Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration (DIFP) has announced the appointment of new legislative coordinators: Emily Kalmer, DIFP Legislative Affairs Counsel: Ms. Kalmer represents the Insurance, Finance and Credit Unions divisions. She served previously in Senate Research and as an assistant attorney general in the Litigation Division of the Missouri Attorney General's office. During her time in Senate Research, she handled several DIFP-related bills, including 2009's SAFE Act (which changed regulations of mortgage lending) and the 2011 law that enhanced enforcement authority for the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. She served as a legal advisor to the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee, which handles most legislation related to the Division of Finance and the Division of Professional Registration. Ms. Kalmer earned her law degree at Washington University in St. Louis. Andy Briscoe, Legislation and Budget Director for the Division of Professional Registration: Mr. Briscoe served as Legislative and Constituent Services Director for the Missouri Department of Corrections. In that role, he handled the Justice Reinvestment Act, a 120-day mental health assessment program for offenders, as well as videoconferencing capability for parole hearings. Previously, he served as counsel for the Department of Public Safety. Prior to that, he was an assistant prosecuting attorney and a lawyer in private practice. Briscoe will oversee all budget and legislative issues for the division's 39 boards and commissions and administrative activities. He starts at the Division of Professional Registration on Jan. 2. Mr. Briscoe earned his law degree at Saint Louis University.
Husch Blackwell is pleased to announce 8 attorneys have been named to partnership, effective Jan. 1, 2013. The attorneys being named reside in seven different cities where the firm has offices. In Jefferson City: Ryan Harding joined the firm in 2008 and maintains an active Litigation practice with an emphasis on Governmental Compliance, Investigations & Litigation and Healthcare Litigation. He counsels businesses, individuals, municipalities and professional associations regarding a full range of state and federal laws, including healthcare law, election and voting law, land use and competitive bidding challenges. Mr. Harding also represents healthcare providers and other clients in disputes with federal, state and local government agencies and in hearings before state licensing boards. In addition to serving as lead counsel in numerous federal, state and administrative bench trials, Mr. Harding has successfully first-chaired multiple jury trials in federal and state court. He also has argued cases in the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern, Western and Southern Districts and in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. Mr. Harding was named a 2012 Missouri Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming Lawyer.” He has also dedicated a number of hours to pro bono work, and was named to the Missouri Pro Bono Wall of Fame in 2011. Mr. Harding previously worked as a Senior Staff Attorney within the Special Litigation Division of the Missouri Attorney General’s office. He received his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law (2002) and his B.B.A. from Baylor University in Waco, Texas (1998).
St. Louis Area
Jackson Lewis LLP, one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce that three associates have joined the firm’s St. Louis office- Daniel P. O’Donnell, Jr., Carrie L. Kinsella, and Amy J. White. Mr. O’Donnell has represented clients in both state and federal courts as well as before arbitrators. His practice involves all aspects of litigation, including examination of witnesses and arguing motions in jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations, trial preparation, settlement negotiations and mediation. Mr. O’Donnell’s experience also includes pretrial strategy, dispositive motions, discovery, depositions and client counseling. His employment practice focuses on the defense of employment disputes in federal courts, state courts and administrative agencies. Dan also advises many retail, manufacturing, bank and service-oriented clients on a wide variety of issues, including hiring, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, arbitration agreements, wage and hour laws, prevailing wage laws, disability discrimination, employee leave rights and workers’ compensation, among other. He is admitted to practice in Missouri and has practiced in the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri as well as the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Kinsella regularly represents and advises employers on various employment-related issues, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, and FMLA, ADA, and FLSA matters. She advises clients with regard to personnel policies and practices, compliance with state and federal employment laws, and employment agreements. She has defended employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. Ms. Kinsella previously served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois, defending state agencies and officers in employment and civil rights litigation. Her experience included federal and state court trials and administrative hearings. She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law. Ms. Kinsella is admitted to practice in Tennessee and Illinois, and has practiced in the United States District Courts for the Western District of Tennessee, the Central District of Illinois, and the Southern District of Illinois. Ms. White concentrates her practice on employment litigation in state and federal court as well as representing her clients in matters before administrative agencies. She represents public entities, public officials, municipalities and private employers in constitutional and civil rights matters. She is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Women Lawyer’s Association of Greater St. Louis, and is the recipient of the 2012 John R. Essner Young Lawyer of the Year Award from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri for her pro bono work with the Volunteer Lawyer’s Program. Ms. White is admitted to practice in Missouri, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Ms. White received her J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law, her M.S.W. from St. Louis University School of Social Work and her B.S. in Social Work from Southeast Missouri State University.
Husch Blackwell is pleased to announce 8 attorneys have been named to partnership, effective Jan. 1, 2013. The attorneys being named reside in seven different cities where the firm has offices. In St. Louis: Elizabeth P. Feldmeir joined the firm in 2005 and her practice is concentrated in Tax, Real Estate and Banking & Finance. Ms. Feldmeir has extensive experience with matters involving New Markets Tax Credits, federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits, federal and state low-income housing tax credits, Brownfield tax credits and other types of incentivized financing. She represents investors, lenders, developers, community development entities and intermediary entities in traditional real estate and finance transactions as well as transactions that include tax incentives in order to finance the expansion of operating businesses and/or the development of residential, commercial or mixed-use real estate. In addition, Ms. Feldmeir is a frequent speaker at national conferences regarding tax credits. Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Ms. Feldmeir practiced law at a St. Louis firm specializing in the areas of real estate and finance (2004-2005). She received her LL.M. in Taxation from Washington University (2005), as well as her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo. (2004). She received her B.A., magna cum laude, and a Certificate of Business Administration from Saint Louis University (2001). Laura B. Staley joined the firm in 2008 and concentrates her practice exclusively in the area of Labor & Employment law. She routinely represents employers in both federal and state forums across the United States. Ms. Staley has been successful at trial and obtaining summary judgments for employers in lawsuits alleging employment discrimination and breach of employment contract. She provides counsel to employers of all sizes pertaining to various issues including discrimination laws, policies and handbooks, hiring, discipline, leave and discharge issues, and wage and hour issues. In the past four years she has also gained extensive experience in navigating clients through reductions in force. In addition, Ms. Staley sits on the employment law committees of The Missouri Bar and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Ms. Staley practiced employment law at a boutique employment law firm in St. Louis. Ms. Staley received her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law (2002), where she was on the Dean’s List. She earned her B.A., with Departmental Honors, from the University of Missouri (1999).
Kansas City Area
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