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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 »

Tobben Argues for Firefighter Disability Benefits in Joplin Pension Lawsuit Appeal


Daniel G. Tobben Attorney at Law

Daniel G. Tobben
Attorney at Law

Attorney Dan Tobben has argued before the Missouri Court of Appeals in Springfield in the case involving disability benefits for firefighters in Joplin. In Tom Robertson vs. the Police and Fireman’s Pension Fund, the court agreed that the city had incorrectly calculated disability pay for a city firefighter.  The trustees of the Joplin plan appealed the decision.

Tobben represented the firefighter, the International Association of Firefighters Local 2618, and three other firefighters with less than five years of service in the original lawsuit. Continue reading »

Misty A. Watson Elected Principal at Danna McKitrick, P.C.


St. Louis, Mo. – January 14, 2014 – The law firm of Danna McKitrick, P.C., is pleased to announce the election of Misty A. Watson to the position of principal, effective January 1, 2014.

Watson focuses her practice on estate planning, probate and trust administration, and guardianships / conservatorships for minors and adults.

“Misty is an outstanding lawyer. She has a unique perspective as a former social worker that she brings to our firm,” said Ron Danna, senior principal and co-founder of the firm. “It is evident through her advanced education, community activities, and commitment to clients, both individuals and businesses, that she cares deeply about their legal needs and those of the St. Louis community. We are proud to have her on our team.”

Watson serves as Practice Group Marketing Leader of the Estate Planning department and is a member of both the firm’s marketing and technology committees.

“I am honored to be elected as a principal of Danna McKitrick. This firm has greatly supported my desire to grow our estate planning and trust administration department while maintaining superior client service,” said Watson.

Misty A. Watson Attorney at Law

Misty A. Watson
Attorney at Law

Watson is active in the community as a speaker on special needs trusts, guardianships, powers of attorney, and other issues related to estate planning. She is also active in a number of community service organizations, serving in the following capacities: board member of the Young Friends of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM), finance chair, and recipient of LSEM’s John R. Essner Award; junior board member and sponsorship coordinator for the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition; sponsorship chair of the St. Louis ARC Young Friends; and chair of PROMO Governor’s Council. Watson was honored at the 2013 Washington University School of Law Women’s Law Caucus International Women’s Day 2013 Celebration for her work as a volunteer lawyer at LSEM and as co-founder of the Guardianship and Older Adult Life Planning Project (GOAL Planning Project). Past honorees include: Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court; Jean Carnahan, former U.S. Senator; Robin Carnahan, former Missouri Secretary of State; and Hon. Catherine Perry, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.

A graduate with a B.S.W. from East Central University, Watson earned both her LL.M. in Taxation and J.D. from Washington University School of Law. She is a member of the Estate Planning Council, The Women Lawyer’s Association of Greater St. Louis, the American Bar Association, The Missouri Bar and the Bar Association of St. Louis.  Watson is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois.

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Attorney James Heffner Interviewed on State of Attorneys in St. Louis


James M. Heffner Attorney at Law

James M. Heffner
Attorney at Law

James Heffner, real estate law and banking and financial law attorney with Danna McKitrick, P.C., was prominently featured recently in an article by the St. Louis Business Journal on the state of attorneys and available legal positions in the St. Louis area.

In “Out of Order: Too many lawyers chase too few jobs,” Heffner commented on several issues affecting the St. Louis legal community.

Prior to the recession which hit the area beginning in 2008, St. Louis law firms benefited from years of rising rates where, according to the Journal, “the client didn’t object or even question it. After all, the clients were charging their customers more, too.” However, after the recession hit, this trend ended, according to Heffner.

“Companies looked to cut costs, and that has been reflected in law firm hiring,” said James Heffner, partner at Danna McKitrick….

Even now, five years later, this hasn’t changed. In addition, while in the past companies were willing to pay for new attorneys to learn on-the-job, the cost-conscious client is no longer willing to bear this cost.

“The message is: ‘Don’t train lawyers on my dime,” Heffner said.

During this time of restraint, some law firms folded or merged. Others have used it as a time to add or grow practice areas. According to Heffner,

“We are actively looking to hire quality lawyers with a book of business or a certain expertise.”

And as for law students, Danna McKitrick has continued with its law clerk program.

“The quality of candidates has noticeably improved,” said [Heffner], a partner in charge of … law clerks at the Danna McKitrick firm.

Read the full article … St. Louis Business Journal

Attorney Tom DeWoskin on the Sale of TV Stations in Roberts Brothers Bankruptcy Case


A. Thomas DeWoskin Attorney at Law

A. Thomas DeWoskin
Attorney at Law

Both the St. Louis Post-Distpatch via stltoday.com and the St. Louis Business Journal reported on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, that the remaining three stations owned by Roberts Broadcasting will be sold to the ION Media Networks. Attorney Tom DeWoskin represents Roberts Broadcasting.

The stations, located in St. Louis, Columbia, S.C., and Evansville, Ind., would be placed in a trust with ION as the beneficiary of the trust.

As reported on stltoday.com, “the proceeds from the sale of the four stations will pay creditors.”

“All the creditors are getting paid in full,” said Tom DeWoskin, Roberts Broadcasting’s attorney.

The bankruptcy case remains pending in St. Louis. DeWoskin said he expected a confirmation order for the sale of the stations, which will allow Roberts Broadcasting to emerge from bankruptcy, to be signed by Judge Barry Schermer next week. Additionally, the transfers of the TV licenses must be approved by the Federal Communications Commission, which could take several weeks.

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Tobben Interview on KMOX: St. Louis Firefighters’ Pension Appeal


Daniel G. Tobben Attorney at Law

Daniel G. Tobben
Attorney at Law

Attorney Dan Tobben, representing Firemen’s Retirement System of St. Louis (FRS), was interviewed recently on KMOX-AM by Kevin Killeen regarding the continuing battle of the pension fund against the City of St. Louis.

A court ruling earlier this year found that the city could change the plan, with stipulations. Those legal issues are the subject of an appeal and FRS has recently filed a 115-page brief in the Missouri Court of Appeals.

The City’s stated policy reason for reducing pensions was increased costs – and the squeeze on the City’s budget.

However, according to Tobben, the need to change the system came out of a time when the stock market that was in trouble, but that issue has now resolved itself.

“There is no doubt that they can pay pension bills, they would just rather use the money on other things,” Tobben said. “The FRS has had very good returns in the last three years and so the projections of how bad it was going to be now have not proven accurate.”

The appeal could be heard in spring or summer 2014.

Read more here … KMOX

Opinion: Dan Tobben on Joplin Pension Disability Issues


Daniel G. Tobben Attorney at Law

Daniel G. Tobben
Attorney at Law

The Joplin Globe ran a guest opinion column by Attorney Dan Tobben, representing Tom Robertson and members of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2618, regarding the insurance policy proposal for public safety workers of Joplin and the appeal of the decision regarding their disability benefits.

 

Read Dan Tobben’s Special Guest Opinion article … The Joplin Globe

Read content of Dan Tobben’s opinion article: The Joplin Globe – opinion column by Dan Tobben, Attorney at Law

Read more on the insurance proposal … The Joplin Globe

Appeal: Respondents Brief for Robertson