Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice professionals Erin Diven, Lori Rickman and Don Yarber have been named 2020 Unsung Legal Heroes by Missouri Lawyers Media. The annual award honors law firm professionals who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty in supporting attorney efforts.
Diven, recognized in the Legal Secretary category, has been with Baker Sterchi for over 25 years, initially working with the late Thomas O. Baker, a co-founder of the firm. Located in the firm’s Kansas City office, she currently supports two attorneys, two paralegals and a nurse paralegal, and provides back-up support for four additional attorneys.
Rickman, recognized in the Legal Marketing category, has been with Baker Sterchi for over 27 years in various roles. Currently Director of Marketing and Business Development, she has been involved with the firm’s marketing practice since 2002. Located in the firm’s Kansas City office, she also has nearly 19 years’ experience managing Baker Sterchi's internal professional development program and is a long-time member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Outside the firm, Rickman is immediate past chair and current member-at-large on the Kansas City Local Steering Committee of the Legal Marketing Association, an international association of legal marketing professionals.
Yarber, recognized in the inaugural Administrative Support Specialist category, joined Baker Sterchi as part of a merger in 2018 and has 16 years of continuous service with the merged firm. His Office Coordinator position in the firm’s St. Louis office comes with a myriad of duties. He handles everything from ordering supplies, sorting and distributing mail, making copies, closing files, and arranging meals for various meetings to putting things together, taking things apart, painting, and more.
All 2020 Unsung Legal Heroes award winners are recognized in a July 20 special section of Missouri Lawyers Weekly.
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