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Judge Terry Adelman Judge Terry Adelman

Judge Adelman is a Magistrate with the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, a position he accepted after nearly two decades as a prosecutor in the United States Attorneys Office. He received his J.D. from Saint Louis University in 1970. He regularly co-teaches a seminar in White Collar Crime with Assistant United States Attorney, James E. Crowe Jr.

Jillian Anderson Jillian Anderson

Jillian Anderson is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for St. Charles County, Missouri. Ms. Anderson received her Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida in 1996. She received her Juris Doctor from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 2001. Prior to joining the St. Charles County Prosecutor’s office, Ms. Anderson worked as an Assistant Circuit Attorney in St. Louis specializing in the prosecution of sex crimes, crimes against children and domestic violence crimes. Ms. Anderson also worked in private practice for law firms in St. Louis and the Washington, D.C. area, during which time she litigated cases in a wide range of practice areas including employment discrimination, civil rights, contract disputes, premises liability and product liability.

Jillian Anderson is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for St. Charles County, Missouri. Ms. Anderson received her Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida in 1996. She received her Juris Doctor from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 2001. Prior to joining the St. Charles County Prosecutor’s office, Ms. Anderson worked as an Assistant Circuit Attorney in St. Louis specializing in the prosecution of sex crimes, crimes against children and domestic violence crimes. Ms. Anderson also worked in private practice for law firms in St. Louis and the Washington, D.C. area, during which time she litigated cases in a wide range of practice areas including employment discrimination, civil rights, contract disputes, premises liability and product liability.

Douglas Bader Douglas Bader

Douglas Bader is Court Administrator and Counsel for the Missouri Court of Appeals, a position he has held since 2001. After receiving his J.D. from University of Illinois, Bader spent several years in private practice. He joined the Missouri Court of Appeals in 1980 as a Staff Attorney, and served as Staff Counsel from 1985 through 2000. Bader is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL), and the National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys (NAACA). Mr. Bader has been an adjunct faculty member since 1986 and co-supervises the Missouri Court of Appeals Judicial Clerkship Clinic with Professor Hacking.

Oliver Beatty

Oliver Beatty is a litigation attorney in Herzog Creb LLP's Toxic Tort / Mass Tort group. His practice primarily focuses on mass tort and commercial litigation, successfully pursuing and defending claims on behalf of the firm’s clients. Mr. Beatty has prior experience in various areas of litigation including personal injury, criminal defense, and breach of contract claims. He received his Juris Doctor degree from SLU LAW in 2011. While in law school Mr. Beatty was an editor on the Saint Louis University Law Journal and was a member of the National Trial Team as well as the Refugee Asylum Moot Court Team. He has been published in both the Saint Louis University Law Journal and Valparaiso Law Journal on areas of workers’ compensation and immigration reform as well as complex corporate defenses to consumer class actions. Mr. Beatty had his own humor/advice column entitled “Dear Oliver” where he answered the deepest questions plaguing the law school community with stunning perfection. Since 2011 he has taught competitive Trial Advocacy as the Instructor and Coach of the SLU Law Black Law Student Association Trial Team.

Bevy Beimdiek Bevy Beimdiek

Bevy Beimdiek obtained her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and her law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. She began her career with the Missouri State Public Defender system in 1987. She has spent her entire legal career working as a public defender, defending indigent people charged with crimes. She worked for the Special Public Defender’s Office as an Assistant Public Defender from 1987 until 1998. During that time she tried cases ranging from juvenile offenses to murder. She served as director of that office from 1992 until 1998. In 1998 she joined the Capital Litigation Unit of the Public Defender office where she specializes in trying murder cases in which the prosecutor is seeking the death penalty. She travels throughout Missouri defending people who are facing the death penalty.

Jim Blase Jim Blase

Jim Blase is a 1981 graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where he served as Managing Editor on the Notre Dame Law Review, and a 1982 graduate of the New York University School of Law Graduate Program in Taxation, where he served as Editor on the Tax Law Review. Mr. Blase formed the law firm of Blase & Associates LLC in 1999, after spending the first 17 years of his legal career as an associate and partner with the St. Louis law firm Thompson Coburn (then Thompson Mitchell) and as partner and chair of the Trusts and Estates Department with the St. Louis law firm Armstrong Teasdale. Mr. Blase is a frequent author on a wide variety of tax and estate planning topics. His two associates are both recent graduates of Saint Louis University School of Law.

Ellen Blau Ellen Blau

Ellen Blau is a Division Director for the Missouri Public Defender’s Office. From 1994 to 1997 she was the Lead Trial Attorney and Associate Trial Counsel for the Eastern Capital Litigation Division for the Office of the Public Defender. Blau received her J.D. from Washington University School of law in 1988. She co-teaches a seminar on Death Penalty Litigation with Kevin Curran.

Vence Bonham Vence Bonham

Mr. Bonham has joined the Saint Louis University School of Law, teaching at the Center for Health Law Studies as an adjunct professor of law. Mr. Bonham is currently an associate investigator in the Social and Behavioral Research Branch, Division of Intramural Research, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health. Mr. Bonham’s research and scholarship is at the intersection of law, public policy, health care and genetics. His research focuses primarily on the social and policy influence of new genomic knowledge, particularly in communities of color. Mr. Bonham is interested in how genomic discoveries influence social identity, how genomics might influence the use of the constructs of race and ethnicity in biomedical research, and the role of genetics and genomics in understanding racial and ethnic health disparities. He also studies physicians’ and other health professionals’ clinical decision making and their knowledge and beliefs about genetic differences based upon race and ethnicity, and the roles that race and ethnicity may play in clinical practice. Prior to joining the National Institutes of Health, Mr. Bonham was a tenured associate professor at Michigan State University in the Colleges of Medicine and Law. Mr. Bonham has published numerous publications in medical, public health, health policy and legal journals.

Susan Boresi Susan D. Boresi

Susan Boresi is a graduate of the University of Missouri Columbia (B.A. Political Science) and Saint Louis University School of Law. She served as an Assistant State's Attorney in Jersey County, Illinois from 1983 to 1985. She next worked as an Assistant Public Defender in the City of St. Louis from 1985 to 1991, achieving the position of Chief Trial Attorney. Boresi was an associate at Riesman and Blitz from 1991 to 1993. Since 1993, she has been an Assistant Attorney General; appointed Deputy Chief Counsel for the Eastern Region in 1997. She is currently assigned to the Public Safety Unit as a Special Prosecutor, concentrating in the prosecution of sex offenses with juvenile victims. Boresi has been an adjunct in Trial Ad at Saint Louis University School of Law since 2003. She has also provided training to the Missouri Department of Corrections and the Missouri Law Enforcement Training Academy.

