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Kevin E. Myers Joins Law Firm of Danna McKitrick, P.C.


St. Louis, MO – Local law firm Danna McKitrick, P.C., announces that Kevin E. Myers is the newest associate in the firm’s litigation department. Myers focuses on both commercial and civil litigation matters—primarily insurance defense—resolving complex coverage issues from claims made on casualty and liability insurance policies, and defending transportation companies in accidents and negligence matters.

“Over the years, I have seen Kevin consistently draft excellent appellate briefs and perform solidly for many corporate clients,” says John Cooney, a principal of the firm. “I’m very happy he has come to join Danna McKitrick’s litigation department.”

During law school, Myers interned as a prosecutor for the Madison County, Illinois State’s Attorney’s office and following graduation in 2002, he practiced for over five years with a private litigation firm in St. Louis. He earned his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law and his B.A., in Russian studies and political science, summa cum laude, from Saint Louis University.

About Danna McKitrick: Located in Clayton, Mo., Danna McKitrick, P.C., delivers legal representation to businesses (emerging to national), insurers, government-related entities, and individuals throughout the Midwest. To supplement its local resources, the firm is a member of MSI Global Alliance—an international association of over 250 independent law and accounting firms in 100 countries.

Law Firm Danna McKitrick, P.C. Chooses Clayton


GROWTH CITED AS REASON FOR NEW LOCATION

 

Clayton, MO – Danna McKitrick, P.C. has chosen to remain in Clayton and will relocate its offices in 2009 to the Pierre Laclede Center at Forsyth Blvd. and Hanley Road. The firm will expand its space from 17,700 square feet at its present location to 23,000 square feet at Pierre Laclede.

The decision to remain in Clayton followed an extensive search, which included other spaces in Clayton, as well as locations in downtown St. Louis and in the Highway 40 corridor. Clayton is convenient for the firm’s existing clients and staff. Having been located in Clayton for over 20 years, it is also deeply involved as a firm with the vibrant Clayton business community and legal community.

The firm added more attorneys in the last several years and plan to add attorneys and staff in the coming year to meet its clients’ needs, and the move enables the firm to better serve new clients.

Ruth Binger, a member of the firm’s executive committee, said the new location is essential to its growth.

“In the past two years, we have added four additional shareholders and will promote an associate to shareholder status at the end of the year, as well as having added associates. We are also looking to expand certain practice areas with lateral hiring or mergers. This move is critical to our firm’s continued expansion and will help accommodate our needs, as we continue to add resources to support our existing clients and provide more depth for new clients coming on board,” she said.

Since 2004 Danna McKitrick, P.C., has grown by 20 percent to 25 attorneys, along with an additional 25 staff members. Revenues and profitability also have grown during 2008, despite turmoil in the economy.

“In a time when the economy is faltering and many other law firms are cutting back, we are pleased to be able to make a move driven by stability and real prospects for growth,” said Dan Tobben, the head of the firm’s strategic planning committee.

“Danna McKitrick’s continued growth and its economic impact are important assets to our community. We are pleased they chose to remain in Clayton and wish them continued success. Their attorneys have also been major contributors and leaders in the Chamber in recent years”, said Ellen Gale, Executive Director, Clayton Chamber of Commerce.”

The Pierre Laclede Center is owned by BPG Properties of Pennsylvania. The property was represented by leasing agent Piers Pritchard of Colliers Turley Martin Tucker. Danna McKitrick was represented by Kevin Gallagher and Dennis DeSantis of Gateway Commercial as brokers.

“It’s a great addition to Pierre Laclede Center. We are very excited that an established, growing business like Danna McKitrick will be added to our outstanding tenant roster,” said Piers Pritchard, Senior Associate with Colliers Turley Martin Tucker. He also noted that with this addition Pierre Laclede Center is now 98 percent leased.

About Danna McKitrick, P.C.: Located in Clayton, Mo., Danna McKitrick, P.C. Delivers legal representation to businesses, (emerging to national), insurers, government-related entities, and individuals throughout the Bi-State area and in adjoining states as well. To supplement its local resources, the firm is a member of MSI Global Alliance – one of the world’s most established international networks, MSI is an international association of over 250 member firms in 100 countries.

