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Joseph Soraghan New President of Missouri Venture Forum


FOUNDING MEMBER LEADS ST LOUIS EMERGING BUSINESS RESOURCE

St. Louis, MO – Members of the Missouri Venture Forum welcome Joseph Soraghan as president of the organization, which helps entrepreneurs meet potential investors and advisors. Soraghan succeeds outgoing president Laurie Hopkins—director of CBIZ Accounting, Tax & Advisory Services and shareholder of Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.Missouri Venture Forum is a business advocacy organization designed to drive new business formation and growth for its members by educating and connecting entrepreneurs with sources of capital and essential service providers: accountants, bankers, lawyers, and others who are sensitive to the needs of emerging businesses.

A founding member of Missouri Venture Forum and the attorney who filed the organization’s incorporation documents in 1984, Soraghan dedicates his career to helping and educating entrepreneurs regarding growth issues, financing, securities and franchise law compliance, and protecting their businesses. Soraghan first served as an advisory director because the original bylaws only allowed entrepreneur members on the board.

“I am thrilled to represent Missouri Venture Forum as president and, as my first official action, would like to extend appreciation to Laurie Hopkins for the tremendous job she did over the past two years,” says Soraghan. “I look forward to working with the board to make the most of interesting opportunities on the horizon for members.”

As president, Soraghan oversees existing committees: education, membership, outreach, programs, and mentoring. Outlining his priorities, Soraghan says, “As an organization, Missouri Venture Forum needs to be on the cutting edge of helping members and non-members, alike, explore and embrace technologies that will take us into the future.” Soraghan plans to expand services and increase infrastructure by adding new committees including communications/marketing and technology.

Soraghan encourages Missouri Venture Forum members to become involved in the association by attending monthly breakfast meetings as well as special networking events.

“St. Louis has the right mix to become an increasingly recognized hub of entrepreneurial activity. Missouri Venture Forum helps entrepreneurs get access to capital, business consulting, and legal and accounting assistance in terms that truly fit their present circumstance,” says Soraghan. “For venture capitalists and service providers, it is the place to be in the St. Louis area when you want to find emerging businesses worthy of your help.”

Soraghan earned his Masters in Law from Yale Law School, his J.D., with honors, from Washington University School of Law, and his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, with honors, from Purdue University. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard submarines directly after law school. A reserve officer for 20+ years following active duty, Soraghan has served as commanding officer of six reserve commands.

About Missouri Venture Forum: Formed in 1985 by members of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) Small Business Committee, Missouri Venture Forum is the first and only membership-based, entrepreneur-focused organization in the St. Louis area. Serving as a central point of contact, its mission is to provide a means for investors, entrepreneurs, and business advisors to forge mutually beneficial relationships through networking, education and information exchange. The organization has grown from a small group of 10 to about 200 members since its inception. For more information see www.missouriventureforum.org.

About Danna McKitrick: Located in Clayton, Missouri, Danna McKitrick, P.C. delivers outstanding legal representation to businesses (emerging to national), insurers, government-related entities, and individuals throughout the Midwest.

Brian S. Weinstock Joins Danna McKitrick


BUSINESS AND LITIGATION ATTORNEY MOVES LEGAL PRACTICE

St. Louis, MO – Local law firm Danna McKitrick, P.C. announces admission of the firm’s newest principal, Brian S. Weinstock. He concentrates his practice in corporate and real estate law, workers’ compensation, insurance defense, and other civil and commercial litigation.

Through his experiences in commercial litigation at the start of his practice, Weinstock took interest in other aspects of the business world. He followed his calling and earned an M.B.A. in 2003, which allows him to offer more value in his business counsel role.

In addition to advising companies of all sizes regarding financial and legal analysis, operational strategies, and real estate transactions, Weinstock serves as general counsel for two companies, Goralnik Realty and International Lighting Manufacturing Co.

“Brian is a dynamic and thoughtful lawyer with a proven ‘walk in the client‘s shoes’ approach that we—and our clients—value,” says Ron Danna who leads the firm’s business transactional practice. “He‘s an excellent addition to our team.”

