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MoveMakers & NewsMakers March 13, 2019


Mar. 13, 2019 - See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."


Mar. 13, 2019 - See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."

Kansas City Area

The University of Missouri-Kansas City Alumni Association is recognizing UMKC Law School alumnus Paul Kavanaugh (JD ’84) for his professional success and his passion for education and philanthropy.

As he built his medical malpractice and negligence practice, he and his wife Debbie established the Kavanaugh Charitable Trust. While his professional success is significant, it’s the couple’s giving that is their point of pride.“

Debbie and I started from very modest backgrounds,” Kavanaugh said. “I was a first-generation high school graduate and we were both first-generation college graduates. We had no help from our families in funding any of our education. We believe that if you are fortunate enough to be successful, it’s your duty to pay it forward and give back.”The Kavanaughs have established scholarships for students for both the UMKC School of Law and the School of Pharmacy, of which Debbie is an alumna. In addition, the couple has provided wheelchairs for mobility-challenged people around the world; they will soon complete a project that will bring their giving to more than 1,500 wheelchairs worldwide.

The couple has also funded schools, clinics and roads in developing countries including several schools in Cambodia.

Besides litigation, Kavanaugh has used his experience and knowledge to educate doctors on how to avoid litigation. While he’s been practicing for more than 35 years, he still has a passion for his profession.“The ability to mentor and work with some of the finest legal minds in the country is one of my proudest accomplishments,” Kavanaugh said. “I stay in touch with clients who I helped over 30 years ago. It’s been a wonderful career.”

Kavanaugh thinks students and young lawyers need to focus on what they really want to do and then never quit.“I was told ‘no’ for internships by over a dozen firms,” he said. “If I had gotten any of those jobs I wouldn’t be where I am today.”Kavanaugh credits his professors with connecting him with prominent, local attorneys Jim Bartimus and Lance Welch, who did hire him.“The rest was history,” Kavanaugh said

.The UMKC Alumni Awards will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center on UMKC’s Volker Campus, 4949 Cherry St.

St. Louis Area

Armstrong Teasdale, a law firm with offices across the United States, proudly announces the addition of Joshua C. Sindel and Jason R. Stavely. Both will join the firm’s employment and labor practice in the St. Louis office.

Sindel primarily represents large corporations and educational institutions in employment and labor disputes. He has represented clients in hundreds of civil and criminal cases before state, federal and appellate courts, and has extensive pretrial and trial experience. He also has experience in motion practice, the discovery process, depositions, and in negotiating settlements.

Further, Sindel counsels clients in matters related to mergers and acquisitions and the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Stavely is an experienced employment and labor lawyer, defending employers in matters involving claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. He has experience at both the state and federal levels counseling clients on claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) and other state and federal laws. He also regularly advises clients on wage and hour law and other workplace-related disputes.

Further, Stavely has experience counseling clients in litigation matters involving consumer finance. He has successfully defended major financial institutions in matters alleging violations of state and federal consumer lending statutes and regulations.

Prior to joining Armstrong Teasdale, both Sindel and Stavely worked at another St. Louis area law firm. They join Travis R. Kearbey, who came to Armstrong Teasdale in February as partner and deputy leader of the firm’s growing employment and labor practice.

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