Brian Weinstock, Attorney, is Adjunct Professor at Fontbonne University


WEINSTOCK TO TEACH FINANCE AND BUSINESS ETHICS

St. Louis, MO – Fontbonne University has added Danna McKitrick principal Brian S. Weinstock to their adjunct faculty to teach finance management and business ethics courses. August 20, Weinstock kicks off his financial management course, a core requirement for students pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Weinstock’s course focuses on understanding financial statements, learning the components of both capital structure and financial risk, and calculating the cost of capital. A class project involves creating an investment portfolio, purchasing public equities, and analyzing them by performing a risk assessment.

Always interested in teaching, Weinstock explored the idea with his former Washington University accounting professor who directed him to Fontbonne. Originally seeking to fill business ethics courses, Fontbonne invited Weinstock to teach financial management because of his finance background.

“In both our professional and personal lives, financial issues govern life on a daily basis. I aim to give students a broad perspective on business finance complexities and how a business uses finance when developing and implementing strategic plans,” says Weinstock. “I also want to impart to students financial fundamentals regarding how to generate and grow a personal portfolio of investments to increase their own net worth.”

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

About Fontbonne University: Founded in 1923 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Fontbonne University offers liberal arts, professional, and adult programs within 34 majors, 25 minors and 16 master’s degree programs. www.fontbonne.edu

About Danna McKitrick: Located in Clayton, Mo., Danna McKitrick, P.C. delivers legal representation to businesses (emerging to national), insurers, government-related entities, and individuals throughout the Midwest. To supplement its local resources, the firm is a member of MSI Global Alliance—an international association of over 250 independent law and accounting firms in 100 countries.

James M. Heffner Named Treasurer of Young Lawyer Division of Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis


Clayton, MO – Danna McKitrick attorney James M. Heffner is the new treasurer of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL). With nearly 1,500 members, the YLD is the largest BAMSL network, comprising the association’s lawyers under the age of 36 and those with a practice of five years or less.

“BAMSL’s YLD is, and has been, a terrific resource for me in establishing and developing my practice and my network. I wish more emerging lawyers would tap into the leadership development and practice tools BAMSL and the YLD offer. It’s a pleasure for me to be able to give back to the organization now,” said Heffner.

In addition to continuing education programs and practice support for young lawyers, the YLD organizes public service programs in which members are encouraged to participate, allowing them to contribute to their community while simultaneously developing critical leadership skills.

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. He is the co-founder and regional leader of the career networking program of his college fraternity, Delta Upsilon.

About BAMSL Young Lawyers Division: YLD is a network of qualifying BAMSL members interested in career advancement, public service, leadership training, and social interaction. The organization provides programs and services responsive to the needs of the Bar and the St. Louis Community. Visit BAMSL on the Web at http://www.bamsl.org/

About Danna McKitrick: Located in Clayton, Mo, 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 Appointed to SSM Rehab Foundation Board


St. Louis, MO – Danna McKitrick attorney Brian S. Weinstock joins the SSM Rehabilitation Foundation Board, which provides resources and support to rehab patients and their families in the St. Louis area. Weinstock was invited to apply for a board member position after meeting with Foundation Director Teri Champion, and Board President Chuck Neff.

“I’m honored to be approved as a member of this board. Through the United Way, I learned about the foundation and gained an appreciation for the impact of their work. They have great programs, many of which help in crises that occur out of the blue-the kind of situations that could devastate any of us if we were ever so unlucky. I look forward to participating in the strategic planning that helps continually improve the way that patients, and their families, get care and support as they enhance their physical function and quality of life,” says Weinstock.

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.

About SSM Rehabilitation Foundation: Established in 1990 by SSM Health Care-St. Louis as a non-profit organization, SSM Rehab Foundation provides funding and assistance for rehabilitation programs, services, equipment, and support to care and comfort SSM Rehab patients during their hospital stay, recovery and transition home (after an illness or injury). Learn more about SSM Rehab Foundation at www.ssmrehab.com.

