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Leadership Profiles

Learn about the current officers of The Missouri Bar – the president, president-elect and vice president – who lead the organization through their service on the Board of Governors. Officers are elected by the Board of Governors and serve one-year terms. New officers are elected and take office at The Missouri Bar’s Annual Meeting held in early fall.

President: Reuben A. Shelton

Shelton, ReubenSt. Louis attorney Reuben Shelton, lead litigation counsel for Monsanto Corporation, is the 2014-15 president of The Missouri Bar. Shelton is the second African-American president of The Missouri Bar. His theme during his presidency is “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges” with special events including a diversity summit planned for May of 2015. He received his legal education at Saint Louis University School of Law and has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2008. To learn more about him and his priorities as president visit the President's Page.

President-Elect: Erik Bergmanis

Bergmanis, ErikErik Bergmanis, managing member of the Bergmanis Law Firm, L.L.C. in Camdenton, is the 2014-15 president-elect of The Missouri Bar. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, he has been a member of the Board of Governors since 1999. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in both state and federal courts in a wide variety of cases, including personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, criminal defense, social security disability, workers' compensation, commercial litigation and various other areas of civil litigation.

Vice President: Dana Tippin Cutler

Cutler, Dana TippinKansas City attorney Dana Tippin Cutler, a partner in her family’s firm of James W. Tippin & Associates, is the 2014-15 vice president of The Missouri Bar. Cutler is the first African-American woman to serve as an officer of the organization. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1989 and has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2003. Her practice is focused primarily in education law and defense litigation. She also serves as president of The Missouri Bar Foundation.