Faculty Biographies

Alicia Albus
Martha C. Brown & Associates, LLC
St. Louis

Alicia Albus is an associate attorney with the firm and has been practicing Elder Law for over ten years. She was the Valedictorian of her graduating class at William Woods University, Fulton, Missouri in 1994. She graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia School of Law in 1997 where she received the American Jurisprudence Award in the area of Disability Law. She holds a degree in accounting and has worked as a tax consultant in a Big Five Accounting Firm. However, the allure of working with individuals rather than corporations drew her to Elder Law.
Alicia is devoted to helping the families that turn to the firm for assistance in their hour of need. She has become proficient and knowledgeable in Missouri nursing home care issues. Alicia's compassion and friendly, caring nature engages her clients to feel comfortable and confident. She is very well known throughout the senior services community and speaks frequently for the Alzheimer's Association. Recently, Alicia has had several victories in court reversing Medicaid decisions. Alicia will be starting the process to become a Certified Elder Law Attorney within the next year.
Professional Affiliations
• Member, Missouri Bar
• Member, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
• Member, Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee
• Member, The National Academy of Elder Laws, and member of Missouri Chapter
• Member, St. Patrick Center Board of Trustees
• Co-Editor, The Missouri Courts Bulletin, Elder Law Section published by The Missouri Bar Community
• Big Brothers-Big Sisters Organization
• University of Missouri – Columbia Law School, J.D. 1997
Honors: Disability Law
• William Woods University, 1994 

Christine A. Alsop 

The Elder and Disability Law Firm of Christine A. Alsop, LLC
St. Louis

CHRISTINE A. ALSOP, owner of The Elder and Disability Advocacy Firm of Christine A. Alsop, LLC, has extensive elder law experience as well as significant litigation and advocacy experience. She graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law, where she was honored for her outstanding work in trial advocacy. She has provided advice for both institutional and individual fiduciaries. She regularly represents fiduciaries and family members in contested probate, trust and guardianship matters. She is also experienced in helping families with long-term care issues, including Medicaid, Veteran Benefits, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Special Needs Trusts. She is a member of both the Missouri Bar and the Illinois Bar and is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the Missouri Bar’s Probate and Trust Law Committee. She has also served as the Chair of the Elder Law Committee for the Missouri Bar. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and served as Chair of the Advocacy and Litigation Section of that organization. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the local chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis and also serves on the Executive Committee for the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging. She is a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. She is also a member of the National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals, ElderCare Matters Alliance, ElderCounsel and the Academy of Special Needs Planners. She has been retained as an expert to give advice in matters involving Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements and Lien Resolution issues. She has served as an interim professor at St. Louis University School of Law teaching the Elder Law class with a colleague. She has written numerous articles and presented to various groups on the issues involved in Elder Law, Estate Planning and Lien Resolution.

Kimberly Benjamin
Benjamin Law Firm, LLC

Kimberly Benjamin is a trial lawyer and partner with her brother Chris Benjamin at the Benjamin Law Firm, LLC in Belton, Missouri, where she practices primarily in the area of criminal defense and personal injury for plaintiffs. Kim attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and then law school at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. Since becoming a lawyer in 1996, she has participated in more than 60 jury trials, 75 bench trials and has handled hundreds of serious felonies, including over a dozen murder cases. Her most well-known and sensational case, which made national news, was a case where all the men in a family – grandfather, father, and uncles -- were accused of 20-year old sex crimes against the children in the family. Ultimately after years of hard work, and shortly after the judge granted her client released from jail on his own signature after 2 1/2 years, she earned a dismissal of all charges against her 77 year old client.

Kim graduated from the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College (TLC) in October 2000 at Thunderhead Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming, where trial lawyers learn Gerry Spence’s trial methods from Mr. Spence himself. She is now a member of the faculty at TLC, where she teaches the Gerry Spence trial methods all across the United States. Kim is on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL), where she will serve as President from April 2013-3014. She is also a member of the Missouri Society for Criminal Justice, which focuses on DWI defense. Kim has written a chapter for the Missouri Bar DWI desk-set and has spoken at various seminars for The Missouri Bar, MACDL, the Missouri State Public Defender System and the National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center. You may reach her at Kim@CassCountyTrialLawyers.com.

Melinda J. Bentley
Legal Ethics Counsel
Jefferson City, Missouri

Melinda J. Bentley serves as Legal Ethics Counsel, and provides oral and written informal advisory opinions to attorneys on issues related to the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct. In that position, she also serves as administrator and counsel to the Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri. She began serving in that position in July 2012. Ms. Bentley graduated from Augustana College in Illinois in 1998 with her B.A. in Political Science and East Asian Studies, and obtained her J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana in 2001. She is admitted to practice in both Missouri and Illinois. Ms. Bentley served the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) as Assistant Counsel starting in August 2001, became First Assistant Counsel in May 2003, and was also named as Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs in May 2009. Her prior responsibilities included providing educational information to ISBA member attorneys on professional conduct matters, serving as a moderator and speaker for ISBA continuing legal education programs on professional conduct topics, acting as an in-house counsel on a variety of legal issues, serving as staff liaison to several committees, and representing the ISBA before the Illinois General Assembly.

