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Missouri Lawyers Awards 2017

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The day before Thanksgiving, I was swamped. By late morning, I already had sticky notes, with last-minute to-dos written on each, trailing from my monitor and across my desk. The cheerful colors of the notes were deceptive. They were, in ...

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Timothy Belz


The Affordable Care Act’s contraception insurance coverage mandate is at the heart of a national debate that might now be determined by the results of a national election. But if it weren’t for a court victory Tim Belz secured in ...

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John Murphy


In his 15 years as chair of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, John Murphy helped steer the Kansas City firm through turbulent waters. Murphy was in the midst of transitioning into firm leadership when the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks occurred ...

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Todd Lubben


When people in St. Louis go to the New Life Evangelistic Center for help with utility bills or to get a roof over their heads on a cold winter night, Todd Lubben’s efforts have helped make that possible. Lubben, an ...

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Bhavik Patel


Just about two months into his new job as managing partner at Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, Bhavik Patel said things had been going “fantastic” so far. He’s most proud of a “leader lab” program he helped put together before ...

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Ed Hershewe


The novel location of Joplin attorney Ed Hershewe’s new law firm attracted attention in 2016. The firm, The Law Store, was established in Walmarts in Joplin and Neosho and quickly expanded to include a Springfield location and two in Dallas, ...

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Martin Kerckhoff


Martin Kerckhoff’s career path has taken him around the world and back again to St. Louis. Kerckhoff worked on projects throughout the world before returning to his hometown and joining Monsanto as in-house counsel. “I highly recommend an in-house path,” ...

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Jim Onder


Jim Onder believes in going after what he sees as companies putting profits ahead of people, said attorney Tom DeVoto. “He had that mantra long before it became popular,” DeVoto said. “He’s impervious to cost. Whatever it requires to face, ...

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Michael Barrett

Michael Barrett

  Michael Barrett’s decision to assign a sitting governor to provide legal defense for an indigent criminal defendant was an appointment heard round the world in 2016. The appointment followed Gov. Jay Nixon’s July decision to withhold $3.5 million in ...

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Lowell Pearson


Lowell Pearson says the key word to describe his client’s win against electric car maker Tesla is fairness. Pearson, the managing partner of Husch Blackwell’s Jefferson City office, secured a victory for the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association in a case ...

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