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

Jeff Schmitt Appointed to Clayton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors


LEADERSHIP CLAYTON CO-CHAIR CONTINUES CHAMBER INVOLVEMENT

Clayton, MO – Danna McKitrick attorney Jeffrey Schmitt is appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, effective immediately. Schmitt also continues to serve as co-chair for Leadership Clayton, a Chamber of Commerce program dedicated to the training and development of outstanding leaders.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve on the board and look forward to becoming more involved in the Clayton community. In the three years since I applied to participate in the Leadership Clayton program, I’ve met many fantastic people and thoroughly enjoy the experience of learning about them and gaining a deeper understanding of their different roles in the business community. I look forward to serving them through an active role on the Chamber’s board.” says Schmitt.

A member of Danna McKitrick’s litigation team since he joined the firm in 2003, Schmitt’s commercial and general civil litigation practice includes bankruptcy, construction, and real estate law, as well as providing general legal consultation for small- to mid-size businesses. Schmitt earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Saint Louis University.

About Clayton Chamber of Commerce: Since its founding in 1952, the Chamber has been an integral part of the Clayton community, helping area businesses uncover new opportunities in St. Louis and beyond. Members benefit from networking opportunities, legislative support, health insurance alternatives and a variety of other resources that will increase your effectiveness in today’s competitive market. Visit on the Web at www.claytoncommerce.com

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

Danna McKitrick Joins International Association MSI Global Alliance


MSI SELECTS ST LOUIS LAW FIRM AS ONE OF THEIR 60 US MEMBERS

Clayton, MO – In a strategic move to increase their offerings to clients, Danna McKitrick joins MSI Global Alliance (MSI) as its Missouri law firm member. By joining MSI, the firm gains access to a global association of over 250 carefully selected, independent law and accounting firms in 100 countries throughout the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa.

With more clients broadening their operations and requiring geographically specific legal knowledge, the firm’s membership in MSI provides support from a strong, pre-qualified team to assist clients when help is needed outside of the Midwestern region or in areas of the law not practiced by the firm.

“As a growing, local firm, it’s important for us to build and maintain strong working relationships with more professionals in other cities and internationally, as well,” says Ruth Binger, member of the firm’s executive committee. “In addition to the collaborative aspect, MSI provides operational insights and advancements to help us ensure we evolve continuously alongside our most sophisticated clients.”

The scope of Danna McKitrick’s practice includes legal counsel and representation that businesses, insurers, government-related entities, and individuals need on a daily or occasional basis. The firm’s transactional lawyers and litigators collaborate, combining their experiences and skills, in order to develop service offerings that are proactive and cost-effective. However, because the firm comprises 26 attorneys, it is impossible for the firm to practice in each of the hundreds of focus areas of the law.

“Because our lawyers are particularly effective at working collaboratively, we look at this membership as a healthy broadening of our ‘collaborator’ pool,” says Jim Baalmann, firm administrator. “With a like philosophy, MSI is the right fit for us. This is a very positive move for Danna McKitrick.”

About MSI: MSI Global Alliance was formed in 1990 in response to the growing need for cross-border cooperation between professional service firms. MSI has become a leading global multidisciplinary network of over 250 independent legal and accounting firms in 100 countries throughout the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa. For more information, visit www.msiglobal.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.

Ruth A. Binger Receives ‘Lawyer’s Lawyer’ Award


ST. LOUIS DAILY RECORD HONORS WOMEN’S JUSTICE AWARD RECIPIENTS

Clayton, MO – Danna McKitrick principal Ruth A. Binger is one of three recipients of the Lawyer’s Lawyer Award in the St. Louis Daily Record’s 10th annual Women’s Justice Awards. The Lawyer’s Lawyer Award recognizes women in private practice who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice, and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice or contributing to the betterment of the profession. Binger and award winners from all eight categories will be honored on April 10, 2008, at a gala reception at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis.

Binger, who practices corporate and intellectual property law, was nominated by fellow attorneys for her extraordinary contributions to the legal profession and the St Louis business community.

