MoveMakers & NewsMakers for Oct. 14, 2020
See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."
Capes Sokol is pleased to announce that L. Ross Gaddis and Kayla I. Solomon have joined the firm as associates.
Gaddis and Solomon started at the firm as summer associates in 2019 and continued working with the firm as law clerks throughout their last year of law school. Gaddis will practice as a part of the business and finance, real estate, tax controversy, and trusts and estates practice groups. Solomon will join the litigation practice group.
Gaddis will focus his practice on corporate governance, entity formation, estate planning, real estate contracts, secured transactions, taxation, and wealth management support to individuals and businesses. Also a CPA, he utilizes his training and experience in taxation and accounting to advise clients across a variety of industries on relevant federal and state tax matters.
Gaddis joins the firm with seven years of work experience in financial accounting and reporting for a Fortune 100 company. During law school, he served as an intern to Judge Barry Schermer of the Eastern District of Missouri Bankruptcy Court and as an intern with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.
Gaddis received his law degree from Washington University School of Law in 2020. He graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Illinois University with a double major in accountancy and management.
Solomon will focus her practice on product liability litigation and commercial litigation. She has experience with a variety of litigation matters including toxic tort, contract disputes, employment law matters, and white-collar criminal defense.
During law school, Solomon served as a judicial intern for Judge Catherine Perry at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and as a legal intern with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois.
Solomon received her law degree from St. Louis University School of Law in 2020. She graduated magna cum laude from Maryville University of St. Louis with a B.A. in education and is projected to graduate magna cum laude from Saint Louis University with a M.A. in sociology and anthropology in 2021.
Hein Schneider & Bond PC is pleased to announce that Jill Rembusch has joined the firm in an of counsel role. Her extensive experience in real estate, construction, and general commercial litigation further strengthens the firm’s existing practice areas, while her background in employment law enables the firm to provide a wider array of services to their corporate clientele.
The firm also announces its new office location on 2244 S. Brentwood Blvd. This newly renovated space is conveniently located in the heart of Brentwood, at the corner of Brentwood Blvd. and White Avenue. This new location provides the increased space and capacity necessary to accommodate the firm’s future growth in a modern, updated environment specifically tailored to the firm's needs. The new location also has additional accommodations and amenities, such as convenient on-site parking and large, easily accessible conference rooms.
Gray, Ritter & Graham lawyers Joan Lockwood and Don Downing have been elected Fellows of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship in the IATL is by invitation only, and trial lawyers become Fellows only after an extremely rigorous vetting process, which includes both peer and judicial review. The IATL seeks Fellows who have achieved a career of excellence as shown by their skills in trial, and as demonstrated by their integrity and professionalism. It is a group of elite trial lawyers representing both sides of the bar: prosecutors and defense lawyers in criminal cases, and plaintiffs' and defense counsel in civil litigation.
Lewis Rice is pleased to announce that its management and diversity & inclusion committees have joined and pledged to drive additional diversity efforts in the firm through membership in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). LCLD is made up of more than 320 corporate chief legal officers and managing partners of the nation's leading law firms who are committed to creating a diverse legal profession across the U.S.
With this membership, Lewis Rice’s management pledges to direct material change within the firm, in the community, and in the legal profession through hiring programs, training and development, relationship building, incentives programs, and more. These efforts will be driven predominantly through the firm’s diversity and inclusion committee, chaired by Ron Norwood and its members Sarah Mullen (vice chair), Greg Beekman, Jami Boyles, Apollo Carey, Lynn Hinrichs, Taylor Matthews, Billee McAuliffe, Neal Perryman, and Jerina Phillips.
"We are proud to be a part of this important organization, furthering our commitment to sustaining an inclusive culture and challenging the legal industry to do the same," said Richard B. Walsh, Jr., chairman of the firm. "We look forward to collaborating with other members of the LCLD to promote diversity in the workplace and in our communities in ways that are meaningful and effective."
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, PC is pleased to announce that Gabrielle H. Intagliata has joined the firm’s St. Louis office as an associate in the litigation practice group.
“We are pleased to welcome Gabby and look forward to her contributions as a member of our litigation team,” said Kevin T. McLaughlin, the firm's president and CEO.
Intagliata represents companies across a variety of industries in litigation matters. She previously worked at Greensfelder as a summer associate in 2018 and 2019. Prior to her law career, she worked in administrative and business development roles at her family’s manufacturing company.
Intagliata received her J.D. from Washington University School of Law, where she worked for the school’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, assisting in a class action lawsuit over jailhouse conditions. She received her B.A. magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago.
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, PC is pleased to announce the continued growth of its Southern Illinois office with the addition of Paul E. Petruska as counsel in the firm’s litigation practice group.
Based in Belleville, the Southern Illinois office serves the firm’s clients across the Metro East area, including the eastern suburbs of St. Louis and numerous Illinois counties.
“We are thrilled to welcome Paul to our Southern Illinois office as we continue to grow our Metro East team and expand and enhance our services and relationships with our clients and the local communities,” said Russell K. Scott, managing officer of Greensfelder’s Southern Illinois office. “With his more than 25 years of experience in the region, Paul is a great addition to our firm and adds strength in numerous areas as a result of his broad, multidisciplinary practice.”
Petruska has extensive litigation and trial experience, as well as a focus on estate planning and corporate work involving small businesses. He has served as outside general counsel, assisting clients in drafting safety, employment and document retention policies, and managing human resources matters. His litigation experience includes matters related to transportation, product liability, employment, construction, personal injury, commercial catastrophic property damage, and toxic torts.
Prior to joining Greensfelder, Petruska was a lawyer with the Paul Eric Law Office, LLC, most recently focusing on estate planning and corporate formation services related to circumstances surrounding COVID-19. Previously, he was the chief trial attorney for a large commercial insurer’s major case unit and a partner at a boutique litigation firm.
Petruska received his J.D. cum laude from St. Louis University School of Law and his B.A. magna cum laude from St. Louis University.