As the COVID-19 pandemic has tossed the world upside down and sent the economy into an unprecedented tailspin, many of Missouri’s solo practitioners and small law firms are left looking for help. Fortunately, several federal, state and legal organizations offer varied ...Read More »
For the past year, Greg Stewart's struggles as a new attorney have been the subject of a series of stories in Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Like many attorneys who venture out on their own, Stewart, 46, has worked to get clients, puzzled over the real-life practicalities of the court system and dreamed of opening his own office.
Now his career has been cruelly interrupted. Stewart fell ill two weeks ago and has been diagnosed with leukemia.
Read our coverage of Stewart's legal career:
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Solo and small-firm attorneys hoping for a stronger statute to pursue those who practice law without a license will have to wait at least another year. Rep. John Burnett, D-Kansas City, succeeded in getting an unauthorized practice of law provision tucked into a broad judiciary bill in the House. The language would place the unauthorized practice of law under the state's Merchandising Practices Act and allow a private cause of action against violators. The provision generated little discussion in the House Judiciary Committee (Chairman Bryan Stevenson is pictured) and became a few lines in a nearly 200-page bill that passed the House.Read More »
Attorney Steve Clark enjoyed certain advantages when he left Husch Blackwell Sanders to open his own St. Louis-area firm. For one thing, Clark left his business and commercial ligation practice voluntarily. For another, he was an established attorney who was accustomed to analyzing complex issues. But even with that edge, Clark had pitfalls in common with far less experienced lawyers who’d been let go during the economic downturn.Read More »
Solo attorney Greg Stewart signaled his young client to join him at the front of the courtroom. The pair stood before Associate Circuit Judge Brenda Stith Loftin in St. Louis County Circuit Court to defend a small property damage suit. But the judge was a bit confused about the property in question. "I'm here to collect damages for my buffalo," said Betty Gourdine, the South County woman who sued Stewart's client, Michael Wirthlin, over a high school prank carried out in 2006.Read More »