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MoveMakers & NewsMakers for October 3, 2023


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

St. Louis

Armstrong Teasdale announces the addition of Counsel Douglas A. Scholer to the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group.

Scholer has over two decades of experience as an intellectual property lawyer. With a background in electrical engineering, he guides clients through the full spectrum of patent prosecution, especially in electrical and computer-related technologies. Scholer has represented clients with U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, searches, application preparation, filings, responses to patent office actions, opinion rendering, and counseling. He also aids clients with intellectual property portfolio development, intellectual property licensing, due diligence and corporate acquisitions.


At the 32nd annual Founders Celebration on Sept. 21, members of the University of Missouri–St. Louis community presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, to Joseph C. Blanner. Since its inception in 1987, the Distinguished Alumni Award has been given annually to esteemed alumni to recognize distinction in their professional accomplishments, community service or both while also representing the highest standards of integrity and character. Their work transforms lives locally in St. Louis, nationally and globally as they drive for change to improve the world around them.

Blanner earned his JD from UMSL in 2001 and works as an Equity Partner at McCarthy, Leonard & Kaemmerer. Blanner is also the co-founder of the Construction Forum Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization that grows collaboration in the St. Louis construction industry to drive employment opportunities and economic growth. He has also served in leadership roles with The Missouri Bar and the Missouri Department of Economic Development and provided volunteer legal counsel for several nonprofits.


Lathrop GPM LLP is pleased to share that the firm’s St. Louis office will be moving to the Plaza at Clayton. The move is targeted for summer 2024. The new space will adopt the firm’s new hybrid layout of open seating and private, assigned workspaces that increase collaboration and allow the firm to more efficiently support its clients.

“We are excited to move into this beautiful new space,” said Emily Cantwell, partner in charge of the firm’s St. Louis office. “The new location will better meet the needs of our team members and clients and allow us more flexibility in the future as our office continues to expand.”

Since the beginning of 2022, six attorneys have joined the office in several practice areas. The new design will position the office for further growth in the St. Louis market.

Widely considered to be the finest office property in the St. Louis metro area, the 16-story office tower features timeless architecture with recently updated floorplans and amenities including a rooftop deck, club room, game room and fitness center. It is located within walking distance of numerous restaurants, cafes, hotels and retail shops, including fine dining establishments and the Ritz Carlton.

“As our leases have come up for renewal in Denver, Minneapolis, and now St. Louis, we have chosen new spaces that allow us to embrace a hybrid style of working,” said Firm Managing Partner Cameron Garrison. “Supporting the needs of our people and our clients is at the center of the new office format. We are excited by the success that we have experienced with our hybrid office design that gives us the flexibility to be innovative and provide the highest level of client service for many years to come.”

Chief Operating Officer Courtney Landon added, “Our real estate needs have been evolving for years, and we will continue to engage closely with our lawyers and administrative professionals to develop offices that increase efficiency and teamwork and reinforce our commitment to the firm’s culture. We are excited to continue bringing their ideas to life with this spectacular space that supports our client and team members’ needs.”


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