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May 1, 2024

Associate Stephan Skepnek Joins Firm

Stephan Skepnek recently joined Berkowitz Oliver as an associate. Stephan is a 2015 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law. He also graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Germanic Studies in 2009. Stephan has extensive experience representing businesses and consumer financial services clients in both Kansas and Missouri and throughout the country. He also completed the KCMBA’s Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy in 2020.

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February 24, 2024

Firm Hosts Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City’s February Happy Hour

On February 22, 2024,, the firm hosted members of the Kansas City community for a networking happy hour with the Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City (HBAGKC). The firm partnered with HBAGKC for an evening of food, drinks, and music. Associate Yasmin Herdoiza is a board member for HBAGKC and was very excited for the opportunity to host the group’s first event of the year at the firm. Herdoiza said “I am grateful to work in an environment that supports our organization. It was nice to see members of the firm present …

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February 10, 2024

Firm Chili Cook-off Kicks Off Super Bowl Weekend

The firm held its annual Chili Cook-off on February 9, 2024. The Chili Cook-off is an event held every year to honor firm employees Lynne Clark and Lois Steward. While it is typically held in October to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this year, a delay to February meant it was also an opportunity to celebrate our hometown Kansas City Chiefs on Red Friday. Firm employees were encouraged to wear red or pink. This year’s Chili Champion was Diamond Thomas , …

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January 3, 2024

Carson Hinderks Elected Partner at Firm

Berkowitz Oliver LLP elevated Carson Hinderks to partner effective January 1, 2024. Carson joined the firm in 2016 after serving as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Daniel D. Crabtree of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. Carson graduated magna cum laude from Colorado State University , and from the University of Kansas School of Law where he served as Note and Comment Editor for the Kansas Law Review . At Berkowitz Oliver, Carson’s practice focuses on high-stakes commercial litigation and white collar defense matters. He also has significant …

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December 20, 2023

Jeff Blackwood Joins Firm as Associate

Jeff Blackwood recently joined Berkowitz Oliver as an associate. Jeff is a 2013 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law . He also graduated from the University of Dayton in 2008. Jeff is an experienced litigator whose career started in Washington, D.C. where he was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. He has significant experience representing companies in the financial services industry. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for a Missouri law firm advocating on behalf of individuals.

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December 12, 2023

Firm Wins 2023 Bears on Patrol Trophy

The  Kansas City Paralegal Association (KCPA)  donated over 4,000 stuffed bears to the Kansas City Police Department for use in its “ Bears on Patrol ” program. Berkowitz Oliver brought home the traveling trophy for most donations for a medium-sized firm with a donation of 474 stuffed bears this year. The program provides stuffed animals to comfort children who have been exposed to traumatic situations. This was the firm’s 6th year participating in the teddy bear drive for Bears on Patrol. Berkowitz Oliver paralegals serve in leadership roles …

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November 14, 2023

Seven Berkowitz Oliver Attorneys Named 2023 Super Lawyers

Seven attorneys at Berkowitz Oliver have been named 2023 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers: Stacey Gilman for Business Litigation Jeff Morris for Criminal Defense: White Collar Shazzie Naseem for Criminal Defense: White Collar Kathleen Nemechek for Employment & Labor Tom Schult for Class Action Christina Wahl for Criminal Defense: White Collar Jennifer Wieland for Class Action Super Lawyers  selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. …

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November 10, 2023

Braden Lefler Joins Firm as Associate

Braden Lefler recently joined Berkowitz Oliver as an associate. Braden is a 2020 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law . He also graduated from Wichita State University in 2017. Braden served as a judicial clerk for the Tenth Judicial District Court for the Civil Division. Braden currently is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Kansas School of Law where he coaches students competing in the National Labor and Employment Moot Court Competition. While in law school, Braden served as Publications Editor for the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy . He was …

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