David A. Bruns

Mr. Bruns is in private practice with the Law Office of David Bruns, P.C. where his primary area of concentration is criminal defense. Upon graduating from Saint Louis University Law School in 1989, Mr. Bruns was a clerk at the Missouri Court of Appeals - Eastern District. From 1990-2001, Mr. Bruns was an assistant public defender with the Trial Division and then with the Capital Litigation Division of the Missouri State Public Defender's office.

Michael Burton Judge Michael Burton

Michael Burton became an Administrative Judge of the Family Court in 2008 after serving for four years as a Circuit Judge. Prior to that, Burton was an Associate Circuit Judge from 1999-2004. Before joining the bench, Judge Burton practiced law and was a partner with Margulis, Grant, Burton & Margulis. He also served as a trial attorney for the Special Public Defender's Office after graduating from Washington University School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.

James R. Cantalin
Bob Carlson Bob Carlson

Bob Carlson coordinates all nonprofit and charity law issues for the Missouri Attorney General's Office and frequently investigates and litigates cases in all areas of state nonprofit law.  Bob is also a past president of the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) and represented NASCO in drafting ULC’s Model Protection of Charitable Assets Act.  He frequently speaks on topics concerning state Attorney Generals’ regulation of the nonprofit sector and charitable fundraising law.  Bob graduated from St. Louis University School of in Law in 2003.  He will co-teach the seminar on Nonprofit Organizations.

Thomas Carter II

Thomas (“T.C.”) Carter, II practices law in a law firm that he founded where he specializes in civil law with an emphasis on personal injury litigation. T.C. received his juris doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1983. He graduated from the University of Maryland with his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting. T.C. is a veteran; he served 8 years in the United States Air Force. During his tours of duty, he received two Air Force Commendation Medals.

Judy Cates Judy Cates

Judy L. Cates is a lawyer with a nationwide trial practice and represents both plaintiffs and defendants in virtually all areas of complex civil litigation. Ms. Cates also acts as an independent mediator for parties seeking to resolve litigation through the ADR process. Judy Cates received her B.A. in Government from Cornell University and her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1977. Mrs. Cates is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Missouri and Florida. She is a member of the Illinois Bar, Florida Bar, Missouri Bar, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mrs. Cates is a former President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. In 2008, she was selected to be a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 lawyers. Mrs. Cates was also honored as one of the Top Illinois Lawyers for 2007, 2008 & 2009; is listed in Cambridge Who’s Who, 2007-2008; and the Presidential Who’s Who Among Business and Professional Achievers. As a result of a class action brought on behalf of physicians, Mrs. Cates was named a Kentucky Colonel in 2002.

Nicole Chiravollatti

Nicole Chiravollatti is a Managing Attorney for the Hammer Law Firm, LLC, specializing in state and federal criminal trial practice.  Ms. Chiravollatti received her undergraduate degree from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, California, and her law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law.  While a law student, Ms. Chiravollatti was awarded the Judge Robert G. Dowd, Sr. First Place Team Award for Best Appellate Advocacy and Best Appellee Brief, the ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award, and served as the President of the Student Bar Association.  From 2007-2012, Ms. Chiravollatti was appointed Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she first and second chaired dozens of cases, including robberies, burglaries, assaults and murders.  Ms. Chiravollatti teaches Trial Advocacy.

John Cooney John F. Cooney

John Cooney has been an active trial lawyer successfully representing individuals and corporations for more than 25 years. He has tried almost 100 cases to verdict and has handled numerous appeals in Missouri and United States trial and Appellate courts. He is an active member of several national and local legal associations and is a shareholder of the Danna McKitrick, P.C. law firm. His main areas of practice include defending insurance companies and self-insured entities in general civil and commercial litigation, product liability, rental vehicle, premises liability, and medical and legal negligence cases. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1982.

James Crowe James E. Crowe Jr.

James Crowe is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Attorney's Office in St. Louis, and has served as the Chief of the Criminal Division in that office since 1992. As a prosecutor he has specialized in the areas of white-collar crime, public corruption and organized crime. Prior to joining the U.S Attorney's Office, he worked for six years as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D. C., in which capacity he tried civil tax cases and argued appeals in federal circuits throughout the country. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He co-teaches the White-Collar Crime seminar with U. S. Magistrate Judge Terry Adelman.

Kevin Curran Kevin C. Curran

Kevin Curran is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Eastern District of Missouri. Prior to joining the federal system, he was Director of the Capital Division of the Missouri State Public Defender System, which he helped create in 1989. A 1978 graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law, Curran is a regular member of the School of Law’s adjunct faculty, co-teaching a Death Penalty Litigation seminar with Ellen Blau.

Caterina DiTraglia

Caterina DiTraglia, previously an Assistant Federal Defender for the Eastern District of Missouri, is currently a research and writing attorney with that office. Ms. DiTraglia was the Director of the St. Louis Youth Advocacy Unit in the Missouri Public Defender System from 1997 - 2000 and an Assistant Public Defender with the Missouri State Capital Division from 1992 - 1997. Since graduating in 1983, Cathy has worked in the Trial Division of the Missouri State Public Defenders, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in private practice. In 1998, Ms. DiTraglia was invited by the National Institute of Justice/Department of Justice to participate as a member of the Technical Working Group for Eyewitness Evidence in Washington D.C. The Working Group, consisting of prosecutors, police, scientists, and a few defense attorneys, published “Eyewitness Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement” in October of 1999 and developed a curriculum, published in September of 2003, for training law enforcement personnel who handle eyewitness evidence. Ms. DiTraglia has taught Advanced Criminal Procedure at St. Louis University School of Law. Her publications include “The Worst of Both Worlds: Defending Children in Juvenile Court” for the University of Missouri Columbia’s Law Review, and “The Eyes Have It” an article she co-authored for the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Magazine on eyewitness evidence.

Colleen Donohue Colleen Donohue

Colleen Donohue concentrates her practice at the law firm of Michael E. Magliari, P.C. in the areas of estate planning and estate administration, including the areas of probate, trust administration, and the preparation of estate tax returns. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and History and a minor in Music from Indiana University and obtained her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. She served as a law clerk intern for the Honorable Rodney W. Sippel of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. Ms. Donohue is a member of the Probate and Trust Committee of the Missouri Bar Association and serves on the Trust Subcommittee. She has also co-authored the Trust Administration chapter and update for the Missouri Deskbook Series. Ms. Donohue teaches a class in Estate Planning.

