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January 22, 2020

Nemechek, Villanueva Obtain Defense Verdict in Chicago Employment Trial

On January 21, 2020, Berkowitz Oliver partners Kathy Nemechek and Jocelyn Villanueva obtained a complete defense verdict in a six-day trial in an employment case for client Ford Motor Company. Tried in federal court in Chicago, the case involved allegations of racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation under Title VII and Section 1981.

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December 18, 2019

Stacey Gilman to Serve on Merit Selection Panel for Western District of Missouri

The United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri has appointed Berkowitz Oliver partner Stacey Gilman to serve on the Merit Selection Panel assisting the Court to fill a vacant Magistrate Judge position. Stacey is one of seven panelists selected by the Court. For more information, see the Court’s announcement .

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November 13, 2019

Eleven Berkowitz Oliver Lawyers Named Super Lawyers or Rising Stars

Eleven attorneys at Berkowitz Oliver LLP have been named 2019 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. The 2019 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers are: Nick DiVita , for Business Litigation; Stacey Gilman , for Business 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 Business Litigation. The 2019 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars are: Megan Costello , for Employment …

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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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