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Bird appointed to St. Louis Circuit Court

Gov. Mike Parson appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Bird, ’89, to the St. Louis Circuit Court in May 2021. Bird, of St. Louis, has been an assistant prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis for more than eight years. Bird replaces Judge Thom C. Clark II, who was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals at St.…

Johnson joins Chamberlain Hrdlicka in Atlanta

Jamihlia F. Johnson, ’14, joined the tax controversy and litigation practice of Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry PC in May 2021. Johnson advises people and businesses through disputes with the IRS and other taxing authorities. Before joining the firm, she handled corporate finance deals for Schiff Hardin LLP and was an international tax manager for Deloitte. At Deloitte, she advised Fortune 500 companies,…

Leach joins Mulliken Weiner Berg & Jolivet

Erin Leach, ’14, joined the Colorado Springs law firm of Mulliken Weiner Berg & Jolivet as an associate attorney in February 2021. She specializes in civil and commercial litigation, including construction and employment litigation. She spent seven years with a St. Louis, Mo., law firm, where she was a litigation and employment law…

Missy Shands Manning joins Affinity Law Group

Valerie “Missy” Shands Manning, ’14, joined Affinity Law Group in St. Louis as a principal attorney in March 2021. She focuses on estate planning, elder law, and trust and probate administration. Prior to joining the firm, Manning was a senior attorney with TuckerAllen and an associate with Miller & Roberts,…

Collins joins The Automobile Club of Missouri’s in-house litigation department

Lauren C. Collins, ’13, joined The Automobile Club of Missouri’s in-house litigation department, which now is known as Kraft, Bischoff, Buckley & Collins, in March 2021. Collins previously defended physicians and medical professionals in medical malpractice actions as an associate at Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard. She also focused on complex and toxic tort litigation and served as co-director of…

Kohut joins Spencer Fane

Jake Kohut, ’12, joined the litigation group of Spencer Fane LLP in April 2021 as an of counsel attorney in the firm’s Cape Girardeau office. Kohut works closely with clients to develop strong litigation strategies and successfully close transactions. With a focus on commercial, fiduciary and health care issues, Jake regularly defends claims in state and federal court. Jake previously…

Odum named general counsel at Burns & McDonnell

Paul Odum, ’97, was named general counsel at Burns & McDonnell in March 2021. He joined the company in 2006 after a successful early career in private practice. Over the past 14 years, he has worked with each of the company’s 10 practice groups and all of its regional offices, finding solutions to a wide range of legal and business…

El-Zein joins Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Anna El-Zein, ’18, joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon as an associate in March 2021. She focuses on class action and appellate litigation and provides regulatory counseling. El-Zein served as an intern to Judge Patricia Breckenridge of the Missouri Supreme Court and Judge Catherine Perry in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. She also was a law…

David joins Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Stefon David, ’20, joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon as an associate in March 2021. David focuses on general liability litigation. Prior to Shook, he completed the two-month Truman Fellowship with UMKC School of Law. There, he represented Kansas City tenants who were facing eviction proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic and CDC eviction…