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Attorney Misty Watson Gives Tips on Preparing Wills and Other Personal Legal Documents

Misty A. Watson Attorney at Law

Misty A. Watson
Attorney at Law

Misty Watson, estate planning attorney with Danna McKitrick, was a guest on KTVI Fox2News with Shawndrea Thomas discussing tips for getting your legal and financial affairs in order. Continue reading »

Ruth Binger Publishes International IP Article in InterBusiness Issues

Ruth Binger Attorney at Law

Ruth Binger
Attorney at Law

Ruth Binger, corporate law attorney with Danna McKitrick, P.C., recently published “Protecting Your Intellectual Property in a Wild World” in InterBusiness Issues (iBi), a publication of Central Illinois Business Publishers.

In the article, Binger discusses the importance of protecting intellectual property both in the U.S. and internationally if you are selling your product on the global marketplace.

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Christopher Gaffney Joins Danna McKitrick, P.C.

Transactional Department Continues Growth With Addition of New Attorney

Christopher K. Gaffney Attorney at Law

Christopher K. Gaffney
Attorney at Law

St. Louis, MO – October 7, 2014 – Danna McKitrick, P.C. announced that Attorney Christopher K. Gaffney has joined the firm as an associate. Gaffney represents business clients in matters related to business transactions, business formation, financial transactions, and general corporate law. He also represents business owners and other individuals with estate planning matters.

He has experience assisting clients in bankruptcy proceedings, with financial reviews for business or personal transactions, and in family law matters. During law school, Gaffney completed several internships, including one with the SLU Law Economic Development Clinic, where he assisted nonprofit organizations with incorporation, compliancy, tax-exempt status, and review of loan programs to limit liability. Continue reading »

Sophy Raza in Ladue News: Things to Consider Before Entering a Second Marriage

Family law attorney Sophy Qureshi Raza had the opportunity to discuss important considerations before entering a second marriage in a recent article in the Ladue News.

“The main reason people want to do a prenup is to protect their assets in the event of a divorce – and also to protect their wealth for their children in the event of their death,” explains family law attorney Sophy Raza of Danna McKitrick.

Before or soon after the marriage, it is important for each spouse to “think logically” about marriage, and that may mean a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. According to Raza,

“You would never go into a business relationship without signing something….With marriage, you are entering a financial relationship – you also are entering a relationship with a lot of other things, but it is also a financial relationship. (With prenuptial agreements,) you know everyone’s expectations ahead of time. It decreases arguments over finances….”

“Both parties should be represented by an attorney and know what they’re signing.”

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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.”

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