Adjunct Faculty T-Z

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Brenda Talent
Brenda Talent is the Executive Director of the Show-Me-Institute, a research and educational institute. She was formerly with Bryan Cave LLP, as counsel. She was a partner at Bryan Cave until January 1994, when she decided to leave the legal practice to spend time with her children, manage her husband’s Congressional campaigns and co-teach the State and Local Tax course in Washington University’s graduate tax program. Professor Talent was awarded the Missouri Bar Foundation David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award in 1990. She received her J.D. degree (1981) from the University of Chicago Law School and, while serving as a Captain in the Army JAG Corps, received her Masters of Law in Taxation (1985) from Georgetown University Law Center.   

Laurel Tinsley
Laurel Tinsley is a Vice President of Finance, Director of New Markets at McCormack Baron Salazar where she focuses specifically on the firm’s New Market and solar tax credit investments. She also works on projects involving a broad spectrum of other development incentives and tax credits. Mrs. Tinsley brings to this role a mixture of investment, strategic and legal experience. Before joining MBS, Mrs. Tinsley was a partner at law firm and has over ten years of legal experience handling complex real estate, tax credit and tax transactions. She received a JD and an LLM in Tax from Washington University.

Jennifer Tyus 
Jennifer A. Tyus is an attorney for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.  She provides counsel in the areas of employment law, banking regulation and supervision and other general legal matters.  Previously, Ms. Tyus practiced at a local law firm in the areas of civil litigation and family law in Missouri and Illinois. She has extensive experience with pre-trial discovery and drafting discovery motions, Motions for Summary Judgment and appellate briefs. In addition, Ms. Tyus has successfully briefed issues before the Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri. She was involved with a lawsuit representing Missouri hospitals in a claim against the tobacco industry. As a member of the trial team, she assisted lead trial counsel in preparing lay and expert witnesses, reviewing testimony, preparing exhibits and arguing the admission of exhibits.  She earned her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 2004. 

Greg Upchurch
Greg Upchurch is founder and CEO of LegalMetric, a firm dedicated to analysis of federal litigation.  Prior to founding this firm, he was of counsel at Husch & Eppenberger, LLC, in St. Louis, where his practice focused on federal commercial litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property litigation.  Mr. Upchurch is the author of a three-volume treatise on intellectual property litigation published by West Group.  He is a graduate of Yale Law School and the University of Missouri-Rolla.  He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in American since 1997, and is past chair of the Legal Education Committee and the Editorial Board of the Missouri Bar.  He is a recipient of the Missouri Bar President’s Award.  Mr. Upchurch has taught intellectual property litigation and licensing courses at the School of Law.

Kenneth Vuylsteke
Kenneth Vuylsteke is a Senior Partner, Fox & Vuylsteke LLP Law Firm.  A 1980 graduate of Washington University School of Law, Kenneth Vuylsteke is a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs in civil litigation in Missouri and Illinois. Vuylsteke centers his practice on individuals and families who have suffered personal injury or death due to medical malpractice, product defects, nursing home abuse, electrocution, defective medical devices, chemical exposure and serious vehicular accidents.  In 1986, he was awarded the Lon O. Hocker Trial Lawyer Award by the Missouri Bar Foundation. In 2003, he received the President’s Award from the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys where he has served on the Board of Governors since 1988 and Executive Committee since 2005.  Vuylsteke has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. Louis University Law School and Washington University School of Law.  He has chaired both the Medical - Legal Committee for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the HMO Health Law Committee for the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys since 1998. He is currently on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice.  In 2003 and 2004, Vuylsteke served as Commissioner on the Missouri Commission on Patient Safety. His articles on Medical Ethics have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Missouri Medicine and St. Louis Metropolitan Medicine.

Raymond Wagner, Jr.
Ray Wagner is currently with Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Inc. Immediately prior, Ray served as the Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue and before that, Ray was the Director of the Missouri Department of Revenue and the General Counsel of the Missouri Department of Revenue.

Nancy Walsh
Nancy Walsh is a 1996 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School where she was Assistant Editor to the International Law Review. After law school, she was a clerk to the Honorable Edward E. Cames on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and then worked as a lawyer at two law firms in Atlanta. She later obtained a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Georgia Institute of Technology. She was an adjunct professor at Emory School of Law and taught a seminar on Affordable Housing and Community Development.

