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Assistant U.S. attorneys find their table at the luncheon honoring them as well as the other Lawyers of the Year at the Ballpark Hilton. The Missouri Lawyers Weekly annual event celebrates the accomplishments in the legal profession. Seated is Richard Finneran, as Steven Muchnick reaches over to get his seat assignment from Charles Birmingham. The three were honored for their work on the funeral fraud case.

MLA, Russ Welsh

Polsinelli CEO Russell Welsh walks into the banquet room at the Ballpark Hilton to accept his Lawyer of the Year Award for Law Firm Leader.

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Missouri Lawyers Media Publisher S. Richard Gard introduces the Legal Champions.

Ray Price, Kurt Schaefer, Michael Wolff

Lawyer of the Year honorees Saint Louis University School of Law Dean Michael Wolff and Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer, with Armstrong Teasdale Partner and former Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ray Price, chat before the luncheon at the Ballpark Hilton.

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Lawyer of the Year honorees Saint Louis University School of Law Dean Michael Wolff and Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer, with Armstrong Teasdale Partner and former Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ray Price, chat before the luncheon.

Cynthia Cordes, MLA

Lawyer of the Year Cynthia Cordes, center at right, chats with friends before the luncheon at the Ballpark Hilton.

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Honorees with Lawyer of the Year Cynthia Cordes, center at right.

Jeffrey Carey

Missouri Lawyers Media Lawyer of the Year honoree Jeffrey Carey meeting with other honorees before the luncheon ceremony. Carey, of The Carey Law Firm, was recognized as a Legal Champion.

Cynthia Cordes, MLA

Lawyer of the Year honoree Cynthia Cordes accepts her award. Cordes was recognized for her work putting away human traffickers and assisting victims.

Cynthia Cordes, MLA

Cynthia Cordes accepts her award for Missouri Lawyers Media's Lawyer of the Year.

Cynthia Cordes, MLA
Cynthia Cordes, MLA

Lawyer of the Year Cynthia Cordes chats with people from Husch Blackwell before the event. Cynthia Cordes is a Partner at Husch Blackwell. The firm was an event sponsor.

Kurt Schaefer, Richard Teitelman, MLA

Lawyer of the Year honoree Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer introduces his mother to Missouri Supreme Court Justice Richard Teitelman at the meet and greet before the banquet.

Michael Downey, MLA

Lawyer of the Year honoree Michael Downey, on left, introduces himself to Erwin Switzer at the meet and greet before the banquet. Downey, a partner at Armstrong Teasdale, was being recognized as an Influential Lawyer.

Assistant U.S. attorneys find their table at the luncheon honoring them as well as the other Lawyers of the Year at the Ballpark Hilton.  The Missouri Lawyers Weekly annual event celebrates the accomplishments in the legal profession.  Seated is Richard Finneran, as Steven Muchnick reaches over to get his seat assignment from Charles Birmingham.  The three were honored for their work on the funeral fraud case.Polsinelli CEO Russell Welsh walks into the banquet room at the Ballpark Hilton to accept his Lawyer of the Year Award for Law Firm Leader.Missouri Lawyers Media Publisher S. Richard Gard introduces the Legal Champions.Lawyer of the Year honorees Saint Louis University School of Law Dean Michael Wolff and Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer,  with Armstrong Teasdale Partner and former Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ray Price, chat before the luncheon at the Ballpark Hilton.Lawyer of the Year honorees Saint Louis University School of Law Dean Michael Wolff and Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer,  with Armstrong Teasdale Partner and former Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ray Price, chat before the luncheon.Lawyer of the Year Cynthia Cordes, center at right,  chats with friends before the luncheon at the Ballpark Hilton.Honorees with Lawyer of the Year Cynthia Cordes, center at right.Missouri Lawyers Media Lawyer of the Year honoree Jeffrey Carey meeting with other honorees before the luncheon ceremony. Carey, of The Carey Law Firm, was recognized as a Legal Champion.Lawyer of the Year honoree Cynthia Cordes accepts her award.  Cordes was recognized for her work putting away human traffickers and assisting victims.Cynthia Cordes accepts her award for Missouri Lawyers Media's Lawyer of the Year.Cynthia Cordes, MLALawyer of the Year Cynthia Cordes chats with people from Husch Blackwell before the event. Cynthia Cordes is a Partner at Husch Blackwell. The firm was an event sponsor.Lawyer of the Year honoree Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer introduces his mother to Missouri Supreme Court Justice Richard Teitelman at the meet and greet before the banquet.Lawyer of the Year honoree Michael Downey, on left,  introduces himself to Erwin Switzer at the meet and greet before the banquet. Downey, a partner at Armstrong Teasdale, was being recognized as an Influential Lawyer.
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Lawyer of the Year

• Cynthia L. Cordes, partner, Husch Blackwell.



Law Firm Leaders

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John S. Sandberg, managing partner, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard. 
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Russell Welsh, chairman, Polsinelli. 

Influential Appellate Advocates

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Jeffrey A. Masson, partner, Thompson Coburn. 
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Gregory A. Rich, partner, Dobson, Goldberg, Berns & Rich. 
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Gary C. and Anita Porte Robb, Robb & Robb. 

Legal Champions

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Charles S. Birmingham, Richard E. Finneran and Steven A. Muchnick, U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis. 
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Jeffrey J. Carey, The Carey Law Firm. 
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Benjamin Lipman, partner, Lewis, Rice & Fingersh. 

