Google the phrase “Up and Coming,” and you’ll find lots of examples of up-and-comers as well as definitions. They explain that the adjective describes someone who is likely to achieve success in the future based on current progress.
You knew that already. Me, too. So it’s obvious why Missouri Lawyers Media chose it as the title of these annual awards that recognize remarkable attorneys early in their careers.
But I’m starting to believe we got the title all wrong. After all, the folks highlighted on these pages are succeeding now.
Not later. Now.
Read the current career stats of these honorees, and you will see each has ticked off accomplishments most of us find either elusive or decades in the making. And yet each honoree has achieved at these high levels before reaching age 40, or while practicing for less than 10 years.
We also celebrate mentors and law firm leaders who personify the trajectory for the Up & Coming honorees. Not only are they exceptional in their own careers, but they pay it forward by reaching back and offering a hand up. They recognize that true success often relies on a listening ear or a word of warning about challenges they’ve faced on their own similar paths.
Each year, Missouri Lawyers Media receives scores of nominations for these honors. Poring through the achievements of so many worthy candidates is a daunting task accomplished through thoughtful, deliberate discussion.
The honorees you will read about in this section define what this award is all about — early-career attorneys achieving at the highest levels.
It doesn’t matter what moniker we place on the award. No one will remember that.
What will be remembered is the accomplishment.
Susan A. Bocamazo, Esq., Publisher
Tomi Akinyemi, Spencer Fane
Robert Bruce, Doyle & Bruce
Jessica Caldera, Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer
Patrick Carmody, Carmody MacDonald
Taylor Connolly, Brown & James
Ebonie Davis, Lathrop GPM
Sarah Duggan, Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian
Danielle Durban, Capes Sokol
Brent Dwerlkotte, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Katie Fechte, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale
Joseph Feierabend, Miller Schirger
Samuel Gladney, Gladney Law Group
Allison Greenfield, Knight Nicastro MacKay
Rebecca Guntli, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice
Beth Haden, Lathrop GPM
Jenn Hatcher, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Hayley Hughes, Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas
Garrett Hunkins, Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes
Katherine Johnson, Rogers, Ehrhardt, Weber & Howard
Demi Jones, Stanton | Barton
Jordan Kane, Stueve Siegel Hanson
Ryan Knopf, Cockerham & Associates
Keaton Knott, Franke Schultz & Mullen
Sonette Magnus, Thompson Coburn
Elizabeth (Libby) Marden, Polsinelli
Jordan May, Seigfreid Bingham
Ben McIntosh, SWMW Law
Matthew Moderson, Stinson
Mary Kate Mullen, Husch Blackwell
Morgan Murphy, Zevan Davidson Rom
Jenny Paulson, Simmons Hanly Conroy
Nicholas Ruble, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice
Danny Saathoff, Kennyhertz Perry
Julie Scheipeter, Stinson
Samuel Sherman, Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard
Jacob Simon, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Louis Spinner, Brown & James
Paul Vogel, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Casey Waughn, Armstrong Teasdale
Frederike Winslow, Lashly & Baer
Corey Kilburn, RoundTable Legal
Jay Preston, Carnahan Evans
Heather Morris, Spencer Fane
Kelly Spann, FortmanSpann
Kaitlynn Donnelly, Platte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Megan Noble, Legal Aid of Western Missouri
Syd Tippie, Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Destiny Bounds, Bounds Law
Grace Colato Martinez, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Charli Steed, Spencer Fane
William Halaz, Cordell & Cordell
Beth Murano, Lee’s Summit City Attorney’s Office
Erica Perkin, Perkin Law Firm
Erin Williams, Ogletree Deakins