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MoveMakers & NewsMakers for May 6, 2020


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

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Kansas City

Dysart Taylor is pleased to announce that shareholder/director John F. Wilcox Jr. has been elected president of the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA). The TLA elected new officers on Apr. 30 at a virtual version of its annual meeting, which was originally planned to be at the Omni Amelia Island Resort in Florida.

Wilcox becomes Dysart Taylor’s seventh TLA president, following Lee Reeder (1952), Wentworth E. Griffin (1962), Frank W. Taylor (1985), Alex M. Lewandowski (1994), current shareholder/director Kenneth R. Hoffman (2000) and current firm president Patrick K. McMonigle (2011). Dysart Taylor currently has more former TLA presidents than any other firm.

“We’re all very proud of John for continuing the Dysart Taylor tradition of leadership in the Transportation Lawyers Association. It’s a big accomplishment by John and an honor which is well deserved,” said McMonigle. “John’s hard work, industry knowledge and success are an asset to our firm and its clients, and his national reputation for excellence in the field is the result of decades of dedication and hard work in the transportation industry.”

The TLA has five elected officers – secretary/treasurer, second vice president, first vice president, president-elect and president. Each year, the officers ascend to the next position and Wilcox has held each position. He is also the former chair of the logistics and e-commerce committee and a former representative at large on the executive committee.

For more than 20 years, Wilcox has represented clients in the trucking industry, advising motor carriers, drivers, 3PLs, shippers, manufacturers and governmental entities in wrongful death, serious personal injury and property claims.

The Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA) is an independent bar association, comprising in-house, government and private practice attorneys. Its members assist providers and commercial users of domestic and international logistics and transportation services, in all modes. 

Graves Garrett LLC is pleased to announce the addition of associate Cody Hagan to the firm. His practice includes a focus on general and complex commercial litigation and appellate proceedings.

Prior to joining Graves Garrett, Hagan was a lawyer in private practice focusing on general commercial litigation with experience in shareholder litigation, commercial contracts, personal injury claims and employment disputes. He began his legal career as a judicial law clerk for Judge Paul Wilson with the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Hagan has developed significant experience presenting arguments in both state and federal courts and has drafted appellate arguments for the Missouri Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Missouri, multiple federal circuit courts and the United States Supreme Court.

“We are pleased to expand our bench and welcome Cody to the firm,” said Todd Graves, partner at Graves Garrett. “During this uncertain time for clients, Graves Garrett continues to invest in attorneys that will be capable of handling difficult legal issues in an effective and efficient manner. Cody will make strong contributions to our work now and in the future.”

Hagan earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, where he graduated summa cum laude. While at UMKC, he completed an externship with Federal Magistrate Judge Robert Larsen in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri. He also worked alongside the appellate unit at the United States Attorney’s Office and worked as an intern with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in Kansas City.

Graves Garrett represents businesses and individuals nationwide in False Claims Act matters, commercial and business litigation, white collar criminal defense litigation and free speech and election law, as well as corporate compliance, internal investigations and tax controversies.


Monsees & Mayer P.C. is pleased to announce that Ryan D. Frazier has joined the firm as an associate. While Monsees & Mayer is headquartered in Kansas City, he will be working at the firm's office in Springfield located at 1021 E. Walnut. 

Frazier is a Springfield native who graduated from Glendale High School. He graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri with an undergraduate degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and a minor in economics. He attended law school at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law.

During law school, Frazier was a clerk at Monsees & Mayer. Prior to re-joining the firm, he worked at Neale and Newman LLP. 

Monsees & Mayer focuses on sexual abuse and other personal injury and wrongful death matters.


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