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September 24, 2018

Megan Costello Co-Chairs KC Hospice Event

Berkowitz Oliver attorney Megan Costello served as co-chair with her husband Joe for the Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care’s 2018 signature fundraiser event, Sunday Night Live , on September 23. The event raised more than $430,000 to help patients and their families, as well as for Kansas City Hospice’s many community programs that serve individuals dealing with loss and other life transitions. Berkowitz Oliver also sponsored the event’s live entertainment. In attendance was 29-year-old hospice patient Matt Allen and his closest friends who are also his caregivers. A video about …

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September 12, 2018

Paralegal LeeAnn Parmenter Named President of Kansas City Paralegal Association

Paralegal LeeAnn Parmenter was named President of the Kansas City Paralegal Association (KCPA) at its annual meeting on September 11, 2018. LeeAnn previously served as First Vice-President of the organization. The KCPA is a non-profit corporation which was incorporated on September 24, 1975. Its goals and purposes are to promote, enhance, and encourage the development of the paralegal profession; to provide opportunities for networking among paralegals on the local, state, and national levels; and to offer quality continuing education for paralegals. Partner Jennifer Wieland also presented …

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August 16, 2018

John Shaw Nominated for Volunteer of the Year for Junior Achievement

John Shaw has been nominated as Volunteer of the Year for Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City for the 2017-18 school year. The mission of Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. During the 2017-18 school year, more than 950 volunteers helped to equip over 24,000 Kansas City-area students with the skills they need to succeed in both school and the workforce.

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August 15, 2018

Six Berkowitz Oliver Lawyers Named 2019 Best Lawyers in America

Six Berkowitz Oliver attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America (C) for 2019. In addition, John Shaw was named the Best Lawyers (R) 2019 Litigation-Securities Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Kansas City, Missouri. The honored Berkowitz Oliver attorneys are: Jeff Morris , for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: General, and Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Shazzie Naseem , for Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White-Collar; David Oliver , for Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants; Tom Schult , for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants, Personal …

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August 1, 2018

Jennifer Wieland Obtains Discharge Upgrade for Veteran Client

Jennifer Wieland recently obtained a discharge upgrade from the Army for her veteran client as part of the Military Matters  program of the  Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation . Jennifer became a VA-accredited attorney in 2015 after participating in the KCMBF’s “Veterans Come First: How to Prosecute a VA Benefits Claim” program, which was presented by Jerry Wolf (Dentons), Angela Drake (University of Missouri School of Law), Celeste Krikorian (Military Order of the Purple Heart), and Sen. Claire McCaskill . When Jennifer’s client was referred to her by KCMBF, his application for a discharge upgrade had …

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June 7, 2018

Stacey Gilman Presents on Mediation and Assessment Program (MAP) in Missouri Federal Court

Stacey Gilman participated in a panel at the Western District of Missouri entitled “The Road ‘MAP’ to Successful Mediations in the Western District of Missouri” on June 7, 2018. Also on the panel were the Honorable Cynthia A. Norton , Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Missouri, and Jill A. Morris, Mediation and Assessment Program (MAP) Director. MAP is an early ADR intervention program in the Western District of Missouri that most civil litigants participate in under Local Rule 16.4.

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May 30, 2018

Jennifer Wieland on Discovery of Legal Hold Notice, CEO Gmail

Jennifer Wieland recently published an article analyzing a recent decision in the federal court in Kansas regarding discovery of how documents were identified and collected for production. The decision provides helpful guidance to practitioners regarding the particularity required in a 30(b)(6) notice, the amount of preparation required by 30(b)(6) designees, when counsel will be testify as a 30(b)(6) designee, the discovery of legal hold notices; and access to witness’s personal email accounts. For the full article, click here . Wieland regularly writes on discovery issues in federal …

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May 10, 2018

Tim West Elected President of Lawyers Association of Kansas City (LAKC)

Partner Tim West was elected President of the Lawyers Association of Kansas City at its Annual Meeting on May 9, 2018. Tim has served as a Director for of the LAKC for the past six years and just completed a term as the Secretary/Treasurer. The LAKC was founded in 1935 and came about when a group of lawyers wanted a bar group that would take stands on legal and governmental issues. Today, the group’s stated purpose is to educate, serve, and lead the legal community. The LAKC hosts …

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