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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: Dana Tippin Cutler

Cutler, Dana Tippin (100x125)Kansas City attorney Dana Tippin Cutler, a partner in her family’s firm of James W. Tippin & Associates, is the 2016-17 president of The Missouri Bar. Cutler is the first black woman to serve as president of the state bar and has identified four goals to make sure the state bar continues to help Missouri lawyers do an even better job for their clients and make sure that Missouri citizens have access to justice. 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. To learn more visit the President's Page.

President-Elect: Morry Cole

Morry S. Cole president-elect 2016-17The 2016-17 president-elect of The Missouri Bar is St. Louis lawyer Morry Cole, an attorney at Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C. Cole graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law and has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2013. Cole is a past chair of the state bar’s Young Lawyers’ Section Council and served on the board in 2002-03 as the representative of that council. His practice is focused on complex litigation in state and federal courts. 


Vice-President: Raymond E. Williams

Ray WilliamsRaymond E. Williams, a solo practitioner with offices in West Plains and Eminence, is the 2016-17 vice president of The Missouri Bar. Williams is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Missouri Law Review. He became a member of the Board of Governors in 2008 and chairs the Special Committee to Assist Lawyers in a Changing Economy. He has a general practice, including clients in the areas of DWI and criminal defense, business and employment, personal injury, family, and probate law.