Weinstock earned his M.B.A. with finance and management concentration from Washington University John M. Olin School of Business. He attended Michigan State University College of Law earning a J.D., cum laude, and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas.

Weinstock, a native St. Louisan, was inspired to pursue a career in law by his maternal grandparents, the late Herman and Naomi Goralnik, both of whom were lawyers and well-known in the St. Louis community. His wife, Dawn Weinstock, is Nurse Coordinator for Dr. Ralph Dacey, Chairman of Neurosurgery at Washington University School of Medicine. Outside of work, Mr. and Mrs. Weinstock, are both involved with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), The Scholarshop, Missouri Humane Society, Stray Rescue of St. Louis, and St. Louis Zoo.

Located in Clayton, Missouri, Danna McKitrick, P.C. delivers outstanding legal representation to businesses (emerging to national), insurers, government-related entities, and individuals throughout the Midwest.

National MS Society Honors James Heffner as MS Corporate Achiever – Class of 2007


ATTORNEY RAISES FUNDS AND AWARENESS IN SUPPORT OF MS SOCIETY

St. Louis, MO – Danna McKitrick attorney James Heffner is an honoree of the Gateway Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Named one of the MS Corporate Achievers “Class of 2007,” Heffner and several other business leaders are recognized for career commitment and contributions to the community.

The 120 local business leaders and 22 alumni class members who made up the Class of 2007 were nominated by an advisory council of area executives. Each honoree was asked to raise at least $2,007 in contributions to fund research and programs to help fulfill the mission: to end the devastating effects of MS.

Heffner hosted a wine and cheese tasting for 30 guests and also solicited family, friends, and colleagues for donations. The whole MS Corporate Achievers campaign raised over $352,000.

“Participating in the MS Corporate Achievers Class of 2007 was an enjoyable way to build personal and business relationships while contributing to the important fight against MS,” says Heffner.

As a lawyer with Danna McKitrick, Heffner concentrates in corporate and real estate law. He obtained his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law and his B.A., general honors, from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He also earned a German Proficiency Certificate from the Universität Tübingen.

About MS Corporate Achievers: The MS Corporate Achievers Program is part of an educational campaign to raise awareness about MS and local chapter resources. The program is designed for high impact in a six-week timeframe.
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About Danna McKitrick: Located in Clayton, Missouri, Danna McKitrick, P.C. delivers outstanding legal representation to businesses (emerging to national), insurers, and individuals throughout the Midwestern region.

Laura Gerdes Long Appointed to Two Boards: Youth & Family Center and City of Kirkwood


St. Louis, MO – Danna McKitrick attorney Laura Gerdes Long is appointed to the board of the Youth & Family Center and to the Board of Adjustment for the City of Kirkwood.

As a new board member of the Youth & Family Center in St. Louis, Long is charged with conducting a study to analyze the viability of the youth camp. She is also a member of the development board assisting in the creation of clear guidelines for fundraising.

“It’s a privilege to serve the Youth & Family Center whose work impacts the lives of children every day. The majority of the children, ages 5 to 17, come from single parent households with annual incomes under $8,000,” said Long. “I’m thankful to be a small part of helping the staff and volunteers in carrying out their mission to help these families.”

Nominated by Mayor Mike Swoboda, Long was appointed as an alternate member of the Board of Adjustment for the City of Kirkwood. As needed, she joins other members in hearing cases regarding variances and alleged errors by the building commissioner. The board grants variances, permits exceptions, authorizes additional uses as defined by ordinances, and provides written findings of fact. Her term runs through June 2012.

“It’s an honor to be nominated and appointed to the Board of Adjustment,” said Long. “I commit to providing the board with a fair, objective mindset, in making informed decisions based on the City’s ordinances.”

A member of the firm’s litigation team, Long’s practice focuses on tort, employment, insurance, municipal and health care law. She also consults and trains on employment law policies and processes, especially related to the privacy and security requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Long earned her J.D. from Washington University School of Law and her B.A., cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.

