active in The Missouri Bar’s Young Lawyers’ Section and is an alum of The Missouri Bar Leadership Academy.
Ramsey attended the University of Notre Dame Law School. He was born and raised in Kansas City.
Spencer Fane announces Beth Siemer has been elected to partnership in the firm.
Siemer is a pragmatic health care attorney who advises individuals and organizations navigating complex state and federal laws that govern transactions, compliance, and reimbursement. Working with various providers, payers, benefit managers, and vendors in the health care space, she offers practical tools, actionable advice, and customized solutions that allow her clients to keep the focus on innovating and providing high quality products and services. Her experience has focused on contracting and compliance in the context of health care fraud and abuse laws and privacy laws, both in private practice and in house with a large, complex, vertically integrated health care company.
Siemer earned her Juris Doctor from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, cum laude. She completed her undergraduate studies at Truman State University, summa cum laude.
Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC added 20 lawyers to their Kansas City office, which includes 18 who joined as part of the firm’s Jan. 1 merger with Foland, Wickens, Roper, Hofer & Crawford PC. Two additional lawyers are elevated to members in the Kansas City office. Joining as members in Kansas City are:
- Kevin Brooks, an insurance coverage and bad faith litigator. He earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
- Clay Crawford, a coverage, bad faith, and catastrophic defense litigator. He earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
- Scott Hofer, a trial attorney with a practice focused on the defense of bad faith and extra-contractual insurance claims, insurance coverage, commercial and business litigation, and sports. He earned his law degree from Washburn University School of Law.
- Jackie Longfellow, a civil defense and employment litigator. She earned her law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
- Jim Maloney, an appellate, civil and insurance defense litigator. He earned his law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law.
- Christopher Mirakian, a civil defense trial lawyer practicing in the areas of complex civil litigation and insurance defense. He earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
- Angela Probasco, an insurance coverage, extra-contractual and bad faith litigator. She earned her law degree from Arizona State University College of Law.
- Kyle Roehler, a trial lawyer with a practice focused on catastrophic personal injury defense, transportation, insurance coverage and extra-contractual liability, construction defect, and product liability litigation. He earned his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
- Philip Sumner, a civil defense trial lawyer practicing in the areas of construction law, product liability, personal injury, premises liability and extra-contractual liability. He earned his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Also joining the firm in Kanas City are Ryan Cox as of counsel; Cary Miller, Karen Read, and Robert Reynolds as senior attorneys; Paul Wickens as senior counsel; and Briana Cowell, Torey Darin, Nicci Gudmens, Grant Henderson, Linden Hoffman, and Carly Iverson as associates.
Elected as members in Kansas City are:
- Megan Sterchi Lammert, a civil litigation attorney with a practice concentrated on the defense of personal injury, premises liability and product liability matters. She joined the firm as an associate in 2015 and earned her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.
- Gregorio Silva, a civil litigation attorney with a practice focused on transportation litigation and investigating and defending fire and explosion matters. He has been with the firm since 2020 and earned his law degree from the University of Nevada - Las Vegas School of Law.
Spencer Fane announces Zach Fairlie and Thomas Hiatt have been elected to partnership.
Fairlie is a financial services litigator who represents creditors, receivers, trustees, indenture trustees, unsecured creditor committees, and other constituencies in corporate bankruptcy, restructuring, and non-bankruptcy insolvency matters. His bankruptcy, restructuring, and creditors’ rights practice primarily consists of representing clients in litigation related to corporate bankruptcy proceedings, commercial receiverships, and commercial loan enforcement.
Prior to joining Spencer Fane, Fairlie clerked for Judge Cynthia A. Norton in Kansas City and Judge Linda Reade in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Farlie obtained his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Northern Iowa.
Hiatt is a trial attorney who helps businesses in all aspects of litigation including consulting pre-lawsuit, conducting and managing e-discovery, engaging in motion practice, and trying cases to verdict. He has experience in construction defect and payment disputes (representing owners, general contractors, and subcontractors), real estate disputes, and financial services litigation involving fraudulent transfer and piercing the corporate veil theories.
Hiatt earned his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in political science and history.
Stinson LLP promoted three lawyers from its Kansas City office to firm partnership, effective Jan. 1, 2023: Rachel Price, Chris Sevedge, and Chelsea Templeton.
Price advocates for clients in a variety of real estate transactions, helping them to leverage the strongest position possible without losing sight of the big picture. Her legal knowledge is vast, covering all facets of real estate and public finance. She represents landlords and tenants, developers, lenders and real estate investment trusts (REIT) in a variety of industries, including agriculture, financing and environmental.
Price is a member of Synergy Services' Board of Directors and an executive committee member for BOTAR. She is also a volunteer for the Junior League of Kansas City and The American Royal.
Price earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
Sevedge is a commercial litigator and strategic advisor on matters pertaining to business insurance. He represents policyholder clients in connection with insurance coverage litigation and pre-lawsuit counseling for first-party and liability losses and exposures across all forms of commercial insurance products. He also counsels companies on insurance coverage and risk management matters surrounding insolvency, bankruptcy, receivership, mergers, and acquisitions. Sevedge also regularly represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation matters.
Sevedge is a member of the American Bar Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum's Friends of Art. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.
Templeton strategically delivers efficient and effective creative legal solutions for her corporate finance and private equity clients. She focuses her practice on corporate governance and general business law, venture capital investments, and mergers and acquisitions. Her experience spans several industries, including financial services and consumer products, waste management, animal health, energy and technology.
In addition, Templeton is a board member for Kansas City Young Audiences. She earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC announces that Jeffrey Coffey joins the firm as an associate in Springfield. He focuses his practice on insurance defense, insurance coverage, and products liability defense. Coffey earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law.
Spencer Fane announces Jacob Hollars has been elected to partnership in the firm. He is located in their Denver, Colorado, office.
Hollars is a litigator specializing in real estate, special district, commercial, and appellate matters. He represents companies in commercial disputes, such as breach of contract and real estate matters, and assists them in protecting their business. In addition, he has experience representing contractors in construction defect claims. He is also an experienced appellate litigator.
While in law school at Saint Louis University School of Law, Hollars worked as a staff member and articles editor at Saint Louis University Public Law Review and was awarded “Articles Editor of the Year” by the organization in the 2013-2014 school year. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.