1 2015 Solo & Small Firm Conference Faculty Alicia Albus Martha C. Brown & Associates Ms. Alicia Albus is an elder law attorney at Martha C. Brown & Associates in and has been practicing Elder Law for over ten years. Alicia was the Valedictorian from her graduating class at William Woods University in 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. Andrew Babitz The Law Offices of Jay B. Umansky, PC Mr. Andrew Babitz is an attorney, and the associate attorney of THE LAW OFFICES OF JAY B. UMANSKY, P.C., a based law firm. Andrew earned his law degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in While at UMKC, he was a member of the UMKC Law Review, the Program Editor of the Urban Lawyer and a member of the nationally ranked UMKC Trial Team. Andy is licensed in Missouri and Illinois, as well as the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri. Andy has five years of litigation experience and began his legal career working for the insurance defense industry. Andy spent a few years representing the interests of large institutional creditors. He has litigation experience with the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act and creditor's rights. Andy is an active member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan, the Missouri Bar and the Commercial Law League of America. Lorne J. Baker Mandel & Mandel, LLP Mr. Lorne J. Baker is an attorney with Mandel & Mandel, LLP. He focuses his practice on representing individuals who are injured at work or by the negligence of others. Lorne is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Missouri Trial Lawyers Association (MATA), the Bar Association of Metropolitan, and the County Bar Association. Lorne obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1993 and graduated from the University of MIchigan (B.A. Political Science) in He has also served as a municipal prosecutor and was previously an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Missouri-.
2 David Ball Malekpour & Ball Consulting (JuryWatch, Inc.) Chapel Hill, North Carolina Mr. David Ball, co-founder of Reptilian Advocacy, and 24-year litigation strategist with North Carolina s Malekpour & Ball Consulting (JuryWatch, Inc.), is widely acknowledged as the nation s most influential trial consultant, communications and strategy expert, and advocacy guide. His training is in science, engineering, small-group communications, and theater, and he is a veteran of the professional theater. Dr. Ball and partner -- lawyer/consultant Artemis Malekpour -- consult across the country, routinely turning even the most difficult cases into high-verdict victories. They are the nation s only trial consultants qualified and authorized to guide attorneys in Reptilian methods and strategy. They also work with Dr. Pate Skene and other leading Duke University neuroscientists in long-term clinical research into the neuroscience of juror decision making. Dr. Ball has taught law students at North Carolina, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Roger Williams, Loyola, and Campbell schools of law, and at Duke Law as Senior Lecturer. He s an award-winning teacher for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the American Association for Justice s National College of Advocacy, and has long been the nation's most indemand CLE speaker. Dr. Ball wrote two of the best-selling trial strategy books ever written: David Ball on Damages and -- with Don Keenan -- Reptile: The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff's Revolution. Dr. Ball is also a pioneer in adapting film and theater methods into trial techniques. His theater/film students have won Oscars, Obies, Tonies, and Emmies. His scripts have been done at professional theaters off-broadway and throughout North America and overseas. His theater credits include the Guthrie Theater and Carnegie-Mellon University s renowned theater conservatory. His best-selling film and theater training book, Backwards and Forwards, has been theater s best-selling standard text since And for two decades his best-selling crossover text, Theater Tips and Strategies for Jury Trials, has set the standard for the use of film and theater techniques in litigation. David and partner Artemis Malekpour continue their renowned consulting WorkDays -- full-day brainstorming sessions that maximize for individual cases the combined power of Reptile, Friedman and Malone s Rules of the Road, and David Ball on Damages.
3 Jeffrey M. Bauer Strong-Garner-Bauer, PC Springfield Mr. Jeff Bauer joined Strong-Garner-Bauer, P.C., in 2000, and has been a shareholder since Since joining the firm, Jeff has prepared and tried personal injury/product liability suits in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Florida. Jeff has also prepared suits on behalf of injured parties in several other states including Arkansas and Nevada. Prior to coming to Strong-Garner-Bauer, P.C., Jeff spent three years in Kansas City as a trial attorney. While practicing in Kansas City, he also worked on community projects including drafting ballot language and legislation for the Missouri and Kansas Bi-State Culture District. Jeff graduated Cum Laude from University of Notre Dame Law School in At Notre Dame he was the recipient of the Dean s Award for Excellence in Statutory Interpretation and the winner of the Thomas C. Hollywood scholarship. Before law school, Jeff graduated with honors from Southwest Missouri State University. Jeff is admitted to practice in all Missouri state Courts, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and United State Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He is a member of The Missouri Bar, Kansas Bar and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association. Jeff is also a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. He was elected to the Board of Governors of the organization in 2006, and serves as the Co-Chair of the Amicus Brief Committee and as a member of the Constitutional Committee. Jeff has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2011, and was named Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury - Plaintiffs, Springfield, MO by Best Lawyers in Jeff was also selected for membership in the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 trial lawyers. He was also selected as a 2015 Top 100 Lawyers by The American Society of Legal Advocates. He has spoken and written on Evidence, Appellate Practice, Trial Advocacy and Insurance Law. He has also served on the Supreme Court Special Committee on electronic discovery. Melinda J. Bentley Legal Ethics Counsel Jefferson City Ms. 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 Ms. Bentley graduated from Augustana College in Illinois with her B.A. in Political Science and East Asian Studies, and obtained her J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana. She is admitted to practice in both Missouri and Illinois. Ms. Bentley previously served the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) as Assistant Counsel starting in 2001, became First Assistant Counsel in 2003, and was also named as Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs in Her prior responsibilities included providing educational information to ISBA member attorneys on professional conduct matters, serving as a 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.
