Missouri Lawyers Media selected Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorneys Jonathan Benevides, Lisa Larkin, and Jennifer Maloney as 2020 Up & Coming honorees. The publication recognizes Benevides and Maloney in the 40 and younger category for demonstrating professional excellence while making a positive impact on their profession and communities, and Larkin in the Mentor category for playing an important role in the development of those starting in the legal profession. The three join a class of 50 attorneys from around the state of Missouri to receive the 2020 Up & Coming Award.
Benevides, a Member in the firm’s Kansas City office, has a practice dedicated to the defense of corporate clients in the areas of transportation, products liability, premises liability, employment/labor, consumer protection, and commercial litigation. He also represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in union representation proceedings and unfair labor practice proceedings. Benevides is co-chair of Baker Sterchi’s Recruiting Committee in Kansas City, responsible for overseeing associate and summer law clerk recruiting efforts. He was recently unanimously approved for membership in the by-invitation-only Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). In the community, Benevides has served as an adjunct instructor for business law at a local college, and as a local youth soccer coach for over a decade.
Larkin, a Member in Baker Sterchi’s St. Louis office, has practiced exclusively in litigation and appeals since 1996. She has a practice concentrated in appeals and complex motions, personal injury defense, medical malpractice defense, and pharmaceutical and business litigation. She is a past recipient of the Missouri Lawyers Media “Influential Appellate Advocates” Award. Larkin is the Editor of Baker Sterchi’s Illinois Law Blog and an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and also helps train and mentor young associate attorneys in the firm. In the community, she is a girls’ youth basketball coach.
Maloney, a Member in Baker Sterchi’s St. Louis office, has a practice focused on civil litigation defense, primarily in the areas of premises liability, product liability, personal injury, and transportation. She has experience handling toxic torts, pharmaceutical liability, complex and class action litigation, construction litigation, insurance coverage, and nursing home litigation. Maloney manages Baker Sterchi’s summer clerk program in St. Louis. She is the immediate past President of the St. Clair County Bar Association and also an arbitrator with the St. Clair County Bar Association’s Mandatory Arbitration Program. In the community, Maloney served on the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois Membership and Bylaws Committee.Missouri Lawyers Media will recognize 2020 Up & Coming honorees at a virtual awards event on October 15.
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