| The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce has selected Baker Sterchi Associate Betsy Miller to join its Centurions Leadership Program. After an extensive application and interview process, Miller is one of only 46 Kansas Citians accepted into the 2022 Fall Class of Centurions.
Elizabeth M. "Betsy" Miller
| Members of the Kansas City Paralegal Association (KCPA) have elected Baker Sterchi Paralegal Tamara Davis to the association's Board of Directors.
| Baker Sterchi Member Paul Venker, in his role as Chairman for the Freedom Suits Memorial Steering Committee, appears in a recently launched video to help raise money for this Memorial sculpture, which will honor the courageous slave-plaintiffs in what have become known as the freedom suits.
Paul N. Venker
| Baker Sterchi Associate Andreea Sharkey was elected secretary to the 2020-2021 Board of Directors of The Women Lawyers' Association of Greater St. Louis (WLA).
Andreea T. Sharkey
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC attorney Laura Beasley will serve as the 2020-2021 President Elect of the Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC). Founded in 1964, IDC is a premier association of attorneys in Illinois who...
Laura K. Beasley
| Baker Sterchi is pleased to welcome its 2020 Summer Law Clerks: Hadley Bybee and Michael Kreamer in Kansas City; and Hannah Chanin and Kameron Fleming in St. Louis.
| St. Louis attorney Brandy Simpson has been named the 2020-2021 secretary of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) Women in the Legal Profession Section (WILP).
Brandy K. Simpson
| We recognize the disruption COVID-19 has caused to the working and personal lives of our clients, colleagues, and personnel. Since the beginning of the crisis, we have been dedicated to ensuring uninterrupted service to our clients and to protecting the health of our colleagues and personnel.
| Baker Sterchi Member Joshua Davis, St. Louis, was interviewed for an article in the April 2020 issue of CLM Magazine. The article "Virtual Adjusting Steps Into the Spotlight" offers insights and views from insurance and legal professionals regarding the effect of COVID-19 on claims handling.
Related Services: Insurance; COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Joshua S. Davis
| Angela Higgins has been named President of the Kansas Bar Association's Insurance Law Section. Founded in 1882, the Kansas Bar Association is a voluntary association of 7,200 member lawyers, judges, law students, and paralegals. Insurance Law Section members are...
Related Services: Insurance; Insurance Coverage
Angela M. Higgins
| Baker Sterchi Member Laura Beasley joins nine other Illinois attorneys as faculty of the 2019 Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC) Deposition Academy, a program designed specifically for Illinois Defense counsel providing an immersive experience for both lawyers with limited deposition experience, and those looking to refine their deposition skills. Academy participants team up in groups with...
Laura K. Beasley
| Angela Higgins has been named the Marketing Chair of ALFA International's Insurance Practice Group, where she will help set defined long-term business development goals for the group and facilitate action on those goals.
Related Services: Insurance; Insurance Coverage
Angela M. Higgins
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member Jonathan Benevides has been unanimously approved for membership in the by invitation-only Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). Nominees, who must be of high professional standing, demonstrate good moral character, and devote a substantial amount of their professional time to defending civil litigation, undergo a rigorous peer review nomination process before...
| Elizabeth "Betsy" Miller joins the firm's Kansas City office as a civil defense litigation associate, with an emphasis in the areas of personal injury, products liability, and class action and multidistrict litigation.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member John Mahon Jr., has been admitted to the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) as one of only thirteen Missouri members. Established nearly 80 years ago, the ADTA is comprised of civil defense trial attorneys in...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member Nathan Leming has become a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). Founded in 1920, the IADC is a preeminent invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys of high professional standing who represent corporate and insurance interests. Comprised of approximately...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome summer law clerks Malika Baker and Travis Hoehn in Kansas City and Kelly "Koki" Sabates and Jasmine Riddick in St. Louis.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome Kathryn Huelsebusch to the firm's St. Louis office. Huelsebusch, who joins the firm as Of Counsel, represents hospitals, physicians, nurses, long term care facilities, home health care providers, and other healthcare entities throughout Missouri and Illinois. She also...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome Teresa Hurla to the firm's Kansas City office. Hurla's practice with the firm is focused on civil defense litigation, with an emphasis in the areas of products liability and personal injury.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member Terrence O'Toole has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors for membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC).