Shelley L. Bishop
The Law Offices of Shelley L. Bishop
Kearney, Missouri

Shelley was born in Nürnberg, Germany. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1990 and her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1996. Shelley has a diverse legal background that includes oil, gas and mineral rights; experience at one of the nation’s leading law firms in litigation; and now, founding member of a small firm in Kearney, Missouri, where she focuses her practice in the area of family law representing clients in Clay, Platte, Clinton, and Ray Counties. Shelley was nominated to membership in The College of the State Bar of Texas in 2000. The College of the State Bar of Texas is an honor society chartered by the Supreme Court of Texas to recognize lawyers who make extraordinary commitments to develop the skills and knowledge to provide clients with the best representation possible and to keep those skills and knowledge at their peak. Shelley is a member of the Clay County Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in both Missouri and Texas. Shelley is a veteran of the United States Air Force and was admitted to the bar in Texas in 1996 and Missouri in 2001.

Joseph C. Blanner

McCarthy, Leonard & Kaemmerer, LC

Joe primarily focuses his practice on construction law, municipal law and commercial and general civil litigation. Joe represents property owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors and materials suppliers in contract negotiations, project execution, collections and litigation. Joe is admitted to practice in the Missouri Circuit Courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Joe was selected as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly, a Rising Star by Superlawyers Magazine for 2010, 2011 and 2012, as a Best Lawyer in America for Construction Litigation and Construction Law and has an AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell.

David Brose
Langdon & Emison

David is an associate at Langdon & Emison, practicing from the firm’s Lexington,, Mo., office. David has been practicing law in state and federal courts across the country since earning his J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Missouri - Columbia. His practice has recently included the successful representation of clients in cases involving defective automobile design, semi-truck collisions, and various other types of products. As a result of his growing reputation as a standout litigator in this arena, the 2010 and 2011 editions of Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers named him a "Rising Star" for product liability litigation.

Frank C. Carnahan
Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C.

Mr. Frank C. Carnahan is a shareholder in the law firm of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P. C. [cecb.com], practicing in the areas of tax, business and transactions, entities and real estate. He maintains a person law web site with information on IRS collection, entity formation and maintenance, and other topics at www.carnahanlaw.com.

Anne Chambers, LCSW
Anne Chambers, LCSW serves as the Director of the Missouri Lawyers’ Assistance Program. Mrs. Chambers received her Master of Social Work degree from Louisiana State University in 1990. She has been licensed in clinical social work in Missouri since 1992. Mrs. Chambers has a good deal of experience working with people with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. Mrs. Chambers has served a board member and past president for the National Organization of Forensic Social Work. She currently serves on the National Association of Social Workers Legal Defense Fund Board. She lives with her family in Columbia.

Greg Chatten
Forensic Computer Service, Inc.
St. Louis

Greg Chatten is President of Forensic Computer Service, Inc., a St. Louis, Missouri based company providing data forensic services for civil and criminal matters. Mr. Chatten has over 33 years of IT experience and 30 years of computer forensics experience. He has testified in numerous Federal and State courts as an expert and has given presentations for law firms, investigators and attorney conferences.

Kenneth Clayton
Associate Circuit Judge
Phelps County, Missouri

Judge Clayton serves as an Associate Circuit Judge in Phelps County, 25th Judicial Circuit of Missouri, where he is designated as the Phelps County Family Court Judge. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Truman State University and earned his J.D. degree from the University of Tulsa. Judge Clayton has been a public defender and an elected prosecuting attorney, and was in private practice, where he worked primarily in the domestic relations field and as a guardian ad litem, prior to being appointed to the bench. 

Jason Clough
Clough Law Firm, LLC

Jason Clough is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Richmond, School of Law. His practice, the Clough Law Firm, LLC, in Springfield, Missouri is focused on family law. He has received the Equal Access to Justice Award, the Pro Bono Award and has been named a Super Lawyer’s Rising Star for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Jane Cohen
Law Offices of Jane Cohen LLC
St. Louis

Ms. Jane Cohen formed her own firm in May 2002 after more than 16 years of larger firm practice. Her practice is comprised primarily of the representation of small to mid-size business clients with an emphasis in areas of real estate, franchise and distribution law, and general business litigation. Ms. Cohen received her J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law. She has a B.B.A. in finance from The University of Iowa. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995 and in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers since 2005. Ms. Cohen is an active member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and is a past chair of the Small Business and Franchise Committees. Ms. Cohen serves on the panel of neutrals for the American Arbitration Association and Aequitas Alternative Dispute Resolution in commercial, franchise and real estate disputes. She also serves as a certified mediator for Aequitas, the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the 21st Judicial Circuit (St. Louis County) and the 22nd Judicial Circuit (Ct. Louis City). She is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois.

