News & Announcements

Danna McKitrick Attorney, Brian Weinstock, Earns Judgment Involving Historic Tax Credits


BREACH OF CONSTRUCTION AND FINANCING CONTRACT

St. Louis, MO – In a case involving an award that includes future State of Missouri Historical Tax Credits for the rehabilitation of two structures on the south side of St. Louis, a judge awarded $1.1 million for breach of a construction and financing contract.

The judgment follows a complex effort to finance the rehabilitation of two structures located at the intersection of Virginia and Cherokee Streets. Defendants’ counsel at one point also included defendant Richard Coffin who, according to his LinkedIn profile, was a Federal Prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice.

The case involved J and J Home Builders, Inc. d/b/a HomeSource v. Cherokee Villas, L.L.C. and was tried before Judge Robert Cohen. The plaintiff was represented by Brian Weinstock of Danna McKitrick, P.C.

J and J Home Builders, Inc. d/b/a HomeSource entered into a construction and financing agreement with Cherokee Villas, LLC with personal guarantees executed by Richard Coffin, Thomas Beck, Leigh Ann Verhelle and Rokas Varanavicius because capital was needed to complete the renovation to the parcels. J and J Home Builders, Inc. d/b/a HomeSource was to provide financing for the parcels and pay off pre-existing debt with Frontenac Bank. In addition to finding for the plaintiff for repayment of the principal and interest of the loan, the judgment included any future Missouri Historical Tax Credits for which the project may qualify as a key part of the original agreement. Plaintiffs estimate that the tax credits could range from zero to $150,000.

“We think that this is a fair judgment and breaks new ground in the area of tax credits being part of a case before they are awarded when predicated as part of the loan,” said Brian Weinstock an attorney with Danna McKitrick who represented J and J Home Builders, Inc. d/b/a HomeSource.

Plaintiff attempted to obtain Missouri historical tax credits, however some of the required paperwork was missing. Additionally, the defendants in the case delayed and refused to provide a release and assignment of the Missouri historical tax credit file held by the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

About Danna McKitrick, P.C.:Located in Clayton, Mo., Danna McKitrick, P.C. represents businesses (emerging to national), insurers, government-related entities, and individuals throughout the Bi-state St. Louis area and adjoining states. To supplement its local resources, the firm is a member of MSI Global Alliance – an international association of more than 250 member firms in 100 countries. The firm can be viewed on the Web at www.dannamckitrick.com.

Richard F. Huck, III Moves Practice to Danna McKitrick, P.C.


PROMINENT LITIGATION ATTORNEY JOINS CLAYTON LAW FIRM

St. Louis, MO — Local law firm Danna McKitrick, P.C. announces Richard F. Huck, III as their newest principal. Huck’s extensive business litigation experience includes construction, real estate, insurance, and professional liability matters. As lead counsel, he has brought more than 35 jury trials to verdict and is also a seasoned mediator and arbitrator.

“We are very pleased that Rich has joined our team.  He strengthens our capabilities in construction law, and adds another dimension to our well-established insurance and professional liability practice,” says Dan Tobben, who leads the firm’s litigation department.

Prior to joining Danna McKitrick, Huck was a partner since 1989 with two other leading St.Louis firms, one of which merged to become a regional firm.

“I am pleased to be in a mid-size firm, which very much appeals to me, with a sophisticated practice and talented professionals,” Huck says.

Huck earned his J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law and his B.A. in politics from Washington & Lee University.

About Danna McKitrick, P.C.: Located in Clayton, Mo., Danna McKitrick, P.C. represents businesses (emerging to national), insurers, government-related entities, and individuals throughout the Bi-state St. Louis area and adjoining states. To supplement its local resources, the firm is a member of MSI Global Alliance – an international association of more than 250 member firms in 100 countries.

Law Firm Grows, Moves In Clayton


BUSINESS GROWTH, FAVORABLE LEASE TERMS LEAD THE MOVE

 

Clayton, MO – Clayton-based law firm Danna McKitrick has moved to 23,000 sq. ft. in the Pierre Laclede Center, at 7701 Forsyth Blvd., Suite 800, from its previous location on North Meramec in Clayton.

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. The Clayton location is convenient for the firm’s clients and staff.

The move is critical to the firm’s continued expansion and will help accommodate its needs as the firm continues to add resources and provide more depth for its existing clients and new clients.

Since 2004 Danna McKitrick, P.C., has grown by 20 percent to 28 attorneys, along with an an administrative staff of 25 people.

The firm moved its entire Clayton office May 15 & 16 and will spend part of the following week training on new technology it is having installed at the new location.

Terms of the lease were not disclosed.

About Danna McKitrick: Located in St. Louis, Mo., Danna McKitrick, P.C. delivers legal representation to new and growing businesses, financial institutions, non-profits, government-related entities, as well as families throughout the Midwest. To supplement its local resources, the firm is a member of MSI Global Alliance – an international association of more than 250 independent law and accounting firms in 100 countries.

James Heffner Elected to Post with Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis


YOUNG LAWYER DIVISION TREASURER

St. Louis, MO – James M. Heffner, a member of Clayton-based Danna McKitrick, P.C., was elected as Treasurer of the Young Lawyer Division of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis on April 6.

