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Up & Coming Awards honor excellence among young lawyers

A total of 54 Missouri attorneys will be honored among the 2014 class for Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s annual Up & Coming event.

Missouri Lawyers Weekly editors selected the winners based on their demonstration of excellence and their potential to make a difference in the legal profession and their communities. The awards recognize lawyers who are 40 or younger, or within the first 10 years of practice.

In addition to the general Up & Coming category, a handful of lawyers are recognized in special categories. Those awards include:

Law Firm Leader

Recognizing early-career professionals who hold important leadership positions at their firms. Winners are:

  • Winston Calvert, St. Louis city counselor
  • Michael Miller, managing member at Lowther Johnson, Springfield
  • Sara Neill, shareholder at Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan, St. Louis
  • Tracy Ring, officer at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, St. Louis

Public Service

Recognizing early-career professionals working in the non-profit sector. Winners are:

  • Casey M. Clark, senior counsel at Missouri Secretary of State’s Office, Jefferson City
  • Grant Doty, staff attorney at American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Brendon Fox, assistant prosecuting attorney for Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Rolla
  • Andrea Long, managing attorney at Legal Services of Southern Missouri, Springfield
  • Eric Schmitt, partner at Lathrop & Gage, St. Louis, and state senator
  • Christopher Seufert, assistant prosecuting attorney and trial team leader for Platte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Platte City

Pro Bono

Recognizing an extraordinary pro bono project led by an early-career professional. The winner is Jessica Piedra, lead attorney at Immigration Professionals, Kansas City.


Given to more experienced legal professionals who have played an important role in the development of those starting out in the profession. The honored mentors are:

  • Willie Epps Jr. and Mischa Buford Epps, partner
  • at Dowd Bennett/partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon
  • Maurice Graham, president at Gray, Ritter & Graham, St. Louis
  • Mark Hillis, principal at Carmody MacDonald,
  • St. Louis
  • Kimberly Norwood, professor at Washington University School of Law, St. Louis

Winners in the overall Up & Coming class

  • Laura Krebs Al-Shathir, senior associate at Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan, St. Louis
  • Stephen Bardol, founding partner/owner
  • at Bardol Law Firm, St. Louis
  • Heather Bub, attorney at SmithAmundsen, St. Louis
  • Stacy Burrows, associate at Law Offices
  • of George A. Barton, Kansas City
  • Apollo Carey,   associate at Sandberg Phoenix
  • & von Gontard, St. Louis
  • Carrie Lamm Clark, attorney at Law Office
  • of Carrie Lamm Clark, Cameron
  • Brian Cooke, shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy, St. Louis
  • Matt Davis, partner at Gallagher Davis, St. Louis
  • Roger Denny, of counsel at Spencer Fane Britt
  • & Browne, St. Louis
  • Karl Finkenbinder, member/partner at Schenewerk, Finkenbinder & Allen, Branson
  • Kathleen Fisher, shareholder at Graves Garrett, Kansas City
  • Jennifer Growcock, shareholder at Polsinelli, Springfield
  • Blake Heath, associate at The Law Offices
  • of Stephen R. Bough, Kansas City
  • Elizabeth Helfrich, associate at Mickes Goldman O’Toole, St. Louis
  • Mary Jane Judy, shareholder at Polsinelli,
  • Kansas City
  • Kris Kappel, partner at Husch Blackwell, Kansas City
  • Ryan A. Keane, member attorney
  • at The Simon Law Firm, St. Louis
  • Greg Kratofil, shareholder at Polsinelli, Kansas City
  • Meghan Lamping, associate at Carmody MacDonald, St. Louis
  • Andrew LeRoy, associate at Monsees & Mayer, Kansas City
  • Blake Markus, associate at Call & Gentry Law Group, Jefferson City
  • Travis McCallon, partner at Lathrop & Gage,
  • Kansas City
  • Claire McClintic, legal counsel at O’Reilly Auto Parts, Springfield
  • Brandan Mueller, partner at Husch Blackwell,
  • St. Louis
  • Billie Orr, project director of Advocates for Family Health program, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Kansas City
  • Jason Paulsmeyer, staff attorney at Public School & Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri, Jefferson City
  • Edward “Kip” Robertson III, partner at Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson & Goza, Kansas City
  • Ashlea Schwarz, attorney at Stueve Siegel Hanson, Kansas City
  • Jason Schwent, partner at Thompson Coburn,
  • St. Louis
  • Kelly Simon, partner at Thompson Coburn, St. Louis
  • Rachel  Stahle, partner at Franke Schultz & Mullen, Kansas City
  • Cori Turner, partner at Husch Blackwell,
  • Kansas City
  • Krishna Walker, associate at Bryan Cave, St. Louis
  • Timothy Weil, associate at Haar & Woods, St. Louis
  • Bryan White, associate at White, Graham, Buckley
  • & Carr, Independence
  • Angela Williams, owner at the Law Offices
  • of Angela L. Williams, Kansas City
  • Chavon Williams, associate at Williams Venker
  • & Sanders, St. Louis
  • Bradley Yeretsky, partner at Stinson Leonard Street, Kansas Citya