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Jerome Raskas is associated with Goffstein, Raskas, Pomerantz, Kraus & Sherman, L.L.C. Click here for Profile
James W. Reeves
James W. Reeves is associated with Conflict Management Systems. Click here for Profile
Edward Reilly is a Member of Muhm & Reilly, LLC, and concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, and trust company matters. Mr. Reilly focuses his practice in the areas of personal estate planning and related tax planning, emphasizing the use of vehicles such as Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Charitable Split Interest Trusts and family-owned corporate entities. His experience in estate planning includes family-owned business succession planning, charitable planning, asset protection planning and "dynasty" planning. Mr. Reilly also has experience counseling clients on a variety of trust administration and probate issues as well as performing tax controversy work involving the Internal Revenue Service. He has also counseled a number of financial institutions on regulatory matters pertaining to corporate fiduciaries. Ned received his J.D. from Washington University in 1978 (Order of Barristers), an L.L.M. Tax degree from Washington University in 1986 and a B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1975. Ned has served as an Articles Editor for The Tax Lawyer (reviewer and editor of estate planning and related articles). Mr. Reilly is a member of the Missouri Bar Association (Probate and Trust Law Revision Committee), the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (Probate and Trust Law Steering Committee), and has served as a member and former Chairman of the Gift Development Committee for Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and serves on the Gift Development Committee of the Humane Society of Missouri. Mr. Reilly is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Mr. Reilly has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America” in trusts and estates since 2005.
Ryan Rippel is the Senior Project Officer for CEO Initiatives at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is responsible for helping the CEO develop and execute strategies for cross-foundation initiatives. Prior to this role, Ryan served as a program officer in the foundation’s Global Development division. His projects included a five-grant initiative called the Global Program for Inclusive Municipal Governance, as well as a series of grants focused on generating municipal revenues for pro-poor initiatives. From 2006 through 2009, Ryan also worked at the Gates Foundation, first as a policy analyst to the director of the foundation’s agricultural development program, and later as chief of staff to the co-chair, William H. Gates, Sr. Ryan is originally from Columbia, Missouri. He is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Cambridge, where he was the Governor William Shirley Harvard-Cambridge Scholar, and Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Missouri Bar and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. His legal research and writing has focused on issues in local government law and urban revitalization.
David Rosen was Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri for 32 years. His responsibilities for that office included prosecution of labor racketeering, organized crime, official corruption, and white collar crime cases. Professor Rosen received his J.D. in 1975 from Washington University and his B.A. in 1972 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Professor Rosen has taught a trial course for Washington University since 1996, has supervised a number of Washington University students who have taken a supervised practicum course at the U.S. Attorney's Office, and currently teaches an Evidence course for the law school.
Mark Rudder is a 1991 graduate of the Washington University School of Law. He was a member of the Mock Trial team during his second and third year of law school. He was a member of the Regional winning mock trial team in 1989-1990. Upon graduation Mark was the recipient of the William M. Pomerantz Trial Advocacy Award and the John W. Calhoun Trail Practice Award. Mark became an Adjunct Professor for the undergraduate mock trial team at Washington University in 1993 and coached that team for approximately five years. In 1994, Mark became an Adjunct Professor at the law school teaching the Pre-trial course. He taught Pre-trial for approximately six years. Mark has been an Adjunct Professor with the Mock Trial team since 2000. Mark is the 1998 recipient of the John C. Shepard Professionalism Award and was inducted as an honorary member into the Order of the Coif, Washington University, School of Law, 2005. Mark is a partner in the Law Office of Mark Rudder, LLC, where their primary focus is on litigation in both worker's compensation and personal injury matters.
Geralyn (Lyn) Ruess
Geralyn Ruess is associated with the Office of the Public Defender
Mark Sableman is a Partner at Thompson Coburn LLP. He concentrates his practice in the areas of communications, intellectual property and information technology. He advises clients on intellectual property and prepublication issues involving traditional and new media and business communications. He litigates libel, privacy, trademark, copyright, advertising, unfair competition, and trade secret cases, as well as a wide array of technology- and Internet-related claims. He has prepared amicus briefs on constitutional issues for the U.S. Supreme Court. He has in the past litigated a broad range of commercial cases in state and federal courts. He regularly writes, speaks and teaches regarding intellectual property, communications and Internet law. Click here for law firm biography.
Irina Sandler is a solo practitioner at Sandler Law, LLC. She is experienced in global and domestic business transactions, cross-border distributorship and subsidiary operations, supply-chain contracting, software licensing and procurement. Sandler has counseled multinational corporations to develop and implement international compliance programs (the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, export and import controls). She audited clients’ trade compliance programs in the U.S., Russia, and the EU. Formerly, Sandler practiced law at Armstrong Teasdale, LLP and served as in-house counsel at Emerson Electric Co. She also advised TV production companies, Including National Geographic, in the field of TV production in Russia and was acknowledged by award winning authors for her contribution to literary non-fiction works, for example, Spy Handler: Memoir of a KGB Officer by V. Cherkashin and G. Feifer.