4 Shelley L. Bishop The Law Offices of Shelley L. Bishop Kearney Ms. Shelley Bishop 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 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 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 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 Anthony W. Bonuchi Bonuchi Law, LLC Kansas City Mr. Anthony Bonuchi graduated from Central Missouri State University, B.S., Political Science/Journalism, 2002 University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., He has represented companies at both the appellate and trial level in state and federal courts around the country. In 2013 he was named one of Missouri Lawyers Weekly s Up and Coming Lawyers and one of Kansas City Business Journal s Best of the Bar. Alexander Braitberg Dysart Law Firm Chesterfield Mr. Alexander L. Braitberg is an associate attorney at the Dysart Law Firm. He represents plaintiffs in automobile, truck and barge accident cases, class actions, consumer fraud cases, toxic exposure claims, product liability cases, and insurance bad faith litigation. Alex joined the Dysart Law Firm after beginning his career at Brown & James, P.C., a large Midwestern regional defense law firm. He graduated magna cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law after earning his undergraduate degree from Cornell University. While in law school, he served as a judicial extern for Judge Rodney W. Sippel of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, as well as serving as an editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal.
5 David Brose Langdon & Emison Lexington Mr. David Brose 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. Jeffrey J. Bunten Attorney at Law Mr. Jeffrey Bunten practices in the areas of Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Veteran s Disability Compensation and Pension. He has represented over 2500 individuals at ALJ hearings before the Social Security Administration. He has represented over 200 people at the District Court level in Social Security claims. He has an active practice representing Veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at all levels. He is an accredited VA Attorney. He is a member of the Missouri Bar. He is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals of Veterans Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the United States District Court Eastern District Missouri. Currently, he is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR), the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA), and the Bar Association of Metropolitan (BAMSL). He served as chair of the Administrative Law Committee at BAMSL from May 2004 May He served on the Board of Directors for the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA). He is a graduate of the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law. Phone: (314) ; Fax: (314) ; Cell: (314) Kristen Burks Meisner & Burks, LLC Macon Ms. Kristen Burks was admitted to the Missouri Bar in She has worked as a staff attorney at Legal Aid of Western Missouri in the domestic violence unit, as a public defender in the Kansas City Municipal Court and as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Jackson County. In 2007 she relocated to Macon County with her husband and three children. Currently she works as the assistant prosecuting attorney for Macon County, is the attorney for the 41 st Judicial Circuit Juvenile Office and a partner in the firm of Meisner & Burks, LLC where she specializes in family law. Christopher Carroll Bio not available at time of printing
6 Julia A. Chaney-Faughn The Cruse Law Firm, P.C. Hannibal Ms. Julia A. Chaney-Faughn is admitted to bars of Missouri, Illinois U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri. Alumnus of Missouri Western State University; and legal education, University of Missouri, Columbia. Tenth Circuit Judicial Bar Association Secretary, Business Women of Missouri, Kiwanis International Club, and Board Member of AVENUES. Julia also spent three years teaching k-12 music in Missouri public schools before attending law school. Julia practices family, injury, disability and financial/ bankruptcy law in Northeastern Missouri, practicing with Fredrich J. Cruse. Nimrod T. Chapel, Jr. The Chapel Law Group LLC Jefferson City Mr. Nimrod T. Chapel, Jr., is a trial lawyer who specializes in defending the rights of consumers and the dignity of working people in court and administrative hearings throughout the state. In addition, Nimrod is recognized for his effective representation and counsel to victims of motor vehicle accidents and other personal injuries caused by negligence. He is also of counsel to Barnes and Associates in Jefferson City and Kansas City, and also of counsel to Slough, Connealy, Irwin, and Madden, LLC. Nimrod began his career as a summer extern at the Missouri Supreme Court and later joined The Sly James Firm as a trial lawyer. He has tried cases to judges and juries. He recently completed a term as an Administrative Hearing Commissioner with the State of Missouri. There, he presided over hundreds of hearings and worked to protect consumers from unscrupulous business practices and to safeguard the rights of workers. In 2015, Nimrod was recognized in for the Missouri Bar Association s Best of CLE Spotlight which recognizes outstanding leadership and dedication to MoBarCLE. In 2012, the public voted Nimrod as the Best Attorney in Kansas City in The Pitch s Best of the Best. In 2009, he was recognized as an Up and Coming Lawyer by Lawyers Weekly. Jason Clough Clough Law Firm, LLC Springfield Mr. 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, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