Michael Downey Michael Downey

Michael Downey is a legal ethics lawyer and litigation partner at Armstrong Teasdale LLP. Mr. Downey’s practice focuses on advising law firms and their clients on legal, ethics, discipline and risk management issues, including defending lawyers at trial and in appellate courts against malpractice claims, disciplinary charges, and sanctions. Mr. Downey has taught professional responsibility for more than a decade. Current Chair of the American Bar Association Law Practice Division, Mr. Downey has also been extensively involved in the drafting and adoption of new lawyer ethics rules, including serving on the Missouri Bar’s Special Committee on Lawyer Advertising, the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professional Conduct, and the ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission’s Technology Working Group. Mr. Downey has presented on professional ethics more than 250 times, published a book on law firm practice and more than 60 articles on professional ethics, and served as a expert witness on legal ethics and law practice in Missouri, Kansas, and the District of Columbia.

George Draper Judge George Draper

Judge George Draper received his law degree from Howard University, after which he clerked for the Honorable Shellie Bowers of the District of Columbia Superior Court. Before joining the bench, he served in the Office of Circuit Attorney for the City of St. Louis. He was appointed to the bench in 1994 as associate circuit judge, in 1998 as circuit judge and in 2000 as judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals. In 2011, Judge Draper was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court. He is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Mound City Bar Association and the Lawyer’s Association, and has taught in the Trial Advocacy program for over ten years. He teaches Trial Advocacy I.

Peter Dunne Peter Dunne

Peter Dunne graduated from St. Louis University in 1978 with an A.B. in History and was awarded a J.D. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1983. He has been a principal with the law firm of Rabbitt, Pitzer and Snodgrass, P.C. since 1991. Peter’s law practice emphasizes defending civil litigation in the State and Federal Courts in Missouri and Illinois, including defending civil rights claims against municipalities and police officers, personal injury suits and general damages litigation. Peter was a trial attorney with the St. Louis County Public Defender’s Office from 1983 to 1985. Peter is a Past President of the Lawyers Association of St. Louis and is an approved mediator in the State and Federal Courts in Missouri. In over 25 years in the practice of law Peter has tried over 175 lawsuits to jury verdict, and has actually managed to win several of these. In his highly coveted spare time Peter is a member of The Courthouse Steps, a group of singing lawyers that performs songs and skits which parody current events, and assists with writing and directing the annual Gridiron Show for the Lawyers Association of St. Louis.

Jeff Ezra

Jeff Ezra is principal and owner of Ezra & Associates, LLC, a law firm that specializes in personal injury litigation, particularly medical malpractice, FELA and wrongful death actions. He is a 1985 graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Law, where he participated on the School's National Trial Advocacy Team. He is a member of the Illinois Bar, American Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (medical malpractice and civil rules committees) and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has tried cases in 17 states and has argued matters before the West Virginia Supreme Court, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Illinois Court of Appeals for the Fifth District. He will be teaching Trial Advocacy.

Bruce Feldacker Bruce Feldacker

Bruce Feldacker (Bruce S. Feldacker, P.C.) is an attorney concentrating in labor and employment law. He serves as a mediator in the fields of labor & employment law and general civil cases, and also represents labor organizations in traditional labor law matters. He is a fellow of the ABA College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, and is designated as an Advanced Practitioner in Workplace Mediation by the Association for Conflict Resolution.

Mr. Feldacker has served as Co-Chair of the ABA Labor & Employment Law Section, Committee on ADR in Employment Law, President of the Association of Missouri Mediators, and Past Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. He has taught an Employment Law course at the St. Louis University Law School for the past ten years, and is a frequent speaker at conferences on employment law and ADR topics. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and holds an L.L.M. in labor law from Georgetown University Law Center.

Kim Freter Kim Freter

Kim Freter has been a sole practitioner concentrating in the area of criminal defense since 2003. Prior to opening her own practice, she was an associate at Rabbitt, Pitzer & Snodgrass, P.C. and an Assistant Public Defender. Freter received her J.D. from Washington University and is licensed in Missouri and Illinois. She teaches Trial Advocacy I.

Rebecca Frigy Rebecca L. Frigy

Rebecca Frigy is an associate in the health care group at Polsinelli Shughart PC. Ms. Frigy focuses her practice on general health care issues including fraud and abuse, physician employment agreements and other corporate transactional work. She received her J.D. from Saint Louis University in 2008 where she was the Executive Articles Editor for the Journal of Health Law. She co-teaches a course in Transactional Healthcare Practice.

Mark Garrett

Mark Garrett holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from the UCLA School of Public Affairs and was a practicing attorney in California specializing in land use and environmental issues. Mr. Garrett is the co-author of Transportation Planning on Trial: The Clean Air Act and Travel Forecasting, and has contributed to articles in the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, the UCLA journal Critical Planning, the Berkeley Planning Journal, and the Journal of the American Planning Association. Professor Garrett has been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Policy Studies in SLU’s College of Education and Public Policy. He has also taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Professor Garrett’s current research focuses on legal and social equity aspects of urban transit planning.

Judge Jack Garvey

Jack Garvey has served as an Circuit Court Judge for St. Louis City since 1998. He also has taught for the past two years as an Adjunct Professor in this school's Trial Practice program. Judge Garvey's prior practice experience includes a 3-year stint as an Assistant Circuit Attorney in the City and nearly 10 years in private practice. He also served for 4 years as a Member of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen. Judge Garvey received his B.A. from Saint Louis University in1983 and his J.D. from Rutgers University Law School-Camden in 1986. He will co-teach Advanced Practical Criminal Procedure.

Randy Gerber Randy Gerber

Randy Gerber is in the health care group of the Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus firm’s St. Louis office. Gerber works with physicians and physician groups, hospitals, and nursing homes in connection with their general corporate, financing and business matters. Gerber's wealth of experience in health care law includes the formation of integrated delivery system entities, such as physician-hospital organizations, independent physician associations and preferred provider organizations. He has written articles and given speeches on physician non-competition agreements, the Medicare/Medicaid anti-kickback statute, antitrust issues and physician recruitment. He received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and is a member of the American Bar Association - Business Law and Health Law Sections, the National Health Lawyers Association, the Missouri Society of Hospital Attorneys and the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law, 2008. He co-teaches a course in Transactional Healthcare Practice.

Melissa Gilliam Melissa Gilliam

Melissa Gilliam is an Assistant Circuit Attorney with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office. Melissa graduated with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1995 and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1998. Melissa was licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado in 1998 and the State of Missouri in 2000. Melissa began her legal career in 1998 as a Deputy District Attorney in the Colorado Spring District Attorney’s Office. While there, she prosecuted misdemeanor and juvenile crimes and conducted over (20) jury trials. In 2001, she began working at the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office and has tried over forty (40) jury trials including Murder in the First Degree, Robbery 1st Degree, Kidnapping, Assault 1st Degree, Armed Criminal Action along with drug and gun cases. Melissa was awarded with the Excellence in Prosecution award in 2009 for the prosecution of a murder for hire case.