Heffner practices in corporate and real estate law. He has experience in the purchase, sale, financing and leasing of real estate, as well as drafting and negotiation of construction documents. In corporate matters, he supports business owners in structuring entities, shareholder disputes, mergers and stock purchases/redemptions.

“As Treasurer, I will serve on the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar Association. I look forward to supporting the organization’s continuing initiatives in educational and charitable issues that will come before that body.”

About BAMSL: Founded in 1874, BAMSL is a professional association of more than 6,000 lawyers and judges. Comprising 11 sections and more than 60 committees including a Young Lawyers Division, BAMSL with the St. Louis Bar Foundation, serves the educational, professional and practice needs of the organized bar, providing a broad range of programs and services to benefit the community. www.bamsl.org

About Danna McKitrick: With offices in Clayton and St. Charles, Mo., Danna McKitrick, P.C. delivers legal representation to new and growing businesses, financial institutions, non-profits, government-related entities, as well as families throughout the Midwest.

Associated Industries of Missouri to Host Employment Conference


TO BE HELD ON APRIL 15 & 16 AT TAN-TAR-A RESORT LAKE OF THE OZARKS

St. Louis, MO – The 2009 Human Resources and Employment Law Conference will include government agencies, law firms, and human resource experts presenting seminars to help companies understand how the employment and labor law landscape has changed and what the future may bring. The Conference will include perspectives on the legal and human resource ramifications of downsizing in the current economic downturn and present updated information about the Employee Free Choice Act, the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s Lilly Ledbetter ruling, and the WARN Act.

The conference also will assist companies in planning for increased productivity, recruitment, and retention strategies and provide best practice examples of individual company’s experiences.

“This is an important conference for all employers, whether AIM members or not, to attend. AIM is a solid source for the most current information about significant recent changes in employment law at the state and federal levels,” said Ruth Binger, an attorney who is organizing the conference. “We’ll be discussing laws—both case law and new legislation—that impact companies of all sizes.”

Human Resources professionals and attorneys are encouraged to attend. Attorneys will receive 12.4 hours of CLE credit from the Missouri Bar Association.

For more information about attending the conference, contact Jan Schanbacher at (573) 634-2246 or visit www.aimo.com.

Ruth Binger, a principal with Danna McKitrick, P.C., a St. Louis law firm, is chair of the AIM Human Resource & Employment Law Committee. She serves both emerging and mature businesses concentrating on corporate law, intellectual property and technology law, as well as labor and employment law. She has received numerous awards including the 2008 “Lawyer’s Lawyer” award category in the annual Women’s Justice Awards sponsored by the St. Louis Daily Record.

About AIM: Associated Industries of Missouri is the oldest and premier statewide business association that works toward resolving problems facing employers in the state. Created as the first trade organization in Missouri, it addresses issues in the state capitol, both in the legislative process and in the courts, as well as other public venues. AIM offers conferences and seminars to its members regarding the most recent changes in environmental, tax, and workplace law it also offers its members cost-saving programs pertaining to employee benefits or operational expenditures.

About Danna McKitrick, P.C.: Located in Clayton, Mo., Danna McKitrick, P.C. represents businesses (emerging to national), insurers, government-related entities, and individuals throughout the Bi-state St. Louis area and adjoining states. To supplement its local resources, the firm is a member of MSI Global Alliance – an international association of more than 250 member firms in 100 countries.

Michael McKitrick Elected to Executive Committee


LAW FIRM DANNA MCKITRICK ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES

St. Louis, MO – Michael J. McKitrick is elected to the executive committee of law firm Danna McKitrick for a three-year term, effective January, 2009.

McKitrick joins the executive committee, which reports to the board of directors, just as the firm is undertaking a move into a larger office space in the Pierre Laclede Center. The executive committee comprises three principals who rotate to serve staggered terms. McKitrick is no stranger to the firm’s leadership; he held an executive committee position from 1999-2001 and chaired the litigation department for the better part of his career at Danna McKitrick.

With over 30 years of litigation and transactional experience in commercial, real estate, and bankruptcy matters, McKitrick earned his J.D., with distinction, from University of Iowa College of Law, and his B.A., with distinction, from Northern Illinois 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.

Patrick J. Murphy Elected Principal at Danna McKitrick


FIRM PROMOTES TRANSACTIONAL ATTORNEY

St. Louis, MO – Local law firm Danna McKitrick, P.C., is pleased to announce attorney and CPA Patrick J. Murphy is named principal in the areas of corporate, tax, and estate planning, effective January 1, 2009.

“Patrick is an outstanding attorney and his advancement is well-deserved. We are happy to have him as a principal,” says Ron Danna, senior principal of the firm’s transactional department.

Murphy, who joined the firm in 2005, provides sophisticated estate planning and trust administration, and counsels in corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, buy/sell agreements, corporate structuring, and real estate transactions for small- to medium-sized businesses.

Of his new position, Murphy says: “Danna McKitrick is a different kind of law firm and growing because of our unique culture, which is why I’m excited to join the leadership team.”

Murphy honed his legal and financial skills during his time in private legal practice and past experience in public accounting with two local CPA firms and a global Big Four accounting firm. He earned his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law and his B.S.B.A., in accounting, from Creighton 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.