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Judge Broniec appointed to Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District

On October 19, Governor Mike Parson appointed Judge Kelly C. Broniec, ’96, to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. Judge Broniec succeeds Judge Roy L. Richter who retired in July 2020. A resident of Montgomery City, Judge Broniec is an active member of the Montgomery City Kiwanis Club and the Montgomery City Chamber of Commerce. Judge Broniec and her…

Owen named Vice President and General Counsel of Columbia Insurance Group

Claire Owen, ’09, was appointed as vice president and general counsel of Columbia Insurance Group after a recent retirement. Owen joined the company back in 2017 and served as corporate legal counsel before being promoted to VP and general counsel this year. Owen’s new responsibilities are in the realm of corporate and board governance, contract review, regulatory matters and legislative…

Ayres Joins Artio Medical as VP, Corporate Development & General Counsel

John Ayres, ’06, joined Artio Medical Inc. in September 2020 as vice president for corporate development and general counsel. Artio Medical is a medical device company that develops innovative endovascular products for the treatment of peripheral vascular, neurovascular, and structural heart diseases. Artio’s products are designed to provide precision placement, immediate occlusion, and rapid sealing of arteries, veins, saccular aneurysms,…

Howell Joins Fox Rothschild Labor & Employment Department

Nikki H. Howell, ’04, has joined Fox Rothschild LLP as partner in the Labor & Employment Department. Howell, who has more than a decade of trial experience, focuses her practice on defending nationwide class and collective actions as well as large multi-plaintiff discrimination lawsuits and litigation resulting from Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) systemic investigations. Howell was among 7 attorneys…

Sastry Appointed Chairman of the Missouri National Guard Hall of Fame

John J. Sastry, ’91, was appointed chairman of the new Missouri National Guard Hall of Fame, which honors former guardsmen and guardswomen who have distinguished themselves in their military or civilian pursuits. As an 18-year-old, Sastry enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard as an E-1 (the lowest enlisted rank). He also was simultaneously a Presidential Scholar at Truman State…

Fearson named to 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Jafon Fearson, ’15, has been named to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch list for Intellectual Property Law. Fearson is an associate at Brinks, Gilson & Lione in Chicago, Ill. He also serves as a student mentor and member of the Associate’s Board for Legal Prep Charter Academy. An organization dedicated to mentoring and promoting diversity in…

Downing elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Don Downing, ’82, an attorney at Gray, Ritter & Graham has been elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship in the IATL is by invitation only, and trial lawyers become fellows only after an extremely rigorous vetting process, which includes both peer and judicial review. The IATL says it seeks fellows who have achieved a career…

Wells promoted to Partner and General Counsel at Stange Law Firm

St. Louis divorce attorney Regina L.L. Wells, ’00, has been tapped to serve not only as a partner at Stange Law Firm, PC but also as general counsel for the firm. She initially joined the firm in 2016 as a senior associate attorney and shortly after was promoted to be a team leader attorney for the firm’s Missouri offices. Prior…

Olive named to 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. (CECB) is pleased to announce David K. Olive, ’13, was recently selected for inclusion in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®  Inaugural Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on…