Hal Goldsmith Hal Goldsmith

Hal Goldsmith currently serves as an Assistant United States Attorney and Senior Litigation Counsel for the Eastern District of Missouri, handling cases in the areas of white collar crime and public corruption. He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois from 1998 to 2006, assigned to the white collar section and serving as Chief of the Criminal Division for that District. From 1995 to 1998, he was an attorney and partner in the litigation department of the St. Louis, Missouri law firm, Peper, Martin, now Husch, Blackwell, Sanders, handling the defense of individuals and corporations in federal and state prosecutions. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Miami, Florida, handling primarily violent crime and narcotic trafficking investigations and prosecutions. From 1985 to 1990, Goldsmith served as an Assistant Circuit Attorney for the City of St. Louis, Missouri, in the major felony division. Hal is a 1985 graduate of the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri.

Deborah Greider Deborah Greider

Deborah Greider is a graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Law. She completed two judicial clerkships, the first with the Hon. Harlington Wood, Jr., Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the second with the Hon. J. Waldo Ackerman, U.S. District Court, Central District, IL. For several years she was senior counsel to a large bank holding corporation. She is in private practice, engaged in both corporate representation and civil litigation. Most of her litigation efforts have involved representing persons with disabilities and their families, with a focus on large-impact litigation, civil rights, housing discrimination, employment law, personal injury, and administrative practice. She has recently been involved in land use and environmental matters.

Sheena Hamilton Sheena Hamilton

Ms. Hamilton is an associate in the Employment & Labor practice group at Armstrong Teasdale, LLP.   She is licensed to practice law in the states of Missouri and Illinois.  She defends employers of all sizes in litigation in the public and private sector.  Prior to joining Armstrong Teasdale, Ms. Hamilton was a law clerk for the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. While at SLU Law, Ms. Hamilton was a member of the National Moot Court Team which placed first in the Regina and William Kniep Moot Court Competition and second in the region at the New York Bar Association’s Moot Court Competition. For her moot court success, she received the Judge Robert G. Dowd Appellate Advocacy Award and the American College of Trial Lawyers’ medal for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy. She has also argued before the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri. Ms. Hamilton was the regional director of the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition for the Midwest region when she was a third year law student, and coached SLU Law’s FDMCC team to its first national championship during the 2010-2011 moot court season. She is also a member of the Saint Louis University Black Alumni Association Board of Directors and teaches moot court for the FDMCC team.

Cynthia Hamilton Stevens

Cynthia Stevens is a Regional Claims Attorney with American Family Mutual Insurance Company. She is a 1997 graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law and has served as an adjunct professor since 2001. For the past four years, Ms. Stevens has taught in the Civil Practice program. She is a member of the Missouri Bar, the ABA and BAMSL. Actively involved in community service, Stevens is a member of the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri as well as chair of the scholarship committee at St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Mark Hammer Mark A. Hammer

Mark A. Hammer is managing attorney of The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, specializing in Federal and State criminal defense trial practice. A 1986 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, he left a large Los Angeles civil firm to join the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Seattle and pursue his passion for trial practice. He was later appointed Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Hennepin and Ramsey Counties (in Minneapolis and St. Paul, respectively) and found time to be an airline pilot for Comair, a regional carrier for Delta Airlines. Mr. Hammer has been an adjunct professor for William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, and a faculty member for the National Advocacy Center, a trial college for federal and state prosecutors at the University of South Carolina. He is married to a prosecutor and they parent a 4-year old who argues his case better than either one of them.

Ed Hejlek Ed Hejlek

Ed Hejlek specializes in the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, and in patent, trademark and trade secret licensing and consulting, with an emphasis in pharmaceuticals, life sciences and materials. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in 1978 and a law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1981 where he was selected to write for the Missouri Law Review. He was admitted to the California bar in 1981 and the Missouri bar in 1982. Hejlek has been an adjunct professor at Saint Louis University School of Law since 1990, and currently teaches Patent Law in the evening program.

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Joseph Hipskind Joseph Hipskind

Joseph Hipskind is an attorney with Stinson Morrison Hecker and is experienced in a wide range of sports-related matters, from advising professional major league franchises and municipal sports authorities to the representation of professional athletes. He is a member of the firm's St. Louis office and is a member of the Sports Law, General Business, Financial Institutions and Real Estate Practice Groups. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University, 1993. He regularly teaches a seminar in Sports Law.

William Hoffman William P. Hoffman

William Hoffman is an Associate in the Health Care Practice Group at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.  Mr. Hoffman's practice focuses on representation of hospitals, health care systems, physician groups, and other health care providers in a variety of transactional matters and regulatory advice, including the 340B Program, Stark Law, federal Anti-Kickback Statute and HIPAA. Mr. Hoffman served as an Articles Editor for the St. Louis University Public Law Review and received a health law certificate during law school.  He also was the recipient of two Academic Excellence Awards in the field of Family Law and Legal Ethics.

Thomas Kennedy Thomas E. Kennedy III

The Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy II, L.C., primarily represent persons with disabilities, their families and organizations which serve such persons. Mr. Kennedy practices in the areas of school law and civil rights law. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Kennedy is the author of several articles on school law and disability rights law and has lectured nationally on topics dealing with school law and vocational rehabilitation law.

Joan Killgore Joan B. Killgore

Joan Killgore is an attorney in the health care group of the Polsinelli Shughart firm's St. Louis office and maintains a general transactional and regulatory health law practice, focusing on the representation of academic medical centers, hospitals, physicians, long term care facilities, ancillary medical service providers and other health care clients. Ms. Killgore regularly assists health care clients with regulatory, operational and transactional matters, including contract negotiation, Anti-Kickback and Stark Law compliance analyses and compliance audits. On a daily basis she handles a wide array of issues affecting health care clients including, but not limited to, those involving Stark Law compliance, medical staff, HIPAA privacy, third party payor reimbursement, and certificate of need and state licensure.

Ms. Killgore is a frequent local and national speaker on health care regulatory and compliance issues. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Society of Health Care Attorneys.

David Lander David Lander

David Lander has been a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP since 1988, and his practice includes representation of secured creditors, mortgagees, unsecured creditors, debtors and unsecured creditors' committees in out-of-court workouts, Chapter 11 reorganizations and enforcement of creditors' rights. He lectures nationally and has authored dozens of articles including chapters on agribusiness finance, business loan workouts and bankruptcy in four major treatises. He was an Assistant Professor of Law at Saint Louis University School of Law from 1973-1975, and was the Executive Director and General Counsel for the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri from 1975-1980. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the School since 1980. He is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, where he serves as chair of the Chapter 11 Committee, the American College of Bankruptcy, the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and served on the National Study Committee on the revision of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Court Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules and has previously served on the board of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal and the Federal Judicial Center Committee on Bankruptcy Judge Education. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Chicago Law School.