Gary Sarachan is a shareholder at the law firm of Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan, P.C. Gary graduated from the School of Management at Boston University in 1971 and then attended Saint Louis University School of Law graduating in 1974. After spending many years as a criminal defense lawyer, he now concentrates his practice in the areas of business litigation and administrative law. He is a hearing officer for the Civil Service Commission for the City of Saint Louis as well as the Missouri Supreme Court Advisory Panel. Gary is a member of the Region X Supreme Court Disciplinary Committee and the legal committee of the ACLU and handles Civil Rights matters for the ACLU. Gary has previously taught Pretrial at Washington University Law.
D. John Sauer
John Sauer is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in St. Louis. He clerked for Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court, and was Law Clerk to Circuit Judge Luttig in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth District. Mr. Sauer was a litigation associate at Cooper & Kirk in D.C. He graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with double major in Electrical Engineering and Philosophy, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with an M.A. in Philosophy. He was a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated magna cum laude with his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was the Articles Editor for the Harvard Law Review. Mr. Sauer has been with the U.S. Attorney Office in St. Louis for the past two years.
Miriam Helena Schaeffer
Miriam Helena Schaeffer has taught for over 8 years and is currently a Professor of Civil Procedure, Legal Clinics and Contracts Law at Unisinos Law School- Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. Mr. Schaeffer is graduated from Unisinos in 1992 and completed her LLM in 2001 at Washington University in Saint Louis Law school as a Fulbright Scholar and after she went back to Brazil she finished her Doctorate at Unisinos in 2008. She has been working as a law practitioner over 20 years mainly in the private sector drafting and reviewing contracts and advising in litigation procedure or litigating for clients in Court.
The Honorable Barry Schermer
Judge Schermer is a Bankruptcy Appellate Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Click Here for Profile
Booker T. Shaw
Booker T. Shaw is a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP. Click here for his profile.
The Honorable Thea A. Sherry
The Honorable Thea A. Sherry has served as an Associate Circuit Judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit (St. Louis County) since 1998. As a Judge, she has handled civil, equity, criminal and family court matters and is currently the Juvenile Judge. Judge Sherry is also a member of the Supreme Court Family Court Committee, an ASTAR judicial fellow and member of the Supreme Court ASTAR Trial Judge Committee, a member of the St. Louis County Domestic and Family Violence Council, and a member of the Judicial Administration Legislative Review Subcommittee. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Sherry was in private practice, focusing on litigation in civil, criminal, and family court matters. Prior to that, she also was a trial attorney in the St. Louis County Office of the Public Defender and served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Gerald M. Smith (ret.) at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. In addition, she has been active on the Boards of several community organizations as well as the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and is a charter member of the Women Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis. She has a B.A. in History from the University of California, Riverside and a J.D. Degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is married and has two children. Judge Sherry teaches Advanced Criminal Practice and Procedure with Judge Michael Burton and Judge Jack Garvey.
Adam Shulenburger is a shareholder in Shulenburger Law Firm, P.C. His firm focuses on representing businesses and individuals in a variety transactional and employment matters. He also assists individuals, primarily business owners and professionals, in preparing their estates plans. Prior to opening Shulenburger Law Firm, P.C., Adam served as a judicial clerkship for Judge Michael J. Melloy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He then entered private practice as a corporate associate for Cravath, Swaine and Moore, LLP in New York City, where he practiced for four years. At Cravath, he worked on over $10 billion in corporate transactions in a wide variety of areas. He has extensive experience with mergers & acquisitions, representing private equity firms, securities offerings (both equity and debt) and leveraged lending transactions. Adam moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 2007 and was associated with Thompson Coburn, P.C. Prior to attending law school, he worked for three years at Cargill, Inc as a commodity trader. Adam received his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law (Order of the Coif) in 2002, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Iowa Law Review.
