St. Louis Area
Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Megan Meadows as an Associate in the Labor and Employment and Litigation groups. Meadows brings to the firm her experience in handling a diverse case load, including complex commercial disputes, employment law,, insurance coverage, and personal injury litigation. She has represented employers before administrative agencies and in court against charges of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. A graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law, in 2008, Meadows has four years of law firm experience handling lawsuits from investigation through trial and has successfully defended employers in front of the EEOC and Missouri Commission on Human Rights on charges of sex, age, pregnancy, and race discrimination. In addition, she has handled litigation files from investigation through trial and appeal, including motion practice, taking and defending depositions, expert consultation, and court appearances. Megan is also a member of Christ Lutheran Church and serves on the junior board for the Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis.
The Simon Law Firm is pleased to announce that John E. Campbell and Erich Vieth have been named Influential Appellate Advocates for 2013 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. This was the second time Mr. Campbell andMr. Vieth have received this honor. In 2011, they, along with John G. Simon, had been recognized as Influential Appellate Advocates. In 2007 Mr. Campbell earned his law degree from the Saint Louis University School of Law, graduating summa cum laude. This summer, Mr. Campbell joined the faculty at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. He continues to work with the Simon Law Firm on select consumer and class action cases. Vieth obtained his law degree from the Saint Louis University School of Law in 1981. From 1986-1990, he served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri, in the Trade Offense Division. During his career as a trial and appellate lawyer, Mr. Vieth has handled all aspects of complex civil litigation and consumer class action cases. Of the appellate cases handled by Mr. Campbell and Mr. Vieth in 2012, three were recognized as particularly important decisions in Missouri. In Brewer v. Missouri Title Loans, six years of litigation culminated with 2012 rulings by the Missouri Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court that that continue to allow consumers to challenge mandatory arbitration clauses as unconscionable based on general principles of state law. In January 2012, the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a prominent St. Louis neurosurgeon represented by Campbell and Vieth, reversing a decision that had been hailed in 2010 as the top defense verdict of that year. That case, Marchosky v. St. Luke's Episcopal-Presbyterian Hospitals, involved the admission of expert witness testimony and an exception to the general rule that litigants must make offers of proof at trial to preserve issues for appeal. This past summer Mr. Campbell and Mr. Vieth worked pro bono on the case of Brown v. Carnahan, contesting efforts by the payday loan industry to thwart a citizen’s ballot initiative effort to cap high interest loans. This consolidated case involved high-stakes, high-profile court challenges going to the heart of the ballot initiative process. Mr. Campbell and Mr. Vieth provided legal work and strategic advice that ultimately prevailed, facilitating direct citizen participation in the initiative process.
Edgar Law Firm recently hired Boyce N. Richardson as a senior associate. Mr. Richardson, a graduate of the University of Kansas and Wake Forest School of Law, focuses on complex commercial litigation and has notable experience in trial presentation, expert and fact witness depositions, complex motions practice and oral argument of dispositive and other motions. His expertise extends to representing new and developing businesses, construction contract disputes, construction defect claims, and class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Before joining Edgar Law Firm, Mr. Richardson practiced with defense firms in Winston-Salem, N.C., and Kansas City, Mo., where he practiced in multiple legal practice areas, including commercial litigation, construction litigation, labor and employment litigation, and interstate motor carrier tort litigation. An active member of the Kansas City community, Richardson volunteers with several community and charitable organizations. He serves as treasurer and social chair of the Lawyers Association of Kansas City – Young Lawyers Section, an ambassador for the Nelson-Atkins Young Friends of Art and social chair for the Hope House Young Professionals. He acts as pro bono counsel for Streetcar Neighbors, the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the River Market Community Association in their pursuit of establishing a modern streetcar system in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Richardson also enjoys cheering for Sporting KC as a season ticket holder and member of the Kansas City Cauldron.
Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP announces the addition of Kelly L. Stout to the firm's Kansas City, Mo., office. Ms. Stout joins the firm as an associate in the Corporate Finance Division. Prior to joining Stinson, Stout was an associate at the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. He brings with him a wide range of experience, having focused his practice on capital markets, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity matters. Ms. Stout earned his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2009. While there, he served as Managing Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S.from Kansas State University in 2006.
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