St. Louis Area
Ron Wiesenthal is pleased to announce that the St. Louis Mediation Center has moved to its new location on the 23rd floor of the Metropolitan Square Building in downtown St. Louis. In addition, Wiesenthal has been named a charter member of the Missouri Chapter of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), an invitation only organization comprised of the nation's top tiered attorney-mediators and arbitrators.
Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C. earned top rankings both nationally and in the St. Louis metropolitan region in the 2012 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings. The St. Louis plaintiff litigation law firm was placed in the Tier 1 (the top category) for all law firms across the country in the Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs practice categories. Gray, Ritter & Graham also ranked among the nation’s best in Railroad Law, Commercial Litigation, and Litigation – Banking & Finance. In the rankings for St. Louis Metropolitan law firms, Gray, Ritter & Graham achieved the Tier 1 ranking in five practice categories: Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs, Litigation-Banking & Finance, Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs. The rankings are a joint effort between U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in America. Practice area rankings were produced both nationally and within 170 metropolitan areas across the United States.
Armstrong Teasdale has been named the 2012 Best Law Firm by St. Louis Small Business Monthly based on votes by the publication’s readers. This is the fourth straight year the firm has been awarded the top law firm honor. More than 8,000 readers cast their votes during June to select their favorite law firms. SBM also honored the “Best” in 13 other categories, including accounting firms, credit unions and banks. All winning companies were highlighted in SBM’s 2012-13 Best In Business Guide. Small Business Monthly, founded in 1988, brings business tips, strategies and analysis to the presidents, CEOs and top executives of 25,000 businesses in the St. Louis metropolitan area. For more information please visit www.SBMon.com.
The national law firm of Foley & Mansfield announces that attorney J. Christopher Wehrle has joined the firm’s Securities Litigation and FINRA Arbitration Practice as Of Counsel. Mr. Wehrle will practice in the firm’s St. Louis office, representing clients including broker/dealers and registered representatives in enforcing and defending employment agreements, non-solicit covenants, trade secrets, recovery of training costs and customer claim defenses.
U.S. News & Best Lawyers has announced the release of the 2013 “Best Law Firms” rankings. HeplerBroom, long recognized as a premier Midwest Regional law firm, has been ranked nationally as a Tier 2 for its work across the country in mass tort, class action, and professional negligence defense. HeplerBroom maintained its status as the highest ranking of a Tier 1 law firm in the St. Louis metropolitan area, while expanding its Tier 1 practice areas to include: Criminal Defense - White-Collar, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Eminent Domain & Condemnation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants. The firm also ranked highly as a Tier 2 firm in the S. Louis Metropolitan area in Antitrust Law, Commercial Law, Franchise Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Securities, Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants. The U.S.News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process, according to the organizations. All data were combined into an overall score for each firm. This data was then compared to other firms within the same metropolitan area and at the national level. Because firms were often separated by small or insignificant differences in overall score, the organizations use a tiering system rather than ranking law firms sequentially. HeplerBroom LLC traces its history to 1894 and has 89 attorneys in its offices located in St. Louis, Missouri and Springfield, Chicago and Edwardsville, Illinois.
HeplerBroom LLC is proud to announce that Glenn E. Davis, Jeffrey S. Hebrank, Larry E. Hepler, Theodore J. MacDonald, Jr., Thomas J. Magee, and Gerard T. Noce were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.), the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 68,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.3 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
The law firm of Danna McKitrick, P.C. has announced that attorney Kara D. Helmuth has been selected for membership in the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys. NAPPA is a professional organization whose membership is limited to attorneys regularly acting on behalf of public pension plans and in their interest. Ms. Helmuth is one of only 15 attorneys in Missouri who are members of NAPPA; only six are in public practice. Three of these attorneys are members of Danna McKitrick: Ms. Helmuth, Dan Tobben and Cheryl Beebe-Snell. A commercial and civil litigator, Ms. Helmuth practices primarily in the area of public pensions and legal malpractice. She litigates for the trustees of public pension funds or individual members. Her work includes advising and litigating for the trustees of several public pension funds in Missouri and Illinois. She is admitted to practice in Missouri and Illinois, and has argued before the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri. Ms. Helmuth earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law, where she received an International and Comparative Law Certificate and was editor of the Saint Louis University Public Law Review. She graduated from Washington University’s Olin School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in marketing and international business. She is an active volunteer with The Young Friends of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and The Covering House.
Williams Venker & Sanders has been included in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Best Law Firms listing for the National and St. Louis Metropolitan area rankings. Nationally, the firm was given the highest ranking of “Tier 1” for its work in medical malpractice defense and product liability defense. Furthermore, Williams Venker & Sanders was ranked in the first-tier for medical malpractice defense, product liability defense and personal injury defense in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. This is the second consecutive year that Williams Venker & Sanders has received the Tier 1 ranking in these three practice areas in St. Louis, and the first time the firm has been ranked nationally. Williams Venker & Sanders partners Ted Williams, Paul Venker and Steve Sanders have been included in the Best Lawyers in America rankings for many years.
The law firm of Cockriel & Christofferson, LLC congratulates its partner, Philip J. Christofferson, on being named the 2013 St. Louis Construction Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. Best Lawyers honors only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community as its "Lawyer of the Year," and those lawyers have received particularly high ratings in Best Lawyers' surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity. Cockriel & Christofferson also earned the highest ranking in the 2012-2013 "Best Law Firm" evaluations published by U.S. News Media Group - Best Lawyers in the fields of Construction Law and Litigation - Construction. The firm gained “first tier” status in the rankings based on evaluations including collection of client and lawyer opinions, peer reviews by leading attorneys, and review of additional information.
Kansas City Area
Benchmark Litigation has again ranked Husch Blackwell among top litigation firms nationwide. In the 2013 list, Husch Blackwell ranks “Highly Recommended” in Missouri and “Recommended” in Nebraska. In addition to firmwide honors, Husch Blackwell attorneys have also been named: Kansas City Local Litigation Stars: James D. Griffin, William A. “Spike” Lynch, John R. Phillips and Michael Thompson. St. Louis Local Litigation Stars: Joseph P. Conran, Christine F. Miller, and Joseph C. Orlet.
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