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Missouri Lawyers Awards 2012

Missouri Lawyers Weekly recognized the top accomplishments  from 2011.

List of Awards

Lawyer(s) of the Year (with video)

■ Mark  Bronson –  Newman Bronson & Wallis

■ Steve Bronson –  Newman Bronson & Wallis

■ James R. Dowd – Law Offices of James R. Dowd

■ Joseph Yeckel – Law Office of Joseph F. Yeckel

Influential Lawyers:  Awarded to Missouri lawyers who made substantial contributions to the legal community in 2011.

Rebecca Randles – Randles, Mata & Brown

Tom Simon – former clerk of the Supreme Court

Shelby Watson – former in-house counsel for UniGroup

Legal Champions:  Awarded to plaintiffs or defense lawyers, not based on the size of verdicts, but the importance of the principle or policy at stake.

Lincoln Knauer – Husch Blackwell

Carl Rowley – Thompson Coburn

Appellate Advocates:  Awarded to the lawyers behind the most significant appellate decisions of the year.

Stephen Woodley – Gray, Ritter  & Graham

Joan Lockwood – Gray, Ritter  & Graham

Tom Neill – Gray, Ritter  & Graham

James Layton – Missouri Attorney General’s Office

Law Firm Leaders:  Awarded to a law firm leader (chairman, managing partner, executive) who demonstrated extraordinary vision, innovation and leadership during the year.

Russ Welsh – Polsinelli Shughart

Michael Chivell – Armstrong Teasdale

J. Kent Emison – Langdon & Emison

Most Reported Law Firm Wins, Defense – Brown & James

Most Reported Law Firm Wins, Plaintiff – Brown & Crouppen

Top Plaintiff Win – In re: Genetically Modified Rice Litigation; $750 million multidistrict litigation settlement — Don Downing of Gray, Ritter & Graham; Grant Davis of Davis, Bethune & Jones

Top Defense Verdict – Alexian Brothers of St. Louis et al v. Philip Morris et al; $455 million — Alan Kohn and Robert Murray of Kohn, Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis & Giljum; Frank Gundlach and Matthew Shorey of Armstrong Teasdale; Karen Read of Shook, Hardy & Bacon; Carl Rowley, Bruce Ryder, Susan Werstak, Booker Shaw of Thompson Coburn; James McLarney and James Durbin of Swanson Midgley

Defense attorneys with most reported winning cases

Michael Maguire, Brown & James

Debbie Champion, Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch & Champion

Russell Watters, Brown & James

Bradley Hansmann, Brown & James

William Lewis, Andereck, Evans, Widger, Johnson & Lewis

Plaintiff attorneys with most reported winning cases

Shaun Falvey, Brown & Crouppen

Richard Zalasky, Brown & Crouppen

Brad Bradshaw, Law Offices of Brad Bradshaw, M.D., J.D., L.C.

Julia Kerr, Brown & Crouppen

Stephen Bough, Law Offices of Stephen R. Bough

Brett Emison, Langdon & Emison

Ryan Bradley, Bradley Law Firm


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