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MoveMakers and NewMakers for February 20, 2024


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

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St. Louis

Simmons Hanly Conroy, 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 Chairman and Founder John Simmons has been inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame as a “Contributor.”

The mission of the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame is to celebrate the history of sports in the St. Louis region and to preserve that history for generations to come. Simmons is recognized for his many years supporting numerous athletic endeavors and programs in and around Alton, which is a suburb of St. Louis.

“We at Simmons Hanly Conroy are very proud of John for his many years of coaching, financial support and other contributions to diverse athletic endeavors, especially in the Alton and surrounding communities,” said Laurence V. Nassif, managing partner of Simmons Hanly Conroy. “John is revered as a champion of scholastic, amateur and professional sports throughout the region, which makes him a deserving inductee into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame.”

Among Simmons’ sports and athletic involvements are:
Wrestling coach for 14 years with the Edwardsville Wrestling Club.
Girls volleyball coach with the Trinity Lutheran School, Edwardsville IL.
Girls basketball coach with the Evangelical School, Godfrey, IL.

Financial support of numerous facilities and programs, including:
The wrestling program at SIUE.
The Jon Davis wresting complex and pool at Edwardsville High School in Edwardsville, Illinois.
The baseball and softball fields at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE).
The football video scoreboard at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
Roxana High School (Roxana, Illinois) athletics, including weight room and turf fields – both at Roxana and Gordon Moore Community Park in Alton.
The futsal courts near Alton Middle School in Alton.
The scoreboard at Marquette Catholic High School in Alton.
Previous owner of the former Southern Illinois Miners independent league baseball team in Marion, Illinois.
Previous owner of the former Savannah Sand Gnats minor league baseball team in Savannah, Georgia.

In addition to his support of sports and athletics in local communities, Simmons has contributed greatly to the economies of Alton through his leadership at Simmons Hanly Conroy, which he founded in 1999. The Alton-based firm has since expanded to more than 250 employees, including more than 80 attorneys. The firm is well known for securing some of the biggest verdicts and settlements in the history of asbestos litigation.


Kansas City

Paul LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Andrew Fauble to its mass tort and complex litigation practice. Fauble joins Paul LLP after graduating from the University of Missouri School of Law where he served on the editorial board of the Missouri Law Review.


Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Caleb Phillips joined the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group as an of counsel attorney in the firm’s Overland Park, Kansas office.

Phillips draws on over ten years of litigation and counseling experience to help businesses and individuals navigate complex legal issues and disputes. His practice focuses on securities litigation and compliance, employment law, and white-collar defense. According to Phillips, his priority is to provide communicative and comprehensive client service so his clients can focus on their goals and business objectives.

Having served as both a public official and as a private attorney, Phillips brings a unique perspective to efficiently managing cases and representing clients in all stages of the litigation process, from providing preventive guidance on compliance issues to shepherding clients through case initiation, motion practice, discovery, trial, and appeal. Missouri Governor Mike Parson previously appointed Phillips to serve as the Prosecuting Attorney for Nodaway County, Missouri, where he revamped the office’s case management system and successfully tried several cases to jury verdicts. In private practice, Phillips has established a proven track record in representing investment advisers, broker-dealers, and businesses in a broad range of industries (large and small) in securities matters, employment disputes, and litigated commercial cases throughout the country.

“Caleb brings a breadth of experience that aligns with our firm’s commitment to collaborative and efficient client service,” said Blane Markley, Office Managing Partner for Spencer Fane in Overland Park. “As our clients navigate a myriad of challenges and opportunities facing their businesses, we remain dedicated to calibrating our services to best meet their needs related to complex litigation matters.”

Phillips previously served as a judicial clerk for Judge Zel M. Fischer of the Missouri Supreme Court and for Judge Roseann A. Ketchmark of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. He completed his undergraduate studies in business administration at the University of Missouri and later earned his Juris Doctor from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law.


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