7 Jane Cohen Law Offices of Jane Cohen LLC Ms. Jane Cohen formed her own firm in May 2002 after more than 16 years of larger firm practice. Ms. Cohen serves as a certified mediator for Aequitas Alternative Dispute Resolution, EEOC, the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the 21 st Judicial Circuit ( County), and the 22 nd Judicial Circuit ( City). She also serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and Aequitas in commercial, franchise and real estate disputes. Ms. Cohen has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995 and in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers since Her legal practice is primarily dedicated to the organization and general representation of businesses and their owners with an emphasis in real estate, and franchise and distribution law. Ms. Cohen received her J.D. from University School of Law after earning a B.B.A. in finance from The University of Iowa. She is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois. Ms. Cohen is a member of the Association of Attorney Mediators (STL Chapter Secretary) and the Association of Missouri Mediators. She became certified as an arbitrator and a mediator in Elizabeth Moran Bio not available Morry S. Cole Gray, Ritter and Graham, P.C. Mr. Morry S. Cole practices primarily in the areas of wrongful death, aviation, products liability, professional negligence, and corporate litigation. He received a B.B.A. in Finance from Baylor University in 1993 and a juris doctor from the University of Missouri in While at the University of Missouri, he served as an Editor of the Missouri Law Review, a Research Assistant to Professor Martha Dragich, an Intern to the Honorable Duane Benton, Missouri Supreme Court and a part-time Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward D. Robertson, Jr., Missouri Supreme Court. After graduation, he served a year as a full-time research attorney and law clerk for Judge Robertson. Since joining Gray, Ritter and Graham, P.C., Mr. Cole has practiced before the Missouri Courts of Appeal for the Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Missouri and the Missouri Supreme Court and he has tried cases in many Missouri Counties and the Eastern and Western District Federal Courts. He serves as a member of the Missouri Bar Board of Governors and is adjunct law professor at Washington University.
8 David B. Cosgrove Cosgrove Law Group, LLC Clayton Mr. David B. Cosgrove has a diverse litigation and trial practice. He has achieved substantial and often unexpected positive results in a variety of complex matters. Prior to his return to private practice in 2006, Mr. Cosgrove served as Missouri s Commissioner of Securities where he supervised attorneys, investigators and auditors investigating and prosecuting violations of the State s securities laws. He was responsible for identifying practices or industry sectors appropriate for enforcement measures and also supervised the Securities Division s registration and audit sections. Additionally, he interfaced with the SEC, NASD (now FINRA), NASAA (North American Securities Administrators Association) and various other state and federal enforcement agencies. Mr. Cosgrove served on the City of Webster Groves Board of Adjustment from He was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon to serve as a Commissioner for the Missouri Housing Development Commission from During his time as a Commissioner, Mr. Cosgrove served as the Commission s Secretary and Treasurer. Mr. Cosgrove received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, cum laude, and his law degree from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Cosgrove received the distinguished Lon O. Hocker Award for trial advocacy from the Missouri Bar Foundation. His memberships include the Missouri Bar, the Massachusetts Bar, United States Supreme Court, United States District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Missouri, the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Fredrich J. Cruse The Cruse Law Firm Hannibal Mr. Fredrich J. Cruse, born Marysville, California, September 7, 1947; admitted to bar, 1974, Missouri; 1982, Illinois; 1987, Utah; also admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, Central District of Illinois and District of Utah; U.S. Court of Military Appeals. Preparatory education, William Jewell College (A.B., 1969); legal education, University of Missouri, Kansas City (J.D., 1973). Public Defender, Tenth Judicial Circuit, Bankruptcy Trustee, Eastern District of Missouri, present. Rewrote: So You re Going into the Service, pamphlet for Missouri Bar Military Law Committee, City Counselor, Hannibal, Missouri, Member: Tenth Judicial Circuit and American Bar Associations; The Missouri Bar (Chairman, Non Urban Lawyers Committee (which became the General Practice Committee, the precursor to the Solo & Small Firm Committee), ; Chairman, Economics and Methods of Practice Committee (now the Law Practice Management Committee), ); Vice Chairman of the Solo & Small Firm Committee (2000-); Missouri Public Defender Association (Vice-President, ); National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (Board of Directors, 1990 to 2002; Secretary/Treasurer ). (Judge Advocate, U.S. Marine Corps, ) Listed: Who s Who in American Law. Fred was elected Municipal Judge for the City of Hannibal in April 2006.
