St. Louis Area
Kyle C. Barry joins Husch Blackwell as the newest Partner in the firm’s Energy group. Mr. Barry will work for the firm from Springfield, Ill. He previously worked for McGuireWoods as a Partner and as a Vice President in its subsidiary, McGuireWoods Consulting (2005-2013). Since 2009, Mr. Barry has served as Illinois counsel for the FutureGen 2.0 clean coal project, a near zero-emission carbon capture and sequestration project under development in west central Illinois. In that role, Mr. Barry advised on power purchase issues with the Illinois Power Agency and Illinois Commerce Commission, public finance issues with the Illinois Finance Authority, public utility and Illinois energy legislation, and development of CO2 liability management legislation. He also represented a variety of wind energy clients and major power generation clients, and he co-founded the Illinois Wind Energy Association. In addition, Barry has helped clients obtain economic development incentives in connection with capital investment projects in Illinois. He has also helped clients navigate issues and challenges presented by Illinois state regulatory agencies and the Illinois General Assembly. Mr. Barry began his legal practice in Chicago; in 2004, he left Jenkens & Gilchrist in order to take the role of deputy general counsel for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) in Springfield, Ill. (2004-2005). During that time, he managed the Springfield legal office and the legal affairs for the Large Business Development Division, the Energy and Recycling Division, the Illinois Office of Coal Development and the Illinois Trade Office. He received his J.D., with Distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law in Iowa City (1995). He received his B.A.in Political Science and Political Economy, summa cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis (1992).
Laura Bentele, a lawyer in Armstrong Teasdale’s Litigation practice group, has joined the Junior Board of Team Activities for Special Kids, a Missouri-area nonprofit organization. Team Activities for Special Kids, TASK, provides athletic and social activities for special needs children that are modified to suit the needs of each child on every level of disability. The program encourages self-esteem and teaches life skills through repeated successes and team work. Ms. Bentele focuses her law practice on effective case management and she is well-versed in all phases of discovery, trial preparation and negotiation of settlements with opposing counsel. Admitted to practice in Missouri, she earned her J.D. from Washington University School of Law and B.A. in History and International Affairs from George Washington University.
Rebecca J. Grosser, Grosser Law, LLC, has been hired as project director for Jefferson County Adult Drug and DWI Courts SAMHSA grant funds. This is a 3 year grant with the opportunity for renewal. As project director Ms. Grosser will be managing grant funds, reviewing and analyzing participant data, and developing community partnerships.
Kansas City Area
Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC has chosen Caroline Tinsley to be a member of the 2013 class of Fellows, participating in a landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. Ms. Tinsley recently attended an initial meeting of LCLD Fellows in Washington DC. According to LCLD Executive Director Robert J. Grey, Jr., the LCLD Fellows Program offers participants “an extraordinarily rich year of relationship-building, virtual and in-person training, peer-group projects, and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership.” Founded in 2009, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity is a growing organization of more than 200 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to creating a truly diverse legal profession. Its goal is to help its Member organizations find, hire, retain, promote, and engage the best talent.
Armstrong Teasdale announces the addition of Tamra Wilson Setser as a partner in its Kansas City office. Wilson Setser, a 30-year veteran of employment law, is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group. Ms. Wilson Setser provides practical, sophisticated advice to complex legal problems unique to the labor and employment arena. She is a seasoned mediator and arbitrator, assisting organizations in proactively dealing with potential liability and conflicts. She understands the risks of any work environment and defends employers in matters involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wages. Wilson Setser also provides valuable day-to-day preventative counseling, HR policy/practice compliance reviews and I-9 audits, review and drafting of employment-related agreements and contracts, employee handbooks and policies. She regularly presents in-house training programs on such topics as discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment, ADA accommodation and general leadership and compliant manager training. Ms. Wilson Setser earned her J.D. from University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law and B.S. in English and Public Administration from Missouri State University. Admitted to practice in Missouri, she is a member of The Missouri Bar, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and the Society of Human Resource Management.