About Youth & Family Center: The Youth & Family Center has operated from St. Louis City’s Near North Side for over a century providing educational, social, and physical enrichment opportunities to impoverished children and their families. Offering computer training, athletics, education, and camping, the program serves 1,000 children, parents, and seniors annually. Learn more at www.theyfc.org.

About City of Kirkwood: Established in 1853, mostly due to the popularity of the railroad, Kirkwood is known for its tree-lined streets, turn-of-the-century homes, thriving business center, nationally recognized schools, and residents that are extremely involved in their community. Learn more about the City of Kirkwood at www.ci.kirkwood.mo.us.

About Danna McKitrick: Located in Clayton, Missouri, Danna McKitrick, P.C. delivers outstanding legal representation to businesses (emerging to national), insurers, and individuals throughout the Midwestern region.

Patrick Murphy Graduates from Leadership Clayton


FIFTH DANNA MCKITRICK ATTORNEY INVOLVED IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

St. Louis, MO – Danna McKitrick attorney Patrick Murphy is one of 17 people comprising Clayton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Clayton 2007 graduating class. He is the fifth attorney of the firm to participate in the exclusive program. Participants of Leadership Clayton are selected based on both their leadership potential and community involvement.

Each Leadership Clayton class spends nine months learning about themselves, expanding their professional and social network, refining leadership skills, and examining issues that affect Clayton. Class members devote their time to one major project aimed at strengthening and enhancing the quality of life in the area. The Leadership Class of 2007 selected ‘Clayton Speaker Series’ as their class project.

“Leadership Clayton’s strength comes from being multifaceted,” says Murphy. “The combination of leadership development, setting personal goals, and teamwork is powerful and sets us apart. Looking ahead, we need to develop the next generation of leaders for our community and keep them in Clayton to competitively promote economic development.”

As both an attorney and CPA, Murphy’s practice includes sophisticated estate planning as well as corporate transactions and advice in mergers & acquisitions, buy/sell agreements, corporate structuring, and real estate transactions for small to medium-sized businesses. Murphy obtained his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law and his B.S.B.A., in Accounting, from Creighton University.

About Leadership Clayton: Established in 1993 by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Clayton explores various qualities of leadership and helps participants identify and enhance their own leadership styles. It facilitates an environment where participants are motivated to develop an increased sense of community and are encouraged to assume leadership roles in community affairs.
http://www.claytoncommerce.com/Leadership%20Brochure.htm

About Danna McKitrick: Located in Clayton, Missouri, Danna McKitrick, P.C. delivers outstanding legal representation to businesses (emerging to national), insurers, and individuals throughout the Midwestern region.

Misty A. Watson Joins Law Firm of Danna McKitrick


WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY GRADUATE JOINS GROWING ST. LOUIS FIRM

St. Louis, MO – Misty A. Watson joined local law firm Danna McKitrick, P.C. as their newest transactional associate. Her practice concentration is in the area of estate planning—specifically in creating trusts, wills, powers of attorney, trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships.

Watson’s experience in addressing the particular needs of families began with her pre-law social work career and continued through her clerking experience at another mid-sized St. Louis law firm, Georgia Legal Services, and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.

“Misty’s social work background shows through in her caring and professional approach with clients of all ages. We’re very happy to have her on board,” says Cheryl Beebe-Snell, a key attorney in the firm’s business, tax, and estate practice. “Her level of involvement in programs and community activities during and after law school reflects her desire to improve everything she touches—that’s a special quality in a lawyer.”

Watson earned her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 2006 where she was a Scholar in Law, on the Women’s Law Caucus, and a member of the Order of the Barristers. She attended East Central University for her undergraduate studies earning a Bachelor of Social Work. Prior to law school, she was an adoption specialist responsible for matching families to children available for adoption.

About Danna McKitrick: Located in Clayton, Missouri, Danna McKitrick, P.C. delivers outstanding legal representation to businesses (emerging to national), insurers, and individuals throughout the Midwestern region.