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MoveMakers & NewsMakers for October 24, 2023


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

St. Louis | Kansas City | Other States

St. Louis

Danna McKitrick, P.C. is pleased to announce that Courtney M. English has joined the firm as Senior Counsel. English is an intellectual property and business law attorney. She focuses her practice on business formation, contracts, and ensuring brand protection through trademark searches, filing, and prosecution.

English has personal experience forming two successful businesses. She also served in the legal department for two multi-million-dollar corporations where she negotiated, drafted, and reviewed contracts and assisted with business formation and trademark protection. She has additional experience with the State Attorney's Office of Florida.

A graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in political science and government, English earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Missouri and Texas.

Kansas City

McDowell Rice is pleased to welcome another one of our newest attorneys, Andrew Zarda.

Andrew represents clients nationwide with respect to real estate, corporate, financing, mergers and acquisition, business formation, and other business transactions. Andrew’s clients range from large scale developers and landlords, national banks and business owners to individual borrowers and tenants. Andrew also provides general counsel services for several Kansas City based companies.

Other States

Theodore J. Williams Jr. has joined the Mediator and Senior Arbitrator Panels of United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M), the leading provider of mediation and arbitration services.


Simmons Hanly Conroy LLP, one of the nation's largest mass torts firms and a national leader in the legal representation of mesothelioma patients and their families, is pleased to announce that firm attorney Philip E. Proud has been elevated to partner, effective Oct. 23.

“Philip’s promotion to partner is well deserved through his experience and success helping families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related illnesses,” said Laurence V. Nassif, managing shareholder of Simmons Hanly Conroy.

Based in the firm’s Alton office, Proud focuses his practice on representing clients in cases against companies that have harmed American workers and families through asbestos exposure. He has first-chair trial experience and has litigated numerous cases across the country in various state and federal jurisdictions, successfully securing millions of dollars on his clients’ behalf. His trial accomplishments include a $20 million jury verdict for a Missouri mechanic and his wife against an automobile manufacturer. Prior to joining Simmons Hanly Conry, Proud represented clients in cases involving personal injury, the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, the Jones Act, product liability, mass torts, and class actions.

Proud received his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester.


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