The Supreme Court of Missouri has selected Harold Stearley to serve as general counsel to the Court. Stearley is expected to begin working in his new position April 1, 2013. Prior to accepting the general counsel position, Stearley worked for the Public Service Commission where he served as a Regulatory Law Judge since June 2006 and as Deputy Chief Regulatory Law Judge since October 2011. Mr. Stearley earned his bachelor of science in nursing in 1986 and his JD in 2000, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While in law school he won awards for his course work in Administrative Law, Labor Law and Trial Practice. He was also on the school’s Moot Court Team, and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review. Mr. Stearley worked as a critical care nurse before attending law school, earning numerous certifications in critical care and awards for original nursing research. Following graduation from law school, he worked two separate terms as a law clerk for Supreme Court of Missouri Judge Ronnie L. White. In between those terms, He engaged in private practice handling medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, personal injury, and criminal and professional defense. He also taught coursework in legal issues for nurses, ethics in juvenile justice, employment law for public managers and competent expert witness testimony for consultants. Mr. Stearley has served as a member of various organizations including: Columbia’s Board of Health, Sigma Theta Tau: The Organization of International Nursing Scholarship and the Missouri Organization of Nurse Leaders. He is also a member of The Missouri Bar’s Health and Hospital Law Committee, Administrative Law Committee, Judicial Administration Committee, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He lives in Columbia with his wife Bev, a former critical care nurse and supervisor of a cardiac care unit. His daughter Caroline is a veteran of the Iraq War and currently runs a horse-boarding business in Fulton, Missouri. When not busy researching and writing, Stearley enjoys fishing and reading a good book.
The Law Office of Matt Uhrig, LLC is pleased to announce that Micheal E. Campbell has joined the firm as an associate. Mr. Campbell is a 2011 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law. He focuses on the areas of personal injury and workers compensation law, and also represents clients in a range of criminal law issues. Mr. Campbell resides in Columbia with his wife Caitlin.
Philadelphia personal injury law firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP has promoted G. Scott Vezina to partner. Mr. Vezina, who joined the firm in December 2011, is an experienced trial lawyer who has handled more than 35 jury and 35 non-jury trials, primarily in medical negligence and general liability. He practices in the area of litigation with an emphasis in medical malpractice, products liability and aviation accidents. After earning his Bachelor of Science from the Holy Cross College in 1993, Mr. Vezina went on to earn his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in 1997. He is admitted to the Pennsylvania, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas bar associations. He is formerly of Ratzan Law Group in Miami, Florida. He served as national counsel for CNA Insurance Company in the catastrophic claims unit where he tried cases in California, New York and New Jersey. He also served as an adjunct professor at Regent University School of Law and St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami. From 1997 to 2004, Vezina was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana. He is also a private pilot. Mr. Vezina has obtained multi-million dollar verdicts in several cases throughout the U.S., including an $8.8 million verdict on behalf of an individual catastrophically injured due to a misdiagnosed stroke, and a $5.2 million recovery on behalf of a brain injured child. Vezina regularly handles personal injury matters throughout the U.S. Mr. Vezina was selected as an “Up and Comer” Legal Elite by Florida Trend in 2008 and 2009. He was also selected as one of “Florida Rising Stars” in Florida Super Lawyers for 2009, 2010 and 2011. He holds an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking available for that legal guide.
General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC), a Fortune 500 company and a leading global supplier of wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets, has announced that Diana C. Toman has been promoted to Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. She will continue to report to Robert J. Siverd, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company. Ms. Toman began her career as a corporate attorney with the Kansas City law firm, Levy & Craig. In 2002, she transitioned to one of the firm’s clients, Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc., a NYSE publicly traded financial services company, as Corporate Counsel and Assistant Secretary. In 2006, she joined Gardner Denver, Inc., a NYSE publicly traded industrial manufacturing company, where she served as Corporate Counsel and Assistant Secretary until her promotion to Senior Counsel and Corporate Secretary in 2008. Toman holds Bachelors of Arts in English and Political Science and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.