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Meet the Up & Coming lawyers of 2016

Staff Report//August 10, 2016//

Meet the Up & Coming lawyers of 2016

Staff Report//August 10, 2016//

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Most attorneys starting their careers are hardworking, dedicated and bright, but it takes something special to be included in Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Up & Coming class. This year, we found 58 exceptional Missouri attorneys who stand out from their peers.

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 who are within their first 10 years of practice.

The attorneys will be honored at an awards luncheon on Friday, Oct. 7 at the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis.

The members of this year’s Up & Coming class are:

Michael Adrian, Lathrop & Gage, St. Louis
Brittany Barrientos, Stinson Leonard Street, Kansas City
Michael Campbell, Law Office of Mike Campbell, Columbia
Joel Christensen, Behr, McCarter & Potter, St. Louis
Charles Coffey, The Bar Plan, St. Louis
Greg DeLassus, Harness Dickey, St. Louis
Daniel Finney III, Finney Law Office, St. Louis
Jane Francis, Law Office of Jane Francis, Kansas City
Daniel Garner, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, St. Louis
Desarae Harrah, Collins & Jones, Raymore
Mollie Hennessee, Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan & Jackstadt, St. Louis
Joshua Hill, Newman, Comley & Ruth, Jefferson City
Amy Johnson, Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, St. Louis
Robert Kinsman, Krause & Kinsman, Kansas City
Adam Krause, Krause & Kinsman, Kansas City
Lily Kurland, Bryan Cave, St. Louis
Nicole Larch, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, St. Louis
Brittany Lomax, Husch Blackwell, St. Louis
Dane Martin, Graves Garrett, Kansas City
John McGurk, Polsinelli, Kansas City
Andrew Metcalf, Ogletree Deakins, St. Louis
J. Austin Moore, Stueve Siegel Hanson, Kansas City
A. Justin Poplin, Lathrop & Gage, Overland Park, Kansas
Grant Rahmeyer, Strong Garner Bauer, Springfield
Jason Romero, Husch Blackwell, Kansas City
Sharon Rosenberg, Thompson Coburn, St. Louis
Jason Scheiderer, Dentons Kansas City
Craig Schlapprizzi, Schlapprizzi Attorneys at Law, St. Louis
Melissa Schopfer, Simmons Hanly Conroy, St. Louis
Erica Slater, The Simon Law Firm, St. Louis
Tod Stephens, Armstrong Teasdale, St. Louis
Jason Turk, Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, St. Louis
Amanda Wolter, Monsanto, St. Louis
Hannah Zhao, Rosenblum, Schwartz, Rogers & Glass, St. Louis
Jennifer Znosko, Littler, St. Louis

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:

Denise Childress, Ward & Associates, St. Louis
Lucy McShane, McShane & Brady, Kansas City
Justin Nichols, Lathrop & Gage, Kansas City
Luke Baumstark, Cosgrove Law Group, St. Louis
Amy Fehr, Capes Sokol, St. Louis
Amanda Ketchum, Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, Kansas City
Katherine Myers, Edelman, Liesen & Myers, Kansas City
Brianne Thomas, Boyd, Kenter, Thomas & Parrish, Kansas City

Public Service

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

Maggie Ahrenbach, Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Jefferson City
Nick Heberle, Missouri Governor’s Office, Jefferson City
Amanda Schneider, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, St. Louis
Stephanie Wan, Greene County Prosecutor’s Office, Springfield
Matthew Gigliotti, Office of the City Attorney, Kansas City
Erik Holland, Platte County Sheriff’s Office, Platte City
Jacqueline Jimenez, Missouri Public Defender’s Office, Springfield
Jennifer Matthew, City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, St. Louis
Ronald Nguyen, The Law Office of Ronald Nguyen, Kansas City

Pro Bono

Recognizing an extraordinary pro bono project led by an early-career professional. The winners are:

Mark Emison, Langdon & Emison, Lexington
John J. Rehmann, Dowd Bennett, 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:

Steve Bough, U.S. District Judge, Kansas City
Mark Goodman, Capes Sokol, St. Louis
Annette Griggs, McCollum & Griggs, Kansas City
Mira Mdivani, Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm, Overland Park, Kansas

Up & Coming 2016
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