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member John Patterson is quoted in an IPWatchdog.com article about the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act, reintroduced as H.R. 2426 in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 1. Patterson opines in the article that...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member Megan Stumph-Turner was recently honored as a runner up at the grand finale celebration for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 2019 Man & Woman of the Year Campaign ("LLS MWOY").
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member John Lord has been appointed as the 2019-2020 General Counsel Committee Chair by the Board of Directors of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA).
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice associate Shatrasha Stone has been elected to serve as the 2019-2020 Chairperson of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Young Lawyers Division (BAMSL YLD). She was sworn in as Chairperson at BAMSL's annual Law Day celebration on Thursday, May 2 at the Missouri Athletic Club in Downtown St. Louis.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC, has added Laura K. Beasley to the firm's Belleville, Illinois office. Beasley, who joined the firm as a Member, practices in the areas of civil litigation defense, general liability, class action/mass torts, insurance coverage, personal injury, and product liability
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome Julie Simaytis to the firm's St. Louis office. Simaytis joins the firm as Of Counsel. Having practiced exclusively in litigation for over fifteen years, her practice is focused on...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome Andreea Sharkey to the firm's St. Louis office, where she will focus her practice in defending insurance, personal injury, general liability and product liability litigation.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorney Martha Charepoo has been accepted into the 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows Program. The Fellows Program is designed to connect mid-career high-potential attorneys from preeminent corporations and law firms for a year-long professional development series focusing on...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome John Kellogg to the firm's Kansas City office. Kellogg joins the firm as Of Counsel, practicing in the areas of premises liability, construction law, personal injury and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to announce the promotion of Martha Charepoo and Megan Stumph-Turner to Member status effective January 1, 2019.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome Kehl Friesen as an attorney in the firm's Kansas City office. Friesen's practice with the firm will focus on civil litigation with an emphasis on ...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome Dylan Murray as an attorney in the firm's Kansas City office. Murray has represented U.S. and international corporate clients in both federal and state courts in a variety of practice areas for more than 20 years, including commercial, tort, product liability, pharmaceutical, medical device, and construction litigation.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorney J. Robert Sears served as a panelist for the program "Rails to Trails: The Pitfalls When Litigating Liability and Damages Together or Separately – Using a Fee Shifting Statute, such as Rails to Trails" at the Court of Federal Claims 29th Judicial Conference held at...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member Kara Stubbs was elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors of ALFA International (ALFA) at the 2018 Annual Meeting, held October 24-26 in Montreal, Canada. Stubbs' term as Chair begins immediately and will run through...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome Douglas Hill as an attorney with the firm's Kansas City office. Hill is an experienced litigator, managing a diverse civil defense practice that includes professional negligence, product liability, industrial and job site injuries, and general business litigation. He has extensive experience representing ...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome Shatrasha Stone as an attorney with the firm's St. Louis office. Stone's practice is focused in litigation with an emphasis in medical malpractice, insurance litigation, personal injury defense and general liability claims. She began her legal career as...
| Congratulations to Team Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice members Nate Leming, Terry O'Toole, Megan Sterchi Lammert, and Adam Olszeski, as well as their BJC HealthCare running partners, for putting up some impressive numbers at the recent 2018 Biz Dash 5K held in
| BSCR attorney Megan Stumph-Turner competed in Las Vegas on America's favorite game show, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." in a cliffhanger two-part series that aired September 12-13, 2018.
| Martha Charepoo has been appointed to author Volume 15 of the Missouri Practice Series, Civil Rules Practice. Published by one of the nation's largest legal publishers, Thomson Reuters, Civil Rules Practice guides readers through...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome Brandy Simpson, who joins the firm's St. Louis office as Of Counsel. While she primarily focuses her practice on medical malpractice defense, Simpson is also experienced in defending premises liability, personal injury, and products liability matters.
| John Watt has been named the 2020 Program Co-Chair of the ALFA International Construction Practice Group's biennial seminar. As Program Co-Chair, Watt's duties and responsibilities will include...
