MoveMakers & NewsMakers for Oct. 26, 2021
See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."
Lawrence “Bud” Wittels has joined the mediator panel of United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M). He received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law and his A.B. in economics from Washington University.
Lewis Rice announces that Aaron L. Pawlitz has joined the firm as a member in its St. Louis office. Pawlitz is a transactional attorney focusing on publicly traded and closely held businesses, mergers and acquisitions, securities, real estate, and other commercial transactions.
Pawlitz originally joined Lewis Rice in 2002 after graduating from Saint Louis University School of Law. In 2016, he joined Spencer Fane’s St. Louis office where he was co-chair of their corporate and business transactions practice group.
“Aaron is an excellent attorney serving executives and investors with business savvy and pragmatism,” said Richard B. Walsh, Jr., firm chairman. “He’s a real leader in corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and business law, and I know first-hand his ability to advise clients through complex regulatory and contractual transactions. We’re thrilled to welcome him back to Lewis Rice.”
In his corporate law practice, Pawlitz guides business leaders and investors through regulatory, contractual, and deal-making landscapes. He frequently represents buyers or sellers in merger and acquisition transactions and has worked with the transactional insurance products that facilitate those deals. He also frequently assists clients by analyzing their corporate finance options, including issuers in securities offerings.
In his real estate practice, Pawlitz helps owners, tenants and investors realize the benefits of their real property assets. Although he routinely counsels clients regarding office, warehouse and retail leases, he also has worked on unique properties such as golf courses, baseball stadiums and data centers.
Armstrong Teasdale proudly announces that partner Lynn Goessling, a longstanding member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) St. Louis and a well-recognized real estate attorney, has been elected to the board of directors for the organization’s global leadership, CREW Network.
CREW serves as the premier networking organization for women in commercial real estate and is dedicated to advancing women globally. CREW provides support to more than 12,000 members worldwide through business networking, educational programming, leadership development, industry research and career outreach.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity, alongside many other talented women in commercial real estate from around the world,” said Goessling. “I am grateful for the opportunities CREW has provided me throughout my career and look forward to carrying that legacy into the future through my continued involvement and advocacy for other women in the profession.”
Goessling has more than two decades of experience in commercial real estate, financing and business law, serving clients across the country in a wide array of acquisition, disposition, development, land use, financing and leasing matters. Her work includes projects in all sectors of the commercial real estate industry – including multifamily, office, retail, mixed-use, hospitality, health care and industrial/warehousing. She invests in true partnership with her clients, understanding their objectives and providing experienced counsel in structuring deals, which ultimately enables her to deliver on their strategic goals.
An active member of CREW St. Louis for over 20 years, Goessling served on its board of directors from 2014-2019 and as president in 2018. She also chaired several committees over the years and most recently led the Mentorship Program. CREW St. Louis has recognized Goessling for her contributions with the Career Advancement for Women Award in 2020, the Spirit of CREW Award in 2014 and the Successful Together / Networking Story of the Year Award in 2010. She also currently serves as a board member for the St. Louis County Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, and she previously served as CREW Board Representative for the Missouri Growth Association.
Judge Colleen Dolan recently joined the Joint Commission on Women in the Profession.
The Supreme Court of Missouri appointed Dolan to the commission to replace Judge Robin Ransom, effective Aug. 31, 2021. Dolan serves as a judge for the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District.
“I was very honored when Judge (Mary) Russell called me to tell me of my appointment to the Joint Commission on Women in the Profession, and I look forward to working with its members who have already done so much to secure the equal participation of women in our profession,” Dolan said.
Miller Schirger is pleased to announce Toby C. Hausner has been named a partner. His practice focuses on complex business and commercial disputes with an emphasis on construction litigation.
Hausner obtained his B.A. in Political Science (cum laude) from Truman State University in 2010 and his J.D. (magna cum laude) from the Creighton University School of Law in 2014.
Co-founding partner Steve Miller stated: “Toby is a very gifted attorney who displays remarkable judgment and concern for his clients. We are delighted to welcome him as a partner.”
Kristy A. Lambert recently joined the Joint Commission on Women in the Profession.
The board of governors of The Missouri Bar appointed Lambert to succeed Sylvia Edgar, with a term ending on Sept. 30, 2022. Lambert currently serves as the legal counsel for the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and has spoken at several continuing legal education seminars regarding discrimination issues.
Lambert referenced her older sister’s law class – containing about a quarter of women – and her own class seven years later which was at 42%; now it’s not unheard of to see law classes with a majority of women. However, when companies poll lawyers after law school, she added, there is no longer that level of representation of women in the profession. Lambert said she is eager to work with the commission to eliminate barriers that women in the profession encounter.
“The commission’s work to identify and address bias and other barriers that women in the profession face is crucial not only to the women but also the entire profession and the public our justice system is intended to serve,” Lambert said.