Photos by T.L. Witt
Meet our 2019 class of legal ICON Award winners.
This annual Missouri Lawyers Media celebration honors career achievement recognizing lawyers for their exceptional and lengthy contributions to the profession and community — those who personify the ideals of what it means to be an attorney.
Clearly, we’ve succeeded again in identifying Missouri’s legal icons. Read the profiles of the 27 attorneys featured here, and you will agree. After all, to even be considered for this honor, nominees must be an integral part of their businesses and routinely have made a positive impact on their communities.
And they have to have reached at least the age of 60. It’s not about age, per se. After all, six decades of living doesn’t ensure accolades. However, six decades of consistent remarkable contribution does ensure icon status.
These men and women aspire to a higher call, leading the way for others. The journey of each may be different, but the destination is the same — measured, thoughtful success. They are paragons in the industry who recognize the need to participate and improve their communities, however they define them.
History will continue to catalog the achievements of those we honor through this program. But it is their work so far we highlight through this recognition.
They set a high standard of accomplishment.
Icons tend to do that.
So we thank them. Sincerely. For what they’ve done, what they do, and what they will do.
The 2019 honorees are:
John Fox Arnold, shareholder, Lashly & Baer
Gene Balloun, retired partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Kenneth W. Bean, shareholder and founding member, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard
Robert Blitz, founding member, Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch
Jean Paul Bradshaw II, partner in charge, Lathrop Gage
Alisse Camazine, founding partner, Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal
Judge Anne-Marie Clarke, St. Louis City Circuit Court, retired
Joseph Cordell, co-founder and principal partner, Cordell & Cordell
John Dillane, officer, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale
Dale Doerhoff, partner, Cook Vetter Doerhoff & Landwehr
Charles W. German, founding shareholder, German May
Robert Haar, founding partner, Haar & Woods
James P. Holloran, partner, Holloran Schwartz & Gaertner
William C. Martucci, partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
W. Dudley McCarter, partner, Behr, McCarter & Potter
Charles McElyea, managing partner, Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter & Welch
Marian “Bo” Mehan, co-chair of Estate Planning Department, Lewis Rice
Thomas Mickes, firm chairman, Mickes O’Toole
Robert F. Ritter, chairman, Gray, Ritter & Graham
Kevin C. Roberts, partner, Roberts Wooten & Zimmer
Phillip (Chuck) Rouse, founder and managing officer, Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes
Donald Schlapprizzi, founder and president, Schlapprizzi Attorneys at Law
Kenneth H. Suelthaus, shareholder, Polsinelli
Mavis Thompson, City of St. Louis license collector
Kenneth Vuylsteke, partner, Fox & Vuylsteke
Judge John Wiggins, 25th & 42nd Circuit Court, retired
Ferne P. Wolf, partner, Silverstein Wolf