| The firm is pleased to announce that Martha Charepoo has been appointed as the new chair of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Martha is passionate about the importance of cultivating diversity in the legal profession, and looks forward to supporting the firm's efforts to hire and retain talented and diverse attorneys and staff to serve BSCR's diverse client base.
| The April 2018 edition of DRI's monthly magazine "For the Defense" includes an article written by Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member Angela Higgins titled, "A Possible Perfect Storm: The Reanimated Innovator-Liability Theory."
| The law firms of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice (BSCR) and Williams Venker & Sanders (WVS) are pleased to announce their merger effective July 1, 2018.
| On January 23, 2018, Angela Higgins testified before the Missouri House Committee on Insurance Policy in support of House Bill 1406, to repeal Missouri's equitable garnishment statute, Mo. Rev. Stat. 379.200.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to announce the promotion of John Patterson to Member effective January 1, 2018. Patterson practices in the areas of product liability, employment, construction/fidelity and surety, financial services litigation, premises liability...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice continued its long tradition as a law firm sponsor of the Annual Judge Kit Carson Roque, Jr. Scholarship Banquet, by sponsoring the 2017 banquet held at the Sheraton Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri on October 7.
| James Scott Kreamer, Managing Member of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, was elected President of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) at the 2017 Annual Meeting at...
| Join attorneys from Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice's Drug and Medical Device Practice Group, including DRI Drug and Medical Device Steering Committee Member Jeffrey Kruse, at DRI's Annual Drug and Medical Device Seminar being held May 11-12, 2017 at the...
| On February 28, 2017, Angela Higgins testified before the Missouri House Committee on Insurance Policy in support of House Bill 784, to repeal Missouri's equitable garnishment statute, Mo. Rev. Stat. 379.200.
| At the Annual Meeting of ALFA International (ALFA) on October 28, Kara Stubbs was elected by the membership to serve on the Board of Directors in the office of Vice Chair. Kara's term as Vice Chair begins immediately and will run through...
| The Board of Directors of Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) has voted to approve the membership application of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice. LCJ is a non-profit organization of defense trial lawyer organizations, law firms, and...
| James Scott Kreamer has been named to the Board of Directors of Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ), a coalition of corporations and defense attorneys committed to reform in the civil justice system.
| Scott Kreamer, Managing Member of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, was elected President-Elect of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) at the group's Annual Meeting in July 2016.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Legal Administrative Assistant Charniece Rollie will be installed as the President of NALS of Missouri at the association's upcoming May 2016 Annual Meeting to be held in Independence, Missouri. Her term as President will run one year from date of installation. A member of the association for the last seven years...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorneys and staff donated a large number of snacks for distribution to the students of James A. Garfield Elementary School during year-end testing and assessments. All students in grades three through six, taking the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test, and in kindergarten through second, taking progress assessments, received...
| Thomas Rice is serving as co-chair of the upcoming program "Enlightening The EPL/PL World" jointly hosted by ALFA International's Insurance Law, Labor & Employment, and Professional Liability Practice Groups. A Steering Committee Member of the Insurance Law, Professional Liability and Labor & Employment Practice Groups, Mr. Rice is serving as co-chair on behalf of the Insurance Practice Group...
| Join DRI Drug and Medical Device Steering Committee Member, Jeffrey Kruse, and other Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorneys practicing in the firm's Drug and Medical Device Practice Group, at DRI's upcoming Drug and Medical Device Seminar being held May 19-20 at the...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome Martha Charepoo, who joins the firm's St. Louis office as Of Counsel. Her practice with the firm is focused on business and consumer litigation including breach of contract, fraud, unfair trade practices, business torts, shareholder disputes, insurance law, and real estate disputes.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC announce that Robert F. Chandler and Jonathan E. Benevides have been elected to Member status effective January 1, 2016.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome John Patterson to the firm's Kansas City office. Patterson represents corporate and individual clients in a variety of areas, including product liability, employment, financial services, fidelity and surety, transportation, premises liability, insurance, pharmaceutical and medical device, construction and commercial litigation...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome Megan Stumph as an associate in the firm's Kansas City office, where her practice is focused on representing financial institutions in the areas of creditors' rights, foreclosure, real estate, and general civil litigation cases...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome Megan Sterchi as an associate in the firm's Kansas City office, where her practice will be focused on personal injury defense, premises liability, and product liability...
