Meet our 2021 class of legal Icons.
This annual Missouri Lawyers Media celebration honors career achievement by 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 for the fourth year in identifying Missouri’s legal icons. Read the profiles of the 28 attorneys featured on these pages, 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 must 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. Six decades of consistent remarkable contribution, however, 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 the ICON Awards. But it is their work so far that we highlight through this recognition.
They set a high standard of accomplishment.
Icons tend to do that.
So we thank them — for what they’ve done, what they do and what they will do.
2021 ICON Awards honorees
Gerard T. Carmody, Carmody MacDonald
Michael A. Chivell, Armstrong Teasdale
Steven N. Cousins, Cousins Allied Strategic Advisors
Joseph Dandurand, Legal Aid of Western Missouri; former judge, 17th Judicial Circuit
Jerome J. Dobson, Dobson, Berns & Rich
Doreen D. Dodson, Polsinelli, retired
Judy P. Draper, former judge, St. Louis County Circuit Court
Ronald Fox, Fox Smith
Fernando J. Gaitan Jr., U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
Jennifer Gille Bacon, Polsinelli, retired
Marie Gockel, Bratcher Gockel Law
Robert Langdon, Langdon & Emison
Theresa L. F. Levings, Badger & Levings
Arthur S. Margulis, Margulis Gelfand
James G. Martin, Dowd Bennett
David C. Mason, St. Louis Circuit Court
Patrick K. McMonigle, Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Brumitt
Martin M. Meyers, The Meyers Law Firm
Timothy W. Monsees, Monsees & Mayer
Lawrence E. Mooney, JAMS; former chief judge, Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District
Margaret M. Mooney, Lashly & Baer
Sandra M. Moore, Advantage Capital
Glenn A. Norton, Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch; former chief judge, Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District
John G. Schultz, Franke Schultz & Mullen
Reuben A. Shelton, Monsanto, retired
James W. Tippin, James W. Tippin & Associates
Paul N. Venker, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice
Karl Zobrist, Dentons US