9 Belinda Dantley Bio not available Calvin Dantley Master Systems Mr. Calvin Dantley has worked as a sales trainer and manager with Fortune 500 companies, franchises, and non-profits organizations. As the President of Master Systems, he focuses on educating business owners and sales professionals; giving them the tools they need to consistently generate revenue. Calvin, grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, loves New York style pizza and currently lives in the South with his wife, who is a child advocacy attorney at Voices for Children. Thomas DeWoskin Dana McKitrick, P.C. Mr. Tom DeWoskin is a principal at Danna McKitrick, P.C., where he leads the firm s bankruptcy and creditor s rights practice group. He has practiced in that area for more than 30 years, including service on the panel of bankruptcy trustees for the Eastern District of Missouri since its inception. Mr. DeWoskin primary clientele is well-to-do individuals as well as businesses in financial distress. He also works with both secured and unsecured creditors, creditors committees, and even other trustees, both in formal bankruptcy proceedings as well as informal out-of-court workouts. He also has assisted in the purchase of specific assets or entire businesses, either from debtors in bankruptcy or from struggling companies in liquidation. Chastidy Dillon-Amelung Dillon-Amelung, Attorney at Law, LLC Clayton Ms. Chastidy Dillon-Amelung is the owner of Dillon-Amelung, Attorney at Law, LLC. Chastidy has been practicing law for over thirteen 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. 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 and The Missouri Bar.
10 Tim Dollar Dollar, Burns & Becker, LC Kansas City Mr. Tim Dollar was born on October 16, He attended the University of Kansas and received a B.G.S. Degree in He then attended the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law and earned his J.D. Degree in Mr. Dollar is a special assistant prosecutor in homicide and capital litigation at the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office and has been since From 1986 through 2000, Mr. Dollar was a partner and a civil trial lawyer at Stigall, Humphrey, Lucas, Henry, Stigall & Dollar, L.C. In 2001, he became the founding partner and a civil trial lawyer at The Law Offices of Tim Dollar, LC, which changed to Dollar, Burns & Becker, LC, in Since 1984, Mr. Dollar has 250 jury trials under his belt. His experience in expert testimony includes Schorey v. Tolin, in County, Missouri, in 2007; and W.W. Transport, Inc. v. Gem City Ford, Inc., et al, in the Eastern Dist. of Missouri, in Michael Downey Downey Law Group LLC Mr. Michael Downey is a legal ethics lawyer and founder of Downey Law Group LLC, a law firm devoted to legal ethics, law firm risk management, lawyer discipline defense, and the law of lawyering. Michael regularly advises lawyers on how to avoid ethical problems and improve their law practice. He also defends attorneys in Missouri and Illinois civil and disciplinary matters, and has testified as an expert witness on legal ethics and law practice topics in Missouri, Kansas, and the District of Columbia. Chair of the ABA Law Practice Division from , Michael has taught legal ethics and law firm practice at Washington University since 2003 and professional responsibility at University since Michael chaired the Illinois State Bar Association s Standing Committee on Professional Conducts and served on the Technology Working Group for the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 and on the Missouri Bar s Ethics 2005 Committee and Special Committee on Lawyer Advertising. Author of the book Introduction to Law Firm Practice (ABA 2010), Michael has published more than 100 articles on legal and professional ethics. He has presented on legal ethics and law practice matters more than 350 times throughout the United States as well as in the United Kingdom and Canada. Currently Michael writes regular ethics columns for the National Law Journal, Litigation, Law Practice, and the Lawyer. Michael has been widely cited as an expert on legal ethics and law practice matters, including being quoted in the New York Times, WSJ Law Blog, ABA Journal, and National Law Journal. In 2014, Missouri Lawyers Weekly named Michael a Most Influential Lawyer as the go-to legal ethics counsel in Missouri. Michael graduated first in his class from Washington University School of Law, and clerked for the Hon. Pasco M. Bowman, then Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, before entering private practice. Reach Michael at (844) or
11 Geri L. Dreiling Legal Media Matters Ms. Geri L. Dreiling received her law degree from Washington University School of Law, where she was associate editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly. She was in private practice for several years before joining Missouri Lawyers Weekly as the legal editor. She has worked as a freelance writer and contributor for a variety of publications including the ABA Journal. Dreiling heads Legal Media Matters, a legal public relations and content writing firm whose clients and their cases have been covered in a variety of print, television, radio and Internet publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, the National Law Journal and many other media outlets. Christopher W. Dysart The Dysart Law Firm Chesterfield Mr. Dysart represents plaintiffs in personal injury cases throughout Missouri. Mr. Dysart started his legal career as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Charles B. Blackmar, a Justice with the Missouri Supreme Court and went on to practice as a trial attorney for the Commercial Litigation Branch of the United States Department of Justice and as a Federal Prosecutor with an emphasis on prosecuting white collar crime. Brigid Fernandez Martha C. Brown & Associates Ms. Brigid Fernandez is an elder law attorney at Martha C. Brown & Associates in. Brigid graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law. In addition to her law degree, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Brigid worked for many years as a Medical Social Worker and pursued her law degree to continue her advocacy for older adults and persons with disabilities. Brigid is a Certified Elder Law Attorney as certified by the National Elder Law Foundation.* *Neither the Missouri Supreme Court nor The Missouri Bar reviews or approves certification organizations or specialist designations.
