MoveMakers & NewsMakers for Feb. 8, 2023
See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."
Lewis Rice promoted Kelly M. Gorman and Justin M. Ladendorf to members of the firm.
Gorman joined Lewis Rice as a summer associate in 2014 shortly before graduating from University of Missouri School of Law. She practices in the firm's pension and employee benefits, health care, and corporate departments.
Ladendorf practices in the firm’s commercial litigation, labor and employment, and bankruptcy, restructuring, and workouts departments. He also started his career with Lewis Rice as a summer associate in 2013 and 2014 before graduating from Saint Louis University School of Law. Active in his community, Ladendorf serves on the board of directors for Aim High St. Louis.
“This well-deserved accomplishment is a testament to Kelly’s and Justin’s professionalism, commitment to their clients, and tireless dedication to the firm,” said firm chair Richard B. Walsh, Jr. “We are proud to call Kelly and Justin partners.”
In her employee benefits practice, Gorman assists clients with qualified retirement, welfare benefit, fringe benefit, and executive compensation plans. She also advises health care clients – including insurers, managed care organizations, and providers – on a variety of matters such as acquisitions, joint ventures, and managed care contracting. Additionally, Gorman provides counsel on acquisitions, strategic alliances, regulatory compliance, operational issues, and more in her insurance practice.
Ladendorf prosecutes cases on behalf of commercial landlords, equipment lessors, service providers, and other creditors seeking to regain possession of their property and recover money owed to them. He also represents employees in matters related to human resources, including pre-employment screening practices, leave and accommodation issues, and termination decisions. Ladendorf has extensive experience defending other clients in disputes involving breach of contract, fraud and statutory claims.
Greensfelder announces that St. Louis lawyers Sally Specht Browning, Jessica Courtway, Sanja Ord, and Elizabeth Pack have each been promoted to officer, effective Feb. 1, 2023.
This marks the third consecutive all-female class of officer promotions, aligning with the firm’s core value of removing barriers to success and promoting equity.
“The firm is excited to welcome Sally, Jessica, Sanja, and Elizabeth as new officers,” said Kevin T. McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer of the firm. “Each of them has made important contributions to the success of our clients and exemplifies the firm’s commitment to quality service. We’re also proud to further our ongoing commitment to the promotion of women and diverse lawyers.”
Browning, a member of the firm’s business services and health care practice groups, received her law degree from Washington University School of Law. She practices in the corporate health care arena and has experience in the unique transactional and regulatory issues that companies in the health care industry face, including anti-kickback and Stark issues. She is knowledgeable on issues related to health care transactions, compliance, contract drafting, negotiation, and administration, as well as managed care and provider licensing. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the St. Louis Health Lawyers Association and the Missouri Society of Health Care Attorneys.
A member of the construction practice group, Courtway received her law degree from Washington University School of Law. Her practice focuses on construction matters including litigation and arbitration, prosecution of mechanic’s liens, contract negotiation, and contractor licensing issues. Courtway has held leadership positions in professional and community organizations including the National Association of Women in Construction, the Missouri Asian American Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’ Young Lawyers Division. She also is a member of the Young Lawyer Advisory Board for the Meritas global law firms network.
Ord, a member of the health care practice group, received her law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law with a concentration in health law. With experience in highly regulated areas of the medical industry, she advises hospitals, health systems, and other providers and organizations on contracts, fraud and abuse laws, medical staff bylaws, and other policies and transactions. She also regularly advises physicians on employment contract review. Before attending law school, Ord worked as a certified nuclear medicine technologist, giving her a strong understanding of regulatory issues facing the health care industry. She is also a member of the St. Louis Health Lawyers Association.
Practicing in the trusts and estates group, Pack received her law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. Her practice focuses on developing estate plans to ensure clients’ financial futures and wealth are protected. She is experienced in drafting trusts, wills, powers of attorney and real estate deeds, as well as handling tax issues. She has been active in a number of professional and community organizations, including the St. Louis Sports Commission and the FOCUS St. Louis Emerging Leaders program.
The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL) recently elected its 2023 officers and board of directors.
The 2023 ACC STL officers include:
President: Jenny Herner, associate general counsel, Anheuser-Busch
President-Elect: Beverly Garner, associate general counsel, Bunge North America Inc.
Treasurer: Danielle Langeneckert, director of pharmaceutical integration, Ascension Health
Secretary: Anthony “Jay” Repaso, manager and senior counsel, Mastercard
Immediate Past President: Kate Krebel, vice president and corporate counsel, Leonardo DRS Technologies, Inc.
Jenny Herner, ACC STL 2023 president, said, “One of the priorities this year is to continue to provide value to our members with programming on timely topics, to host events in partnership with our sponsors, and to continue expanding our pro bono and volunteer opportunities.”
The 2023 directors and committee chairs include:
Corporate Counsel Institute (CCI): Tyrus R. Ulmer, chief counsel, The Boeing Company
Communications & Advocacy: Aaron Mutnick, legal risk manager, Amazon
Diversity: Vikas Sunkari, senior managing counsel, SSM Health
General Counsel Forum: Erika Schenk, general counsel and executive vice president of compliance, World Wide Technology, Inc.; and Kate Molamphy, vice president and general counsel, Americas at ICL Group
Annual Golf / Spa Event: Bob Craddick, in-house counsel, Reliant Care Management Company
Law School Relations: Pamela Howlett, vice president and associate general counsel of regulatory and public affairs, Bayer Crop Science
Membership: Christopher Wittenauer, general counsel, Peabody Energy
Past Presidents Committee: Sven Fickeler, senior corporate counsel, Bunzl Distribution USA
Practice Area Networking (PAN) – Labor & Employment: Toni Douaihy, vice president and assistant general counsel, Macy’s Inc.; Litigation: Brian Parsons, associate general counsel, Centene Corp.
Pro Bono: Patricia Duft, director of health and safety, Medtronics, Inc.
Professional Development: Geoffrey Grammer, corporate counsel, Ameren Services
Programs: John Farmer, vice president of litigation, Charter Communications, Inc.
Social: Chrissy Teske, associate general counsel of corporate philanthropy and transactions, Edward Jones
Social Justice Coalition: Lisa Savoy, legal counsel, Experian
Sponsorship: Jennifer Feldhaus, senior corporate counsel, Centene Corporation; and Denise Campbell Whitener, senior lead counsel, Wells Fargo Law Department
Erin Fishman joins Kennyhertz Perry after six years at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in their tort litigation group. She is a skilled litigator and previously represented Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries sued for product liability, tort, negligence, consumer protection, fraud, premises liability, and dram shop liability in all stages of litigation. Fishman has extensive experience counseling clients on mitigating risk with effective contracts and working with clients on case resolution, including negotiation and mediation.
Before joining Shook, Fishman practiced law at Jones Day in Washington, D.C. While in Jones Day’s antitrust practice group, she advised clients in competition and consumer protection cases before the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, and state attorneys general. She helped clients obtain merger clearance in many significant mergers.