Influential Lawyers

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Michael Downey, partner, Armstrong Teasdale. 
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Kurt Schaefer, Missouri legislator and partner, Lathrop & Gage. 
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Michael A. Wolff, dean, Saint Louis University School of Law.

 

Top V&S winners

Top plaintiff wins in 2013

Top defense wins in 2013

 

Defense attorneys with the most reported verdicts/judgments

  • James P. Reinert, Gonnerman Reinert
  • Thomas J. Magee, HeplerBroom

Plaintiff’s firms with the most reported verdicts/judgments

  • Heller, Gallagher & Finley
  • Schlichter Bogard & Denton

Defense firms with the most reported verdicts/judgments

  • Brown & James
  • HeplerBroom

Attorneys securing the largest reported plaintiff verdicts/judgments in the state

  • Paul D. Seyferth, Seyferth, Blumenthal & Harris, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City v. Hospital Corporation of America
  • Michael L. Blumenthal, Seyferth, Blumenthal & Harris, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City v. Hospital Corporation of America
  • Joseph J. Trad, Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, Gori v. Schmickle
  • W. Elliot Benoist Jr., Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, Gori v. Schmickle
  • Kenneth B. McClain, Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, Berger v. Copeland Corp.
  • Andrew K. Smith, Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, Berger v. Copeland Corp.
  • Lauren E. McClain, Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, Berger v. Copeland Corp.
  • Scott A. Britton-Mehlisch, Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, Berger v. Copeland Corp.
  • John D. Anderson, Anderson & Associates, Aziz v. Jack in the Box
  • Andrew S. Martin, Anderson & Associates, Aziz v. Jack in the Box
  • James R. Hall, Barton Hall & Schnieders, Land Property Associates v. HLG Farms
  • Bob Schnieders, Barton Hall & Schnieders, Land Property Associates v. HLG Farms
  • Michael P. Nolan, Husch Blackwell, Land Property Associates v. HLG Farms
  • Martin M. Meyers, The Meyers Law Firm, Kerr v. Vatterott Educational Centers
  • Kevin A. Jones, The Meyers Law Firm, Kerr v. Vatterott Educational Centers
  • Gene Graham, White, Graham, Buckley & Carr, Kerr v. Vatterott Educational Centers

Attorneys securing the largest reported defense verdicts/judgments in the state

  • Timothy J. Gearin, Armstrong Teasdale, Marchosky v. St. Luke’s Health Corp.
  • David G. Ott, Armstrong Teasdale, Marchosky v. St. Luke’s Health Corp.
  • Maureen O. Bryan, Armstrong Teasdale, Marchosky v. St. Luke’s Health Corp.
  • Douglas N. Ghertner, Slagle, Bernard & Gorman, Gleason et al. v. Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems et al.
  • Stephen P. Horn, Slagle, Bernard & Gorman, Gleason et al. v. Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems et al.
  • Robert T. Adams, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Gleason et al. v. Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems et al.
  • Michael Kleffner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Gleason et al. v. Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems et al.
  • Ann M. Songer, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Gleason et al. v. Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems et al.
  • Scott E. Bellm, Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton, Smith v. St. John’s Regional Health Center
  • Bethany G. Parsons, Turner, Reid, Duncan, Loomer & Patton, Smith v. St. John’s Regional Health Center
  • Robert M. Pitkin, Levy Craig Law Firm, Smithville 169 et al. v. Citizens Bank & Trust Company
  • Ryan C. Westhoff, Levy Craig Law Firm, Smithville 169 et al. v. Citizens Bank & Trust Company
  • James K. Mondl, Tonkin & Mondl, Continental Cement Co. v. Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. et al.
  • Courtney C. Stirrat, Tonkin & Mondl, Continental Cement Co. v. Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. et al.
  • Robert Denlow, Denlow & Henry, Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission v. White et al.
  • Paul G. Henry, Denlow & Henry, Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission v. White et al.

Attorneys securing the largest reportedsettlements in the state

  • Patrick Stueve, Stueve Siegel Hanson, Plubell et al. v. Merck & Co.
  • Todd E. Hilton, Stueve Siegel Hanson, Plubell et al. v. Merck & Co.
  • David A. Hickey, Stueve Siegel Hanson, Plubell et al. v. Merck & Co.
  • Jack McInnes, Stueve Siegel Hanson, Plubell et al. v. Merck & Co.
  • Don Downing, Gray, Ritter & Graham, Plubell et al. v. Merck & Co.
  • Gretchen Garrison, Gray, Ritter & Graham, Plubell et al. v. Merck & Co.
  • Thomas K. Neill, Gray, Ritter & Graham, Plubell et al. v. Merck & Co.
  • Edward “Chip” Robertson Jr., Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson & Gorny, MBA Surety Agency v. AT&T Mobility
  • Mary D. Winter, Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson & Gorny, MBA Surety Agency v. AT&T Mobility
  • Martin L. Daesch, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, Vantage Credit Union v. Trimble
  • Jesse Rochman, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, Vantage Credit Union v. Trimble
  • John F. Edgar, Edgar Law Firm, Barry Road Associates v. Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.
  • Anthony E. LaCroix, Edgar Law Firm, Barry Road Associates v. Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.
  • Scott S. Bethune, Davis, Bethune & Jones, Confidential
  • Grant L. Davis, Davis, Bethune & Jones, Confidential
  • Wes Shumate, Davis, Bethune & Jones, Confidential
  • David Harris, Davis, Bethune & Jones, Confidential
  • Tim Dollar, Dollar, Burns & Becker, Wixom v. Deffenbaugh

 

 

 

 

 

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