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Author Archives: Catherine Martin

Crossing the aisle

For a law firm filled with politically prominent lawyers — and a firm that is representing the sitting governor of Missouri on a criminal charge — Dowd Bennett is not a particularly political law firm.

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Influential Lawyers-Steve Cousins

Steve Cousins has worked on some of the biggest bankruptcy cases in recent history, but 2017 was an especially big year for the Armstrong Teasdale partner. Cousins served as co-counsel in the successful emergences of two major companies from Chapter ...

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Lawyer of the Year-Richard Scherrer

As Richard Scherrer sat at his desk in the Missouri State Public Defender’s office in St. Louis, he reflected on the path his career has taken. “If you had asked me to pick the most improbable thing, I couldn’t even ...

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Legal Champions- Cheryl Pilate

Since the start of her career, Cheryl Pilate has always worked on innocence and death penalty cases in addition to her regular federal criminal law practice. “I’m very passionate about seeing the right thing done,” she said. “There’s nothing more ...

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Legal Champions- Gerard Carmody & Ryann Carmody

Right around the time Jerry and Ryann Carmody were preparing to represent a priest at a civil trial over claims he sexually abused a minor, the movie “Spotlight” came out, Ryann Carmody remembers. The movie focused on the team at ...

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Suit over use of psychotropic drugs in foster care proceeds

A lawsuit alleging Missouri failed to oversee the administration of powerful psychotropic medications to children in foster care will go forward following an order from a federal judge earlier this month.

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Strode drawn home to head ArchCity Defenders

Blake Strode had never really planned to come back to St. Louis. Strode grew up in the area, graduating from Pattonville High School in 2005, but went out of state for college, first to the University of Arkansas, and later ...

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Jury sides with care facility in case over interpreter

A federal jury recently sided with Delmar Gardens in a case that alleged the St. Louis County care facility violated a deaf patient’s rights by not providing her with an interpreter. The plaintiff, Betsy Bates, went to Delmar Gardens North ...

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Pro bone-o work

If you look closely at a display of attorney headshots on the wall at Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, one face may give you pause or more precisely – paws.

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Protest ordinance not unconstitutional, appellate court rules

The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District ruled December 19 that a St. Louis County ordinance that makes it unlawful to interfere with police officers is not unconstitutionally overbroad or vague. The ruling upholds a trial court that found the ...

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