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MoveMakers & NewsMakers for June 9, 2021


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

Kansas City | Mid-Missouri

Kansas City

McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan, PC is pleased to announce the recent addition of Michaela N. Marine and Shoshana H. Margolies as associates of the firm.

Marine practices in the area of family law. She graduated from Washburn University School of Law with a J.D. in May 2015 and the University of Tulsa with a B.A. in psychology and Spanish in May 2012.

Margolies practices in the areas of bankruptcy, workouts and financial restructuring; corporate and business transactions; creditor’s rights and remedies; litigation and dispute resolution; and real estate Law. She graduated from DePaul University College of Law with a J.D. in May 2020 and the University of Michigan with a B.A. in history and international studies in April 2017 and received university honors.

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Amanda (Amy) Lewandowski has joined the litigation and dispute resolution practice group as an associate in the firm’s Kansas City office.

Lewandowski brings substantial experience in commercial litigation, construction law, and fraud investigation, having most recently worked as an attorney advisor with the U.S. Small Business Administration, where she served on a specialized anti-fraud identity theft team. Her prior work in private practice involved all aspects of litigation and case management.

“Our firm remains committed to providing the resources necessary to deliver an exceptionally high level of client service. It’s important that we continue to add experienced attorneys at different levels so matters can be handled effectively and efficiently,” said Kersten Holzhueter, litigation and dispute resolution practice group leader. “Amy not only brings a strong track record in her legal work but also fits perfectly with our culture of collaboration. We look forward to incorporating her skill set into the firm’s litigation group as we maintain our focus on highly responsive service that benefits our clients.”

Lewandowski completed her undergraduate studies in business at the University of Missouri before earning her J.D. at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she participated in the school’s Clinical Law Programs. She became a Certified Law Student Practitioner and worked on numerous pieces of litigation during her ten months in the program.

McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan, PC, announces the re-election of Kristie Remster Orme as president of the firm and the re-election of R. Pete Smith as chairman of the board of directors.  Also re-elected to serve on the board of directors were Thomas R. Buchanan, Greg T. Spies, and Susan Saper Galamba

It was also announced that Thomas R. Buchanan will continue to serve as the firm’s general counsel with Kristie Remster Orme serving as associate general counsel. Robert D. Maher was appointed as the firm’s secretary, and Ronald S. Bronstein will continue to serve as the firm’s vice president/treasurer/assistant secretary.


Spencer Bartlett of Jefferson City was appointed to the Administrative Hearing Commission by Gov. Mike Parson.

Bartlett joined the Missouri Department of Revenue as deputy general counsel in 2017 and was promoted to general counsel in 2019. Prior to joining the Department of Revenue, he served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Boone County.

Bartlett attended the University of Missouri - Columbia where he earned a B.S. in business administration and a B.A. in international studies. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas - Austin School of Law.



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