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MoveMakers & NewsMakers January 19, 2018


Jan. 19, 2018 - See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."


Jan. 19, 2018 - See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."

Kansas City Area

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to announce the promotion of John Patterson to member effective January 1, 2018. Patterson practices in the areas of product liability, employment, construction/fidelity and surety, financial services litigation, premises liability, and commercial litigation. His experience extends to representing individuals and corporate clients from a variety of industries, including aerospace, banking, construction, insurance, pharmaceutical and medical device, arts and entertainment, and trucking. He is the co-editor of the firm’s art, entertainment & fashion law blog. Patterson has litigated numerous cases before area state and federal courts, as well as federal administrative tribunals. He earned his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas.

St. Louis Area

Williams Venker & Sanders is pleased to announce that Terrence J. O’Toole, Jr. has been named a partner in the firm effective January 1, 2018.

O'Toole practices in the areas of general civil and commercial litigation with a focus on medical negligence, personal injury, and premises liability defense. He regularly defends health care providers and institutions in civil medical negligence suits, as well as defending general liability claims, including personal injury and premises liability. O'Toole frequently represents clients at trial in both state and federal courts. In 2017, he received the Lon O. Hocker Trial Lawyer Award from the Missouri Bar Foundation for exemplifying professionalism, high ethical conduct, and demonstrated proficiency in the art of trial advocacy.

Prior to joining WVS in 2014, O'Toole served as a prosecutor in both the City of St. Louis and Jackson County, trying more than 40 cases to verdict and being named the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney of the Year in 2013. Prior to graduating from law school, he served as a police officer with the University City Police Department for nearly six years.

Cynthia Garnholz is pleased to announce the opening of The Garnholz Law Firm, LLC in Clayton and St. Charles. With more than 30 years as a practicing lawyer, Garnholz is a litigator, mediator and collaborative professional. She specializes in a wide variety of practice areas including adoption, arbitration, child custody and visitation, child support and alimony, collaborative practice, domestic violence, enforcement, mediation, paternity, property and relocation.

Additionally, Garnholz is chair of the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) and on the board of governors for BAMSL. She is a founding member of the Collaborative Family Law Association of St. Louis and the Women’s Law Initiative of Washington University School of Law.

Her passion for justice includes serving as a provisional judge for the St. Louis County Municipal Court since 2007 and as a provisional judge for the City of Clayton Municipal Court for 12 years. She authored a chapter (Change of Judge) in the bench book for Missouri judges. From 2007 to 2016, she was an elected alderwoman in Clayton.

Previously, Garnholz was a founding member of The Center for Family Law, where her practice was devoted to family law, estate planning and probate matters. Her concern about the well-being of families extends to serving as guardian ad litem for children in family court proceedings. She regularly serves as a Domestic Violence Court special prosecutor, dealing with persistent violators of orders of protection, and as a court attorney, developing parenting plans for children to have safe contact with parents involved in adult abuse.

Garnholz earned a B.A./B.S., cum laude, from Fontbonne University in 1976 and a juris doctorate from Washington University in 1980.

A frequent presenter, Garnholz has been an instructor at legal seminars and conferences on topics in family law and estate planning, as well as attorney fees, international child abduction risk and the benefits of the non-partisan court plan. She co-founded “Women of the Grapevine,” a group of women professionals who gather each month to educate one another on personal and professional topics.

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