| As part of the firm’s ongoing effort to support James A. Garfield Elementary School, 44 backpacks filled with supplies were delivered prior to the start of the school year. Firm attorneys and staff donated the supplies and backpacks, and BSCR volunteers stuffed the backpacks with the supplies prior to delivering them to the school...
| Scott Kreamer has been elected to serve as Secretary/Treasurer of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an invitation-only organization consisting of accomplished defense attorneys, corporate counsel, and insurance industry executives who have achieved professional distinction during their careers...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice welcomes Suzanne Billam as an associate in the firm's Kansas City office. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Suzanne worked for several years as a practicing nurse in a high-acuity hospital in the Kansas City area...
| Scott Kreamer has been elected to serve as a Senior Director of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an invitation-only organization consisting of accomplished defense attorneys, corporate counsel, and insurance industry executives who have achieved professional distinction during their careers.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome Catherine Anderson as an associate in the firm’s Kansas City office. Catherine received her Juris Doctor and Advocacy Certificate from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she was selected into the Inaugural Class of the Kansas Supreme Court Research Clinic and argued before the Kansas Supreme Court on the issue of sua sponte appellate review.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is pleased to welcome Fady Hanalla as a summer law clerk in the firm's Kansas City office. Fady is a J.D. candidate at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and earned his undergraduate degree in political science and economics from Texas State University-San Marcos.
| The Defense Research Institute (DRI) publication "The Voice" recently featured Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice's Partnership with Kansas City Area Garfield Elementary School. BSCR is the first law firm in the Kansas City, Missouri, area to establish a partnership program with a local inner city school.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, LLC has named Thomas N. Sterchi and John W. Cowden as Co-Chairmen and James Scott Kreamer as Managing Member of the firm.
| BSCR Executive Director, Karen Griggs, has been appointed as a member of the Education Board and Vice-chair of the Sponsorship Committee of the ABA's Law Practice. . .
| BSCR once again sponsored and participated in the Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair which was held August 10 in Kansas City, Missouri. The job fair is one of the key items in the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association's Diversity Action Plan . .
| Thomas E. Rice has been selected by the Children's Products SLG of the DRI Product Liability Committee to act as a State Liaison to the Juvenile Products Manufacturer's Association ("JPMA"). The JPMA is the leading trade association for the juvenile products industry.
| Scott Kreamer will serve as the Dean of the Litigation Management College which takes place at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, June 9-13. . .
| The firm is pleased to announce the promotion of Bryan Mouber to Member effective January 1, 2013. Mouber practices in the areas of commercial and financial litigation and arbitration. He is also a member of the firm's product liability and drug and medical device practice groups. . .
| The firm is pleased to announce the promotion of Robert Sears to Member effective January 1, 2013. Sears is a member of the firm's Rails-to-Trails team which represents individuals and businesses in claims against governmental entities for compensation due as a result of the taking of private land. . .
| Kara Stubbs has been selected to serve as the Co-Chair of the Medical Device Subcommittee of the ABA's Section of Litigation, Products Liability Committee. The Section of Litigation is the largest specialty section of the American Bar Association.
| Kara Stubbs was extended an invitation to serve as Vice-Chair of ALFA International's Product Liability Practice Group. Stubbs will service as Vice-Chair of the group for the next three years. . .
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice sponsored the 25th Annual Judicial Conference held at the National Courts Building in Washington, DC, November 15, 2012. The conference agenda included a panel discussion on Rails-to-Trails Litigation. Baker Sterchi Rails-to-Trails attorneys attended the conference.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice was a law firm sponsor of the ABA Current Issues in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation meeting held at Boston Scientific in Natick, Massachusetts on November 16, 2012. Co-sponsored by
| Kara Stubbs has been elected as Secretary of ALFA International's Board of Directors. ALFA International is a global network of 145 independent law firms comprised of 85 members in the United States and 60 members internationally. . .
