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January 9, 2023

Diamond Thomas Joins Firm as Associate

Diamond Thomas recently joined Berkowitz Oliver as an associate. Diamond is a 2022 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law . She also graduated from Fontbonne University in St. Louis in 2019 with a B.S. in Business Administration. As an undergraduate, she played varsity softball, interned with the American Youth Foundation, and was employed by the federal Defense Information Systems Agency as a Budget Analyst. Diamond earned a joint degree from UMKC – a J.D. with an emphasis in International Law, and an M.B.A. During her time in …

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January 3, 2023

Lauren Tallent Elected Partner at Firm

Berkowitz Oliver LLP elevated Lauren Tallent to partner effective January 1, 2023. Lauren joined the firm in 2019 after beginning her legal career in Virginia, where she graduated magna cum laude from Washington & Lee School of Law in 2011. While in law school, she was the Lead Articles Editor for the Washington & Lee Law Review . She then served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Mark S. Davis, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, before entering private practice. At Berkowitz Oliver, …

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November 17, 2022

Wieland Speaks to Middle School Students on Courtroom Careers, Trial Advocacy

Partner Jennifer Wieland joined Bradette Groves , Regional Director at Consilio LLC, to present to seventh grade English students at Monticello Trails Middle School in Shawnee, Kansas, on courtroom careers and trial advocacy on November 16, 2022. Wieland and Groves led the students in a mock civil trial featuring Mr. Townsperson’s negligence claim against Elsa (from Frozen) after his wagon crashed on an icy road. The students played all roles in the trial, from sketch artist to judge to all attorneys and witnesses (including a forensics expert who …

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November 14, 2022

Nine Berkowitz Oliver Attorneys Named 2022 Super Lawyers

Nine attorneys at Berkowitz Oliver have been named 2022 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 David Oliver for Business Litigation Tom Schult for Class Action John Shaw for Securities Litigation Christina Wahl for Criminal Defense: White Collar Jennifer Wieland for Class Action In the White Collar Defense group, this is Christina Wahl’s 10th year receiving this honor. Jeff Morris was also named to the Top 50 in Kansas City list, and the Top 100 of the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers …

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November 10, 2022

Associate Jasmine Ward Joins Firm

Jasmine Ward recently joined Berkowitz Oliver as an associate. Jasmine is a 2021 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. She also graduated from Simpson College in 2013 with a B.A. in Marketing. While in law school, Jasmine served as President of the Black Law Students’ Association; Vice-President of the Board of Barristers; Associate Justice on the University’s Supreme Court; and founding member of the Diverse Student Coalition. Following her graduation from UMKC, she clerked for the Hon. Fernando …

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November 3, 2022

Berkowitz Oliver Named 2023 Tier 1 Law Firm for Kansas City Metro by U.S. News & World Report

Berkowitz Oliver has been named a Tier 1 law firm in the Kansas City Metro area by U.S. News – Best Lawyers(R) “ Best Law Firms ” in 2023 in the following eight practice areas: Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation – Securities Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

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October 14, 2022

Firm Chili Cook-off Spices Up Fall Friday

The firm held its annual Chili Cook-off on October 14, 2022. The Chili Cook-off coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October, and the event is held to honor firm employees Lynne Clark and Lois Steward. This year’s Chili Champion was Jennifer Wieland , whose “TikTok’s Favorite Fall Chili” topped the six entries. She took home the coveted Pepper Belt Buckle. Past champion Jeff Morris took second this year with his “Travis Kelchili.” The event also featured the second-annual Cornbread Bake-off, won by Tony Durone and …

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October 14, 2022

Firm Wins 2022 Trophy for Teddy Bear Drive Supporting Bears on Patrol

On October 12, 2022, the Kansas City Paralegal Association (KCPA) donated over 3,000 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 334 bears this year. The program provides stuffed animals to comfort children who have been exposed to traumatic situations. This was the firm’s 5th year participating in the teddy bear drive for Bears on Patrol. Berkowitz Oliver paralegals serve …

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