Paul J. D’Agrosa
Law Offices of Wolff & D’Agrosa

Mr. Paul J. D’Agrosa received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from St. Louis University. He is a partner in the Law Offices of Wolff & D’Agrosa, L.L.C. in Clayton, Missouri and is licensed to practice law in both Missouri and Illinois. The firm exclusively handles the defense of criminal cases, in both state and federal courts, and the firm is certified in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and Outstanding Lawyer of America.

Prior to private practice, he was a Senior Trial Attorney with the St. Louis County Public Defender’s Office and clerked for the Honorable Joseph Simeone at the Missouri Court of Appeals. Mr. D’Agrosa is the Municipal Judge for the City of Olivette and the Provisional Judge for the City of University City, Missouri. He is the City Prosecuting Attorney for Arnold, Missouri and has served as special prosecutor for the cities of St. Ann, Missouri and Town and Country, Missouri. Mr. D’Agrosa is a member of the St. Louis County Criminal Justice Committee, The Jail Population Committee, the Criminal Law Legislative Review Subcommittee for The Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and a member of the St. Louis County Bar Association. In 1998, he was appointed by the late Governor Carnahan to the Governor’s Commission on DWI and Impaired Driving. He is a frequent lecturer for The Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and is the coauthor of two chapters in the Missouri Bar publication, Missouri Criminal Practice.

Amy DeGraeve
B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Kirkland Woods & Martinsen PC

Amy DeGraeve joined the law firm of Kirkland Woods & Martinsen PC as an associate in 2012. Ms. DeGraeve practices in both of the firm's offices in Overland Park, Kansas and in Liberty, Missouri, and focuses her practice on estate planning, probate and trust administration and fiduciary litigation.

Ms. DeGraeve is a member of The Missouri Bar and the Kansas Bar Association. She currently serves on the Cancer Action, Inc. Board of Directors, and is the Co-Chair of its Resource Committee. She is a member of the Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium Planning Committee, the UMKC Law School Inns of Court, the Kansas City Estate Planning Society, the Ronald McDonald House Planned Giving Committee and the Children’s Mercy Hospital Planned Giving Committee.

Ms. DeGraeve is a 2001 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and Language. She is a 2004 graduate of the UMKC School of Law, where she was a staff member of the UMKC Law Review and the Urban Lawyer. She attained her LL.M. in Taxation from UMKC School of Law in 2006. During her time at UMKC Law, Amy was published in the UMKC Law Review and served as a teaching assistant for the legal writing program.

Chastidy Dillon-Amelung
Dillon-Amelung, Attorney at Law, LLC
St. Louis

Chastidy Dillon-Amelung is the owner of Dillon-Amelung, Attorney at Law, LLC. Chastidy has been practicing law for over ten years and is licensed to practice in Missouri, Connecticut, and the Eastern District of Missouri. She has handled cases in more than 22 Missouri Counties as well as the Eastern, Western, and Southern District Courts of Appeals in Missouri. After graduating from the University of Missouri - Columbia, School of Law, Chastidy pursued a tax law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Chastidy serves clients in the areas of criminal defense, administrative licensing actions, and estate and tax controversies and planning. Chastidy has served the citizens of the State of Missouri as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, a Special Assistant Attorney General, and Senior Counsel for the Director of Revenue. Chastidy has trained law enforcement officers and prosecutors since 2003 and has appeared as a guest speaker for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Hermann H. Eisele
St. Louis

Hermann H. Eisele has been in private practice for over 29 years and formed his own law firm in St. Louis (Clayton), Missouri in 2011. His practice has been concentrated in the areas of estate planning, probate law, trust and estate administration, wealth transfer tax and business succession planning, fiduciary litigation, corporate and real estate law, with substantial experience in business and general civil litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution. He earned his B.B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law and Master of Finance degrees from St. Louis University School of Business. Hermann is licensed and practices in Missouri and Illinois, and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. He is a member of SFIG, the Estate Planning Council of St. Louis, American Bar Association (including the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Section, ABA Income & Transfer Tax Planning and Business Planning Groups), Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Illinois State Bar Association, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation Legacy Advisors and he is a past member of the SASFC Steering Committee. In addition, he is a Director and Treasurer of the St. Louis Altenheim, a non-profit senior living community founded in 1899; Director and Vice President of the German American Heritage Society of St. Louis; and past Director and Officer of the St. Louis Strassenfest Corporation. Hermann is celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife Carolyn and children Madelyn, Kathryn and Christopher. Contact Information: Law Offices of Hermann H. Eisele, LLC, Tele: 314.725.5151, Email: Hermann@EiseleLawLLC.com.

