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Education Law 2021

There’s no institution more familiar to the average person than the school system. Schools educate, house, feed and entertain our children throughout the day. A large of part of homeowners’ tax bills (and for those who’ve opted for private schooling, a large part of their paychecks) goes to keep those schools running. And of course, many students’ educations continue well into adulthood as they attend college. 

Those schools need teachers and administrators, but they also need lawyers. Legal issues for school districts range from regulatory compliance to student discipline to the latest hot-button social issues. In this latest edition of THE POWER List, a regular feature from Missouri Lawyers Media, we examine the most powerful attorneys in education law.  

Our editorial team interviewed lawyers and other leaders around the state, reviewed records of verdicts and settlements, and consulted Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s archives to arrive at a list of what we believe are the 31 most powerful education attorneys in Missouri. 

As always, our readers might disagree with some of our picks. We urge you to let us know what you think we got right, and where we went wrong. Tell us who else we should have considered. And keep an eye out for new versions of THE POWER List in 2022! 

The POWER LIST was written by Senior Reporter Scott Lauck and Staff Reporter Chloe Murdock. Reach Scott at [email protected] or Chloe at [email protected]. 

The POWER List for Education Law 2021

Michelle Basi

Jessica M. Bernard

Celynda Brasher

Mark Bremer

John F. Brink

Kenneth C. Brostron

David Castleman

Douglas A. Copeland

Dana Tippin Cutler

William A. Douthit

Thomas Durphy

Ryan Fry

Ginger K. Gooch

Shellie L. Guin

Hayley E. Hanson

Joe Hatley

  Margaret Hesse

Natalie A. Hoernschemeyer

J. Drew Marriott

Duane Martin

Thomas Mickes

John Munich

Jeffrey Omer

Cindy Ormsby

Christopher A. Pickett

Dan Pingelton

Vincent Reese

Joshua Schindler

Lisa O. Stump

James G. Thomeczek

Grant Wiens

The POWER List: Education Law 2021