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MoveMakers & NewsMakers for Aug. 9, 2022


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

St. Louis | Kansas City

St. Louis

United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M) announces that Ann Davis Shields, professor at Washington University School of Law, has joined their Mediator Panel.

Jonathan Beck will serve as the newest lawyer member of the Judicial Performance Review Committee, after being appointed by The Missouri Bar Board of Governors during its July 15 meeting. He is a co-founder of Beck Dickhaus & Associates LP and has been practicing law for over 20 years. 

Beck said he is honored to give back to The Missouri Bar and the legal profession in this new role. He has given assistance to and/or served as a board member for several non-profit organizations including Go Local St. Louis, Gateway Pet Guardians, Loosen the Leash, and Fair Shares.

Beck graduated, cum laude, from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2000, where he was an articles editor for the Southern Illinois University Law Journal, a board member of the Moot Court, and an Order of the Barristers member. He received his B.A. degrees in both philosophy and political science from Indiana University in 1997.

Danna McKitrick PC is pleased to announce that Tabitha L. Atwell has joined the firm as of counsel. Atwell focuses her practice on elder law, estate and tax planning, probate, and trust administration. 

As an elder law attorney, Atwell assists both families and individuals with proactively planning for skilled nursing care for the elderly, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and individuals with disabilities. 

Atwell serves as legacy advisor for St. Louis Children's Hospital. She is a national board member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Her other memberships include the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. 

Atwell earned her Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2002. She received her B.A. in business administration and marketing from Carthage College in 1999. 

Kansas City

White, Graham, Buckley & Carr LLC is pleased to announce partner Bill Carr was recently honored as the 2022 recipient of the Thomas G. Strong Trial Attorney Award by the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA). Carr received the award during the organization's recent 64th annual convention.

The annual honor is presented to a Missouri attorney who, according to the association, best exemplifies the qualities of professionalism, ethics, character and courtroom success. Other considerations include achieving quality results in the courtroom; the number, length and complexity of cases tried; and a willingness to share information with fellow trial lawyers and promote MATA’s goals. 

“We are incredibly proud of Bill for earning this prestigious honor,” said WGBC partner Bryan White. “I’ve seen firsthand Bill’s dedication to his work, clients, the members of MATA and his colleagues here at White, Graham, Buckley & Carr. He has always represented the firm with class, so to see him earn the Thomas G. Strong Trial Attorney Award is very gratifying.” 

At the MATA conference, Carr was also a convention speaker along with his daughter, Taylor Arri, an associate at WGBC, and Elisabeth Chipps, a local licensed clinical counselor. Together, they gave a presentation on “The Four-Letter Word No One Wants to Talk About (HELP),” providing practical strategies for finding the help needed to deal with stress and anxiety associated with the practice of law. 

An experienced trial attorney, Carr represents individuals in personal injury, medical malpractice, and commercial litigation. 


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