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MLM honors Up & Coming legal talents

Beth and Jim Heinen have their photo taken by Rosemary Heinen.

Jon Baris and Amanda Goldsmith

The Up & Coming class of 2018

James Breckenridge

James Breckenridge, Michael Raupp and Tom Raupp

Jeff Fu takes a photo of attendees at Up & Coming 2018.

Jesse Sendejas

Michaela Shelton and Bridgette Fu


Samuel and Patricia Llanos


Tony Behr and Ed Dowd


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

Public Service

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

Pro Bono

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