12 Lara Webb Fors Springfield Regional Prosecutors Child Support Office Springfield Ms. Lara Fors is a First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Greene County and currently serves as the Director of a multi-county prosecutors office in Springfield, MO where her staff judicially establishes and enforces IV-D child support orders in Greene, Christian and Taney counties. Lara has spent her entire legal career in the IV-D program, and all but six months has been in the state of Missouri. She has worked in the Kansas City, Jefferson City and Springfield areas. Before returning to this Office in July 2011, she served as the IV-D Deputy Director of the Missouri Family Support Division. Lara currently serves on the Honorary Board of the Eastern Regional Interstate Child Support Association (ERICSA) and is a past president of ERICSA and of Missouri s state association, MCSEA. Lara has presented to numerous conferences and events including the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, the Christian County Bar Association, the Missouri Bar, ERICSA, Western Interstate Child Support Enforcement Council (WICSEC), National Tribal Child Support Association (NTCSA) and the National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA). Lara also serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Southern Missouri Women Lawyers association and is the Chair of the Child Support Best Practices Committee of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Lara received her undergraduate degree at Central Methodist College (now University) in 1992 and received her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in She is a member of both the Missouri and Kansas Bars. Phone: (417) Justin Gelfand Bio not available Charles L. Gooch Missouri Department of Revenue Jefferson City Mr. Charles L. Gooch received his Bachelor of Journalism, from the University of Missouri in 1982, and his Juris Doctorate, from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 1988 Currently employed as Managing Counsel for the Transportation Section, General Counsel s Office, Missouri Department of Revenue, he is also sworn as a Special Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. The Transportation Section employs 15 licensed attorneys who work out of offices located in Jefferson City, Kansas City, and, with a support staff of ten. After five years of general practice as a private attorney, he has worked with the Department for over 22 years. His duties include acting as an administrative alcohol hearing officer and trial attorney, and he has presided over thousands of administrative alcohol hearings and tried hundreds of administrative alcohol trial de novo and other license-related cases throughout the state. He has also worked closely with the Department s Drivers License Bureau on driver license and impaired driving issues, legislation, and federal compliance. He has completed the Robert F. Borkenstein Course on Alcohol, Drugs and Highway Safety, University of Indiana, at Bloomington; been a long-time member of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), regularly attending and contributing to its annual Law Institute; served with the AAMVA International Board of Directors, and is legal liaison to the Commercial Drivers License Information System (CDLIS) Working Group. He is a member of the Missouri DWI Court Working Group, as well as the Missouri Impaired Driving Subcommittee. He
13 has completed the National Judicial College training programs on Administrative Law for Regulatory Agencies, and Commercial Driver s Licensing Laws, Reno, Nevada. He has also served as a member of the International Registration Plan, Inc. (IRP, Inc.) Dispute Resolution Committee for the past seven years. He has been a speaker at numerous educational conferences sponsored by the Missouri Bar and other professional organizations for judges, attorneys, court personnel, and law enforcement over the past fifteen years, including the Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Advisory Council (LETSAC), Missouri Police Chief s Association (MPCA), Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association (MMACJA), Missouri Association of Drug Court Professionals (MADCP), National Center for Drug Courts (NCDC), National Center for State Courts (NCSC), and National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, and has been a member of the American Bar Association, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, and Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Dan Haltenhof Bio not available Barron K. Henley Affinity Consulting Group Columbus, Ohio Barron K. Henley, Esq. is one of the managing partners of Affinity's Columbus Ohio office. He is an attorney with 15 years of experience in legal technology. Together with Paul Unger, Barron founded Henley March & Unger Consulting, Inc. (now Affinity-Columbus) in He received his B.S./B.A. (marketing and economics) and J.D. from The Ohio State University and is a member of the American, Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, and the Worthington Estate planning Council. Mr. Henley is a member of the ABA Law practice Management Section and the Technology Committee, the Visioneer Legal Advisory Board, and the Columbus Bar Association Law 2010 Committee. He's also a member and former Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Law Office Automation & Technology Committee. Barron is one of the most renowned experts on Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat and HotDocs. In fact, he heads Affinity's HotDocs document assembly and software training departments. A frequent speaker, Barron teaches CLE classes covering practice management, document management, file management, server and personal computer issues, remote access, mobile lawyering, scanning and imaging, legal paper reduction strategies, electronics case filing, Word, Excel, Outlook, Wordperfect, HotDocs document assembly, Adobe Acrobat, malpractice avoidance, and many other topics. He has spoken at state and local bar association throughout the U.S. as well as the annual ABA Tech Show. In his spare time, Barron enjoys hiking and gourmet cooking as well as spending time with his wife and three daughters.
