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Honorable Robert T. Altice Jr. (’89)

Honorable Robert T. Altice Jr. (’89) was appointed to the Court of Appeals, 2nd District of Indiana. He was appointed by Governor Mike Pence. Judge Altice’s legal career began in Jackson County, MO handling felony cases as a deputy prosecutor before being promoted to Chief Deputy Prosecutor for the Drug Unit. He then practiced with a Kansas City civil law firm. After moving to Indianapolis, he joined the law firm of Wooden McLaughlin & Sterner.

Athan J. (Athanasios) J. Vrentas (’88)

Athan J. (Athanasios) J. Vrentas (’88) passed away on November 4, 2016.

William B. “Bill” Starnes, III (’88)

William B. “Bill” Starnes, III (’88) passed away on October 30, 2016. Bill was a partner at Reed Armstrong in Edwardsville, IL.

Joseph Frank Caresio (’57)

Joseph Frank Caresio (’57) passed away on November 2, 2016. He went on to practice law in Kansas City for 57 years. After retirement he served as a legal consultant those in the entertainment business. Joseph was a Veteran and served in the U.S. Army.

Tara Moreland (’16)

Tara Moreland (’16) was recently hired as an Associate Attorney at The Law Offices of Anderson & Associates, where she practices civil litigation, specializing in landlord/tenant law and creditors’ rights.

Professor Steven Popejoy (’88)

Professor Steven Popejoy (’88) serves as head of the School of Accountancy in the Harmon College of Business at the University of Central Missouri. He recently had an article entitled “Right to Work: A Legal Rights Perspective” accepted for publication in the Labor Law Journal, co-authored with (’89) alumna Professor Deni Oas, also of UCM.

The Honorable John Moran (’57)

The Honorable John Moran (’57) passed away on October 2, 2016. He practiced law for 31 years. Judge Moran was appointed to the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Missouri in 1988. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran.

Jessica Agnelly (’05)

Jessica Agnelly (’05) was nominated as President-Elect to the Civil Litigation Committee for the KCMBA.

Andy Russell (‘91)

Andy Russell (‘91) was nominated as Secretary/Treasurer to the Civil Litigation Section committee for the KCMBA.

2016 Best of the Bar

For 15 years, the legal community in Kansas City has recognized its best attorneys in private practice as the Kansas City Business Journal’s Best of the Bar. Each year, lawyers are asked to vote for their metro-area peers whom they consider the top attorneys in Kansas City — colleagues from within and outside their firms.

This year, 84 UMKC School of Law graduates made the list. They are listed alphabetically below:

