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October 30, 2021

Firm Chili Cook-off Returns

The firm held its annual Chili Cook-off competition on October 29, 2021. 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 new associate Billy Hupp , whose “Indian Spiced Chili” bested the eight entries. He took home the coveted Pepper Belt Buckle. The event also featured the firm’s first-ever Cornbread Bake-off, won by Stacey Gilman and her “Cheesy Chivey Buttermilk Cornbread Biscuits.” Gilman took …

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October 26, 2021

Firm Wins 2021 Trophy for Teddy Bear Drive Supporting Bears on Patrol

After collecting over a thousand stuffed bears, the firm received the 2021 Traveling Trophy for Medium Firm from the Kansas City Paralegal Association (KCPA) . KCPA’s 2021 bear drive collected 4,762 bears in total for the local Bears on Patrol program. The program provides stuffed bears to local law enforcement who then provide them to children in the community who are going through traumatic experiences. According to Kansas City Police Department Officer Hamill, “Being able to calm a child down with a teddy bear makes me feel good, …

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September 27, 2021

Morris, Humphrey Named to 2021 Missouri Power 30 White-Collar Defense Attorneys List

Jeff Morris and Jim Humphrey were recently named to the 2021 edition of Missouri Lawyers Media’s Power 30 White-Collar Defense Attorneys list. Attorneys in the Firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations group have extensive experience handling complex criminal and regulatory litigation and government investigations.

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August 27, 2021

Naseem Joins Board of Directors of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Shazzie Naseem was sworn in as one of 16 members of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at the association’s July annual meeting. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is committed to enhancing the capacity of the criminal defense bar to safeguard fundamental constitutional rights . It harnesses the unique perspectives of its members to advocate for policy and practice improvements in the criminal legal system.

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August 23, 2021

Schult, Oliver Named Lawyers of the Year, Six Others Included in Best Lawyers in America

Eight Berkowitz Oliver partners have been named to The Best Lawyers in America© for 2022. In addition, Tom Schult  was named the Best Lawyers® 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for Bet-the-Company Litigation for Kansas City, Missouri. David Oliver was named the Best Lawyers® 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for Product Liability Litigation – Defendants for Kansas City, Missouri The honored Berkowitz Oliver attorneys for 2022 are: Nick Kurt , for Commercial Litigation; Jeff Morris , for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: General Practice, and Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Shazzie Naseem , for Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: General …

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May 13, 2021

John Shaw Featured in Mizzou Magazine

Partner John Shaw was recently featured in Mizzou Magazine , the magazine of the University of Missouri Alumni Association . Shaw spoke about the importance of a liberal arts degree and the value of art and poetry. “A liberal arts degree not only helps you make a living; it also helps make your life worth living,” Shaw said. The complete article can be found here .

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April 8, 2021

John Shaw Named to Advisory Board for Middleton Center

Partner John Shaw has been named to the Advisory Board of the Michael A. Middleton Center for Race, Citizenship, and Justice, a joint project of the College of Arts and Science and the Law School at the University of Missouri . The Middleton Center promotes excellence in the multi-disciplinary study of race, citizenship, and justice in the United States. It supports and promotes scholarship on these issues within and beyond the University of Missouri; gathers and analyzes historical and contemporary knowledge; and fosters dialogue and engagement across a variety of internal and external stakeholders. …

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January 14, 2021

Jennifer Wieland on Anonymous Lawsuits in Tenth Circuit, District of Kansas

Partner Jennifer Wieland recently published an article analyzing a recent decision in the federal court in Kansas regarding when a lawsuit may be filed anonymously. The Court held a case must be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction if the plaintiff seeking anonymity does not petition the Court for relief prior to filing the case. In addition, in order for the Court to permit a plaintiff to proceed anonymously, they must show “exceptional circumstances” – such as (1) cases involving matters of a highly …

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