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March 16, 2017

Mar. 16, 2017 - See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update "MoveMakers & NewsMakers."

St. Louis Area
Tueth Keeney is pleased to announce that James R. ("Jim") Layton, former solicitor general of Missouri, has joined the firm as of counsel. While in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Layton argued three cases in the United States Supreme Court, 92 in the Supreme Court of Missouri, and 100 in other state and federal appellate courts on behalf of the state. He worked extensively on matters involving constitutional, administrative and election law; and state education law. He argued in the Supreme Court of Missouri 37 times in tax cases for Missouri’s Director of Revenue.

Layton was Missouri’s solicitor general through Attorney General Chris Koster’s terms. He served under Attorney General Jay Nixon for more than 14 years, including 10 years as state solicitor and three as chief deputy attorney general.

In 2010, Layton was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He served as chair of the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers and president of the Bar Association of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He has taught as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Missouri since 1996.

Prior to coming to Missouri, Layton was an assistant U.S. attorney, worked at Vinson & Elkins in Washington, D.C., and served as a clerk to Judge Daniel Friedman for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Harness Dickey, one of the country’s largest and most respected intellectual property law firms, was recently named a Top Ten patent firm for the second time in two years by industry news source IPWatchdog. The list, “Top Patent Firms for 2016,” compiles data on the number of U.S. utility patents issued in 2016 in which firms are listed on the front page of the issued patent.

“We are proud to be in the Top Ten again for 2016 and proud of the hard work our attorneys have done to get us there,” said Harness Dickey Principal Michael Wiggins. “As the firm continues to expand, clients can look forward to even more innovative service and efficient patent prosecution in 2017.”

The 2016 rankings include more than 650 firms that obtained fifty or more patents. Harness Dickey earned its place at number seven on the list by obtaining 3,104 U.S. utility patents for its clients during the calendar year.  Harness Dickey’s team of more than 100 patent and trademark attorneys also obtained 167 design patents and 344 trademarks for its clients during the same period.

In addition to preparing and prosecuting patents, Harness Dickey offers a broad range of full-service intellectual property solutions to clients around the globe, including: trademark and copyright protection; litigation services; international filings; IP transactions and licensing agreements; due diligence and freedom to practice opinions; and ongoing strategic portfolio management for clients in all industries.

Tucker Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Sandra Wunderlich has joined the firm’s St. Louis office as a partner. Opened in 2016, the St. Louis office serves clients in a wide variety of litigation areas, including mass tort and product liability, medical device and pharmaceutical liability, and business litigation. Wunderlich builds upon these capabilities and adds an intellectual property litigation strength to the group, which has grown to seven attorneys and six paralegals in the past seven months.

An experienced trial lawyer, Wunderlich has been lead trial counsel in a dozen jury and bench trials. Over the past 25 years, she has represented large pharmaceutical manufacturers, agricultural and industrial manufacturers, and large national banks and credit arms of Fortune 100 companies in a variety of complex litigation matters. She has handled appeals in the highest appellate courts at both the state and federal level.

The Tucker Ellis intellectual property and brand protection group has flourished over the past two years, adding attorneys in Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and now St. Louis.

“We’re excited to welcome Sandy to Tucker Ellis,” said Intellectual Property Department Chair Jay Campbell. “Her skill in intellectual property litigation, coupled with decades of deep experience in so many of our firm’s core areas of law, strengthens our growing St. Louis office and our thriving nationwide IP practice.”

Wunderlich received her law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law and her undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Kansas City Area
Shook, Hardy & Bacon has elected five attorneys to partnership from their Kansas City office, effective Mar. 1, 2017.

“I am pleased to recognize Shook’s new partners for their dedication to client service and professional excellence,” said Shook Chair Madeleine McDonough. “In addition to the strategic depth they bring to our complex litigation and product liability practices, these attorneys have distinguished themselves in commercial, employment and intellectual property law, among many other fields, by helping our clients navigate the operational, technological and regulatory challenges of today’s business environment.”

