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Up and Coming Honoree Christopher Wintrode, laughing, sits with friends, colleagues and his grandmother at the cocktail party prior to the luncheon at the Chase Park Plaza Friday afternoon. Seated from left are, Sally Baylog (his grandmother), Brad Williams, Patti Williams, Wintrode, and Phillip Dunlap. Wintrode is assistant general counsel with SSM Health in St. Louis. On right are honoree Kate Nolan, Charles Coffey, Jason Paulsmeyer and his wife and honoree, Kristen Paulsmeyer. Photo by Karen Elshout.

Up & Coming honors 56 attorneys

Missouri Lawyers Weekly on Friday hosted its annual Up & Coming Awards, which recognize lawyers who are 40 years or younger or within the first 10 years of practice.

The 56 winners were chosen from more than 125 nominees.

The selection committee looks at “the nominees’ recent accomplishments, pace of career advancement, noteworthy cases and volunteer service, among other factors,” managing editor Scott Lauck explained at the ceremony.

Up & Coming has grown over the years to include additional categories, such as law firm leadership and pro bono and public service categories, publisher Liz Irwin said at the event.

Winners in the law firm leader category were Susan Bassford-Wilson of Constangy, Brooks,

Smith & Prophete Amy Brozenic of Lathrop & Gage, Julie Gabel of Lathrop & Gage, Mandy J. Kamykowski of Kamykowski, Gavin & Smith and Cassie Lewandowski of Husch Blackwell.

In the public service category, the winners were Mary Pat Carl of the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, Judge Michael E. Gardner of the 32nd Judicial Circuit, Rachna Goel of the Jane Doe Advocacy Center, Kristen Paulsmeyer of the Office of Administration, Callie Pippin Raitinger of the Jackson County Circuit Court, Judge Janette Rodecap of the Jackson County Circuit Court and Holly Yoakum of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s Lasting Solutions Program.

Mark T. Keaney Jr., formerly of Bryan Cave, won the pro bono award.

Winners in the overall Up & Coming class were:

Jessica Agnelly of Wendt Goss

Miriam E. Bailey of Polsinelli

Stephanie S. Bell of Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch

Chad Blomberg of Lathrop & Gage

Anthony S. Bruning Jr. of Leritz, Plunkert & Bruning

Kevin M. Carnie Jr. of The Simon Law Firm

Robert A. Clarke of the Law Offices of Robert Alton Clarke

Caleb Colbert of Brown Willbrand

Drey Cooley of Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan

Michael J. Dalton of Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson

Krystle M. Dunn of Armstrong Teasdale

Chris Finney of the Finney Law Office

Nicole Fisher of Fisher Law

Anthony R. Friedman of The Simon Law Firm

Justin Gelfand of Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan

Heather J. Hardinger of McCambridge Law

James Howard of Rogers, Ehrhardt, Weber & Howard

Tiffannie Kennedy of the Kennedy Law Firm

Abraham D. Kuhl of the Law Office of Young, Jakobe & Kuhl

Meghan Largent of Arent Fox

Niki Long of Franke Schultz & Mullen

Michelle Marriott of Erise IP

Sarah Millin of Lathrop & Gage

S.J. Moore of Shank & Hamilton

Kate E. Noland of the Clay County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Terrence J. O’Toole Jr. of Williams Venker & Sanders

David J. Page of Resolute Law Office

Jo Anna Pollock of Simmons Hanly Conroy

Scott Smalley of Stinson Leonard Street

Monica Smith of City Prosecutor’s Office

Jon Strongman of Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Kory D. Stubblefield of Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law

Claire Terrebonne of Jackson County CASA

Amanda Tummons of Husch Blackwell

John L. Wilbers of Wilbers Law Firm

Christopher Wintrode of SSM Health

Patrick T. Wittenbrink of Carmody MacDonald

and Kyle G. Wyatt of Wyatt Law & Associates.


Five mentors were also honored: John B. Boyd of Boyd Kenter Thomas & Parrish; Martin L. Daesch of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard; Denise Henning of The Henning Law Firm; Booker T. Shaw of Thompson Coburn; and  Erwin “Erv” Switzer of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale.

Full profiles of the honorees appear in Monday’s edition of Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

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