Courtney Logan

A native of East Saint Louis, Ill., Courtney joined Heyl Royster in 2013. Prior to Heyl Royster, Courtney served as an Assistant State's Attorney for Saint Clair County, Ill. He was assigned to the Domestic Violence Division, where he tried a number of cases to jury verdict. Currently, he serves as an Assistant State's Attorney assigned to special projects on a pro-bono basis. Courtney concentrates his practice on general tort, insurance coverage litigation, complex civil litigation, toxic tort matters, and product liability.

Courtney received his J.D. from SLU LAW in 2012. During law school, he was a member the Moot Court Board, National Moot Court Team, and National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team. In 2011, his team won the National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition. Courtney worked in Heyl Royster's Edwardsville office as a summer associate in 2011. During law school, he also clerked for Judge Carol E. Jackson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois.

Janette Lohman Janette Lohman

Janette M. Lohman is a Partner with the law firm of Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis, Missouri where she practices in all areas of state and local taxation. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at the Saint Louis University School of Law where she has taught this subject since 1998. In March 2006, Janette was the recipient of the 2006 Saint Louis University Faculty Excellence Award. Janette was Director of the Missouri Department of Revenue from 1993-1997 and before that, Director of Tax Planning and Assistant General Counsel for the former McDonnell Douglas Corporation. She holds an LL.M. in Taxation from the Washington University School of Law, a J.D. from the Saint Louis University School of Law, an M.B.A. from the Saint Louis University School of Business and Administration, a B.A., summa cum laude, from William Jewell College and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Janette is a member of the MSCPA (Taxation Committee) and the AICPA. In August 2007, Janette was awarded the 2007 AICPA/MSCPA ""Woman to Watch"" award for Missouri. Janette is also a member of the Council on State Taxation (""COST"") Practitioners Forum and a Certified Member of the Institute (""CMI"" - Sales Taxation) for the Institute of Professionals in Taxation. Janette is a member of the IPT Board of Governors, Chairman of the IPT Income Tax Education Program and Co-Chairman of the ABA/IPT Advanced Income Tax Seminar. The IPT awarded to Janette its Distinguished Service Award at its annual meeting in June 2008. Janette is a Missouri correspondent for State Tax Notes, an editor for taxation cases for the Missouri Bar's Courts and CLE Bulletin and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives. Ms. Lohman serves on the Executive Committee of the ABA Taxation Section's State and Local Taxation Committee and serves as Vice-Chairman in of the ABA Taxation Section's Professional Services Committee. Janette serves on the board of directors for the National Multistate Tax Symposium (co-sponsored by Deloitte and the Florida Bar) and the Hartman SALT Forum Advisory Board (affiliated with Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee). Ms. Lohman is listed currently in The Best Lawyers in America, and as one of the top 50 women ""Super Lawyers"" in Missouri and Kansas. She is a frequent speaker at national and regional SALT conferences and has authored many articles about state and local tax subjects. Janette is also a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Mound City Bar Association. In February 2009, Janette will receive the Missouri Arts Council's Missouri Arts Award for Leadership in the Arts, to be presented by Governor Jay Nixon in the Capitol Rotunda.

Thomas Magee Thomas J. Magee

Thomas Magee is a partner with Moser & Marsalek, P.C. in St. Louis. Magee has been with the firm since he graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1985. As a trial attorney, he has significant experience in litigation and has tried more than 100 jury trials to verdict. Magee has represented clients in commercial litigation, products liability, construction and professional liability cases. Although primarily involved for the defense, Magee has represented plaintiffs with success. His bar and court admissions include: Missouri, 1985; Illinois, 1986; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1985; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1990; U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1991; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1987; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2003; U.S. Supreme Court, 1989. He became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America, in 2007. Magee received his bachelor’s degree in 1982 from Marquette University.

Rebecca Magruder Rebecca Magruder

Rebecca Magruder practices Mediation and Collaborative Law in civil, domestic, business, labor, landlord-tenant and medical areas, among others. She received her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law and also holds a Master’s in Social Work. She is in private practice in St. Charles and teaches in the Mediation Clinic at the School of Law.

Nalini Mahadevan Nalini S. Mahadevan

Nalini S. Mahadevan is a member of Mahadevan Law Office, LLC. She has been in practice since 2003. Nalini has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Masters in Law from the University of Mumbai, India. She practiced as a corporate lawyer in India for five years before relocating to the United States and earning her Masters in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. Nalini earned her JD from St. Louis University of Law. She specializes in immigration, estate planning and business, with a special emphasis on serving the immigrant community worldwide. Nalini is chairperson of Immigration Committee and a member of the Solo and Small Firm Committees of Missouri Bar. She is a member of Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She organizes CLEs for the St. Louis subchapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She advises SAWERAA, a nonprofit that protects immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence and organizes a monthly free legal clinic for her Temple. Nalini is a speaker for the Missouri Bar on immigration and law practice management and a speaker for BAMSL on the ‘business of law’. She was a speaker for the University of Missouri Kansas City, recently. She is currently an adjunct Professor at the St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri. She is working on two books on Immigration Law and on Law Practice Management for law students.

David Massa David J. Massa

David Massa is a partner at Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, LC where he heads the Healthcare and Life Science practice group. He is a member of the Litigation, International, and Governmental Law Departments. He also heads the Government Contracts practice. Mr. Massa graduated from Washington University magna cum laude in Economics and received his law degree in 1978 from the Yale Law School. He joined Bryan Cave, LLP in 1979 and was a partner there until 2004. His practice focuses on governance, regulatory compliance and defense, related transactions and complex litigation, for clients in highly regulated industries, particularly the aerospace, defense, healthcare, life sciences, and homeland security industries. He has represented clients ranging from individuals and start up businesses to Fortune 500 companies, including Missouri’s largest healthcare system, its largest medical research facility, its largest EMS company, and the world’s largest defense contractor. He has also represented growing healthcare and technology businesses at all stages from formation, through drafting the business and contractual instruments for their growth, through ultimate sale or other exit strategy. He has defended over 100 government investigations, related audits, civil and criminal suits, and administrative proceedings. He has handled dozens of whistleblower and other complex litigations, both civil and criminal, in federal and state courts, including bench and jury trials to verdict. He has collected multi-million dollar remedies for plaintiffs, most recently in a shareholder derivative suit and governance dispute involving a genetic traits research and development company, and has defeated such claims on behalf of defendants. Mr. Massa has taught Public Health Emergency Law, Biosecurity Law, and Homeland Security Law at the St. Louis University Law School since 2006.