Jessica Agnelly (’05) — Wendt Law Firm PC
Charles Atwell (’78) — Foland Wickens Eisfelder Roper & Hofer PC
Jack Bangert (’76) — Kutak Rock LLP
James Bartimus (’77) — Bartimus Frickleton Robertson PC
Scott Bethune (’88) — Davis Bethune & Jones LLC
Douglas Bradley (’06)— Bradley and Bradley LC
Stephen Brown (’71) — Brown & Ruprecht PC
Patricia Campbell (’08) — The Potts Law Firm
William Carr (’92) — White Graham Buckley & Carr
John Christiansen (’91) — Law Office Of John Adams Christiansen LC
John Cruciani (’94) — Husch Blackwell LLP
Margaret Dean (’84) — Dean Law Office LLC
Laurie Del Percio (’99) — Horn Law Firm PC
Athena Dickson (’03) — Siro Smith Dickson PC
Cynthia Dodge (’98) — Cynthia M. Dodge LLC
John F. Edgar (’96) — Edgar Law Firm LLC
John M. Edgar (’68) — Edgar Law Firm LLC
James Eisenbrandt (’68) — Berkowitz Oliver LLP
Nathalie Elliott (’90) — Levy Craig Law Firm PC
Shelley Ericsson (’98) — Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Ashley Felton (’08) — Ferree Bunn Rundberg & Ridgway Chtd.
Nicole Fisher (’07) — Fisher Law LLC
Brian Gaddy (’94) — Gaddy Weis LLC
Aubrey Gann-Redmon (’08) — AGR Legal Services LLC
Robert Gordon (’09) — The Gordon Law Firm LLC
Gene Graham Jr. (’85) — White Graham Buckley and Carr LLC
Blake Green (’08) — BG Law
L. Annette Griggs (’01) — McCollum & Griggs LLC
Heather Hardinger (’10) — McCambridge Law
Desarae Harrah (’05) — Collins & Jones PC
M. Blake Heath (’09) — M. Blake Heath, Trial Attorney LLC
Pascale Henn (’94) — Business Law Advisors LLC
Nick Hergott (’10) — Meyerkord Russell & Hergott LLC
James Hobbs (’81) — Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian PC
Aaron House (’05) — House Packard LLC
Todd Johnson (’99) — Votava Nantz & Johnson LLC
Kevin Jones (’09) — The Meyers Law Firm
Kristi Kingston (’97) — Employee & Labor Law Group of Kansas City LLC
Alicia Koranda (’05) — The Koranda Law Firm LLC
Abraham Kuhl (’08) — Law Office of Young Jakobe & Kuhl LLC
Christopher Lawler (’02) — The Lawler Firm LLC
Andrew LeRoy (’05) — Bautista LeRoy LLC
Meghan Litecky (’06) — Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore PC
Betsy Lynch (’05) — Lynch Sharp & Associates LLC
Michelle Marvel (’07) — Bartimus Frickleton Robertson PC
Kelly McCambridge (’08) — McCambridge Law LLC
Tiffany McFarland (’05) — McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan PC
Lucy McShane (’05) — McShane & Brady LLC
Mira Mdivani (’99) — Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm
Ryan Merrigan (’09) — Molner/Merrigan LC
Matthew Meyerkord (’04)— Meyerkord Russell & Hergott LLC
Martin Meyers (’81) — The Meyers Law Firm LC
Tony Miller (’01) — Troppito Miller Griffin LLC
James Myers (’97) — Shaffer Lombardo Shurin PC
Andrew Nantz (’99) — Votava Nantz & Johnson LLC
Phyllis Norman (’03) — The Norman Law Firm
Lisa Nouri (’85) — Law Office of Lisa G. Nouri
John O’Connor (’82) — Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP
P.J. O’Connor (’01) — Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP
Jill Olsen (’00)— The Olsen Law Firm LLC
Lara Krigel Pabst (’09) — Krigel & Krigel PC
Erica Perkin (’08) — The Perkin Law Firm LC
Josh Peter (’05) — Solomon & Peter LLP
Anne Post (’97) — The Post Law Firm LLC
Michael Rader (’99) — Bartimus Frickleton Robertson PC
William “Bud” Reynolds (’95) — The Reynolds Law Firm LLC
Ashley Ricket (’06)— Ricket Law Firm LLC
John Rollins (’91) — Rollins/Kavanaugh PC
Brian Russell (’10) — Meyerkord Russell & Hergott LLC
Patricia Scaglia (’97) — Scaglia Law Firm LLC
Anne Schiavone (’99) — Holman Schiavone LLC
Wes Shumate (’04) — Davis Bethune & Jones LLC
Janice Stanton (’85) — Stanton & Redlingshafer LLC
Jonathan Sternberg (’07) — Jonathan Sternberg, Attorney PC
Mark Stingley (’77) — Bryan Cave LLP
Brianne Thomas (’06) — Boyd Kenter Thomas & Parrish
Daniel Thomas (’02) — Humphrey Farrington & McClain PC
Brett Votava (’01) — Votava Nantz & Johnson
Beverly Weber (’01) — Martin Leigh PC
Christopher Wirken (’00) — Wirken Law Firm LLC
Larry Wright (’03) — Criterion Law LLC
Stacey Wullschleger (’07) — Fisher Law LLC
Jim Wyrsch (LLM ’72)— Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian PC
Kevin Zeller (’06) — Husch Blackwell LLP