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MoveMakers & NewsMakers for Oct. 28, 2020


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

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St. Louis

As of Sept. 1, 2020, St. Louis lawyer Torie Orton was promoted to Head of Legal at RSA Security. Prior to this role, Orton provided in-house legal support for Dell Technologies, Computer Sciences Corporation, DXC Technology and Zodiac Aerospace.

RSA helps organizations manage risk in the digital era – uniting stakeholders, integrating technologies and transforming risk into reward.

Kansas City

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) has announced Bill Quatman, Burns & McDonnell senior vice president and general counsel, will receive the 2020 Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors those DBIA members who have exhibited originality, vision and breadth over the course of their professional life, with 25 years or more of strong and well-documented commitment to design-build project delivery. The award is DBIA's highest individual honor, and it will be presented at the organization's 2020 virtual conference and expo Oct. 28-30.

“I can’t think of a more worthy recipient of this award than Bill,” says Burns & McDonnell CEO Ray Kowalik. “Bill began his career as an architect before transitioning to law, so he has a unique perspective when it comes to design-build. And it’s no coincidence his tenure here has coincided with our company’s growth in the design-build market.”

Quatman, who began his tenure at Burns & McDonnell in 2008, founded the Mid-America region of DBIA in 2000, which started the regional concept of DBIA chapters that exists today. He also initiated and authored the DBIA Code of Conduct and has spoken at more than 20 local, regional and national DBIA conferences. A past national board chair and outgoing national board member, Quatman has led many key DBIA initiatives.

“Bill’s experience with design-build began before there was a name for it,” said Lisa Washington, executive director of DBIA. “For 30 years, he has been a tireless advocate for design-build nationally and internationally through his writing, public speaking, university-level teaching, legislative advocacy and legal skills.”

Quatman has authored dozens of articles, including a series on design-build ethics that was published by DBIA. He also authored one of the early books on design-build for design professionals.

The Brunelleschi Award is named for Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446), considered the founding father of Renaissance architecture and seen as one of the first “design-builders.” His most famous work is the Florence Cathedral in his hometown of Florence, Italy. Brunelleschi managed the construction of the dome, getting involved in many of the details, including designing the machinery to hoist the beams from the ground to the top of the dome and bringing food to the workers building the dome because he didn’t want them to reduce their productivity by climbing up and down the hundreds of stairs.

“I genuinely love DBIA and all it stands for,” Quatman says. “Best practices. Design-build done right. Teaching the fundamentals and skills for the next generation of designers and builders. I’m honored to receive the Brunelleschi Award, named for the architect I most admire, from an organization I most admire. I am humbled and honored to receive this medal.”

Quatman received his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Dysart Taylor Cotter & McMonigle PC is pleased to announce Kathryn T. Alsobrook has joined the firm as an associate.

In her practice, Alsobrook defends personal injury and discrimination claims, focusing in the areas of transportation, labor and employment, and insurance defense. She has significant experience representing clients in lawsuits related to claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, civil rights violations and employment-related claims.

Alsobrook advises clients on pre-litigation employment matters, including disciplinary matters, hiring practices and workplace investigations. She regularly conducts and defends depositions of litigants, expert witnesses and corporate representatives.

“We are thrilled to welcome Katy to the Dysart Taylor team,” said Amanda Pennington Ketchum, the firm’s managing director. “Our clients depend on us to lead them to victory in their most difficult disputes, and I know Katy will play an important role in successfully defending our clients.”

Prior to joining the firm, Alsobrook served as a lawyer at Guin Mundorf, a full-service education law firm in Kansas City. While there, she was an integral member of the litigation team, representing school district clients in court and advising clients regarding pre-litigation matters.

Alsobrook also worked as an associate at two regional law firms. In addition, she was a criminal prosecutor in the special victims unit of the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office in Kansas City, and the Caldwell County District Attorney’s Office in Texas, where she prosecuted sexual crimes and crimes against children. She also uses her experience at the Texas Workforce Commission to help employers identify and prevent workplace claims.

Alsobrook received her undergraduate degrees in political science and history from the University of Kansas in 2002, and a J.D. from St. Mary’s School of Law in 2007. She is licensed to practice in Kansas, Missouri and Texas.


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