Hardy C. Menees

Hardy Menees graduated cum laude from Princeton University and from Washington University School of Law. Menees is currently a partner with the firm of Menees, Whitney, Burnet & Trog and specializes in civil litigation. He is currently the City Attorney and Prosecuting Attorney for the City of St. John, Missouri. His admissions to practice include The Missouri Bar; Illinois Bar; United States District Court; Eastern District of Missouri; United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; and Federal Pro Hoc Vice Admissions to the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. While in private practice, he also served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri defending and trying Federal lawsuits filed by inmates against the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Patrick Mickey Patrick Mickey

Patrick Mickey is an attorney with Brown & Crouppen, where his practice is devoted exclusively to representing plaintiffs in personal injury litigation.  Prior to joining Brown & Crouppen, Patrick spent a decade representing commercial insurance companies, where he gained experience litigating and trying cases throughout Missouri and Illinois.  He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in political science before obtaining his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law.  He has received much recognition for his advocacy skills, including the School of Law’s Academic Excellence Award for Trial Advocacy and the Lawyers’ Association of St. Louis’ Milton F. Napier Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy.  He has received a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating from his peers in the legal community.  Patrick is an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy, teaching Trial Advocacy and coaching the school’s Trial Advocacy Competition Team.

Richard Middleton Richard Middleton

Dr. Middleton is a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his JD from St. Louis University. Dr. Middleton was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, a Theodore McMillian Scholar and Dean's Scholar while at SLU School of Law. Dr. Middleton has volunteered for the Immigration Law Project of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri for three years during which time he assisted in drafting complaints to be filed in Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, drafted motions to be filed with Executive Office of Immigration Review, conducted legal research on complex immigration matters, prepared immigration petitions for clients, and drafted continuing legal education materials on immigration law. He also received certification of training in family-based immigration law from the Midwest Legal Immigration Project. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies and has an extensive publication record, having published one book (Cities, Mayors, and Race Relations) and numerous articles and chapters, including an article forthcoming publication titled, "The Interaction of Immigrant Culture and the Law: Focus on Parental Discretion Under IDEIA of 2004" in the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.

Katherine L. Nash Katherine L. L. Nash

Katherine L. Nash practices primarily in the areas of education, non-profit, litigation, labor and employment law with Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C. She has extensive experience representing and advising private and public employers in all areas of employment law. Nash practices primarily in Missouri and Illinois state and federal courts. She has also represented clients in matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Missouri Human Rights Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Nash is a graduate of Washington University School of Law and Cornell University.

Genevieve Nichols Genevieve Nichols

Genevieve Nichols is a 1999 graduate of SLU Law and a 1996 graduate of Loyola Marymount University (and a proud 1992 graduate of U City High). After trying her hand at non-litigation work, Genevieve began doing trial work at Coffey & Associates in 2001. Between 2001 & 2007, she was the sole associate at this small plaintiff’s personal injury firm and has handled all aspects of litigation and trial. In January, 2008 she became a partner in the firm which was re-named Coffey & Nichols. In the past 7 years, she has first chaired medical malpractice, product’s liability and other injury cases as well as second chaired cases with Mary Coffey, assisted with and handled solo numerous cases that were resolved before trial. She has also done appellate work in the Eastern District Court of Appeals and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was President of the Women Lawyers’ Association of St. Louis for the 2007-2008 term. She has co-authored a Missouri Bar Deskbook supplement and is an adjunct professor at St. Louis University School of Law teaching Trial Advocacy I. In 2008, she received the Missouri Bar Foundation’s Lon O. Hocker award for excellence in trial advocacy as a young lawyer. She was named, also in 2008, as a Rising Star by Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers.

Judge David Noce

David Noce is a magistrate judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. He received his A.B. degree from Saint Louis University and his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1969. He taught business law in college before serving as a legal officer on active duty in the United States Army from 1970 to 1972. From 1972 to 1975, he was the law clerk for two federal district judges in St. Louis. From 1975 to 1976, he served as an assistant United States Attorney, prosecuting federal criminal cases. In 1976, he was appointed the second magistrate judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. From 1989 to 1996, he served as the chief magistrate judge of the district court. He is recently been appointed to his fifth eight-year term as a magistrate judge. He has participated in many continuing legal education programs for judges and lawyers sponsored by the United States District Court, the Federal Judicial Center, the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and other groups. Since 1996, Judge Noce has taught his course, Jury Instructions and the Trial Process, at the School of Law.

William O'Neill William D. O'Neill

William O'Neill is an attorney with the Senniger Powers law firm in St. Louis, where he concentrates on counseling and litigation in the areas of trademark, copyright and unfair competition law. Before becoming an attorney, O'Neill worked in the advertising agency business, first with J. Walter Thompson Company in Chicago and later as a Vice President of D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles in St. Louis. He helped develop and execute advertising and marketing strategies for clients including Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Brown Shoe Company, ConAgra Foods, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, Kal Kan Pet Foods, Kraft Foods, M&M/Mars, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, Pillsbury, Procter & Gamble, and Trans World Airlines. He received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He received his law degree, cum laude, from Saint Louis University, where he was Special Editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal.

Matthew Padberg Matthew Padberg

Matthew Padberg attended Tulane University, graduating with a degree in Business Administration, magna cum laude. He received his J.D. from the University of Missouri - Columbia in 1983. While in law school, he worked at both the Supreme Court of Missouri and clerked for Judge Harold Satz, Eastern District Court of Appeals. After graduating, he clerked for Judge Jack K. Regan, United States Federal District Judge, Eastern District of Missouri. In 1984, he entered private practice representing plaintiffs in civil litigation. He is a partner in Padberg & Corrigan, PC. Since 1984, he has tried more than 50 jury trials in venues throughout Missouri and Illinois. Padberg has frequently lectured on topics in civil litigation, particularly topics relating to personal injury litigation.

Gary Pierson Gary A. Pierson II

Gary Pierson is a partner in the law firm of Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP, where he has handled trademark, copyright, patent and domain name litigation, managed domestic and international trademark portfolios and drafted and negotiated license agreements, vendor agreements and software development agreements. He previously served as Associate Counsel for Greenville College. He's admitted to practice law in Missouri and Illinois as well as the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri and the U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois.

John Rabbitt John Rabbitt

John Rabbitt earned both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Saint Louis University. He¹s been in private practice since 2003. Prior to that, he was an associate with the St. Louis firm, Diekemper, Hammond, Shinners, Turcotte and Larrew, P.C., from June 2000 to August 2003. He is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois. He teaches the course, Workers' Compensation.