14 Paul G. Henry Denlow & Henry Mr. Paul Henry is a member of the Denlow & Henry law firm in. He is a former Chair of the MoBar Solo Small Firm Committee as well as the Committee on Technology. He currently serves as the chair of the Eminent Domain Committee. He is a frequent speaker on issues pertaining to eminent domain law and the uses of technology in the practice of law. Robert Herman Schwartz, Herman & Davidson Mr. Bob Herman has been a partner with the St Louis firm of Schwartz, Herman & Davidson since 1984, where he has focused on defense of Individual Constitutional Rights, especially the right to free speech. Notable cases include the Adopt-A-Highway cases, the University of Missouri Tuition case, the Confederate Flag student speech rights case, municipal political retaliation, and numerous cases involving Police, School Security Guard, Rights of Government Employees, and Judicial Misconduct. Bob has also been active in counseling municipal organizations to help them avoid Constitutional violations, and has been the City Attorney for the City of Overland, Missouri since Over the past 32 years, he has served in similar capacity in numerous other St Louis area municipalities. Bob is the Adjunct Professor of Law at the Washington University School of Law teaching Constitutional Litigation. For the last 20 years, he has taught yearly continuing legal education seminars for the Missouri Bar on Constitutional Law issues, including Constitutional Litigation and Updates on recent Supreme Court Cases. He has also taught Constitutional and civil rights for local colleges Bob has been lead counsel in numerous extended jury trials at both the Missouri State and Federal level. Recent jury trials have included issues of civil rights, corporate disputes, bank robbery, kidnapping, drug conspiracies, and serious personal injury. Jeffrey Herman Bio not available Andy Hirth Missouri Attorney General s Office Jefferson City Mr. Andy Hirth graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2005, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Missouri Law Review. After clerking for U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey, Andy spent three years as an associate in the Appellate and Supreme Court practice group at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago. In 2010, Andy returned to Missouri to join the Attorney General s Office\ Andy is a 2005 recipient of the Burton Award for Legal Achievement.
15 James R. Hobbs Wyrsch, Hobbs & Mirakian P.C. Kansas City, MO Mr. James R. Hobbs is a shareholder at Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C. He is a trial lawyer and educator. His legal expertise is primarily in the areas of white-collar criminal defense and commercial litigation. Mr. Hobbs is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and a Fellow in the International Society of Barristers. He is an Adjunct Professor at UMKC Law School and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America. Susan Fox Jacobsen Susan Fox Jacobsen, P.C. Ms. Susan Fox Jacobsen is the founder of Susan Fox Jacobsen, PC, and has been in practice since She specializes in all aspects of family law, small business matters, estate planning, probate and appeals. She was previously of counsel to the firms Carter Bauer Soule, LLC, and Bauer Soule Garnholz Albin. Susan is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan, The Missouri Bar, and the Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courts. She is also a member of the Family and Juvenile Law Sections with the Missouri Bar. She has provided private instruction to the attorneys at the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri in the area of division of retirement benefits generally and has lectured in the areas of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, the Division of Marital Property, and Evidence. Susan has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, with a minor in math and concentration in biology. She worked as a synthetic medicinal chemist for 10 years prior to attending law school. As a chemist, she gave lectures on various medicinal chemistry topics at several national American Chemical Society meetings. She was instrumental in the discovery team that brought the drug Zyvox to market. She earned her JD from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Travis Jones TJB, LLC Moscow Mills Mr. Travis Jones is an instructor in DWI Detection and expert in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. With 15 years experience in law enforcement and over 5 years experience as a curriculum developer/instructor. During his law enforcement career he arrested approximately 1500 DWI offenders and investigated over 50 serious motor vehicle crashes involving disabling injury or death. Travis has testified over 100 times on the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. He has written over 7 training manuals for traffic enforcement. He has spoken in Missouri and nationally on the DWI techniques.