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & RIce was a law firm sponsor of the15th Annual Judge Kit Carson Roque, Jr. Scholarship Event held at the Hilton President Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 5, 2012. Organized by the Jackson County Bar Association (JCBA), the purpose of the event is to raise funds for the scholarship established in 1998 to...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice sponsored the Association for Women Lawyers 17th Annual Golf Tournament held September 28, 2012. The Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City (AWL-KC) promotes...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Executive Committee Member James S. Kreamer attended the Third Annual Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Annual Membership Meeting in Washington DC, September 12-13, 2012. The LCLD was formed in 2009 and is comprised of corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice continues to be a proud supporter of Cristo Rey Schools by participating in the school's work/study program. The Christo Rey work/study program places high school students with local company to...
| In celebration of its thirtieth anniversary, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice hosted an attorney alumni reception in its Kansas City office on August 24, 2012. Current and former attorneys of the firm enjoyed food, drink and...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice was a sponsor of a recent golf tournament organized by the Legal Aid of Western Missouri and the Volunteer Attorney Project. Legal Aid of Western Missouri and the Volunteer Attorney Project coordinate...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice was a sponsor of the Twenty-Fifth Annual American Diabetes Association (ADA) Driving Fore the Cure Golf Tournament held June 25, 2012, in Skillman, New Jersey. According to the ADA, nearly 26 million people in the United States are...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice was a table sponsor of the recent Whittaker Awards Luncheon held at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts in Kansas City. The luncheon was organized by the Lawyers Association of Kansas City (LAKC), whose mission is to...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice was a table sponsor at the recent Friends of Chamber Music Soiree. The Friends of Chamber Music was established 35 years ago in order to introduce new artists, new art forms, and new musical literature to
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Executive Director Karen Griggs has served as the President of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) for the last year. ALA is the largest international association of professionals involved in the management of law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal agencies, with nearly 10,000 members in 30 countries. . .
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice sponsored the attendance of four firm attorneys and four law students at KU's 17th Annual Diversity in Law Banquet, hosted by the Asian Law Students Association. The banquet, which took place on March 2 in Lawrence, Kansas, is a celebration of diversity in the legal profession and also serves as a major fundraiser for the school's Diversity Scholarship Fund.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice was a silver sponsor of the “Black History Month Celebration” put on by The Lawyers Association of St. Louis and the Mound City Bar Association on February 16, 2012. The speaker for the celebration was Judge Kathy Surratt-States of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member Kara Trouslot Stubbs served as a co-chair of the Pharmaceuticals Subcommittee of the ABA Products Liability Committee, which recenty partnered with the Medical Device Subcommittee to sponsor the Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device CLE Workshop held at GlaxoSmithKline in Philadelphia in November.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorneys and staff contributed generously to Operation Breakthrough this holiday season. The individual contributions combined to provide gifts to 30 children, holiday meals for 6 families, and gift cards for the mothers of those families. Operation Breakthrough is...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorneys participated in the September 30 Association for Women Lawyers 16th Annual Golf Tournament. The tournament is a major fundraising event for AWL’s charitable foundation.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorneys attended the firm's 2011 firm retreat at the Lake of the Ozarks the weekend of September 30. The retreat speaker was Michelle T. Johnson who spoke on general law firm diversity issues. Ms. Johnson is a...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is a sponsor of the Equal Justice Works 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner. Equal Justice Works is a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice by...
| Bryan Mouber was chosen to serve on the faculty at the UMKC Bloch School of Management as an adjunct professor of commercial transactions.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice is a proud supporter of Cristo Rey Schools. A junior at Cristo Rey High School has been placed with the firm to work one day a week during the school year. The Cristo Rey network is...
| As the firm's liaison with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member John Cowden attended the LCLD's Second Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, DC., September 14-16. The LCLD was formed in 2009 and is...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice once again participated in “Food from the Bar", a food drive benefitting Harvesters. Sponsored by the Association for Women Lawyers (AWL) and the Kansas Women Attorneys Association, the firm's donations were...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Executive Director Karen Griggs attended the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement held in Association with the Library of Congress on June 13 in Washington DC. The Supreme Court Justices were in attendance, including Justice Sonia Sotomayor who was the guest speaker as well as Justice Stephen Breyer who received the 2011 Book for the Year in Law award. Griggs attended as an awards presenter in conjunction with...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Executive Director Karen Griggs has assumed the role of President of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) and will be honored at a cocktail reception hosted by the ALA Greater Kansas City Chapter and All-State Legal at ALA's Annual Conference & Expo to be held...
