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MoveMakers & NewsMakers for August 29, 2023


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

St. Louis | Kansas City

St. Louis

The law firm of Lewis Rice is pleased to announce the election of Apollo Carey, Sarah Mullen and Joel Weeks to serve as members of the firm’s management committee. 

"Apollo, Sarah and Joel have demonstrated extraordinary leadership at the firm,” said Rick Walsh, chair of the firm. “These elections recognize their keen business acumen and unwavering dedication to excellence. We look forward to the talent, fresh ideas and perspectives that Apollo, Sarah and Joel will contribute.” 

Carey practices in the firm’s corporate department and serves as co-chair of the real estate practice group. His clients include both public and private entities in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Carey focuses on real estate and tax matters due to his education and background as a former commercial real estate appraiser. 

“Apollo has an innate talent for connecting with and inspiring others,” said John Bodnar, corporate department chair. “His legal skill and innate ability to cultivate relationships make him a natural leader and promise an invaluable perspective in shaping our firm’s organizational strategy.” 

Mullen serves as co-chair of the education/sports advisory and consulting practice group and practices in the firm’s litigation department. She represents clients in both the public and private sectors and counsels on a host of issues, including labor and employment, higher education, municipal and school governance and compliance, and immigration issues. Mullen also serves as vice-chair of the firm's diversity, equity and inclusion committee. 

“Sarah’s election to the management committee reflects not only her exceptional legal acumen, but also her demonstrated leadership abilities,” said Neal Perryman, litigation department chair. “Sarah has the ability to navigate complex legal landscapes while effectively steering and inspiring teams toward success.” 

Weeks is co-chair of the firm’s estate planning and probate department. He focuses his practice on estate and gift planning with an emphasis on transfer tax planning, business succession planning, estate and trust administration, preparation of estate and gift tax returns, and estate and gift tax controversies. He advises high-net-worth individuals and families with respect to their wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, charitable giving, and asset protection. 

“Joel’s proven ability to navigate the complexities of family dynamics, financial intricacies and legal nuances is a testament to his leadership,” said Michael Mulligan, immediate past estate planning and probate department co-chair. “This election reflects his capacity to guide not only our clients’ legacies, but also help drive our firm’s outstanding service.”

Kansas City

Graves Garrett LLC is pleased to announce Hallie Bodamer has joined the firm as an associate. Her practice will focus on complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, and government investigations.

Bodamer joins the firm following her graduation from the University of Colorado Law School, where she graduated Order of the Coif and served as an associate editor on the Colorado Law Review. Prior to her current position at Graves Garrett, Bodamer worked as a summer associate with the firm. During law school, she completed a judicial internship with Hon. Elizabeth Brodsky in Colorado’s 20th Judicial District Court (Boulder County) and served as a summer associate in the Denver office of an international law firm.

“We are thrilled to welcome Hallie back to the firm,” Graves Garrett partner Lucinda Luetkemeyer said. “Her top-notch academic credentials and proven ability to contribute to the firm will serve our clients well.”

A Kansas City native, Bodamer completed her undergraduate studies in economics and communications at Wake Forest University, where she graduated magna cum laude.


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