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Missouri Lawyers Media honors 20 with 2023 In-House Counsel Awards

Missouri Lawyers Media has been honoring excellence in law for decades. Seven years ago, we expanded our range of honor events to recognize and celebrate top in-house lawyering throughout our state.

That first event in 2017 over-delivered on its promise to spotlight those who consistently excel in the legal departments of some of Missouri’s most significant businesses and organizations. And while it might be natural to worry that subsequent performances would never reach the same high, we weren’t.  We knew we had only scratched the surface of remarkable depth of legal talent serving these businesses.

As predicted, our 2023 group of honorees stands just as tall.

On these pages, you find the stories of 20 men and women who partner and lead with CEOs across a spectrum of businesses and organizations — public to private, large to small, emerging to maturing.

They are strategists. Collaborators. Problem-solvers.  Innovators. They are uncomfortable with ambiguity and navigate a company to excel in efficiency and execution. They are often courageous in their recommendation and guidance during turbulent times.

Parsing the broad business of law into precise practice areas is an evolving need for firms. Legal specialists must become laser-focused in meeting current needs of their many clients. But it’s the generalist who best suits the in-house counsel role for the single client. That attorney has a seat at the boardroom with a stake in the overall and long-term success of the company.

So in selecting the honorees for the In-House Counsel Awards, we look not only at expertise in the legal profession, but the commitment and impact these attorneys have made within their companies. They understand and demonstrate a unique blend as counselor and business strategist as they help to guide their companies’ vision.

Please take the time to read the profiles of all of our 2023 honorees. While their companies and work may vary, they share a common excellence in their profession.

For that, we salute them.

— Susan A. Bocamazo, Esq., publisher

Click here to see the digital edition. Click here to see past honorees.

2023 honorees:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Kimberly S. Myers, General Counsel, Imo’s Holding Company, St. Louis

Health care organization

Teresa A. Generous, Vice President and General Counsel, Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, Inc., Hannibal

Thad N. Leach, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Phelps Health, Rolla

Nonprofit or government organization

Stephanie Grise, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Midwest BankCentre, St. Louis

François Henriquez, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and General Counsel, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Private company with annual revenues over $500M

Brent C. Beumer, Vice President of Real Estate and Corporate Counsel, Dierbergs Markets, Inc., Chesterfield

Jessica Miner-McLin, Senior Corporate Counsel, Orscheln Management Co., Moberly

Waldon L. Moss, Senior Corporate Counsel, Shelter Insurance Companies, Columbia

Daniel M. O’Keefe, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Litigation, Enterprise Holdings Inc., St. Louis

Private company with annual revenues up to $500M

Ben Byrd, General counsel, Nodaway Valley Bank, Maryville

Joshua Ellwanger, General Counsel, IPFS Corporation, Kansas City

Adam P. Sachs, Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, Kansas City Royals Baseball Club, Kansas City

Public company

Scott Aripoli, Senior corporate counsel, H&R Block, Kansas City

Kate Dugan, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Energizer Holdings, St. Louis

Diedre Gray, Executive vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer, corporate secretary, Post Holdings, Inc., St. Louis

Seth Hawkins, Vice president and General Counsel, Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis

Chonda Jordan Nwamu, Executive vice-president, general counsel and secretary, Ameren, St. Louis

Jessica Li, Lead patent and technology counsel – Intellectual property, Cigna/Express Scripts, St. Louis

Elise Senti, Senior counsel, real estate, Bunzl Distribution, St. Louis

Rising star

Lischen Peso Reeves Gibson, Corporate Counsel – Privacy and Cybersecurity, Oracle Corporation, Kansas City

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