A crowd of attorneys, family members and well-wishers gathered in St. Louis to recognize promising newcomers to Missouri’s legal field.
Missouri Lawyers Media recognized 47 honorees at its annual Up & Coming Awards luncheon on Oct. 12. The awards recognize outstanding Missouri attorneys who are under the age of 40 or within their first 10 years of practice. The program also recognizes long-term career attorneys who have dedicated themselves to mentoring newcomers to the legal field.
The publication received a competitive pool of nominations from across the state for the award, Publisher Liz Irwin said as she welcomed honorees and their guests to the event at the Missouri Athletic Club.
“To be nominated for this award means an attorney had a remarkable and positive professional impact on someone, for someone, with someone — so much so that the someone took the time to reach out to us and share,” Irwin said. “To be selected for this award, among literally scores of worthy nominations, is without a doubt a testament to outstanding and consistent contributions to Missouri’s legal community.”
These attorneys were recognized with Up & Coming Awards at the event:
Janelle Bailey of Brad Bradshaw JD MD LC
Sarah Boyce of Sindel Noble
James Breckenridge of Levy Craig
J.J. Burns of Dollar, Burns & Becker
Angela L. Drumm of Carmody MacDonald
Jessica Edwards of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Austin Fax of Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law
Ben Friesen of Kuckelman Torline Kirkland
Bridgette Fu of Baker, Sterchi, Cowden & Rice
Courtney Gregory of Simmons Hanly Conroy
Aaron Hankel of Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Shaun Hanschen of Blanton, Nickell, Collins, Douglas & Hanschen
James Heinen of Armstrong Teasdale
Ben Hurst of Graves Garrett
Jozef Kopchick of Haar & Woods
Elisabeth Koral of Harness Dickey
Sarah Kuehnel of Ogletree Deakins
Michael Kuhn of Dowd Bennett
Elizabeth Lenivy of The Simon Law Firm
Patricia Llanos of Brown & Crouppen
Sarah Luem of Capes Sokol
Tanya Maerz of Husch Blackwell
Ryan McCarty of Polsinelli
Jarica Oeltjen of BKD CPAs & Advisors
Julie Parisi of Seigfreid Bingham
Will Peterson of Wood, Cooper & Peterson
Scott Pierson of The Law Offices of Dee Wampler & Joseph Passanise
Jessica Rooks of The Rooks Law Firm
Catherine Singer of German May
Amanda Sisney of Lathrop Gage
John Torbitzky of Behr, McCarter & Potter
Barrett Vahle of Stueve Siegel Hanson
Casey Wong of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard
Alyse Zadalis of Shook, Hardy & Bacon
In addition to those in the Up & Coming category, some lawyers are recognized in special categories, including:
Law Firm Leader
Recognizing early-career professionals who hold important leadership positions in their firms.
Joseph Burch of Dowd Bennett
L. Taylor Hall of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale
Marcie Vantine of Swanson, Martin & Bell
Lauren Williams of SWMW Law
Edward Zeidler of Brown & James
Recognizing early-career professionals working in nonprofit or government sectors.
Jamie L. Rodriguez of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Jesse Sendejas, associate city prosecutor, Kansas City
Recognizing extraordinary pro bono projects led by early-career professionals.
Cecelia Carroll and Britton St. Onge of Polsinelli
Christina Pyle and Michael Raupp of Husch Blackwell
Recognizing experienced legal professionals who have played an important role in the development of those starting out in the profession.
William Corrigan of Armstrong Teasdale
Carl Markus of Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal