Compiled by Nathaniel Barr / St. Louis' Best Lawyers 2017


Missouri Judges on the Move

► In January, retiring federal magistrate judge Thomas C. Mummert of the U.S. District Court for Eastern Missouri was replaced by Judge Patricia L. Cohen, who left her position on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. 

► In February, the Missouri Appellate Judicial Commission sent the names of three nominees to fill the vacancy left by Judge Cohen to Governor Nixon. Thomas M. Burke (personal injury litigation – plaintiffs, 2013) of Hullverson Law Firm serves as one of seven members of the commission and helped select the nominees from a pool of 15 applicants. Governor Nixon chose the Honorable Judge Colleen Dolan to fill the vacancy.

► On June 30, Judge Dolan was sworn in on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, and left her judgeship on the St. Louis County circuit court.

► Best Lawyers-listed attorney Stanley J. Wallach (eminent domain and condemnation law, 2007) of The Wallach Law Firm is among the applicants to fill the vacancy left by Judge Dolan. Of the 40 applicants for the circuit court judgeship, 18 are women, 22 are men, six are racial minorities, 34 are non-minorities, 22 work in the private sector, and 18 work in government. The average age of the applicants is 52. 

Best Lawyers wishes them all the best of luck!


Bryan Cave: Walter L. Metcalfe, Jr. (corporate law, 1987) was named St. Louis’ 2015 Citizen of the Year by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for his contributions to the betterment of the city, including, as founder and past chairman of the CityArchRiver Foundation, his leadership of the international design competition to re-imagine the St. Louis Gateway Arch grounds and the ongoing $360 million renovation of the grounds.

HeplerBroom: Thomas J. Magee (personal injury litigation – defendants; product liability litigation – defendants; professional malpractice law – defendants, 2007) was part of a team that secured a dismissal of criminal charges against Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer, who prosecutors alleged had intentionally hit a cyclist with his car. The charges against Mayor Furrer were dropped after the defense proved that the cyclist lied about his injuries and damages from the incident, claiming that his bike was totaled and he’d been unable to work for three months, when he actually had competed in cycling races around the country during his time off work, riding a seemingly identical bike.

Law Office of Richard S. Cornfeld: Richard S. Cornfeld (mass tort litigation / class actions – plaintiffs, 2013) is part of a team representing St. Louis Rams fans in a class action suit against the NFL. The suit argues that the planned relocation of the Rams to Los Angeles breaches the contracts of thousands of season ticket holders who purchased personal seat licenses guaranteeing them a right to buy season tickets for the St. Louis-based team through 2024.

Sher Corwin Winters: Richard P. Sher (arbitration; commercial litigation; mediation, 2008) was honored with the Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service by the Eighth Circuit Bar Association. Sher has mediated more than 2,200 civil cases and the award specifically recognizes him for his contributions to the widespread acceptance of alternative dispute resolution in civil matters. 

Simmons Hanly Conroy: Perry J. Browder (personal injury litigation – plaintiffs, 2013) contributed an op-ed piece to the Rockville Register Star, “My View: Lawsuits far down the list of business concerns,” arguing that companies doing business in Illinois are not threatened by so-called “lawsuit abuse” to the extent that they would like the public to think. Browder is president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and a shareholder in the firm’s Alton, Illinois, office.


In-House and Government:

Bryan Cave: Edward J. Hejlek (patent law, 2011) left the firm to become general counsel and senior vice president for Tricida, a biopharmaceutical company in the San Francisco, California, area.

Private Practice:

Armstrong Teasdale: John S. Beulick (litigation – patent; patent law, 2006) was elected firm managing partner and previous managing partner Michael A. Chivell (corporate law; real estate law, 2009) was elected chairman. Thomas B. Weaver (appellate practice; eminent domain and condemnation law, 2007) was appointed assistant general counsel for the firm.

Capes Sokol: Harvard W. Muhm (trusts and estates, 2011) joined the firm as shareholder and chair of the new trusts and estates group. He was previously with Muhm & Reilly.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale: Timothy R. Thornton (construction law; litigation – construction, 2007) was appointed CEO of the firm.

Raza & Jones: Sophya Qureshi Raza (collaborative law: family law, 2014) and Stephanie L. Jones (family law, 2016) founded the new family law firm. Raza and Jones were previously with Danna McKitrick and Zerman Mogerman, respectively.


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