Merle Silverstein is associated with Rosenblum, Goldenhersh, Silverstein,& Zafft. Click Here for Profile
Gilbert Sison received his undergraduate degree with honors from Louisiana State University in 1995, where he double-majored in Economics and Philosophy. Prior to coming to law school, Prof. Sison served as National President and on the Board of Directors of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. He received his J.D. in 2000 from Washington University School of Law, where he was a member of the school’s Jessup International Moot Court team. During his two years as a competitor, Washington University won the regional championship and advanced to compete in the international rounds of the tournament. In 2000, Washington University finished as the third best U.S. school in the tournament. In addition to the Jessup competition, he was also a quarter-finalist in the Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Competition. Prof. Sison was also a staff editor on the Washington University Law Quarterly, where he published a recent development entitled “A King No More: The Impact of the Pinochet Decision on the Doctrine of Head of State Immunity.” For his accomplishments, the faculty selected him for membership in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Upon graduation, Prof. Sison was asked to continue his involvement with the Jessup team as its coach. In his four years as coach, Washington University has won two more regional championships and has twice advanced to the regional semi-finals. The team has also won a number of memorial and oralist awards during his tenure. He is admitted to the Missouri and Illinois Bar, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois and Eastern District of Missouri and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Gentry Smith has been an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for over fifteen years, having worked in both Jackson and Saint Louis Counties. During his time with the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, he handled DWI offenses and vehicular manslaughters that were alcohol and drug related. Since joining the Saint Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office in 1998, he has prosecuted a wide range of cases. For over nine years, Gentry specialized in sexual assault cases as a member of the Sexual Assault team. Gentry has tried over 25 jury trials to verdict, including murder, sexual assault, assault, and drug cases. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Missouri-Columbia and is a graduate of University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
Mr. Solomon is a partner in the law firm of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman with over twenty-five years of experience as a patent and trademark attorney representing clients in the United States and internationally in virtually all areas of intellectual property law. Mr. Solomon's expertise includes drafting and prosecuting a wide range of intellectual property agreements, and preparing patentability, validity and infringement opinions on behalf of clients. He has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications on behalf of a wide range of large, medium and small companies, as well as universities. Over the last fifteen years, Mr. Solomon's practice has focused primarily on managing large, international intellectual property portfolios, from obtaining and securing rights through the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, to protecting such rights offensively and pro-actively through client counseling, policing, licensing and litigating, as well as protecting his clients defensively against rights asserted by others. In managing such portfolios, he coordinates client's intellectual property rights by developing sophisticated strategies aimed at comprehensive coverage of clients' rights in view of their business needs and goals. At all times throughout the last 15+ years, he has served as lead or coordinating attorney in dozens of litigation matters pending throughout the world, including trademark oppositions and cancellation proceedings, as well as patent and trademark infringement lawsuits. He has substantial practice area experience in many industry sectors and technologies including those involving the chemical arts and the mechanical arts. He has prepared and prosecuted applications for products and processes in biochemical and pharmaceutical technologies, petroleum industry technologies and industrial chemistry, among other areas. In 2005, the first year "Super Lawyers" were named in Missouri, Mr. Solomon was selected as a Super Lawyer, an honor based on peer recognition and professional achievement and granted to only five percent of the lawyers in the state. Mr. Solomon is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law and received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Prof. Soraghan has been in general practice since 1970, primarily in business, corporate, securities, franchise law areas and, more recently, business immigration law. Presently he is a principal at Danna McKitrick, P.C. He has assisted clients in the registration of public offerings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the securities commissions of almost all states; in obtaining exemptions from the registration requirements for private offerings; and in compliance with federal and state franchise laws. Prof. Soraghan also represents clients in acquisitions, mergers and sales of businesses, industrial revenue bond issues and standard debt financings. He assists businesses and foreign professionals in obtaining visas to live and work in the United States. He frequently litigates commercial and securities disputes for clients, serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. and is a member of The Association of Attorney-Mediators. Prof. Soraghan is the author of numerous articles published in national, state and local law journals on securities, corporate and international law. He is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars on securities law and general business topics. Prof. Soraghan received his BS in Mechanical Engineering (with distinction) from Purdue in 1962; his J.D. from Washington University (Order of the Coif) in 1965 where he was a member of the Law Quarterly; and his LL.M. from Yale Law School in 1966. He was on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1966-1969, and served as a Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve until 1992.
Michelle Spirn is a partner in the law firm of Growe Eisen Karlen, a boutique litigation firm in Clayton, Missouri. Ms. Spirn’s practice focuses on all aspects of family law, primarily divorce and divorce-related litigation, including appeals. She has tried and settled numerous cases in St. Louis County, St. Louis City and St. Charles County. Ms. Spirn is a graduate of Washington University School of Law, where she was an associate editor of the Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law, and earned her undergraduate degree from George Washington University. Click here for her law firm biography.
Prof. Stanley practices law in the St. Louis office of Bryan Cave LLP. He is a member of the Private Client group where he concentrates his practice in the area of closely-held business succession planning, estate and gift tax planning, individual estate administration, and tax financial planning. He also has experience in business sales, purchases, and other corporate and partnership taxation issues. He received his CPA certificate in 1986. Doug practiced as a CPA with an international accounting firm prior to graduating from Washington University School of Law, Order of the Coif, in 1991. He has previously taught on an adjunct basis, and has been a frequent lecturer on a variety of tax and business law topics. He is a member of the Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas Bars, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the American Bar Association (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section). He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan St. Louis. Click here for law firm biography.
Chris Swiecicki is Chief Legal Office and Controller at Fall Protection Systems. Prior to that he was Of Counsel to Ochs & Klein in St. Louis, where his primary focus was on corporate and corporate tax matters. He was Associate Counsel at Ameren from 2007-09, where he worked on a variety of matters including SEC filings, developing a captive insurance company, and corporate reorganizations. For eight years, he was Senior VP at Regions Bank, and was in charge of compliance issues. Prior to that, he had a general practice that included transactional and litigation work. He is active in the Association of Corporate Counsel. Prof. Swiecicki has twenty plus years of experience, including private practice, corporate counsel, and management positions. He graduated from Washington University Law with his J.D. in 1990, and with his LL.M. in Taxation in 2005.