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Executive Committee Member Scott Kreamer represented the firm at Ingram's Eleventh Annual Legal Industry Outlook. Sponsored by the law firm of McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips in March, attorneys from many of the area's largest law firms participated in a discussion about...
| Baker Sterchi is a table sponsor for the upcoming May 14 Friends of Chamber Music Soiree, the organization's major annual fundraising event. The Friends of Chamber Music was established 35 years ago with the intent of introducing new artists, new art forms, and new musical literature to the Kansas City community. . .
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice was a sponsor of the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) Judicial Reception held at Boulevard Brewery on March 22. Baker Sterchi attorney Whitney Deacon Lloyd is AWL's Social Activities Chair.
| On February 17 and 18, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member Pete Hoffman will serve as a Judge for the first two rounds of the Regional Qualifying Tournament of the ABA/American College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition being held in St. Louis at the downtown Civil Courts building.
| Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member Scott Kreamer was recognized in Missouri Lawyers Weekly (Jan. 31, 2011) in connection with a $5.5M verdict in the matter of The Waits Co. v. MacKenzie House, et al., United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Missouri Lawyers Weekly included the case in the twenty-sixth spot on its list of...
| With two defense wins in Missouri courts in 2010, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Member James Jarrow tied with twelve other attorneys on Missouri Lawyers Weekly's list of "Winningest Defense Lawyers for 2010." The two wins also...
| Kara Trouslot Stubbs has been nominated to the Board of Directors of ALFA International, a global network of independent law firms. In the United States, ALFA member firms maintain offices in 95 of the 100 largest metropolitan areas. . .
| Scott Kreamer has been re-elected to serve as a Vice President of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). FDCC is a by-invitation only international organization of civil defense attorneys, as well as general counsel, risk managers, and claims professionals. Scott's term runs through August 2011.
| On July 27, BSCR and Shook Hardy & Bacon (SHB) hosted a diversity reception at The Drop. Kansas City area diverse professionals were invited as well as judges, law students, and young attorneys. . .
| Scott Kreamer has been appointed Dean of Curriculum of the Litigation Management College (LMC) sponsored by the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). The LMC is a four day workshop designed for claims handling professionals. . .
| Shirley Mitchell, Director of Human Resources, has been selected to serve a three year term on the Association of Legal Administrators Diversity Committee. Shirley served on the committee for the past year when she was appointed to fulfill the unexpired term of a former committee member.
| Jon Benevides recently participated as a student at the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyer's (MODL) 2010 Trial Academy at the University of Missouri School of Law. Jon joined other students in learning trial skills in a mock trial format.
| At the request of the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC), Tom Rice, Angela Higgins and Bryan Mouber prepared and filed with the Missouri Supreme Court an amicus brief on behalf of Ford Motor Company. The primary focus of the amicus brief addressed whether Missouri law on proximate cause allows a plaintiff to argue in a product liability case that she would not have purchased the product in question (five years before her accident) had the manufacturer provided her with "adequate" warnings about the product's safety performance during an accident.
| On April 14, Scott Kreamer represented BSCR at the 10th Annual Legal Industry Outlook Round-Table sponsored by Ingram's. Attorneys from many of the area's largest law firms participated in a round-table discussion about the instability of the financial markets and the economy, and its effect on recruiting, retention and billing trends. . .
| Kara Stubbs compiled and provided information on Kansas "best practices" to the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) for inclusion in the 2010 edition of a Best Practices Guide for the 50 States.
| The firm is pleased to announce that its Executive Director, Karen Griggs, has been selected as President-Elect of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA.) Her term begins in May 2010 and she will assume the President role in April of 2011. . .
| On December 17, 2009, BSCR hosted the Jackson County Bar Association's (JCBA) Annual Holiday Party. The event benefited Harvesters Food Bank and was held at BSCR's Kansas City office location.
| The firm congratulates Angela Higgins who became a Member of the firm effective January 1, 2010. Angela has been practicing law since 2002, after earning her law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. . .