James Ramacciotti Monsignor James J. Ramacciotti

Monsignor Ramacciotti received his Master of Divinity degree from Kenrick Seminary and earned his degree in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Monsignor has served as a judge in the metropolitan tribunal of first instance for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Presently, he holds the office of Defender of the Bond in the appellate tribunal for the Province of St. Louis. He has taught canon law at Kenrick Seminary since 1995, and has taught a seminar on the topic at the School of Law.

Christina Randolph Christina Z. Randolph

Christina Z. Randolph is an Officer in the Health Care Practice Group at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Her practice focuses on providing legal and business advice to health care clients. Ms. Randolph’s experience has enabled her to counsel her clients on practical solutions to complex legal problems as the health care industry evolves. In 2008, Ms. Randolph was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one of the 2008 Up and Coming Lawyers in Missouri.

Ms. Randolph’s practice includes counseling health care clients on issues related to fraud and abuse, Stark Law and regulatory compliance, joint ventures, licensure and operations of health care facilities, medical staff matters, and tax exempt issues. She represents a wide variety of clients, ranging from integrated health care delivery systems, physicians and physician practices, ambulatory surgical centers, and social service agencies.

Prior to joining the Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, Ms. Randolph was a licensed clinical social worker who provided counseling services to children, families and adults. She provided services in a variety of social service settings, including a community-based residential treatment center and hospital emergency department.

Edward W. Rataj

Edward W. Rataj received his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law and is recently retired from the law firm of Bryan Cave. His practice encompassed a broad range of employee benefit matters including qualified retirement plans, employee stock ownership plans, non qualified deferred compensation plans, fiduciary duties, prohibited transactions and employee benefit issues in mergers and acquisitions. Rataj handled sophisticated qualified plan designs and discrimination testing and has spoken on retirement topics. He will be co-teaching a course in ERISA with Jennifer Stokes.

Thomas Rea Thomas S. Rea

Tommy Rea is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri where he prosecutes violent crime.  Mr. Rea’s legal practice began at Bryan Cave LLP.  He also handled complex civil and criminal litigation for Dowd Bennett LLP.  Mr. Rea is a 2001 graduate of Washington University School of Law and a 1998 Boston College graduate.  He teaches trial advocacy.

James Reeves James W. Reeves

James Reeves has been a litigation attorney for 20 years, with a focus in general tort liability, products liability, medical malpractice, employment and commercial litigation. He is also a mediator, with over 15 years of experience in dispute resolution. He received his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law, and his LL.M. in dispute resolution from the University of Missouri - Columbia. He teaches Civil Practice.

Kathryn Render Kathryn S. Render

Kathryn S. Render is a practicing employment lawyer with an office in Hermann, Missouri. She received her J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law in 1989 and was awarded admittance to the Order of the Woolsack. She began life as a lawyer in general practice as an associate at Newburger & Vossmeyer. From January 1991 through August 1992, she was the law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge William S. Bahn. Afterwards, she taught Legal Research and Writing at Washington University School of Law. She began practicing employment law as an associate at Mary Anne Sedey and Associates. Since January 1997, she has been a sole practitioner representing employees in negotiations with their current or former employers, in litigations in state and federal courts, and in private arbitrations. She speaks often on employment law topics. She is a past President of the Eighth Circuit chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), a past President of the St. Louis chapter of NELA, and has served on the executive board of both organizations. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Saint Louis University School of Law.

Nellie Ribaudo Judge Nellie Ribaudo

Nellie Ribaudo is an associate with Rosenblum, Schwartz, Rogers & Glass, P.C. She received a B.A. in history with a minor in criminal justice in 1993 from the University of Dayton and received her J.D. from Saint Louis University in 1996. Nellie was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1996, to the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, in 2003, and the Supreme Court of the United States in 2007. Nellie has been practicing criminal defense for more than10 years and has tried more than 40 felony jury trials. She is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, BAMSL and the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She teaches trial advocacy.

Stephen M. Ryals

Stephen Ryals is an experienced civil rights practitioner in St. Louis and a nationally recognized expert in Section 1983 and police misconduct litigation. He is the author of a Section 1983 Treatise, Discovery and Proof in Police Misconduct Cases (John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1995) and co-author of Section 1983 Litigation: Forms (John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1994). He currently services as a supervising attorney in the Civil Rights & Community Justice Clinic and has taught a seminar in Civil Rights Section 1983 law at Saint Louis University School of Law in recent years, receiving excellent evaluations. Prof. Ryals is a partner in the law firm Ryals and Soffer, P.C. From 1986-1987 Prof. Ryals worked in the Franklin County Public Defender office. He earned his J.D. in 1984 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his B.A. in Political Science (cum laude) in 1981 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Gene Schmittgens Gene Schmittgens

Gene Schmittgens is Of Counsel at Evans & Dixon, LLC., where he concentrates in the area of Environmental Law. He represents clients on a wide range of environmental issues including compliance, enforcement, including litigation, insurance, permitting, transportation requirements and transactional issues arising out of the sale of real estate and businesses. He is a frequent lecturer and author on a wide variety of environmental issues. Mr. Schmittgens is a past chair of the Illinois State Bar Association's Environmental Law Section Council, as well as the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’ Environmental Law Committee. In addition, he has been active in a number of other environmental law committees of various bar associations and civic groups.

Daniel Schramm Daniel R. Schramm

Daniel R. Schramm maintains a sole law practice in Chesterfield, Missouri. He received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University in 1975, and his J.D. from American University in 1978. He practices in the areas of appellate advocacy, business law and estate planning. His primary focus has been appellate advocacy. The history of Mr. Schramm's appellate practice has included cases before all three districts of the Missouri Court of Appeals, the Missouri Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. For a number of years, Mr. Schramm taught business law classes at Maryville University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has taught in the Saint Louis University Law School Moot Court Program since 2001.

Neal Settergren Neal W. Settergren

Neal W. Settergren is a member at the law firm Goldstein and Price, L.C. in St. Louis, where he practices admiralty law. Mr. Settergren has represented a broad range of clients involved in virtually all aspects of maritime commerce. Mr. Settergren also regularly defends maritime personal injury and death claims brought by seaman, longshoreman, and non-seafarers.

Alex Shipp

Alex Shipp is an attorney at Edward Jones and is experienced in a wide range of contract negotiation and drafting including real estate, banking transactions, securities, investment advisory, regulatory filings and providing guidance on regulatory examinations.  He received his J.D. from SLU LAW in 2006 and his Bachelor of Arts in English from Indiana University in 2003. He currently teaches a seminar in Sports Law.

