Missouri Super Lawyers Articles

The New Kid on the Block

From the Philippines to LA to St. Louis to KC, and now into new digs in midtown, José Bautista brings it all back home

Featuring Jose M. Bautista

Just Rewards

Bill Beck and Mike Abrams recover financial restitution for the wrongfully convicted

Featuring William G. Beck, …

Tales from the Cryptocurrency

Capes Sokol goes all in on blockchain technology

Featuring Sanford J. Boxerman, …

All About that Bass

Charlie Harris can play the other side like a bass guitar

Featuring Charlie J. Harris

Turning Over the Soil

Whether in law, cattle or politics, Todd Graves knows if you strategize too long, you’ll never get the hole dug

Featuring Todd P. Graves

After Ferguson

How NBA president Pamela Meanes helped wage war on police brutality

Featuring Pamela J. Meanes

The Survivors’ Club

After losing his twin to suicide, Kurt Reeg dug in to help others

Featuring Kurtis B. Reeg

Cold War Calling

What do an army intelligence officer, a police officer and a lawyer have in common? Communication skills, says Melody Rayl

Featuring Melody L. Rayl

Take Care of Your Cup of Credibility

A possible win today isn’t worth lost integrity tomorrow

A Conservationist’s Close Up

National Geographic-published photographer John Rollins on how he doesn’t let anything get in the way of the perfect shot—not even a gorilla’s fist

Featuring John Rollins


Brian Kaveney called on his Marine Corps training to build Armstrong Teasdale’s security clearance practice from scratch

Featuring Brian Kaveney

An Ensemble Drama

Stueve Siegel Hanson’s Patrick Stueve on his starring role in Bezich v. The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company

Featuring Patrick J. Stueve

Discovery with Felicia R. Williams

The St. Louis attorney praises Intellivision, Fitbit and the Notorious R.B.G.

Featuring Felicia R. Williams

Local Counsel with Wendi S. Alper-Pressman

St. Louis’ Wendi S. Alper-Pressman tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Featuring Wendi S. Alper-Pressman

Half a Century and Counting

An oral history of attorneys who have been practicing since the 1950sFeaturing Larry L. McMullen, …

From the Uneven Parallel Bars to the Bar

Anne Schiavone of Holman Schiavone on employment law, working with kids and the study habits she developed as a competitive gymnastFeaturing Anne W. Schiavone

Appeal to Adventure

Susan Ford Robertson attacks appellate cases with the same intensity she honed as a competitive cyclistFeaturing Susan Ford Robertson

‘It Matters to Me What Happens to Them’

Michael Yonke makes his mark in both civil and criminal court


Ian Cooper of Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt in St. Louis tells us about representing universities and handling controversiesFeaturing Ian P. Cooper

Ready to Wrangle

Cheryl A. Pilate and Melanie S. Morgan wage all-out war for their clientsFeaturing Cheryl A. Pilate, …

Up to Chapter 19

Corporate litigator Charley German specializes in high-stakes storytellingFeaturing Charles W. German

The Persistence of Mary Anne Sedey

The St. Louis-based employment litigator speaks on pushing through discovery, her voir dire strategy and giving legal advice to Thurgood MarshallFeaturing Mary Anne Sedey

The Good Seed

Don Downing grew up around Missouri cotton, soy and rice farms. So when a genetically modified seed ended up in the U.S. rice supply, he got the call.

Featuring Don M. Downing

Living the Dream

From top athletes to top companies, South African native Leon Versfeld guides clients through immigration law with a global touch

Featuring Leon Versfeld

A Deeper Empathy

Denise Henning was a great lawyer before cancer; now she’s better

Mary Daniel Finds Her Voice

How the health care attorney learned to speak up

Passion for Charity

Larry Katzenstein, of St. Louis’ Thompson Coburn, on the joy of helping charities help society, making estate planning clients feel at ease, and conducting the St. Louis SymphonyFeaturing Lawrence P. Katzenstein

In Love with Kansas City

Real estate and railway attorney Allison Bergman keeps one of America’s great cities moving forward

Warsaw Pact

While growing up in Poland, St. Louis litigator Zofia A. Garlicka pledged to become a lawyer, just like her legendary fatherFeaturing Zofia A. Sowers

Trial attorney Ted Williams Jr. of St. Louis’ Williams Venker & Sanders

On steam engines, military service, the jury system and the greatest hitter who ever livedFeaturing Theodore J. Williams, Jr.

Esquire, M.D.

Dr. Samuel K. Cullan hasn’t just studied medicine; he’s studied how to teach medicine to juriesFeaturing Samuel K. Cullan, MD

Hanging Their Own Shingles

Who’s the boss? Four area lawyers told us how they turned the answer into “I am.” They left other legal jobs—or never really had them to begin with—and mustered up the courage to go it alone. Their firms are dreams realized, but entrepreneurship also means figuring out accounts payableFeaturing Anne E. Post, …

Q&A With R. Lawrence Ward

Larry Ward of Polsinelli Shughart tells the story of his escape from a career in accounting and how he discovered the joy of business litigation.

Defending Monsanto

David Snively doesn’t mind the stress

An Attorney and a Gentleman

Rob Adams represents big auto clients ... nicely        Featuring Robert T. Adams

Easy Lawyer

Harley-riding attorney R. Pete Smith mixes two-wheel adventure with a historic practiceFeaturing R. Pete Smith

Fair Play

Allan H. Zerman went to bat for free agency        

The Listener

Laura Clark Fey's secret weapon: her ears        Featuring Laura Clark Fey

The Bulldog & The Ballerina

Gary and Anita Robb founded the biggest little aviation firm in town

Featuring Gary C. Robb, …

The Right Man for the Job

The law was Robert Ritter's destiny Featuring Robert F. Ritter

The Selflessness of the Long-Distance Runner

Run 12 marathons in 12 months? no problem for Steve Gorny … as long as it’s for a good cause
Featuring Stephen M. Gorny

Domo Arigato, Mr. Miller

Marshall Miller brings Kansas City and Tokyo together

Featuring Marshall V. Miller

Hall of Famer

Fifty years after his athletic triumphs, Donald Schlapprizzi is still MVP

Featuring Donald L. Schlapprizzi

The Defense Never Rests

James Wyrsch has dedicated his life to two words: “fair trial”
Featuring James R. Wyrsch

The Last Best Hope

Sometimes Melinda Pendergraph is the only thing standing between her clients and execution

The Cleaner

Berry F. Laws III likes to handle messy cases

Stadium Filler

Anthony Romano helped keep the Chiefs and Royals where they belong
Featuring Anthony J. Romano

The Aviator

James Cooling’s father was an aviation pioneer; he is a pioneer in aviation lawFeaturing James E. Cooling

The Pilate Program

A night of exhaustion created an inexhaustible lawyer who fights for the wrongfully convicted
Featuring Cheryl A. Pilate

If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Some Cases

Ken McClain revitalizes Truman’s hometown and fights for the little guy
Featuring Kenneth B. McClain, II

Sleepless in St. Louis

During the day he trades legal blows; at night he invents Rachel Gold
Featuring Michael A. Kahn

The Nicest Bulldog in Town

Mark Bryant began advocating for his family in high school; now he’s the president of Freedom, Inc.
Featuring Mark S. Bryant

The Right to Last Rites

Before Terri Schiavo there was Nancy Cruzan

Up on Cyprus Avenue

Bill Shapiro spins the platters that matter

Featuring William J. Shapiro

A Small Lawyer in High Places

Construction lawyer Susan McGreevy wears high heels and a hard hat

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