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January 14, 2021

Jennifer Wieland on Anonymous Lawsuits in Tenth Circuit, District of Kansas

Jennifer Wieland recently published an article analyzing a recent decision in the federal court in Kansas regarding when a lawsuit may be filed anonymously. The Court held a case must be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction if the plaintiff seeking anonymity does not petition the Court for relief prior to filing the case. In addition, in order for the Court to permit a plaintiff to proceed anonymously, they must show “exceptional circumstances” – such as (1) cases involving matters of a highly sensitive …

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January 2, 2021

Megan Costello Elected Partner at Firm

Berkowitz Oliver LLP elevated Megan Costello to partner effective January 1, 2021. Megan joined the firm in 2016 after beginning her career in Colorado, where she graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 2010 and served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Laurie Booras of the Colorado Court of Appeals before entering private practice. At Berkowitz Oliver, she practices in the labor and employment field, where she assists clients in defending against employment-related claims and complying with laws pertaining to their work force. Megan currently serves …

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December 2, 2020

Morris, Humphrey Named to Missouri Power 30 White-Collar Defense Attorneys List

Jeff Morris and Jim Humphrey were recently named to the 4th edition of Missouri Lawyers Media’s Power 30 White-Collar Defense Attorneys list. Attorneys in the Firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group have extensive experience handling complex criminal and regulatory litigation and government investigations.

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November 30, 2020

Eleven Berkowitz Oliver Attorneys Named Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

Eleven attorneys at Berkowitz Oliver LLP have been named 2020 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. The 2020 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers are: Stacey Gilman , for Business Litigation; Jim Humphrey , for Securities Litigation; Jeff Morris , for Criminal Defense: White Collar; Shazzie Naseem , for Criminal Defense: White Collar; David Oliver , for Business Litigation; Tom Schult , for Class Action; John Shaw , for Securities Litigation; Christina Wahl , for Criminal Defense: White Collar; and Jennifer Wieland , for Class Action. The 2020 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars are: Megan Costello , for Employment …

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November 5, 2020

Berkowitz Oliver Named Tier 1 Firm for Kansas City Metro by U.S. News & World Report

Berkowitz Oliver has been named a Tier 1 firm in the Kansas City Metro area by U.S. News – Best Lawyers (R) “ Best Law Firms ” in 2021 in the following seven practice areas: Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White Collar Litigation: Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation – Securities Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions (Defendants) Product Liability Litigation (Defendants) The firm has also been named a Tier 3 firm in the National Rankings in Commercial Litigation and Litigation: Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy). The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, and information provided on the Law Firm Survey, the Law Firm …

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October 16, 2020

John Shaw Featured in Federal Bar Association Chapter Newsletter

Partner John Shaw was recently featured in the Chapter Newsletter  of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) Chapter for the Districts of Kansas and Western Missouri.  The feature was entitled “Literature, poetry, art part of career journey of chapter’s third president.” John, a former President of this Chapter of the FBA, is a 1977 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law and has been a partner at the firm since 1998.

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October 8, 2020

Three Former Judicial Law Clerks Join the Firm

Three new associates have recently joined Berkowitz Oliver. All are former judicial law clerks. Ben Donovan joined the firm on May 12. Ben has spent the past two years as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Alok Ahuja of the Missouri Court of Appeals – Western District. Ben is a 2018 magna cum laude graduate of Washburn University School of Law where he served as Senior Staff Writer on the Washburn Law Journal. He is also a 2013 graduate of the University of Kansas . Prior to attending law school, he worked …

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August 20, 2020

Morris Named Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense: General Practice, Six Other Attorneys Named By Best Lawyers in America

Seven Berkowitz Oliver attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America© for 2021. In addition, Jeff Morris  was named the Best Lawyers® 2021 Criminal Defense: General Practice “Lawyer of the Year” for Kansas City, Missouri. The honored Berkowitz Oliver attorneys for 2020 are: Christina Wahl , for Criminal Defense: White Collar; Jeff Morris , for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: General Practice, and Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Shazzie Naseem , for Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Kathleen Nemechek , for Employment Law – Management; David Oliver , for Commercial Litigation and …

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