MoveMakers & NewsMakers for June 20, 2023
See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."
Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice announces the addition of David Schneidewind as a member in Belleville, Illinois, and Jaylen Henderson as an associate in St. Louis.
Schneidewind brings experience in representing railroads, governmental entities, and healthcare professionals. He has successfully handled numerous cases involving Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) claims, toxic tort matters, insurance defense, general corporate matters, and land issues. Schneidewind has represented both Class I railroads and local switching railroads. He has also served as legal counsel to various county departments and agencies, municipalities, water districts, and port districts in the governmental sector.
Schneidewind is actively involved in civic, charitable, and fraternal organizations. He serves as general counsel to the Ainad Shriners in East St. Louis, Illinois, and has made significant contributions as a member and past chair of the board of governors of Shriners Children's in St. Louis.
Schneidewind is admitted to practice in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee. He earned his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
Henderson’s practice is focused on defending product liability, premises liability, personal injury, and commercial matters. Before joining the firm, he worked for a St. Louis area law firm where he defended insurance companies and national corporations in personal injury and toxic tort litigation.
Henderson is licensed to practice law in both Missouri and Illinois. He earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law, with a concentration in intellectual property and health law. He holds an undergraduate degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.
Lathrop GPM LLP announces that partners Michael J. Abrams, Paul McKie Lewis, and Patricia Garringer-Strickland participated in a recent groundbreaking ceremony for the Rock Island Bridge project. The project will convert the historic Rock Island Bridge into a first-of-its-kind entertainment district, scheduled to open in spring 2024.
"It’s been an honor to work on this project alongside my talented Lathrop GPM colleagues," said Abrams, who hammered a golden spike at the ceremony. "This bridge helped build the Kansas City economy during its time as a railroad and will now continue to do so for future generations."
The Lathrop GPM team, including Abrams, Lewis, Garringer-Strickland, Brad P. Johnson, and Kyle Hertel, negotiated multiple contracts, assisted with platting and title work, and laid the groundwork for the project’s successful private investments.
Once completed, the Rock Island Bridge will have two stories, host bars, coffee shops and trailhead services, and include 65% dedicated public open-access space. The infrastructure renewal project involves the public, private, philanthropic, and corporate sectors of Kansas City and has been invited to join the prestigious High Line Network, a working think-tank for America’s top infrastructure reuse projects.
Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice announces the addition of Lauren McCluskey as an associate in Kansas City.
McClusky brings extensive experience in civil litigation, with a focus on product liability, personal injury, and construction defect matters. Prior to joining Baker Sterchi, she successfully represented individuals, insurance carriers, and companies of all sizes in a wide range of commercial, contract, and tort-related lawsuits and arbitrations.
Outside of work, McCluskey serves on the board of directors of the Kansas City Irish Fest.
McCluskey is licensed to practice law in both Missouri and Kansas. She earned her Juris Doctor from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree from University of Missouri-Columbia.