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Tom DeWoskin Appointed as Receiver for Shaun Hayes’ Partnership Interests

A. Thomas DeWoskin Attorney at Law

A. Thomas DeWoskin
Attorney at Law

Tom DeWoskin, an attorney with Danna McKitrick P.C.’s Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights practice group, has been appointed by the St. Louis County Circuit Court as receiver for Shaun Hayes’ interests in Fordyce Brown Enterprises LP and numerous other entities in which he is believed to have an interest.

Receivers can be appointed by state or federal courts to locate and preserve a defendant’s assets. This keeps them available to satisfy plaintiffs’ claims (if allowed by the court). In some cases, the receiver operates the defendant’s business to preserve its value. Receiverships play an important role in the legal practice areas of bankruptcy, debtor-creditor relations, and insolvency in general. Continue reading »

Jeff Schmitt and Misty Watson Named to 2015 Missouri Rising Stars

Jeffrey R. Schmitt Attorney at Law

Jeffrey R. Schmitt
Attorney at Law

Danna McKitrick, P.C. attorneys Jeffrey R. Schmitt and Misty A. Watson have been selected to the 2015 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers & Rising Stars list. Each year up to 2.5 percent of attorneys in Missouri 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Schmitt has been named to the Rising Star list for the fifth consecutive year (2011-2015). He practices in the areas of banking and finance, real estate, litigation, pensions and retirement plans. He was previously recognized by The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section as a “Young Lawyer You Should Know.” Continue reading »

Sophy Raza and David Crane Recognized in “Best Lawyers in America©” for 2016

The law firm of Danna McKitrick P.C. is pleased to announce that two members of its firm have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016. Sophya Q. Raza is recognized for Collaborative Law: Family Law. David D. Crane is recognized in field of Insurance Law. Crane was also selected to the 2014 and 2015 lists; Raza was selected to the 2015 list. Continue reading »

Misty Watson on Estate Planning and Your Divorce

Misty A. Watson Attorney at Law

Misty A. Watson
Attorney at Law

Misty Watson, estate planning attorney with Danna McKitrick, discusses things to consider regarding your estate plan if you are contemplating a divorce on KTVI FOX2News with Elliot Weiler. She also discusses the upcoming free Divorce Survival Seminar from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on September 26, 2015 at Chesterfield Mall. Continue reading »

Danna McKitrick Expands and Welcomes Four Attorneys

New practice areas added to law firm’s arsenal; other areas expanded

Danna McKitrick, P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of four attorneys to the firm. Robert L. Devereux, William J. Bruin, Jr., and David D. Crane have joined the firm as principals and Richard J. Schwartze has joined as Of Counsel.

The new attorneys add more depth and breadth to Danna McKitrick’s litigation, corporate and business law practices while adding new areas of practice as well, such as mass tort and comprehensive project development.

“We are excited to hire attorneys of this caliber,” said John F. Cooney, litigation principal and member of the firm’s Strategic Planning Committee. “All four have great reputations and great experience that blend well with our existing practice areas. They will strengthen the representation we already provide for clients and extend our capabilities into new areas of law. We look forward to their contributions in driving Danna McKitrick’s continued growth and enhanced service for our clients.”

Robert L. Devereux Attorney at Law

Robert L. Devereux
Attorney at Law

Robert L. Devereux has over 30 years of experience in commercial litigation and corporate law. His areas of practice include securities, banking and finance, real estate, insurance, probate, and appeals. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Title Company, Inc., and is a founding member and of member of the Board of Directors for Triad Bank. Devereux is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eight Circuit and to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. Devereux earned his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law and is a graduate of Saint Louis University. Continue reading »

Sophy Raza: When a Couple “Un-Couples”

What happens when a married couple decides they do not want to be together any longer?

Sophy Raza, a family law attorney with Danna McKitrick, P.C., explains what it means when a married couple decides to file for a legal separation versus a divorce in “Understanding an Un-Coupling” for the Ladue News.

Sophya Q. Raza Attorney at Law

Sophya Q. Raza
Attorney at Law

Sophy Raza of Danna McKitrick, says that though legal separation isn’t very common, the process is much the same as divorce, from an attorney standpoint. “You have to go through the same procedure of property division, child support, maintenance and alimony,” she explains. “You divide your assets; and from that day forward, you don’t have a marital ‘pot’ anymore.”

Raza explains that she’s seen couples choose this option because of financial reasons, where one person may have an addiction or a gambling problem and want to keep their assets separate. Couples also do it for religious reasons, if they don’t believe in divorce. “Those are the main scenarios,” she says. “Some people haven’t made up their minds, but want financial separations.”

Read the full article … Ladue News

Tobben Argues in Vogel Case: Majority of Plaintiffs in Case Have Already Settled

Daniel G. Tobben Attorney at Law

Daniel G. Tobben
Attorney at Law

Attorney Dan Tobben represents Paul Vogel in a third party complaint filed by St. Louis Bank. The bank is seeking to recover damages it could be ordered to pay in a lawsuit by investors involved in a fraudulent real estate investment scheme run by  Martin Sigillito.

However, “the majority of the plaintiffs in the St. Louis Bank suit have already settled with Vogel in previous cases,” according to Tobben in court documents.

Read the full article … St. Louis Business Journal

Attorney David Bohm with Rick Cantor of Avery’s Angels on Teen Suicide Prevention

Teen suicide prevention and the efforts of Avery’s Angels Foundation were discussed recently on St. Louis Voices on Y-98FM. Joining host Brion O’Brion were Rick Cantor, Avery’s Angels president and founder, and David R. Bohm, foundation vice president and attorney with Danna McKitrick, P.C.

Avery’s Angels works to educate teens to know the signs and symptoms of teens, including and especially depression, who are suicidal and to take the necessary steps to prevent suicide. This includes peer-to-peer groups in schools. Continue reading »

Attorney Jeff Schmitt on Neighbor Disputes

Jeffrey R. Schmitt Attorney at Law

Jeffrey R. Schmitt
Attorney at Law

Attorney Jeff Schmitt recently spoke with the Ladue News about disputes between neighbors

His comments appear in the article “Legal Corner: Keep It Neighborly.”

Schmitt shared that the most frequent issues he sees involve property boundaries.


“People should know that this is not a typical business transaction where you only deal with somebody one time,” Schmitt says. “You could be living next to them for a long time. You don’t want to burn bridges, or things could get very uncomfortable.”

Though many conflicts can be solved without legal counsel, Schmitt says there are times when it’s appropriate, like with forming a draft of rights for things like driveway easements. For instance, he explains if a driveway is built a few inches onto someone else’s property, it’s a good idea for homeowners to form a written agreement with their neighbor detailing rights and obligations.

“That way, when either one of those parties goes to sell their house, it doesn’t affect the sale,” Schmitt says. “It also gives the new owner peace of mind.”

Read full article hereLadue News: Legal Corner

James Heffner Named One of Best M&A Advisors

James M. Heffner Attorney at Law

James M. Heffner
Attorney at Law

James M. Heffner has been named one of the 2015 Best Mergers & Acquisitions Providers by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly (SBM).

James was among 22 professional services providers nominated by readers of the St. Louis SBM for being the best advisors for business owners in St. Louis.

Read full article here.