“Ruth exemplifies what it means to be a spectacular mom-citizen-lawyer. She stands out among other lawyers and business people because of her innovative approach to the practice of law,” says Michele Davis, a litigation associate at Danna McKitrick. “My colleagues and I consider Ruth to be an inspiration and an awesome role-model. She helps us find ways to balance our personal, professional, and community responsibilities—not an easy thing to do. A lot of law firms have mentoring programs, but Ruth lives it. She really gets it.”

Recently re-elected to the executive committee of the firm, Binger is an advocate and mentor for young associates adjusting to the pressures of the profession. She’s also a mentor in the Special Friends Extended Program for underprivileged elementary students, a member of the subcommittee of the Ladue Middle School Parent’s Association, and a participant in the “Battle of the Books” where sixth graders compete in reading.

The idea of ‘giving and creating’ inspired Binger to reactivate the CEO Roundtable Group 12 years ago (a program that was created originally as part of a RCGA initiative over 14 years ago). Meeting monthly with Binger acting as facilitator, a diverse group of 14 entrepreneurs share their experiences and lessons learned, their struggles, and their needs, in hopes of helping the others succeed.

Binger was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as a recipient of their “40 Under 40” award. She also received the Pacesetter Award from the St. Louis RCGA related to the CEO Roundtable she launched, and has served or is presently serving on various boards including the St. Louis RCGA, Civic Entrepreneurs Organization, and the Associated Industries of Missouri.

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.

John F. Cooney Moves Law Practice to Danna McKitrick


PROMINENT DEFENSE ATTORNEY JOINS ST. LOUIS LAW FIRM

Clayton, MO – Local law firm Danna McKitrick P.C. announces John F. Cooney as their newest principal. Cooney concentrates his practice in the defense of civil law suits with emphasis in the transportation, retail, and hospitality sectors, defending individuals and companies through their insurers or directly.

During his 25-year career, Cooney has brought more than 75 jury trials to verdict and personally handled more than 25 appeals and dozens of mediations. He has successfully defended death and serious injury cases with damage amounts often exceeding six figures.

“John has established a strong reputation as a litigator,” says Michael McKitrick, who leads the firm’s litigation practice. “His trial experience is invaluable. He adds depth and wisdom to our firm’s practice and our associate mentoring programs. We are pleased to be attracting attorneys of John’s caliber to our firm.”

Recognized for his knowledge regarding Missouri tort reform, Cooney is both a local and national speaker on related topics. He is also an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at Saint Louis University School of Law.

“I enjoy sharing experience-based knowledge with young lawyers because I was trained by very good lawyers when I was young,” Cooney explains. “These gentlemen generously shared wisdom and skills which have been a constant source of strength. A sense of debt and gratitude drives my desire to ‘give back’ through teaching others skills and wisdom to help them have a successful career. I’d be honored to impact a young attorney half so much as my mentors impacted me.”

Cooney earned his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law, and his B.A. in history from University of Notre Dame.

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.

Tax Attorney Marcia Swihart Orgill Joins Danna McKitrick


ST. LOUIS LAW FIRM EXPANDS BUSINESS AND PERSONAL TAX PRACTICE

Clayton, MO – Local law firm Danna McKitrick announces Marcia Swihart Orgill has joined as an associate in the firm’s transactional department. Orgill’s practice focuses in the areas of estate, gift, and international tax issues for high net-worth individuals.

Orgill began her legal career at a Houston litigation firm. Subsequently relocating to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and later Paris, she put her legal work on hold while she taught English and sat on the school board of the International School of Kuala Lumpur. Upon returning to St Louis, Orgill obtained her master’s degree in tax law and selected Danna McKitrick for her return to practice.

“We are delighted that Marcia chose to join our team,” says Ron Danna, who leads the firm’s transactional practice. “Her skills and passion for legal work are certainly a testament to her family’s extensive love of the application and practice of law. Marcia’s father instructed me at Washington University and I admired him greatly. Her mother, Maureen Swihart, and I practiced law together many years ago. Their daughter is no less committed to legal excellence. We and our clients are genuinely impressed with Marcia.”

Orgill earned her LL.M. in Taxation from Washington University School of Law, her J.D., with high honors, from Duke University Law School, and her B.A. in Government, magna cum laude, from Lawrence University.

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.