16 Edward J. Karfeld Karfeld Law Firm, P.C. Mr. Edward J. Karfeld, a lawyer in, practices in the areas of collections and bankruptcy. Mr. Karfeld received his J.D. from the University of Missouri. He is co-chair of the Commercial Law Committee Missouri Bar, and past co-chair of the Bankruptcy Committee of the Bar Association of Metropolitan. Mr. Karfeld is a frequent author and lecturer for the Missouri Bar, and other professional groups, on topics dealing with collections and bankruptcy. Kevin Kelly The Law Office of Kevin Kelly, LLC Gladstone Mr. Kevin Kelly is a solo practitioner with his office in suburban Kansas City. His practice centers around estate planning and administration, business law, and non-profit law. He has worked with nonprofits at various stages of development, and has also helped an organization regain 501(c)(3) status after revocation. He also sits on the finance committee of a Hillside Opening Possibilities for Everyone, Inc., an organization working to alleviate poverty in Clay and Platte Counties in Missouri. Melvin D. Kennedy Melvin Kennedy, LLC Mr. Melvin D. Kennedy has been admitted to practice law in Missouri and Illinois since Mr. Kennedy has practiced in the areas of bankruptcy/creditors rights, criminal defense and employment discrimination. Mr. Kennedy has represented both employers and employees in employment discrimination cases. For fourteen (14) years he worked as a Senior Trial Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As an EEOC attorney, Mr. Kennedy litigated employment discrimination lawsuits in federal courts throughout the Midwest. Melvin Kennedy is an experienced mediator and is available to help you take control of resolving your legal dispute. Mr. Kennedy is certified to mediate lawsuits filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and has mediated numerous discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mr. Kennedy is a member of The Association of Attorney Mediators and is certified by the Council of Better Business Bureaus to arbitrate disputes between consumers and automobile manufacturers. Contact Melvin D. Kennedy to discuss how he might be of assistance to you in achieving the result you desire. Phone: (314) ;
17 Terry Lawson Lawson Law Center LLC Kansas City Mr. Terry Lawson is a life-long Missourian and a graduate of Mizzou Law. Since 2010, he has owned and managed Lawson Law Center LLC, a small firm in Kansas City. His firm almost exclusively represents consumers, debtors, and the seriously injured. Terry s favorite work is consumer litigation, e.g., defending consumers in debt cases, suing on FDCPA and FCRA violations, and bringing consumer class actions. Student loan law is a growing part of Terry s practice, including assisting borrowers with default and repayment problems. He also has a small but rewarding personal injury practice. Finally, his firm maintains a consumer bankruptcy practice to complement the firm s other consumer work. James R. Layton Solicitor General Missouri Attorney General s Office Jefferson City Mr. James R. Layton is the State of Missouri s principal appellate lawyer. As Solicitor General, he supervises work by assistant attorneys general in all appellate courts. His personal caseload is focused primarily on state and federal constitutional issues, state taxation, and administrative law. He has argued more than 75 times before the Missouri Supreme Court and three before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Layton is a graduate of Brigham Young University and its J. Reuben Clark law school. After working as a litigation association at Vinson & Elkins in Washington, D.C., Mr. Layton became an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia. He left that office in 1994 to become the first full-time, supervisory civil appellate lawyer in the Missouri Attorney General s Office. Mr. Layton helped organize and served as President of the Elwood L. Thomas American Inn of Court from its inception in 2007 until He has also served as Chair of the American Bar Association s Council of Appellate Lawyers and helped organize and served as President of the Bar Association of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. In 2010, Mr. Layton was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and was given the Missouri Bar Foundation s Spurgeon Smithson Award for having rendered outstanding service toward the increase and diffusion of justice among men. In 2011, he was honored as the Distinguished Non-Alumnus by the University of Missouri Law School, where he has taught as an adjunct professor since And in 2012, he was honored as an influential appellate advocate by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Mr. Layton is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has also been active in various community organizations, most notably the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife live in Jefferson City, Missouri. They are the parents of three children.
18 Beth Lewandowski Beth Lewandowski, LLC Ms. Beth Lewandowski received her BA in political science from the University of Missouri at St. Louis, and her JD degree from University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Missouri and is an experienced litigator and negotiator. She is a member of The Missouri Bar and the Association of Missouri Mediators, and participates on the ADR and Solo and Small Firm Committees of the Missouri Bar. She has received her certification as a Guardian Ad Litem and serves as a GAL on domestic relations cases involving custody disputes. She has extensive experience planning Continuing Education classes for attorneys and mental health professionals, and is the editor of the Spring edition of the newsletter of the Family Law Section of the Missouri Bar. In addition to practicing law, she is president of Civil Litigator, Inc., which provides an online database of civil jury trials for a three state area, weekly newsletters, and special research for the Midwest legal community. Artemis Malekpour Malekpour & Ball Chapel Hill, NC Ms. Artemis Malekpour of Chapel Hill, NC is a partner in the litigation consulting firm Malekpour & Ball, where she specializes in focus groups, case strategy, and jury selection. Artemis came to litigation consulting as a lawyer with a background in psychology and psychiatric research. She holds a Bachelor s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master s in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in mental health issues from UNC s School of Public Health. Before earning her degree at Duke Law School, Artemis worked in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Hospitals with children and adolescents coping with psychiatric disorders and legal issues. Artemis has consulted on a wide variety of high profile, large and small cases, advising plaintiff s attorneys and criminal defense attorneys across the country on how to deal with their case weaknesses and maximizing their strengths. *Reptile Note: Malekpour & Ball is the nation s only litigation consulting firm qualified to help attorneys with Reptilian methods and strategy.
