Green Cordonnier & House is pleased to announce that Margo L. Green, the firm’s Managing Partner, has been selected to serve as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Kids in the Middle, a non-profit organization in Missouri. The organization serves children and parents going through divorce with counseling services. On November 9, 2011, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. attorneys, Stephen M. Strum and David Z. Hoffman, obtained a defense verdict in the jury trial involving the crushing death of a 56 year-old over-the-road truck driver. The main theories against Mr. Strum and Mr. Hoffman’s client, Cooperative Workshops, Inc. (CWI) included a vicarious liability claim, alleging that the mentally-challenged employee told the tractor-trailer driver he had permission to back his truck when it was unsafe, and that the employee was not properly supervised by CWI’s staff. The economic losses were approximately $1 million, and plaintiffs’ counsel asked the jury for an award of $4.5 million. The jury ultimately determined the decedent was 100% at fault for his own death. The Hacking Law Practice, a St. Louis immigration and trial law firm, announced that Jennifer Shoulberg joined the firm as an associate. The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP has elected 14 new lawyers to partnership in the firm, effective Jan. 1, 2012. The new St. Louis partners are Todd M. Kaye, Cullen K. Kuhn, and Eric Martin. The St. Louis office of Polsinelli Shughart welcomes litigator Allison K. Sonneveld as attorney in the firm’s Trial department where she will concentrate her practice in the areas of toxic and mass tort. Sonneveld provides defensive counsel for companies and business owners involved in complex litigation stemming from claims of personal injury or wrongful death due to toxic exposure. Gallop real estate attorney Amy K. Mistler has been elected 2012 President of Commercial Real Estate Women -St. Louis (CREW-St. Louis). CREW-St. Louis is a not-for-profit organization of more than 200 professionals representing all fields of commercial real estate that is dedicated to advancing the success of women in commercial real estate by achieving parity in opportunity, influence and power in the industry. Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC said it has expanded its California presence with the opening of an office in the San Francisco Bay area. The St. Louis office of Fullbright & Jaworski L.L.P. has moved to 190 Carondelet Plaza in Clayton. Daniel J. Burke, an Armstrong Teasdale lawyer and member of the firm’s Real Estate, Public Finance, and Future Energy practice groups, has become a member of the Clayton Century Foundation Major Gifts Committee. The CCF is a non-profit organization serving as a private partner to the City of Clayton in support of the restoration and enhancement of Clayton’s cultural, recreational and environmental assets. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is pleased to announce that attorney Kevin J. Roach of Chesterfield Missouri has been certified as a member. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as on of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. Mr. Roach is a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law. Kevin J. Roach, LLC is a Missouri law firm that represents victims in personal injury litigation, including automobile accidents, trucking accidents, wrongful death, work place injuries and other serious accidents. St. Louis-based international law firm Bryan Cave LLP and 113-year-old, Denver-based Holme Roberts & Owen LLP (HRO) will combine their practices effective Jan. 1, 2012, following a recent vote by the partners of both firms. Globally, the firm will continue to be known as Bryan Cave LLP. The combination will add exceptional legal capabilities in energy, natural resources and sports law to Bryan Cave’s international resources while expanding the firm’s worldwide presence into the Rocky Mountain region and adding significant new depth and experience in California. The combined law firm will have more than 1,100 attorneys in over 30 law and professional service offices around the globe. It is expected to rank among the 25 largest in the world. Nearly 400 St. Louis children received special holiday gifts thanks to the help of Thompson Coburn employees. After a last-minute push for more volunteers to sponsor children for the 2011 Motion for Kids event, organized by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, TC employees responded in force. In total, employees sponsored 150 children and donated $5,870 to purchase gifts for another 235 children. The Gallop law firm is pleased to announce that attorney Johnny S. Wang has joined the firm as an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department. Mr. Wang will focus his practice in areas that include Defense of Discrimination Claims; Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements; ERISA Claims; Civil Litigation and related labor and employment legal matters. Before joining Gallop, Mr. Wang represented domestic and international clients in labor and employment matters in Missouri for a large, Chicago-based law firm. He is conversational in Mandarin, proficient in French and speaks basic Spanish. Polsinelli Shughart welcomes Marc D. Goldstein as associate to the Trial department where he will focus his practice in labor and employment law. Goldstein will assist clients with civil litigation; investigations and responses to charges of employment discrimination on behalf of employers; and counsel companies about various labor and employment issues. His addition is part of the firm’s strategic plan in expanding the St. Louis office as well as other offices across the nation. Goldstein joins a national Labor and Employment practice group consisting of nearly 25 attorneys in Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield and Phoenix. The attorneys represent Fortune 500 corporations and privately owned entrepreneurial firms throughout the United States and internationally.
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