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MoveMakers & NewsMakers for Apr. 8, 2020


See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."

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St. Louis

SWMW Law announces the addition of former Madison County, Illinois judge Hon. David A. Hylla (retired), as a partner with the firm.  SWMW focuses its practice on mesothelioma, asbestos and consumer litigation and has recovered more than $500 million for victims of dangerous products.

Judge Hylla has practiced personal injury law for two decades and served as a Madison County judge for over 13 years. He has deep experience with the litigation process from both sides of the bench — cultivating a career-long passion for seeking justice for people wronged or harmed by others.

Judge Hylla's journey to SWMW involves many years focused on representing railroad workers and others seeking compensation for personal injuries, trying cases around the country. Along with trial work, he represented Service Employees International Union custodians, cooks and staff in local school districts and at Southern Illinois University, his undergraduate alma mater.

In 2006, Judge Hylla was elected resident circuit judge for Madison County. In 2013, he was elected chief circuit judge for the Third Judicial Circuit, including Madison and Bond counties. In 2017, he was the first from Madison County to be elected chair of Conference of Chief Circuit Judges for the State of Illinois. While circuit judge, Judge Hylla presided over many major civil trials including those for nursing home negligence, medical malpractice and personal injuries from railroad accidents, barge accidents and auto/trucking accidents. While a judge, Dave was also certified as a civil mediator by the National Center for State Courts.

Judge Hylla also served as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Judicial Conference, tasked with making long-range strategic plans to improve court accessibility and fairness. Since its creation in 2014, he has chaired the Supreme Court’s e-business Policy Advisory Board and currently serves on the Supreme Court’s Pretrial Practices Commission working on improving Illinois’ bail system.

Kansas City

Paul LLP is pleased to announce that Nicholas Leyh and Kyle Taylor have joined the firm as associates.

Leyh earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2019, and Taylor earned his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2019. Both will focus their practice on mass torts and complex litigation.

Shepherd Elder Law Group is pleased to announce the hiring of Christi B. Pribula as a senior attorney. A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Pribula went on to graduate summa cum laude from the University of North Dakota where she earned a B.A. in psychology along with membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. In 2007, she completed her J.D. at the University of Kansas School of Law while also earning a tax certificate.

After a stint with a local estate planning firm in Kansas City,  Pribula went on to spend 11 years at Commerce Trust Company, first as a private client administrator and then as trust counsel. She is licensed to practice in both Kansas and Missouri and holds memberships in the Kansas City Estate Planning Society and the Johnson County Bar Association.

Pribula currently lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband, Joe, and their sons, Ryan, Noah, Evan and Jace.


Armstrong Teasdale proudly announces that Ramona Palmer-Eason has joined the firm’s Kansas City office as partner. With 20 years of experience as in-house counsel for a major international retailer, her knowledge spans the intersection of the law and human resources, which enables her to skillfully advocate for her clients in employment-related disputes. 

Palmer-Eason has extensive experience in employment and labor, employee benefits and executive compensation, litigation and compliance. Her experience includes successfully defending Title VII charges including age, race and sex discrimination claims; overseeing reduction-in-force and organizational restructuring processes, and related ERISA severance programs; drafting and developing HIPAA privacy policies and procedures; managing employment and benefit matters related to due diligence in the context of mergers and acquisitions; drafting nondisclosure and noncompete agreements; and negotiating the terms of various types of commercial agreements.

Her experience also extends to investigations; ethics and compliance, including training, auditing and hotline administration; oversight of immigration and work visa matters; employment, consulting and separation agreements; welfare and retirement plan administration and governance; records management; and general liability and workers’ compensation claims.




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