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MoveMakers & NewsMakers for May 7, 2021


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

St. Louis | Kansas City | Outstate Missouri

St. Louis

United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M) announces that Laura K. Silver and Kevin F. O'Malley have joined its Mediator and Senior Arbitrator Panels. O'Malley served as a former U.S. Ambassador of Ireland.

Gray, Ritter & Graham, PC lawyer Joan Lockwood has been named the 2021 recipient of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorney’s Thomas G. Strong Trial Attorney Award. This award is given each year to the “Missouri attorney who best exemplifies the qualities of professionalism, ethics, character and courtroom success,” according to the organization.

A member of the MATA Board of Governors, Lockwood serves on the Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions (MAI), edits and writes the “Appellate Case Note” for The Missouri Trial Attorney, and leads MATA’s Annual Update on the Law CLE.

In the past year, Lockwood also served on The Missouri Bar's COVID-19 Response Task Force.

Kansas City

Baty Otto Coronado PC is celebrating its 100-year history and has further expanded its litigation practice to include the attorneys and staff of Schlee & McCarthy, PC. The Schlee & McCarthy attorneys who have joined Baty Otto Coronado’s Kansas City office are Vincent McCarthy, shareholder; Michael Schaefer, partner; and Daniel Young, senior counsel. David Schlee and Louis Huber are Of Counsel to the firm. These highly experienced lawyers expand the firm’s national reach and enhance the firm’s litigation practice in the area of propane and natural gas.

Baty Otto Coronado relocated its Kansas City office in late December 2020 to new offices in One Main Plaza at 4435 Main Street, Kansas City.

“Baty Otto Coronado continues a long, distinguished history of defending corporations, including product manufacturers; construction and trucking companies; public entities; insurers; and individuals in civil litigation,” said Lee Baty. “The Schlee & McCarthy attorneys join the firm in time to celebrate the firm’s 100-year history in the state of Missouri.”

McCarthy has represented clients in natural gas and propane fire and explosion cases and claims since he began practicing law in 1987. He also has represented clients in products liability cases involving a variety of other products such as truck-mounted aerial ladders and cranes, forklifts, fertilizer mixers, and trash trucks. He has defended personal injury and death cases involving vehicular collisions, power line contacts and rail crossing collisions. McCarthy has handled insurance coverage, environmental recovery, employment, trade secret and other commercial litigation. He has represented clients in litigation and other matters in more than 40 states.

Schaefer defends clients in a broad range of civil litigation matters including commercial and business litigation, products liability, and tort and personal injury. He has significant experience in litigation involving general commercial and business matters, propane products and equipment, natural gas products, food products, tort and personal injury, and real estate services. Other areas of representation have included appellate practice, class action, secured transaction issues, Packers and Stockyards Act, and accounting malpractice.

Young has practiced in Kansas City for over 30 years. Following a U.S. District Court clerkship, he represented clients in trial courts and on appeal in a wide range of complex litigation including work for the propane industry in personal injury, commercial and regulatory disputes, legal ethics and malpractice, class actions, corporate and securities litigation, bankruptcy, and redevelopment law. He has also written and lectured on topics of appellate litigation and legal ethics. He is a past vice-chair of the KCMBA appellate practice committee.

Schlee has been lead defense counsel in over 1,000 gas-related lawsuits, claims, and investigations for over 35 years throughout the United States. He has tried cases in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, Texas, Georgia, Ohio, New Jersey, Florida, and the District of Columbia, and has handled litigation in 48 states. David has consulted with numerous gas suppliers regarding safety and litigation defense programs and policies and is a frequent lecturer on gas litigation and safety issues.

Huber has practiced as a trial attorney in Kansas City for over 40 years. He has represented clients in civil litigation matters involving commercial disputes, class actions, product liability, propane and natural gas, asbestos, multi-piece tire rims, automobile accidents, construction claims, injunctions, securities law, and personal injuries (both for plaintiffs and defendants). He has tried personal injury, wrongful death, and commercial cases in Missouri, Kansas, California, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Georgia, and Louisiana and has been the lead lawyer in major cases in over 30 states. He has also represented debtors, secured and unsecured creditors and creditors’ committees in bankruptcy cases in both Missouri and Kansas.

Outstate Missouri

United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M) announces that Judge Randall L. Head of Farmington has joined its Mediator and Senior Arbitrator Panels.


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