J. Kent Emison
Langdon & Emison

Kent is a partner at Langdon & Emison, with offices in Lexington, Kansas City, and St. Louis, as well as Chicago, Illinois. A Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a board member of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group, Kent devotes 100% of his practice to litigation in product liability, motor vehicle accidents, and other cases involving personal injury and wrongful death. In that role he has served as lead trial counsel in numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements and has handled cases all across the United States. The Best Lawyers in America and U.S. News & World Report named Kent the "Lawyer of the Year" in 2011 for personal injury plaintiffs' litigation for the Kansas City metro area. In 2012 he was honored by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as part of its "Lawyer of the Year" program, for his leadership of Langdon & Emison and his service to the profession and the community.

Rafe Foreman
University of Missouri - Kansas City
School of Law

Rafe Foreman joined UMKC as the Douglas Stripp Dean’s Distinguished Professor and Director of Advocacy in 2011 after a distinguished career as a trial lawyer, most recently as a partner at Foreman, Lewis & Hutchison P.C. in Grapevine, Texas. He served as a litigation specialist, including criminal defense, plaintiff’s personal injury, civil rights, employment, discrimination, wrongful death, excessive force and 1983 actions.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in agricultural education, Professor Foreman received his J.D. degree from Texas Tech University School of Law, where he was on the Moot Court championship team, regional co-chair of the Client Counseling Competition and a member of the Board of Barristers. He has advanced education in psychology at Fielding University and at the National Psychodrama Training Center. Professor Foreman is a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College and now serves as an instructor and board member.
Professor Foreman is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He will teach Trial Advocacy and Evidence and coach the Trial Advocacy teams. He will also be developing the overall advocacy program to bring it to national prominence.

Areas of expertise:
Trial advocacy, criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, civil rights.

Douglas C. Fredrick
Law Office of Doug Fredrick, LLC

Mr. Fredrick received both his Bachelors in Business Administration and law degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City. Before entering private practice, Mr. Fredrick had the opportunity to clerk for Commissioner Cheryl Rosen in Independence, Missouri, study comparative law at Peking University in Beijing, China, and work on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. In 2005 he entered the Army Reserves as a JAG officer, and graduated from the United States Army Judge Advocate General School in Charlottesville, Virginia later that year. After practicing with Fredrick, Rogers, & Vaughn, P.C. in Springfield, Missouri for five years, Mr. Fredrick started his own solo practice in 2008 with an emphasis on family law, business transactions and litigation, and real estate law. He has successfully argued before the Southern District Court of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court. Mr. Fredrick is also part owner of two real estate investment/management companies involving both residential and commercial units. In February, 2013 he transferred to the Air Force Reserve JAG Corps and currently serves in that capacity at Whiteman Air Force Base.

Maurice B. Graham
Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C
St. Louis

Mr. Maurice Graham is President of Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C., in St. Louis, Missouri, and concentrates his practice in the areas of business litigation and catastrophic injury and death cases. He is a frequent speaker and author on litigation. Mr. Graham was educated at Central Methodist University and the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he received his B.A. degree and his J.D. degree in 1962. He was President of The Missouri Bar in 1988-89. Mr. Graham was a member of the ABA House of Delegates from 1990-1994. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. Mr. Graham was selected by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as Lawyer of the Year in 2001. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and was selected as one of Missouri’s top three litigators by Best Lawyers in America in both 2007 and 2008, and in 2009 was named “Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year” for St. Louis. He has also been selected as one of the Top 10 Lawyers in Missouri and Kansas for 2008-2011. Mr. Graham was the 2010 recipient of the Award of Honor presented by the Lawyers Association of St. Louis.

Kathleen Harvey & David Harvey
The Harvey Immigration Law Office
Overland Park

The Harvey Immigration Law Office is located in Overland Park, Kansas, and was established in 1999. Attorneys Kathleen Harvey and David Harvey proudly focuses on the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, family and business immigration, undocumented juveniles in foster care, adoption of non-citizen children and political asylum issues for clients throughout the United States. Ms. Harvey has lectured and written on immigration law and is a 1992 Honors graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Mr. Harvey lectures on Immigration Law and is a 1997 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law.

B. Jill Joiner
Organizational Development Facilitator
Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP

Jill is an Organizational Development Facilitator in Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Learning & Development Department. She joined SHB in 2011. For the past 10 years, Jill has developed and delivered soft skills training. Her primary focus is on career coaching and conflict management. Jill provides support to a variety of teams in the area of conflict management, emotional intelligence and other team building activities.

