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MoveMakers & NewsMakers for Oct. 7, 2020


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

St. Louis | Kansas City | Mid-Missouri

St. Louis

Stephen M. Lillis has joined Baty Otto Coronado’s St. Louis office as an associate. He is an experienced litigator, having worked for firms located in the St. Louis area and most recently with a national firm handling asbestos-related cases. He previously worked as an assistant general counsel & NFL player agent for National Sports Agency.

Lillis was a judicial intern for Chief Judge John T. Elsner with the State of Illinois Eighteenth Judicial Circuit. He is a graduate of John Carroll University with a B.A. in history and a marketing minor. He obtained his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law with a concentration in business transactions.

Lillis is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois and is admitted in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois.


Capes Sokol is pleased to announce the addition of two lawyers to the firm. Andrew B. Shanfeld joins as counsel in the firm’s business and real estate practice groups. Zachary R. McMichael is a new associate in the litigation practice group.

For over 20 years, Shanfeld served clients in the real estate and corporate law areas and as an outside general counsel. A seasoned real estate lawyer, his practice focuses on buying, selling, exchanging, leasing, and financing commercial, retail, industrial and multi-family properties.

As a business and corporate lawyer, Shanfeld acts as an outside general counsel and advisor to closely held-businesses. He counsels clients on such matters as choice of business entity, challenges that accompany growth, financing, general business and contract matters and shareholder and member disputes. He also regularly helps clients negotiate and execute business transactions such as asset and stock/membership interest acquisitions and divestitures, financing transactions, mergers and joint ventures.

Shanfeld graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1996, where he was executive editor of the Saint Louis University Public Law Review. He received his B.S. in business and finance from Miami University in 1992.

McMichael works with a variety of clients to address their complex business disputes, ranging from zoning and land use issues to multi-party construction defects and shareholder disputes. Most frequently, he represents clients in the business of real estate development and land use, helping them to resolve disputes affecting their businesses.

McMichael received his law degree from Washington University School of Law in 2015. An active member of his law school class, he served as vice president of the IP Law Society and a team leader during the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition. He graduated summa cum laude from Pfeiffer University with a B.S. in chemistry and economics in 2012.


Kansas City

Jacob D. Bielenberg and Bretton W.H. Kreifel have joined Baty Otto Coronado’s Kansas City office.

Bielenberg is a civil litigator, having practiced in Kansas City and southeastern Kansas where he focused on water law, land use, municipal governance, and criminal matters. His municipal law experience includes serving as an assistant city attorney for the City of Erie, Kansas, where he was responsible for criminal prosecution for the City of Erie Municipal Court. Simultaneously, he was a deputy county counselor for Neosho County (for the cities of Erie, Chanute, and St. Paul, Kansas), assisting on a multitude of municipal law issues related to civil local governance.

Bielenberg holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Northern Colorado and a J.D. with Dean’s Honors from the Washburn University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Kansas, Missouri, and the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri.

Kreifel most recently served as an associate with a national firm in its labor and employment practice, managing 15-25 cases at any given time ranging from charges of discrimination to active lawsuits. Previously, he served as a research attorney for Judge Carol Beier of the Kansas Supreme Court, drafting numerous judicial opinions.

During law school, Kreifel was an honors clerk for the Office of Pesticide Programs with the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. He also was a legal extern to Judge Marla Luckert with the Kansas Supreme Court.

Kreifel holds a B.A. in political science, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He obtained his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law. While at Washburn, he served as a senior staff writer for the Washburn Law Journal.



Columbia, Missouri law firm Lear Werts LLP is excited to welcome Anthony “Tony” Meyer to the firm as a litigation lawyer. Prior to joining Lear Werts LLP, Meyer served as a law clerk to Judge Paul C. Wilson of the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Meyer graduated with honors from the University of Missouri School of Law where he served as the managing editor of the Missouri Law Review, was a member of the Veterans Law Clinic, and was elected by the faculty into the Order of the Coif. He earned a master’s degree in English from Truman State University and served as an English and writing instructor prior to law school.

Meyer represents plaintiffs in consumer protection, mass torts, class actions, complex litigation, and employment law matters.


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