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November 1, 2019

Berkowitz Oliver Named Top Tier “Best Law Firm” in Kansas City Metro

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 2020 in the following six practice areas: Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White Collar Litigation: Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions (Defendants) Product Liability Litigation (Defendants) The firm has been listed as a “Best Law Firm” every year for the past 10 years, ever since the “Best Law Firms” rankings began. 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 17, 2019

Firm Holds 2019 Chili Cook-off

The firm held its annual Chili Cook-off competition on October 17. The Chili Cook-off coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October. The event is held to honor firm employees Lynne Clark and Lois Steward. This year’s Chili Champion was Tony Durone , whose “Secret Ingredient Chili” topped the eight entries. This year’s event also featured a Pet-Owner Matching Contest, won by LeeAnn Parmenter, and Cutest Pet Contest, won by Danielle Figge and her dog Khaleesi. “The Chili Cook-off is a favorite …

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October 11, 2019

Firm Teddy Bear Drive Benefits Bears on Patrol

Paralegals LeeAnn Parmenter and Rachel Scribner, in connection with the Kansas City Paralegal Association , organized a firm “teddy bear drive” to benefit the Kansas City Police Department’s Bears on Patrol Program. Nearly 300 furry friends came through the doors of Berkowitz Oliver in connection with the drive. This is the firm’s second year hosting a teddy bear drive to benefit the Bears on Patrol program. Bears on Patrol is a program started almost 30 years ago that supplies patrol officers with teddy bears to give children to ease their …

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October 7, 2019

Firm Hosts Midwest Region of National Black Law Students Association Retreat

Berkowitz Oliver hosted the annual Academic and Leadership Retreat of the Midwest Region of the National Black Law Students Association (MWBLSA), held October 4-6, 2019. In addition, attorneys Tony Durone , Stacey Gilman , Shazzie Naseem , John Shaw , and Jennifer Wieland were among the featured speakers at the event. Founded in 1968, the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) is a national organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of black law students to effectuate change in the legal community. MWBLSA is the largest region of NBLSA, comprised of chapters in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, …

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October 5, 2019

Berkowitz Oliver Sponsors Association of Women Lawyers Golf Tournament

On October 4, 2019, Berkowitz Oliver was a “Bottoms Up” sponsor at the I’m Not Serious About Golf Tournament to benefit the AWL Foundation. AWLF is the charitable arm of the Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City and aims to help women in law develop and advance and to improve the lives of women and girls in the Kansas City community. As a “Bottoms Up” sponsor for the third consecutive year, Berkowitz Oliver was responsible for piloting one of the tournament’s beverage carts. Attorneys Jennifer Wieland and Megan Costello drove the firm’s cart this year, and …

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September 27, 2019

Berkowitz Oliver Joins Ford Motor Company’s Legal Alliance for Women in Global Day of Service

Berkowitz Oliver attorneys and staff were thrilled once again to partner with client Ford Motor Company in support of Ford’s 2019 Global Day of Service. The September 26th event, coordinated by Ford’s Law Alliance for Women, coincides with Ford’s Global Caring Month, in which thousands of Ford volunteers in 34 countries work to build stronger communities throughout September. This year, Berkowitz Oliver gathered and delivered a truckload of needed items to Rose Brooks , a local Kansas City organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic …

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September 17, 2019

Berkowitz Oliver Sponsors KC Hospice & Palliative Care Event

 Berkowitz Oliver underwrote the live entertainment at Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care’s annual signature fundraiser, Sunday Night Live , on September 15, 2019. The event was held in Kansas City’s Power and Light District and raised more than $425,000 for the many programs Kansas City Hospice offers, including grief support and a pediatric hospice program that is the only one of its kind in the region. More than 475 guests braved high temperatures to enjoy a garden-style soiree with live jazz music and living statues. Berkowitz Oliver attorney …

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September 13, 2019

Two Experienced Litigators Join Berkowitz Oliver

Two attorneys have recently joined Berkowitz Oliver. Jim Humphrey joined the firm as a partner on September 3. Jim is an experienced trial attorney who comes to the firm from his previous position as a Senior Trial Attorney in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. At the CFTC, Jim investigated violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations, including in the areas of solicitation fraud and Ponzi schemes, virtual currency investments, foreign-exchange fraud, spoofing, manipulation, insider …

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