Before joining SHB, Jill worked as a Senior Trainer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

2012 MSOD (Organizational Development), Avila University
1997 MS Counseling, Pittsburg State University
1995 BS Psychology, Pittsburg State University
1993 AA, Liberal Arts, Johnson County Community College

Management by Strengths
Development Dimensions International (DDI)
Institute of Social and Emotional Intelligence (ISEI) Coaching
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Bernadette J.H. Lawson
Marketing Events Specialist
Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP

Bernadette is the Marketing Events Specialist at Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. She joined SHB in 1996 as a Health Care paralegal. In October 2008, Bernadette saw an opportunity to grow in the field of organizational development and accepted a position as Organizational Development Trainer. Her primary focus was on individual and team development, soft skills training, and organizing in-house Continuing Legal Education programs. In 2013, she transitioned into the Marketing Events Specialist position where she focuses on client development and Continuing Legal Education programs.

2007 BS Business Management, Park University
1995 Associate of Science, Kansas City Metropolitan Community College

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator/FIRO-B
Team Dynamics and G5 Leadership
The Successful Facilitator Program, Mid-America Regional Council
Advanced Facilitator Program, Mid-America Regional Council
Personal Strengths Program, Mid-America Regional Council
Harless Optimizing Human Performance

Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch
Internet For Lawyers

Carole A. Levitt (clevitt@netforlawyers.com) and Mark E. Rosch (mrosch@netforlawyers.com), principals of Internet For Lawyers, are internationally recognized CLE seminar speakers and best-selling ABA authors. They are experts on Internet investigative and legal research; social media research; social media ethics; Google search and Google Cloud Apps; and technology for lawyers. They have been presenting CLE seminars full-time since 1999. 

Together, Mark and Carole co-authored several ABA LPM books, including:

• Google Gmail and Calendar in One Hour for Lawyers (available April 2013)
• Find Info like a Pro, Volumes 1 and 2
• Google for Lawyers: Essential Search Tips and Productivity Tools
• The Lawyer’s Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet (2 editions)

They have also co-authored twelve editions of The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet.

Previously, Carole was a California attorney, a law librarian in Chicago and Los Angeles, and a Legal Research and Writing Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law.

In addition to presenting seminars and writing books and articles, Mark blogs and tweets about legal technology issues and developed the company’s website, blog, Facebook Company page, and its online CLE education initiative.

Mark and Carole are both active in the ABA LPM Section. Mark currently serves its ABA TECHSHOW Board and previously served on its Education Committee. Carole serves on the ABA LPM’s Publications Board and previously served on its Executive Council.

Mary Lou Martin
Law Office of Mary Lou Martin P.C.

Mary Lou Martin is a sole practitioner in Springfield where she practices in the areas of general civil law practice, emphasizing her practice in the areas of immigration law, family law, adoption, elder law, estate planning and estate administration, wills, trusts, and probate law, including guardianship/conservatorship estates. Mary Lou earned two Associate of Science degrees, one in General Science and one in Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting. She earned her Bachelor of Science - Education degree from Ferris State College, her Master of Science - Education degree from Pittsburgh State University, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Mary Lou is certified in mediation and arbitration, having received training in Missouri and Washington, D. C., as well as through Missouri Bar programs.

Mary Lou has worked with Solicitors and Barristers in Great Britain, as well as attorneys in other countries. Her expertise includes international family law matters, involving both federal and state court appearances. Mary Lou enjoys making presentations on behalf of the Missouri Bar, professional organizations, and various charitable organizations. In January, 2005, Mary Lou was a presenter at an International Lawyers Conference, which was held in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

Mary Lou is a member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association. She has memberships in the Missouri Bar, Solo Small Firm Committee, Family Law Section, Immigration Law Committee, and Probate Committee. She serves in leadership roles as the Chair of the Missouri Bar Legislative Committee and as an Executive Member of the Missouri Bar Fee Dispute Resolution Committee. She served for two (2) years as Chair of the Missouri Bar’s Solo/Small Firm Committee and served for many years as a Council Member of The Family Law Section. In June, 2005, Mary Lou attended the Indiana Solo/Small Firm Conference as Missouri’s Solo/Small Firm Committee Exchange Delegate. She has been a reviewing writer for Missouri Bar Deskbooks on elder law. She is also a member of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. She attends James River Assembly Church in Springfield.

Mary Lou is a long-standing member of Rotary Club International and enjoys working with the Group Study Exchange Programs and the Paul Harris Foundatiion. She is a long-standing member of the Springfield Southeast Club. Having attended the 2004 Rotary International Convention in Brisbane, Australia, Mary Lou enjoyed a wonderful opportunity to meet Rotarians from all parts of the world. While in Brisbane, she had the opportunity to visit a family law court, as well as to observe portions of a civil jury trial.

