MoveMakers & NewsMakers for Mar. 10, 2021
See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."
Jerina Phillips and Apollo Carey, members of Lewis Rice, were recently selected for Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) programs. With more than 350 members serving as general counsel of major corporations or managing partners of the nation's leading law firms, LCLD is committed to challenging the legal profession to prepare future generations of diverse talent for the highest positions of leadership.
Phillips was chosen to participate in the LCLD 2021 Pathfinder Program designed for diverse, high-potential, early-career attorneys. The program provides Pathfinders with tools for building and leveraging professional networks through relationship building, leadership skills and career development strategies. As a Pathfinder, Phillips will participate in meetings, online learning experiences, small group conversations and peer networking.
Carey was selected for LCLD’s 2021 Fellows Program for mid-career attorneys with at least eight years of practice experience and a proven commitment to diversity and inclusion. The goal of the program is to provide Fellows with development opportunities and leadership training through class meetings, accountability partners, online learning and a regional event.“
At Lewis Rice, we’ve always believed excellent legal work is best achieved when attorneys with differing perspectives and backgrounds collaborate,” said Ronald Norwood, member and chairman of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “We’re thrilled Jerina and Apollo have the opportunity to participate in these important programs designed to build a more open and diverse legal profession.”
Phillips maintains a wide-ranging litigation practice representing individuals and companies in a variety of disputes, including complex commercial litigation, employment litigation, media and communications law and consumer litigation. Carey has been practicing corporate, transactional and regulatory law for more than a decade and currently serves as the City Attorney for Ferguson, Missouri, and as outside counsel for the Junior College District of St. Louis (St. Louis Community College).
The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL) held its 2021 Annual Meeting virtually by recognizing members for their individual contributions. The 2021 ACC STL award recipients include:
Committee of the Year: Diversity Committee chaired by Tamee Reese, assistant vice president, senior legal counsel, AT&T. The Diversity Committee was recognized in October 2020 by the ACC National Organization as the “Most Innovative Diversity Initiative Program in 2019” for its Diversity & Inclusion Summer Internship Program. The committee founded the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force in response to the racial injustices from last year to help members learn, understand, and discuss topics of concern. The task force and committee worked together to provide programming and partnered with the ACC Mid-American Chapter to host three book club discussions for members from both chapters.
Member of the Year: Lisa Savoy, assistant general counsel, Equifax Workforce Solutions. This award honors the chapter member who has shown great dedication and service to the chapter during the previous year. Savoy was selected because of her leadership role with the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. She was the first member to lead the first task force program, “8 Minutes that Changed the World: How I Can’t Breathe,” where she served as the co-moderator. More than 100 members participated virtually including the president of the ACC national organization in the open forum to discuss current events following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. She continues to be actively involved with the task force.
William E. Jaudes Service Award: James Scott, general counsel, CRB, and former 1988-90 ACC STL president. The William E. Jaudes Service award was named after Bill Jaudes, one of the original founders of the ACC STL. This honor, which is not awarded annually, is given to members who exemplify dedication, leadership, and service. Scott has served in ACC STL leadership roles including membership chair when the chapter was recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel as Outstanding Chapter of the Year and achieved a milestone of surpassing 600 members for the first time in the chapter’s history.
Brian Parsons, 2020 ACC STL president, and senior corporate counsel, Centene, during the awards ceremony said, “Each member honored for the individual awards has contributed significantly to the growth of the St. Louis chapter. This past year was a challenge, and we had to react creatively and quickly to rethink how the chapter would offer members programming, networking, and educational opportunities. The leadership and dedication of our members and the individuals honored with the 2021 awards have helped make the St. Louis chapter one of the strongest in the country.”
Ozarks Elder Law is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa M. Sims as an estate planning and elder law attorney in the Springfield and Marshfield offices.
Prior to joining the firm, Sims founded and managed her own private practice in Springfield for 10 years, focusing in all areas of family law litigation and grandparent rights.
In 2012, Sims received the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association’s Equal Access to Justice Award. In 2010, she received The Missouri Bar Pro Bono Publico Award.
Sims earned her law degree in 2008 from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was a Law Review staff member. She earned her undergraduate degree from Drury University in 2005, manga cum laude.
Sims concentrates in the areas of wills and trusts, guardianships and conservatorships, powers of attorney, and probate.
Governor Mike Parson announced that Andrew Bailey has assumed the role of general counsel for the Office of the Governor effective Mar. 1.
Bailey, of Rhineland, has served as deputy general counsel for the Office of the Governor since April 2019. Prior to joining the Governor's Office, he served as general counsel for the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Bailey has more than seven years of legal experience, which includes serving as assistant prosecuting attorney in Warren County and as assistant attorney general. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law.
"Andrew has proven himself as a leader and holds valuable legal experience, which has made him a great asset to our office," Governor Parson said. "I have great confidence in his ability to take over as general counsel and further serve the people of Missouri."
“It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve the Governor and the people of the State of Missouri. I could not be more thankful for the trust and confidence Governor Parson has placed in me," Bailey said. "My predecessor, Chris Limbaugh, set a high bar for performance, and I am dedicated to the task of carrying on that standard of legal excellence.”