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Meet the Up & Coming lawyers of 2015

Staff Report//August 3, 2015//

Meet the Up & Coming lawyers of 2015

Staff Report//August 3, 2015//

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Correction: An earlier version of this post misspelled honoree Tiffannie Kennedy’s name. We regret the error.

A total of 56 exceptional young Missouri attorneys will be honored as part of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2015 Up & Coming class.

Missouri Lawyers Weekly staff 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, some lawyers are recognized in special categories.


Law Firm Leader

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

Susan Bassford-Wilson, an attorney at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, St. Louis

Amy Brozenic, a partner at Lathrop & Gage, Overland Park, Kansas

Julie Gabel, a partner at Lathrop & Gage, St. Louis

Mandy J. Kamykowski, a partner at Kamykowski, Gavin & Smith, St. Louis

Cassie Lewandowski, an attorney at Husch Blackwell, St. Louis

Public Service

Recognizing early-career professionals working in the non-profit or government sectors. The winners are:

Mary Pat Carl, lead homicide attorney at the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, St. Louis

Michael E. Gardner, a circuit judge in the 32nd Judicial Circuit, Cape Girardeau

Rachna Goel, president and founder of Jane Doe Advocacy Center, St. Louis

Kristen Paulsmeyer, legal counsel for the Office of Administration, Jefferson City

Callie Pippin Raitinger, a law clerk for the Jackson County Circuit Court, Kansas City

Janette Rodecap, an associate circuit judge for the Jackson County Circuit Court, Kansas City

Holly Yoakum, a staff attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s Lasting Solutions Program, St. Louis


Pro Bono

Recognizing an extraordinary pro bono project led by an early-career professional. The winner is:

Mark T. Keaney Jr., an associate at Bryan Cave, St. Louis



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:

John B. Boyd, a partner at Boyd Kenter Thomas & Parrish, Kansas City

Martin L. Daesch, a shareholder at Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, St. Louis

R. Denise Henning, a partner at The Henning Law Firm, Kansas City

Booker T. Shaw, a partner at Thompson Coburn, St. Louis

Erwin “Erv” Switzer, officer at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, St. Louis


Winners in the overall Up & Coming class:

Jessica Agnelly, an attorney at Wendt Goss, Kansas City

Miriam E. Bailey, an associate at Polsinelli, Kansas City

Stephanie S. Bell, an associate at Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, Jefferson City

Chad Blomberg, a partner at Lathrop & Gage, Kansas City

Anthony S. Bruning Jr., an associate at Leritz, Plunkert & Bruning, St. Louis

Kevin M. Carnie Jr., an attorney at The Simon Law Firm, St. Louis

Robert A. Clarke, owner of the Law Offices of Robert Alton Clarke, Blue Springs

Caleb Colbert, a shareholder at Brown Willbrand, Columbia

Drey Cooley, a shareholder at Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan, St. Louis

Michael J. Dalton, a partner at Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, St. Louis

Krystle M. Dunn, an attorney at Armstrong Teasdale, Kansas City

Chris Finney, a trial attorney at the Finney Law Office, St. Louis

Nicole Fisher, owner of Wright & Fisher, Kansas City

Anthony R. Friedman, an attorney at The Simon Law Firm, St. Louis

Justin Gelfand, counsel at Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan, St. Louis

Heather J. Hardinger, an associate at McCambridge Law, Lee’s Summit

James Howard, a principal at Rogers, Ehrhardt, Weber & Howard, Columbia

Tiffannie Kennedy, owner of the Kennedy Law Firm, Kansas City

Abraham D. Kuhl, a partner at the Law Office of Young, Jakobe & Kuhl, Lee’s Summit

Meghan Largent, an associate at Arent Fox, St. Louis

Niki Long, a partner at Franke, Schultz & Mullen, Kansas City

Michelle Marriott, a shareholder at Erise IP, Overland Park, Kansas

Sarah Millin, a partner at Lathrop & Gage, Kansas City

S.J. Moore, an associate at Shank & Hamilton, Kansas City

Kate E. Noland, an assistant prosecutor at the Clay County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Liberty

Terrence J. O’Toole Jr., an associate at Williams Venker & Sanders, St. Louis

David J. Page, owner of the Resolute Law Office, St. Louis

Jo Anna Pollock, an attorney at Simmons Hanly Conroy, Alton, Illinois

Scott Smalley, a partner at Stinson Leonard Street, Kansas City

Monica Smith, an assistant prosecutor at the City Prosecutor’s Office, Kansas City

Jon Strongman, a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City

Kory D. Stubblefield, a member of Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, Springfield

Claire Terrebonne, a staff attorney at Jackson County CASA, Kansas City

Amanda Tummons, an attorney a Husch Blackwell, Springfield

John L. Wilbers, managing partner of the Wilbers Law Firm, Clayton

Christopher Wintrode, assistant general counsel for SSM Health, St. Louis

Patrick T. Wittenbrink, an associate at Carmody MacDonald, St. Louis

Kyle G. Wyatt, owner of Wyatt Law & Associates, Springfield


The attorneys will be honored Oct. 2, at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis. Click here to register.


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