As traveling, golfing, and reading are her primary hobbies, Mary Lou was privileged to be a delegate of a People - to - People International Law Delegation to China in 2001. She has traveled to Ireland and has had the opportunity to meet and discuss family law theories and issues with the Dean of the Law School at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She travels to her home State of Michigan to spend time with family members, and travels across the United States boarder into Canada.

Jonathan D. McDowell
McDowell & McDowell, LLC
Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Jonathan and his wife, Saundra, make up the two attorney firm of McDowell & McDowell, LLC located in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He received both his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration in three years from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.

Jonathan has expertise in Federal Court procedure and focuses his practice on business litigation, employment law, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, and appeals. Jonathan currently serves as Chair of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) Business Litigation Committee and Co-Chair to the Business Law Committee of the Missouri Bar Association. Jonathan’s book on starting a law firm is being published by the American Bar Association (ABA). He was selected for inclusion in the 2012 Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

Thomas (Tom) K. Mendel
Noland Law Firm, LLC

Mr. Thomas (Tom) K. Mendel Tom graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration and Information Systems. Tom attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate Degree. Tom is admitted to practice in the State courts of Missouri and Kansas and the United States District Court for the Western District Court of Missouri. He is a member of the Missouri and Kansas Bar Associations, the Clay County Bar Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and the National Association of Consumer Advocates. Tom is an associate attorney at the Noland Law Firm, LLC where he represents Plaintiffs in personal injury and consumer law matters.

Hon. Diane M. Monahan
St. Louis County Family Court

Hon. Diane M. Monahan is a St. Louis County Family Court Commissioner, primarily hearing Abuse/Neglect and Juvenile Delinquency matters. She started her career with Margulis, Grant & Margulis, PC, concentrating first on Criminal Defense and then transitioning to include Domestic and Juvenile cases. She founded Diane M. Monahan LLC in 2005 and continued practicing in both Family and Criminal Law. Before becoming a Family Court Commissioner, her practice expanded to include Guardian ad Litem work, in custody matters and Child Orders of Protection. Commissioner Monahan is a member of the Missouri Bar and Illinois Bar, and is registered with the Federal Courts, Eastern District, Missouri.

Elizabeth A. Moran
Stephen J. Moore, P.C.
Kansas City

Ms. Moran joined the Law Office of Stephen J. Moore, P.C. in Kansas City, MO, in 2006 and is licensed to practice in Missouri and Kansas. In addition to her practice with the firm, Ms. Moran is an adjunct at UMKC School of Law where she co-instructs a multi-disciplinary course on leadership in disability studies. Ms. Moran also works with UMKC Institute for Human Development (IHD) where her research and advocacy focuses on lifespan issues in disabilities, safety planning for adults with disabilities, guardianship, and community inclusion. She is the lead trainer and co-author of the statewide project MO Guardianship: Understanding Your Options & Alternatives, sponsored by the Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities and co-developed and produced by the IHD, Missouri Protection & Advocacy Services, and People First of Missouri. She is a strong supporter of community inclusion and an enthusiast of creative problem solving dedicated to assisting individuals with disabilities and their families as they navigate the legal system and seek understanding of the options and alternatives available as they pursue the most appropriate means of long-term support and/or protection.

Dan Pingelton
Pingelton Law Firm, P.C.

Mr. Dan Pingelton is an attorney in private practice in Columbia, concentrating on civil litigation and family law. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1981 with a degree in journalism, and received his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1984. Some of Mr. Pingelton’s reported cases include Dye v. Missouri Division of Child Support Enforcement, 811 S.W.2d 355 (Mo.banc 1981) [constitutionality of administrative child support enforcement statutes]; Baird v. Baird, 843 S.W.2d 388 (Mo.App.E.D. 1992) [first Missouri case confirming use of a Qualified Domestic Relations Order to seize ERISA retirement funds for child support and maintenance arrears]; McCreary v. McCreary, 954 S.W.2d 433 (Mo.App.W.D. 1997) [multiple issues including proper standard for modification of custody; proper use of remedy of equitable accounting in a fiduciary relationship for child support; mandatory award of attorney fees; and liability for medical expense reimbursement]; and Deuschle v. Jobe, 30 S.W.3d 215 (Mo.App.W.D. 2000) [established Missouri precedent that an unmarried person can recover damages for negligent transmission of the herpes virus]. Publications include two chapters for Missouri Family Law, 6th ed., published by the Missouri Bar: and A Decade of IV-D Law 1997-2007, published for the Missouri Child Support Enforcement Association. Mr. Pingelton has presented CLE programs for national, regional and state associations.

David W. Ransin
David W. Ransin, P.C.

