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Andrea Spillars (‘89)

Andrea Spillars (‘89) has been appointed Executive Director for the Missouri Board of Law Examiners.  She will be overseeing the attorney admissions process in Missouri.  Prior to her appointment, she worked in state government in various legal and administrative positions, including counsel to the Governor.

The Honorable Zel Fischer (’88)

The Honorable Zel Fischer (’88) has become the Chief Justice on the Missouri Supreme Court and his term will run through June 2019. Justice Fischer was appointed to the bench in 2008.

Martin Zehr ( ’85)

Martin Zehr (JD ’85) recently published his novel The Desplazados. It is available on Amazon and Kindle as an e-book.

Robert Hugh “Bob” Martin (’65)

Robert Hugh “Bob” Martin (’65) passed away April 3, 2017. He was partner in the law firm of Welch Martin and Albano, LLC. In his early career, Bob served as Municipal Judge and Assistant Jackson County Prosecutor. He served two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives (1969-1972).  He served in the United States Air Force, where he earned the rank of lieutenant, trained as a pilot, and developed a life-long interest in aviation. He was a charter member of the McComas Airport Board, and, at the time of his death, was the longest serving member of the Board of Trustees of the Junior College District of Metropolitan. 

The Honorable Robert “Bob” Hugh Foerscheler (‘56)

The Honorable Robert “Bob” Hugh Foerscheler (‘56) passed away on April 1, 2017. After law school he became assistant regional counsel for the Small Business Association from 1957-61. In 1961, he joined McAnany Van Cleave & Phillips, PA as an associate. During his time there he served as associate, partner, stockholder, director and officer. In 1987, he was appointed District Judge of Wyandotte County, KS and served in that capacity until 1989. He was then appointed Administrative Law Judge for the State of Kansas, an office he enjoyed holding until his retirement in 2007.

Brandon K. Gutshall (’09)

Brandon K. Gutshall (’09) was named as Partner at Shook, Hardy and Bacon.  Brandon represents companies involved in product liability, premises liability, negligence, fraud, breach of contract and warranty action across the country. He graduated first in his class and served as the editor-in-chief of the UMKC Law Review and as a staff member of Urban Lawyer.

Ashley Atwell-Soler (’08)

Ashley Atwell-Soler (’08)  has joined the law firm of Holman Schiavone LLC as Of Counsel. Ashley represents Plaintiffs in Employment Discrimination and Personal Injury cases. As a fluent Spanish speaker, Ashley looks forward to continuing to represent clients all of backgrounds.

Virginia L. Fry (’80)

Virginia L. Fry (’80) was elected Chair of the Missouri State University Board of Governors. Fry is a partner at Husch Blackwell. She is a member of the firm’s health care, life sciences and pharmaceuticals industry team

Nick Crews (’07)

Nick Crews announced the opening of  Fulkerson Crews, which represents the interests of businesses and insurance companies in Workers’ Compensation matters, employment disputes, and general liability claims. Crews has practiced primarily in the area of insurance defense, including both civil litigation and workers’ compensation. 

James Daniel Stinnett (‘66)

James Daniel Stinnett (‘66) passed away on January 13, 2017. His law career was interrupted in 1969 by two years of service in the United States Army. In 1972, after returning from military service and passing the bar, James went to work in private practice. In 1975, he left private practice to join the legal staff of Commerce Bancshares and retired as its General Counsel and Secretary in July 2009. Shortly afterward, he accepted an offer from Husch Blackwell to serve as Of Counsel to the firm and served in that capacity until 2015.