19 Jonathan D. McDowell Brown & James, P.C. Springfield, MO Mr. Jonathan McDowell received both his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration in three years from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Jonathan started his own law firm right out of law school and was a solo for 2 years until Saundra, his wife, resigned from her firm job to partner with him. In his four years of solo and small firm practice, Jonathan was listed as a Rising Star in Super Lawyers Magazine three times, was the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Business Litigation Chair, and taught several continuing legal education courses for the Missouri Bar. The ABA has published his book, From Law School to Lawyer, and is publishing another book, co-authored with Saundra, The Ultimate Career Guide for Lawyers, due out in Jonathan currently engages in civil litigation in the areas of business and commercial litigation, employment law, and premises liability in Springfield, MO. He and Saundra have two sets of twins. When he is not practicing or writing, Jonathan spends his time with Saundra and his children as well as trading commodity futures. Tim Monsees Monsees & Mayer, P.C. Kansas City Mr. Tim Monsees is a shareholder and director with the firm of Monsees & Mayer, P.C. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in He is admitted to practice in Missouri, Kansas and Texas. Mr. Monsees restricts his practice to representation of injured parties in litigation of product liability, construction & industrial accidents, insurance litigation and medical malpractice. Mr. Monsees firm has received national recognition for litigation related to injuries from defective sporting equipment and from defective firearms. Mr. Monsees has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his personal injury practice. In 2006, Mr. Monsees received the Missouri Bar s annual Pro Bono Award, in recognition of outstanding voluntary service. Monsees & Mayer, P.C. has offices in Kansas City and Springfield. Sara G. Neill Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan, P.C. Ms. Sara G. Neill is the Chair of the Civil and Criminal Tax Controversy practice group at Capes Sokol Goodman & Sarachan, P.C. in, Missouri. She focuses her practice on defending individuals and businesses under investigation for or charged with tax and other white collar crimes. Ms. Neill also litigates cases in the U.S. Tax Court and handles IRS administrative matters including audits, appeals, and preparer penalty investigations. She is the Chair of the Taxation Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan and the Co-Chair of the ABA Tax Section's Civil and Criminal Penalties Committee's Sub-Committee on Important Civil Developments. Ms. Neill is a graduate of the University of Missouri--Columbia School of Law and will receive her LL.M. in Taxation from Washington University in 2015.
20 John F. Newsham Dill, Bamvakais & Newsham, PC Mr. John F. Newsham is a partner in the law firm of Dill, Bamvakais & Newsham, P.C. Mr. Newsham received both his B.A. ('81) and J.D. ('84) degrees from University. In addition to being a member of The Missouri Bar and Bar Association of Metropolitan, he also a municipal judge in the City of Crestwood. Mr. Newsham is also an active member with the local Kiwanis Club and a member of the Daughters of St. Paul Advisory Board. Mr. Newsham has presented at various DWI-related seminars in Missouri in the past. He has completed a basic 20-hour standard field sobriety training (SFST) course and also completed the 24-hour instruction requirement in the theory of science of evidential breath alcohol testing. This course is modeled on the format and content of training requirements for BAC DataMmaster supervisor program at National Analytical Systems, Inc. He served as an Assistant Public Defender from 1984 to Travis L. Noble, Jr. Sindel, Sindel & Noble, PC Clayton Mr. Travis Noble concentrates in the areas of DWI, federal and state drug charges and other felonies. In addition to trying cases throughout the State of Missouri, he has represented and tried cases in both federal and state courts throughout the United States. He served as a police officer from 1985 until 1990 and a narcotics agent from 1990 until He is a graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, Maine State Blue K-9 Academy, and the Drug Enforcement Administration Basic Agent Academy. He has instructed in the areas of Narcotics Investigations, Forensics, Criminal Investigations, Police K-9, Standard Field Sobriety Testing and DWI investigations. Mr. Noble has successfully tried some of the most difficult DWI cases in Missouri securing a not guilty verdict for a 12 th offense DWI with a.23 BAC, not guilty verdict for a 5 th offense DWI hitting a police car head on with a.14 BAC and a not guilty verdict for a 7 th offense DWI involving a serious accident. He is a member of The Missouri Bar, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College for DUI Defense and is a past president (2010) of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.