David W. Ransin is a tria1lawyer dedicated to protecting people and their families after serious car, truck, motorcycle, boat, bike, and ATV crashes and other types of accidents. His expertise comes from many jury trials and appeals during more than 30 years of practice in southwest Missouri. David has been recognized by his peers as the Best Solo Practitioner in Missouri for 2007 and 2008, selected as a Top Attorney in Missouri & Kansas for many years, and honored with the Missouri Bar's SASFC Distinguished Service Award. David is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, and an active member of The American Association for Justice, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, the Missouri Bar, Solo and the Small Firm Committee, and several civic and community organizations.

Catherine Sanders Reach
Director, Law Practice Management and Technology
Chicago Bar Association

Catherine Sanders Reach is Director, Law Practice Management and Technology for the Chicago Bar Association. She was the Director at the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center for over ten years, providing practice technology assistance to lawyers. Prior to her work at the CBA and ABA she worked in library and information science environments for a number of years, working at Ross and Hardies as a librarian. She received a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 1997.
Ms. Reach's professional activities include articles published in Law Practice magazine, Law Technology News and GPSolo Magazine. She has given presentations on the use of technology in law firms for national bar conferences, state and local bar associations and organizations such as the Association of Legal Administrators and the Association of American Law Schools. She served on the ABA TECHSHOW Board from 2007-2009 and is on the editorial advisory board for Law Technology News. In 2011 she was selected to be one of the inaugural Fastcase 50, celebrating 50 innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the field of law.

Sarah J. Read 
Law Offices of S. J. Read 
The Communications Center, Inc.

Sarah J. Read is a lawyer, mediator, and consultant who works with both individual lawyers and firms on a range of law practice management issues. In addition to her law office, she has a consulting firm, The Communications Center, Inc., through which she provides communications training, consulting, and related facilitation services. She helped The Missouri Bar design its Solo & Small Firm Boot Camp, and, also the “Getting Your Practice On Track” program offered with the Missouri Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Sarah has worked with a range of organizations including businesses, professional firms, non-profits, community groups, educational institutions and governmental organizations. For many years she was a partner and then Senior Counsel at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, and now works as a solo attorney. Sarah is a current member of the Missouri Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, serves on the American Arbitration Association’s commercial arbitration and mediation panels, and is past chair of The Missouri Bar’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. She has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell and was recently recognized as one of the “Top Lawyers” in The Annual Guide to Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources published in Corporate Counsel Magazine. She received her BA degree, cum laude from Yale University in 1978, and her Juris Doctorate degree with the Order of the Coif from the University of Wisconsin in 1981. She is a member of The Missouri Bar, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Chicago Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts in Illinois and Wisconsin, and the state courts of Missouri.

Contact Information:
Law Offices of Sarah J. Read
910 East Broadway, Suite 207
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573.447.2349
Fax: 573.447.1789
E-mail: sjr@readadr.com

Sarah J. Read, President
The Communications Center, Inc.
910 East Broadway, Suite 208
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573.447.0499
Fax: 573.447.1789
E-mail: info@buildingdialogue.com

Larry Rice

Widely recognized as the best CLE speaker on divorce practice, Mr. Rice is a board certified Family Law Specialist. Mr. Rice has lectured at ten American Bar Association conventions. He lectures on topics from Law Office Management to Ethics to Trial Practice to lawyers from Canada to the Caribbean and from Massachusetts to Hawaii. He is the author of several articles and books including The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice, Forms and Procedures for Lawyers, 1st, 2nd and 3rd and just released 25th Anniversary Edition. He practices law daily and lectures occasionally. He can be reached at 901-526-6701 or by email at lrice@ricelaw.com. His website is www.aboutdivorce.com.

Michael B. Stern
Michael B. Stern, LLC
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
Clayton, Missouri

Michael B. Stern received his B.A. in History from the University of Arizona in 1967, and his J.D. Washington University, 1970. Mr. Stern was an Assistant St. Louis County Counselor, an associate and a partner with several St. Louis County Law firms and is currently the principal with Michael B. Stern, LLC. Throughout his career he has been engaged in the general practice of law but over the past twenty five years has increasingly concentrated his attention to the area of real estate matters, primarily involving retail and commercial leasing and development. He is currently semi-retired, living in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area, but continues to handle client matters throughout the country. He has negotiated, reviewed, and drafted numerous real estate related instruments. He is a member of the Missouri, Illinois, New Mexico and California bars.

Ernie Svenson
New Orleans

Ernie Svenson graduated with honor from Loyola Law School in New Orleans, and then clerked for two years for an amazing federal trial judge. He then practiced commercial litigation for 26 years, first with a mid-sized New Orleans law firm, and then for 6 years as a solo practitioner. He’s now a full-time speaker on tech-related topics.

