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Sophya Raza Named in “Best Lawyers in America©” 2015 for Collaborative Law: Family Law

Sophya Q. Raza Attorney at Law

Sophya Q. Raza
Attorney at Law

The law firm of Danna McKitrick, P.C. is pleased to announce that principal and family law practice leader Sophya Qureshi Raza was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the category of  Collaborative Law: Family Law.

Raza concentrates her practice in all family law matters including pre- and post-nuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, valuation and division of assets, paternity cases, child support and spousal support orders, modifications of prior judgments, and child custody disputes. Continue reading »

Patrick Murphy Discusses the IRS Email Scandal and Record Retention Policies

Patrick J. Murphy, CPA Attorney at Law

Patrick J. Murphy, CPA
Attorney at Law

With the IRS at the center of an email controversy surrounding the deletion of employee emails crucial to an ongoing investigation by Congress, record retention is a hot topic.

Patrick Murphy, CPA and tax attorney with Danna McKitrick, discusses the importance of creating and enforcing record retention policies in the workplace with Elliot Weiler in two separate interviews on Fox2Now and KPLR11.

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Advice to New Law School Grads from Laura Long, Sophy Raza, Misty Watson

Three attorneys from Danna McKitrick – Laura Gerdes Long, Sophy Qureshi Raza, and Misty Watson – were interviewed by the Ladue News to provide a little insight to new law school graduates. They answered questions about why they chose the practice of law, how they decided on their area of practice, and any advice for new attorneys as they start their careers.

Here are just a few of their comments:

Laura Gerdes Long:

I would say don’t try to concentrate in a single field when first graduating. Instead, try to find a bunch of different lawyers and different practice areas to work in to see what is your passion. Continue reading »

Barbarash, Windsor and Bigham Join Danna McKitrick

Addition of Three Attorneys Expands Family Law, Litigation, and Insurance Defense Practices

St. Louis, MO – June 24, 2014 – Sarah J. Barbarash, Nina L. Windsor, and Matthew D. Bigham have joined Danna McKitrick, P.C. as litigation associates. Their additions expand the family law, general civil and commercial litigation, and insurance defense practice groups of the firm.

Sarah J. Barbarash Attorney at Law

Sarah J. Barbarash
Attorney at Law

As a member of the family law practice group, Sarah J. Barbarash represents individuals in domestic matters involving divorce, child custody, paternity, child support, guardianships, and adult abuse, as well as custody and support modifications. In addition to family law, Barbarash practices in the areas of insurance defense and toxic tort litigation.

Admitted to practice in Missouri and Illinois, Barbarash earned her J.D. from John Marshall School of Law where she received the Dean’s Award. She was a member of Phi Alpha Delta and the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in political science from Saint Louis University. Barbarash is a court-appointed special advocate with Voices for Children for children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Barbarash is a member of the Jewish Family & Children’s Services Young Leader Board.

Nina L. Windsor Attorney at Law

Nina L. Windsor
Attorney at Law

Nina L. Windsor is a member of the litigation practice group. She assists with the representation of employers, individuals, and insurers in the areas of insurance coverage and liability, products and premises liability, and civil litigation.

Windsor is admitted to practice in Missouri and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. She earned her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law (2013) where she received the Academic Excellence Award in Education Law and was an active member of Phi Delta Phi, serving as treasurer. She graduated from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, with a B.A. in economics (2005). Windsor is a member of the Young Friends of the St. Louis Symphony and the Young Friends of St. Louis Public Radio.

Matthew D. Bigham Attorney at Law

Matthew D. Bigham
Attorney at Law

Matthew D. Bigham focuses his practice primarily in the areas of insurance defense, toxic tort litigation, and products and premises liability as a member of the litigation practice group. Experienced in insurance defense and professional malpractice litigation, Bigham has successful jury trial experience and has arbitrated numerous cases.  He has also represented a local municipality in its legal matters.

Bigham is admitted to practice in Missouri, Illinois, the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois. He earned his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law (2011), where he was a member of the Saint Louis University Law Journal, a Dean’s Select Scholar, and recipient of the Academic Excellence Award in Taxation. He graduated from the University of Illinois – Urbana (2008) with a B.A. in Political Science.

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Sophy Raza in Ladue News on Divorce and College Costs

Family law attorney Sophy Qureshi Raza provided insight on the issue of college expenses for children in divorce cases in the Ladue News “Legal Corner.”

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Murphy and Watson on Travel and Your Legal Affairs

Attorneys Patrick J. Murphy and Misty A. Watson were featured in an article in the Ladue News discussing the importance of getting both your personal and business affairs in order before you travel.