Sarah E. Lynn Baltzell assists regional, national and multinational clients with products liability, property damage, employment discrimination, insurance coverage disputes, class action and consumer fraud cases, at both the trial and appellate level. She also serves as national counsel for a Fortune 50 company, handing all phases of product liability litigation. She received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law (2008), where she served as associate editor of the Kansas Law Review. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, in French and international relations from Drake University (2005).

Brandon K. Gutshall represents companies involved in product liability, premises liability, negligence, fraud, breach of contract and warranty action across the country. He has represented client companies in matters involving construction equipment, jobsite accidents, cargo securement devices, trucking regulations, HVAC systems, fire protection systems, security alarm systems, automobiles and component parts, forestry equipment, educational systems and insurance coverage disputes. Gutshall also counsels clients in product liability audits to help identify and minimize litigation risks. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2009), where he graduated first in his class and served as the editor-in-chief of the UMKC Law Review and as a staff member of Urban Lawyer. He received his B.B.A, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2005).

Lindsey K. Heinz focuses her practice on the defense of corporations in product liability and consumer protection matters, and has litigated both individual and complex tort cases across the country. She also defends corporations facing class action claims, particularly those involving allegations of false and misleading marketing. Before entering law school, Heinz worked as an account executive for an advertising agency; her business and litigation experience allows her to help clients assess and manage the inherent risks of business and minimize future litigation threats, as well as identify potential liabilities in marketing strategies. She received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law (2009), where she served as managing editor of the Kansas Law Review. She received her B.A. from the University of Kansas (2004).

Dale M. Johnson, II, represents clients in complex product liability, personal injury, premises liability, and class action matters throughout the country. He has experience in litigation matters involving asbestos, alcohol beverages, carbon fiber, diacetyl, toxic mold and tobacco. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Marquette University Law School (2009). He also received his M.A. in theology from Creighton University (2006), and a B.A. in political science and religious studies from College of the Holy Cross (2003).

Devin K. Ross focuses his practice on mass torts and complex product liability litigation, with expertise in prescription drug and medical device matters. Ross directs all aspects of litigation, including multidistrict litigation motion practice, depositions, discovery, corporate and expert witness preparation and trial. He also is actively involved in pro bono work in Missouri and Kansas family courts. He received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law (2009), and his B.A. from Brigham Young University (2006).

Other Areas
Roberts Perryman PC is pleased to announce that Paul Link will be joining the firm. Link will practice in the Springfield, Missorui office.

Link's practice will focus on transportation, automobile, insurance coverage and defense, as well as municipal government.  He graduated from University of Missouri School of Law with his J.D. His undergraduate work was at UMKC where he earned a B.S. in political science.

Link is an established and successful trial attorney in both state and federal courts.  He has had numerous favorable defense outcomes in personal injury, uninsured motorist, bad faith and municipal issues.
“We are very fortunate to have Paul join our firm.” said Ted L. Perryman, chairman of Roberts Perryman.  “Over three years ago we made a commitment to serve the needs of our trucking clients in southwest Missouri.  We are thrilled to be able to hire attorneys who understand the important role client service plays in being the go-to firm in transportation and trucking.  Paul’s extensive trial experience fits perfect with our litigation practice.  We are pleased Paul is able to jump in and be a resource to both our firm and clients.”

Roberts Perryman has been a leader in transportation for over 50 years with offices in St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri, and Belleville, Illinois. 

Jack J. Schramm, former member of the Missouri House of Representatives and Clayton attorney, has recently published a memoir of his rule of law experience at state, federal, and international levels. It is titled "Passionate Purpose: A Global Governance Journey" (New Insights Press). It is ranked by Amazon as one of its "No.1 New Releases in Environmental Policy." Jack is a former senior administrator with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and has advised 25 countries on four continents, including Iraq and Afghanistan, regarding democracy and governance issues and institutional strengthening. Schramm currently resides with his wife in Alexandria, Virginia.

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