John Simon John G. Simon

John G. Simon is a graduate of Saint Louis University (B.S. Accounting, 1983) and (J.D., 1986). John is the Managing Partner of The Simon Law Firm, P.C. The Simon Law Firm’s practice areas include Personal Injury Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Class Action/Consumer Law, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice and Pharmaceutical Litigation.

Daniel Sise Daniel M. Sise

Daniel M. Sise holds a J.D. from the University of Illinois and is an instructor and community Engagement associate for the Nonprofit Management & Leadership Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is licensed to practice law in both Missouri and Illinois. Prior to this he worked for Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, Richard Connor Riley & Associates, Williams & Montgomery, and Greensfelder Hemker & Gale. Mr. Sise is on the boards of several nonprofit organizations in the area, including the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity St. Charles.

Jennifer Stokes Jennifer Stokes

Jennifer Stokes is a partner with the law firm of Bryan Cave where she practices in the employee benefits area with an emphasis on welfare plans, qualified and non qualified retirement plans, and executive compensation. She joined the firm in 1998 after graduating with a JD from Washington University. Ms. Stokes co-teaches a seminar in ERISA and employee benefits.

Debbie Synder Debbie Champion Synder

Debbie Champion is a founding partner in the firm Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch and Champion. Ms. Champion actively practices in Missouri and Southern Illinois, in the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She has tried cases in eastern and southwestern Missouri and in southern Illinois. She has orally argued before the Missouri Supreme Court and the Eastern, Western and Southern District Courts of Appeals. She won the Lawyer's Lawyer Award at the 2008 Women's Justice Awards, and is a recipient of an Outstanding Volunteer Award from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and the Missouri Pro Bono Publico Award from the Missouri Bar Association. She was recently honored by the Women's Law Caucus of Washington University for her commitment to the advancement of women in the law and has been selected as one of Ten Outstanding Young St. Louisans by the St. Louis Junior Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the board of Lift for Life Academy. She is a founding member of Kids' Inc. and founder and president of Tools for Schools. Ms. Champion co-authored the Missouri Practice Workers' Compensation Subrogation Chapter. She is a fellow and charter member of the Litigation Counsel of America, a member of the Council for Ethical Billing/Council for Litigation Management. Currently, Ms. Champion serves on the 21st Judicial Circuit Judicial Commission as part of Missouri's non-partisan court plan, and she is a member of the Supreme Court of Missouri Ad Hoc Committee to Study Expert Discovery.

Jennifer Szczucinski Jennifer Szczucinski

Jennifer Szczucinski is an Assistant Circuit Attorney for the City of St. Louis, assigned to the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit. While at the Circuit Attorney’s office, Ms. Szczucinski has tried over fifty jury trials, including charges such as Murder in the 1st Degree, Forcible Rape, Forcible Sodomy, Statutory Rape, Statutory Sodomy, Assault in the 1st Degree, and other assault and sexual-related crimes. Ms. Szczucinski was awarded the STAR Award from the St. Louis Family Violence Council in 2008 for her commitment to prosecuting domestic violence cases and received Justice Awards in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for excellence in prosecution. Ms. Szczucinski received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and History from Washington University in St. Louis in 2001. She received her Juris Doctor from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004.

Erich Vieth Erich Vieth

For thirty years, Erich Vieth has worked as a trial and appellate attorney in St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently a partner at Campbell Law, based in St. Louis. Vieth’s early career included four years of service with the Trade Offense Division of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office (St. Louis Office), where he investigated and litigated civil and criminal fraud cases in many areas, including automobile sales and repair, telemarketing, health care fraud, and diploma mills. Since 2004, he has worked in private practice, where he has often represented classes of consumers who have suffered damages as a result of a wide variety of unfair acts and business practices. He has filed numerous cases on behalf of consumers victimized by predatory lenders and financial services organizations, many of those cases involving contractual provisions ostensibly requiring binding arbitration. Other cases have involved products liability, ERISA, environmental law and employment issues.

Along with John Campbell of Campbell Law, Vieth co-authored the Appellant’s Brief for Missouri Supreme Court case of Huch v. Charter Communications, Inc., 290 S.W.3d 721 (Mo. 2009), voted the Best Appellate Win of 2009 by the readership of Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Along with John Campbell, Vieth received the 2011 and 2013 awards for Most Influential Appellate Lawyer by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Also working with John Campbell, he co-authored Chapter 9, “Binding Mandatory Arbitration,” in the Missouri Consumer Law & Practice MOBAR CLE Deskbook (Published December, 2010).

Jill Wehmer Jill Wehmer

Jill Wehmer is a principal at Riezman Berger and practices primarily in the area of family law. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1975 and her J.D. degree from Drake University in 1978. Following graduation she worked for the St. Louis County Counselor’s office until entering private practice in 1980. While in private practice, she also served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri defending and trying federal lawsuits filed by inmates against the Missouri Department of Corrections. Her admissions to practice include The Missouri Bar, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Robert West Robert West

Robert T. West is a co-founder and principal of the firm of Paster, West & Kraner, p.c., where he has specialized in commercial real estate law for over 30 years. During that time, Mr. West has represented developers, investors, lenders, tenants and other parties in complex transactions involving the purchase, sale, development, construction, financing, leasing and management of commercial real estate properties. Mr. West received his J.D. cum laude from St. Louis University Law School in 1976, where he was also co-business editor of the Law Journal. Prior to that, Mr. West received his B.S. cum laude in accounting from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Among other community activities, Mr. West serves as General Counsel, Board Member and former President for Habitat for Humanity St. Louis and, in that capacity, has worked closely with the St. Louis University Law Clinic for many years.

Suzanne Zatlin Suzanne Zatlin

Suzanne Zatlin is an attorney with Bryan Cave LLP in St. Louis, Missouri. She obtained her Artis Baccalaureate degree from Washington University in 1973 and her Juris Doctoris degree from Washington University School of Law in 1983 where she served on the staff of The Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law. Ms. Zatlin was an associate with the law firm of Popkin & Stern from 1983 until 1988 at which time she became a founding member of Stone, Leyton & Gershman. P.C.  Ms. Zatlin joined Gallop, Johnson & Neuman in 1998.  Following the closure of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, Ms. Zatlin joined the real estate client services group at Bryan Cave LLP. Ms. Zatlin has represented individuals, businesses and developers in a wide range of real estate matters, including the acquisition, sale, exchange, development and leasing of commercial, office, retail, hotel, warehouse, manufacturing, industrial, subdivision, condominium and residential property throughout the United States.  Ms. Zatlin is accredited as a LEED® Green Associate by the U.S. Green Building Council.  She is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Missouri Gateway Chapter, and CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), St. Louis chapter.  Ms. Zatlin is a volunteer lawyer with Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts.

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