For individuals and families, this may involve decisions regarding your children while you are away. Watson gives the following example:

…. if you are leaving your kids with their grandparents, [the grandparents] can be the health care power of attorney for [your children] in case of an emergency.

Business owners have an additional set of concerns beyond personal and family matters. A succession plan that lays out how the business will continue to operate if the business owner meets with death or injury is necessary – and should be prepared as early as possible and preferably not at the last minute.

“Every business should be thinking of [succession planning]—it’s like buying insurance,” he says. “With no planning, we see far too many businesses die on the vine.”

Read the full article here

Mike McKitrick Named as “St. Louisan to Know”


Michael J. McKitrick Attorney at Law

Michael J. McKitrick
Attorney at Law

Michael J. McKitrick has been named one of the 2014 “100 St. Louisans to Know to Succeed in Business” by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly (SBM).

According to Ron Ameln, President of St. Louis SBM, the honorees are “the kind of people that will get you some of the needed perspective that is crucial to success.”

Past Danna McKitrick honorees include Marcia S. Orgill (2013) and Joseph R. Soraghan (2011).

Read full article here.

Attorney David W. Morin Joins Danna McKitrick

New Litigation Associate for Worker’s Comp, Insurance Defense

St. Louis, MO – April 15, 2014 – David W. Morin has joined the ligation department of Danna McKitrick, P.C. Morin will primarily defend workers’ compensation cases on behalf of employers and insurance carriers.

“I joined Danna McKitrick to practice with the firm’s quality litigation attorneys,” said Morin. “I am excited to expand my skill set while bringing my past experience in litigation and workers’ compensation law to the firm.”

Morin’s experience includes taking and defending depositions of medical and vocational expert witnesses and litigating administrative cases. He has also worked with clients in matters related to Medicare/Medicaid and the Secondary Payer Act.

“David comes to Danna McKitrick with experience defending workers’ compensation matters,” said David R. Bohm, principal and chair of Danna McKitrick’s litigation department. “This experience, combined with David’s intelligence and work ethic, will make him a real asset to the firm’s clients.”

David W. Morin Attorney at Law

David W. Morin
Attorney at Law

Morin was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri where he represented the Second Injury Fund in administrative hearings and on appeal before the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission. He also has trust experience and previously worked for the Business Development group of the Edward Jones Trust Company. Continue reading »

Attorneys Jeff Schmitt and David Zobel Argue Successfully Before Missouri Supreme Court

Jeffrey R. Schmitt and David A. Zobel, attorneys with Danna McKitrick, P.C., have successfully argued Naylor Senior Citizens Housing, LP, et al. v. Sides Construction Company, Inc., et al. before the Missouri Supreme Court. The case addressed Missouri law’s requirement that businesses have legal counsel representing them in lawsuits filed in the state’s courts.

Jeffrey R. Schmitt Attorney at Law

Jeffrey R. Schmitt
Attorney at Law

In the original case, Naylor Senior Citizens Housing, LP, et al. and John Dilks v. Sides Construction Company, Inc., et al., a partner in two limited partnerships filed a lawsuit on their behalf against several defendants alleging negligent design or construction of a building.  Because the lawsuit was filed by the partner, not by an attorney as required by law, the defendants argued for dismissal.  The trial court agreed, dismissing the claims. The court further stated that the filings were null and void, as if they never happened.

David A. Zobel Attorney at Law

David A. Zobel
Attorney at Law

The partnerships appealed to the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Southern District. The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s decision, ruling that the partnerships should have been allowed to amend the lawsuit to add the signature of a licensed attorney on their behalf and correct the error made by the partner by personally filing the lawsuit.

Due to discrepancies between the Court of Appeals’ decision and prior decisions in other Missouri courts regarding legal representation of corporate entities in lawsuits, Schmitt and Zobel sought and won transfer of the case to the Missouri Supreme Court on behalf of one defendant. Continue reading »

Attorney Laura Long on the Mizzou Tragedy and Patient Privacy and Confidentiality


Laura Gerdes Long Attorney at Law

Laura Gerdes Long
Attorney at Law

Laura Gerdes Long, health care attorney with Danna McKitrick, P.C., conducted several live radio interviews regarding the tragic situation involving a female student athlete at the University of Missouri (Mizzou), an alleged sexual assault, her suicide, and the role of the university in events as they transpired before and after the student’s death. Long also posted Mizzou Story Highlights Tension Between Doctor-Patient Privilege and Protecting the Patient.

In the blog post and her interviews as a guest with Charlie Brennan on KMOX NewsRadio 1120 and Frank Cusumano on CBS Sports Radio 920, Long discussed the issue she believes is being overlooked but is at the heart of the matter: doctor-patient privilege. Continue reading »