Tara Moreland (’16)

Tara Moreland (’16) has joined the Jackson County Circuit court as Law Clerk for The Honorable Joel P. Fahnestock. Tara assists in the preparation of Division 9’s civil docket, as well as the preparation of the Division’s jury trials. Prior to joining Judge Fahnestock’s chambers, Moreland briefly practiced in civil litigation at a Kansas City firm.

Steve Striker (’96)

Steve Striker (’96) has joined the firm of Lathrop and Gage as Of Counsel. He will be engaged in various business and complex IT technology legal practice areas, which includes cybersecurity, information security and data privacy issues.

Dana Tippin Cutler (’89)

Dana Tippin Cutler (’89) received the Governor Mel Carnahan Award for Public Service from the University of Missouri, School of Public Affairs. The Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions through their public service, both paid and volunteer, in the government, education, nonprofit or legal sectors.

Cecilia Abbott (’89)

Cecilia Abbott (’89) was appointed City Attorney of Kansas City, Missouri. Cecilia is only the second female City Attorney for the city of Kansas City, Mo. She has been a City Attorney for over 26 years and is a former board member of the UMKC Law Alumni Association.

Patrick W. “Pat” Peters (‘85)

Patrick W. “Pat” Peters (‘85) passed away on January 21, 2017. Upon graduation, Pat began working as as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County, Missouri. Within one month of joining the Prosecutor’s Office, he successfully prosecuted his first murder trial. During the eight years he served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, he handled over one hundred homicide cases and tried many of the high profile cases during that time, including seven death penalty cases. Pat went into private criminal practice of the law at Peters & Peters Trial Attorneys with his wife, Shelley Peters (’02). Shortly after entering private practice, Pat was appointed in federal death penalty litigation and represented a defendant in the firefighter’s explosion case. Pat handled major felony cases throughout the Midwest, with cases in Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, and Kentucky


Chris Elliott (’79)

Chris Elliott (’79) passed away on December 29, 2016. Chris’ career in the land title industry spanned more than three decades. From 1986 to 1999, Chris was associated with Chicago Title Insurance where he worked as Assistant Regional Counsel. In 1999, he began his association with First American Title Insurance where he was currently Vice-President and underwriting counsel. He was a past board member of the Missouri Land Title Association and was honored in 2007 as the Association’s Title Person of the Year. Chris was also a member of the National, Nebraska and Kansas Land Title Associations.


Brian Mack (’12)

Brian Mack (’12) has been named a partner at Lathrop and Gage. Brian is a registered patent attorney who counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property. He specializes in aerospace and mechanical arts, including combustion, gas turbine components, power plant applications and transportation equipment. He is a named inventor on 17 gas turbine-related patents, and prior to practicing law, he worked as a mechanical design engineer in the aerospace and power generation industries. 


Kevin Tuttle (‘06)

Kevin Tuttle (‘06) has been named a partner at Spencer Fane. Kevin provides intellectual property (IP) counsel to a variety of clients in regard to the development, acquisition, enforcement and defense of IP rights. He works both nationally and internationally in IP transaction and ligation matter related to patents, trademarks and copyrights. He has been recognized for the past three consecutive years as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.


Jane Brown (’82)

Jane Brown (’82) has been recently appointed Assistant Program Director of the Office of Legal Education at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) in Columbia, SC. It is a one-year temporary assignment with the Department of Justice. Jane will be one of four directors in charge of planning continuing legal education programs for all 6,500 federal prosecutors and an equal number of DOJ staff throughout the U.S. In addition to planning the programs, she will recruit instructors and teach classes when instructors are unavailable. Examples of classes include Electronic Discovery, Deposition Skills, Health Care Fraud and Negotiation/Mediation.

Jim Bartimus (‘77)

Jim Bartimus (‘77) was named in Ingram’s “250 The Most Powerful Business Leaders” in the Greater Kansas City Area. Jim was the founding partner for the law firm of Bartimus Frickleton Robertson & Goza. Jim is a trial lawyer with four decades of expertise in complex medical malpractice and pharmaceutical related cases, particularly those involving negligence. He’s regarded as an expert in med/mal legal affairs worldwide and has lectured at legal and medical education events in the U.S., Europe, and Australia.