St. Louis Area
George Ripplinger, principal of the law firm Ripplinger and Zimmer, LLC, of Belleville, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri, has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Legal Education, Admission and Competence of the Illinois State Bar Association. He is a former chair of that committee. This committee studies all phases of preparatory and legal education requirements for admission to the bar and the standards for bar examinations. It also reviews continuing legal education, competence and law skills making recommendations with respect to those areas to the Illinois State Bar Association. He has also been re-appointed to the Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission.
Patricia A. Zimmer, a partner in the law firm Ripplinger & Zimmer, has been re-appointed to the Tort Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. The Tort Law Section Council advises the Association in all areas of tort law: medical and other professional malpractice, auto collision law, and other areas of negligence and strict tort liability. The Council also publishes newsletters for tort law practitioners and conducts seminars. Mr. Ripplinger and Ms. Zimmer concentrate their practice in the representation of claimants in injury, wrongful death and legal, medical and other professional malpractice cases in the State and Federal Courts of Illinois and Missouri.
Dominique Savinelli has joined Husch Blackwell’s St. Louis office as an Associate. A highly experienced litigation attorney and former chemist, Ms. Savinelli will focus her work in the areas of Product Liability and Toxic Tort. She was most recently a litigation associate for AmLaw 100 firm Goodwin Procter LLP (2007-2012) in Boston. While there, Ms. Savinelli represented clients from the pharmaceutical, telecommunication and mortgage industries in high-stakes product liability, intellectual property and breach of contract cases. Her work has included managing a litigation expert team in a multimillion-dollar product liability mass tort; deposing expert witnesses across several disciplines for jury trials and arbitration proceedings; and analyzing medical and scientific issues related to standard of care, causation and damages. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law (2007), where she was note editor for the Journal of Science and Technology Law. Prior to attending law school, Savinelli analyzed scientific evidence and crime scenes as a chemist at the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory in Sudbury, Mass. (1995-2004), where she was qualified as an expert witness in several counties across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Ms. Savinelli earned a M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from Tufts University in Medford, Mass., and her B.S. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, from Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.
Jacki Langum of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) was the recipient of a Rising Star Women’s Justice Award during Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 15th annual Women’s Justice Awards April 25 at the Four Seasons Hotel. The Women’s Justice Awards is a networking event that culminates in an awards celebration for Missouri’s leading professional women.