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November 21, 2014 - See who is making news and moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update “MoveMakers & NewsMakers.” Eight firms announce new hires and other business news. Have news of your own to share? Submit your news and moves here. - See more at: http://www.mobar.org/news/movemakers-newsmakers-november-14-2014/#sthash.rsvoJxG7.dpuf
November 14, 2014 - See who is making news and
moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update “MoveMakers & NewsMakers.”
Kansas City Area
The Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service was recently awarded by the Association of the Bar for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit to Gregg F. Lombardi from Legal Aid of Western Missouri.
Lombardi began his career in civil litigation, first at Stinson, Mag, and Fizzell in Kansas City and then at the Kansas City firm Arthur Benson & Associates. In May of 2001 he became the deputy executive director of Legal Aid of Western Missouri and, in 2008, he became its executive director. Lombardi is currently a member of the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar and serves on the Delivery of Legal Services Committee. He has helped develop a number of projects designed to provide greater access to legal services for underserved communities. Lombardi has been a recipient of the President’s Award from the KCMBA, the Public Service Award from the Lawyers’ Association of Kansas City and the Pro Bono Publico Award from The Missouri Bar.
The award was presented during a luncheon at the Judicial Conference for the Eighth Circuit held in Omaha, Nebraska, on August 7, 2014. The award is named in honor of former Chief Judge Richard S. Arnold, who led a distinguished career that included graduating first in his class at Yale University and Harvard Law School. Judge Arnold clerked for Justice William Brennan on the U.S. Supreme Court before entering private practice and serving on the Eighth Court. Judge Arnold’s biographer said that he was “perhaps the best judge to never serve on the Supreme Court.” The U.S. Courthouse in Little Rock, Arkansas, is named in his honor as well.
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The Kansas City office of Lewis, Rice & Fingersh L.C. is pleased to announce Sheldon R. Singer has joined the firm as a member and Kenneth C. Jones has joined the firm “Of Counsel” practicing in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and banking litigation. Jones and Singer previously were partners of Singer, Jones & Lock, PA.
The firm notes these talented lawyers offer more than 30 years of experience providing quality customized legal services that meet the needs of lenders and businesses. Their practices are firmly focused on protecting the rights of creditors nationwide. They have pursued clients’ claims before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, and have successfully represented automobile and commercial lenders, mortgage servicing companies, business and related organizations.
Rice Smith & Buchanan P.C. announced that Amber Steinbeck and Timothy A. Shultz* have joined the firm as shareholders.
Amber Steinbeck is a member of both the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group and the Banking & Financial Services Group at McDowell Rice. Her practice focuses on litigation matters involving all types of financial services claims, commercial and business disputes and general business litigation matters. She also handles complex insurance coverage disputes and advises on a variety of labor issues.
Steinbeck obtained her J.D. with honors in 1999 from Temple University School of Law. She holds a B.S. degree from Culver-Stockton College where she graduated summa cum laude and was valedictorian.
Timothy A. Shultz is a member of both the Banking & Financial Services Group and the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group. Shultz’ practice includes business, banking, transactional law, insurance and professional liability defense litigation, lender liability, financial institution bonds, professional liability, UCC negotiable instruments law, employment and civil rights law, and general insurance defense and litigation. Shultz has an extensive background in advising companies regarding contracts, various business transactions, corporate governance and risk assessment, as well as employee matters.
Shultz received his J.D. degree from Washburn University School of Law in 1993. He holds a B.A. degree from Washburn University.
*Note: Timothy A. Shultz is not yet licensed to practice law in Missouri. Once Shultz is licensed, Rice Smith & Buchanan P.C. will issue an announcement.
St. Louis Area
St. Louis law firm Carmody MacDonald P.C. is pleased to announce the firm has been recognized in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2015 Edition as a top-tier St. Louis firm.
Carmody MacDonald is listed as a St. Louis tier one firm in the following areas:
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Labor & Employment Litigation
Real Estate Law
Real Estate Litigation
Additionally, the firm was ranked in the St. Louis tier two category for Banking & Finance Law, Construction Law, Corporate Law and Family Law. Carmody MacDonald was also ranked nationally as a tier three law firm in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Real Estate Litigation.
The 2015 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, which recognizes the top four percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. More than 12,000 attorneys provided more than 330,000 law firm assessments and almost 7,000 clients provided close to 20,000 evaluations. In addition, to provide personal insight, a new Law Firm Leaders Survey was implemented in the decision-making process. The 2015 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting bestlawfirms.usnews.com.
Armstrong Teasdale partner Daniel Sakaguchi has been appointed to a two-year term as an At-Large Member of the Board of Governors of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).
NAPABA, established in 1988, is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students representing the interests of more than 40,000 attorneys and 68 state and local Asian Pacific American bar associations.
An active member of NAPABA, Sakaguchi also co-chairs the organization’s Regional Conference Committee. He co-chaired both the CLE Programs Committee and the 25th Anniversary Committee for last year’s NAPABA Convention in Kansas City. In addition, Sakaguchi chaired the NAPABA regional conference in 2011 when it was held in St. Louis for the first time.
Sakaguchi is a former president of the Missouri Asian American Bar Association and currently serves on its Board of Directors.
In his legal practice, Sakaguchi focuses on several areas of litigation and arbitration including complex commercial matters, intellectual property, telecommunications and life, health, disability and ERISA. Admitted to practice in Missouri, Illinois and California, he earned his J.D., M.A. and B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
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The Simon Law Firm P.C. congratulates John G. Simon on being selected by Corporate INTL Magazine as its 2015 Product Liability Attorney of the Year in Missouri.
The Corporate INTL Magazine selects its winners based on a three-step process taking place over several months. The process includes nominations followed by research and verification with final judging results announced on Monday, November 3, 2014.
The law firm of Behr, McCarter & Potter P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of its newest attorney Joey Vitale. Joey joined the firm after clerking as a law student for two years. He previously served as a legal intern for Hon. Donald G. Wilkerson of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois. Joey also has interned for the U.S. Senate.
Born and raised in Saint Louis, Joey is an alumnus of Saint Louis University High School. He graduated from Xavier University in 2011 and earned an Honors B.A., magna cum laude, with majors in English as well as the “Philosophy, Politics & the Public Honors Program.” Joey graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2014. While in law school, he earned several awards and was the Online Editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal. Joey served as president of the St. Thomas More Society and as marshal of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Joey is currently a member of the St. Louis County Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, The Missouri Bar and the American Bar Association.
He and his wife, Kat, reside in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood.
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Jefferson City Area
Heather L. McCreery has joined Turnbull & Stark P.C. as an associate. She will be practicing in the areas of elder law, estate planning, guardianships and conservatorships, probate and trust administration, and fiduciary litigation.
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November 14, 2014 - See who is making news and
moving where in the weekly Missouri Bar update “MoveMakers & NewsMakers.” Have news of your own to share?
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This Veterans Day, Missouri Bar President Reuben Shelton shared the following message with Missouri Bar members: Freedom is not free. I want to thank all veterans of the Missouri Bar for the many sacrifices you have made to ensure our freedoms as individuals and as a nation. The Missouri Bar is proud of our veterans and you can count on your Bar to stand with and support you as our thanks for paying the price to preserve our democracy. Please have a great Veterans Day.
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