His PDFforLawyers.com blog helps lawyers learn to make better use of PDF files in their practice. Ernie also runs PaperlessChase.com, a company that helps lawyers develop a paperless law practice. He recently authored an ABA book book called Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers, to explain how to maintain a successful law blog.

Ernie collaborates California attorney David Sparks on a project called NerdyProfessionals.com, to help lawyers and other professionals learn to better use their iPads via webinars and online videos.

Ernie makes extensive use of social media tools (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook) to share his best tech tips. When he isn’t blogging, tweeting, or surfing the web, he likes to play his guitar for captive audiences (who usually escape quickly as soon as he starts singing). To find out more about him just Google “ernie attorney.”

Morris Turek
St. Louis

Morris Turek is a trademark attorney located in St. Louis, Missouri. He helps entrepreneurs, businesses, organizations, educational institutions, and associations avoid the high costs and devasting effects of being sued for trademark infringement by clearing and protecting their brands. He focuses his practice of law almost exclusively on trademark clearance, federal trademark registration, trademark litigation, and trademark licensing. Morris is a 2005 graduate of St. Louis graduate of St. Louis University School of Law and is the owner and founder of YourTrademarkAttorney.com

Chris A. Wendelbo
BW Law Group, LLC
Kansas City

Chris is a partner at BW Law Group. His practice has focused on environmental law, litigation, appellate law, real estate and commercial transactions, and general corporate law. Chris' environmental experience includes advising and representing individuals, corporations and governmental entities on a broad range of environmental permitting, compliance, policy issues, environmental
litigation and cost recovery efforts. Chris has participated in numerous trials and appeals, including criminal and military trials /appeals. Chris served as an Attorney in the United States Judge Advocate General's Corps where he acquired extensive litigation and appellate experience. Chris's experience includes both prosecution and defense-side litigation and appellate matters. All things considered – he’s not a bad guy!

James R. Wyrsch
Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C
Kansas City

Mr. James Wyrsch received his BA in 1963 from the University of Notre Dame, JD in 1966 from Georgetown University, and LLM in trial practice in 1972 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a co-author with Judge Anthony Nugent and Susan Hunt of “Missouri Criminal Trial Practice,” Harrison Law Book Company, 1994. He is a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Procedures Committee and of the Subcommittee to Draft Model Criminal Instructions for District Courts of the Eighth Circuit. He is an adjunct professor of law at UMKC Law School, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates; a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America; and a Senior Counsel of the College of Master Advocates and Barristers. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and the National Directory of Criminal Lawyers. He is also listed in Who's Who in: American Law, the World, Finance and Industry, America, the Midwest, Emerging Leaders in America (1st Edition, 1987/1988), and American Education; Chambers Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Crimes Lawyers, and America's Leading Lawyers for Business; Chambers USA-America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Best Lawyers in America-Criminal Defense, Corporate Counsel; both in Who's Who in Kansas City Law, and ABest of the Bar@ (Kansas City Business Journal); and Top Ten, Missouri and Kansas: Criminal Defense-White Collar, AMissouri and Kansas Super Lawyers,@ published by Law & Politics. Mr. Wyrsch was named a Lawyer of the Year 2001 by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly; Dean of the Trial Bar in 2002 by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association; received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association; Practitioner of the Year by UMKC Law School Alumni Association in 2002; received the Charles Shaw Trial Advocacy Award in 2004 (Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers); was named a KC Legal Leader of the Year in 2005 by The Daily Record; and received the Liberty & Justice Legacy Award by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation in 2007; received the Outstanding Alumnus Award, Springfield Catholic High School, 2009; and received the Sean O’Brien Award from the Midwestern Innocence Project, 2011. Named “White-Collar Lawyer of the Year (Criminal Defense)” for 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri, by Best Lawyers.

Lois M. Zerrer
Zerrer Elder Law Office, LLC

Ms. Lois M. Zerrer practices Elder Law, Probate, and Estate Planning. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1984. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and a former president of the Missouri Chapter of NAELA. She is a member and former Chair of The Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee. She also serves on The Missouri Bar Probate and Trust Committee and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association Probate Committee. She is a frequent speaker on Elder Law issues at business, professional and social organizations in Springfield and Southwest Missouri. She is a volunteer lawyer with Legal Services of Southern Missouri and is a recipient of the Pro Bono Publico Award from The Missouri Bar.

Lois was invited to membership in the Special Needs Alliance, a national collective of attorneys dedicated to disability and public benefits law. She is member of the Public Policy Committee which advocates for legislation to benefit special needs clientele.

Lois has served on several city and community boards. She is an Elder at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church. She previously served as Chair of the Board of the Alzheimer’s Association of Southwest Missouri and has served on the Board of the Springfield Workshop, Inc. She was appointed by Governor Nixon to serve as the elder law attorney member of the Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force for the State of Missouri.

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