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.
St. 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.
Erik 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.
Kansas 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
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