Tammy Walsh
Tammy Walsh received her J.D. from Washing University after graduating from the University of Illinois. She was the law clerk for the Honorable Robert Kingsland, United States Magistrate for the Eastern District of Missouri for two years then was a Corporate Litigation Attorney for Ralston Purina Company before becoming an adjunct professor of law in 1996 teaching Pretrial Practice and Procedure.

Shen Wang
Shen Wang is associated with Brinks Gilson & Lione. Click here for his profile.

Douglas Warren
Douglas Warren is a solo practitioner in Chesterfield, Missouri.  Prior to starting his own firm, he was an attorney at Polster Lieder Woodruff and Lucchesi, P.C. Prof. Warren was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2000.  He is also admitted to the bars of the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, United States District Court for Eastern District of Wisconsin, Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. After graduating in 1992 from National Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management, Prof. Warren attended Washington University School of Law and received his Juris Doctoris degree in 1999. While at Washington University, he was a Staff Member and Managing Editor of the Washington University Intellectual Property Law newsletter and an active member in the school's Intellectual Property Law Society. He was also very active in a number of national moot court competitions, winning Best Oralist in the Giles Rich Patent Law Moot Court competition for the Midwest region. His other activities included a position as a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas A. Mummert, Federal Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of Missouri during the summer of 1996. Prior to attending law school, Prof. Warren garnered extensive engineering and business experience in a variety of positions such as: President/CEO Laclede Engineering, Inc., 1985 - 1997; Project Manager, Emerson Electric, Government and Defense Group, 1981 - 1985; and Design Engineer, Southwest Mobile Systems, 1978 - 1981. Prof. Warren is currently a member of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section. He is currently involved in intellectual property law litigation at his firm.

Naomi Warren, MSW, JD
Naomi Warren is a teacher and a learner. Professionally, naomi works as a school social worker at Eureka High School in the Rockwood School District. She is serving as an adjunct professor this fall for the Introduction to U.S. Law and Methods course. naomi has been working in the field of social justice since graduating from Wellesley College in 2002. During her graduate program in social work and law at Washington University in St. Louis, she spent time in Ghana, South Africa, and Montgomery, Alabama as an intern with the Southern Poverty Law Center. After completing her graduate program, naomi spent over two years in Ann Arbor, Michigan facilitating a 20-week afterschool program at four high schools. The goal of the program was to increase students’ critical consciousness and awareness to work for just social change. In 2011, naomi returned to St. Louis. After working as an immigration attorney for 2 years, naomi returned to the educational setting as a high school social worker – first for the Individualized Learning Center, Rockwood’s alternative high school program, and currently at Eureka. She is working with the Eureka High School student equity team and is thrilled to be working with LLM students at Washington University this year.

Brian Weaver
Brian Weaver is partner at Stinson Leonard Street where he counsels investors, community development entities, nonprofit organizations, and developers in all aspects of financing tax credit transactions. He has substantial experience helping clients navigate transactions that generate state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits, state and federal new markets tax credits, and state and federal renewable energy tax credits. Mr. Weaver is very active in supporting organizations serving St. Louis in areas such as immigrant resettlement and urban revitalization. He is a graduate of American University and the University of Missouri.

John W. Westmoreland
John W. Westmoreland is currently Associate General Counsel for Edward Jones where he assists the firm with federal tax matters. He graduated from the University of Missouri receiving a B.S. in Accountancy in 1994 and Masters in Accountancy and J.D. degrees in 1997. Following law school, he joined Ernst & Young as a tax consultant where he practiced in the area of state and local taxation and also assisted the firm with the development of tax consulting project and account management processes. In 1999, Mr. Westmoreland served as an attorney-advisor to Judge Carolyn Miller Parr of the U.S. Tax Court. In 2000, he joined the Washington, DC, offices of Latham & Watkins, where he provided federal, international and state and local tax transaction and controversy services to corporations and partnerships. In 2005, he served as the Chief Tax Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee as well as the Legislative Director for Congressman Donald Manzullo of the 16th Congressional District in Illinois. Mr. Westmoreland joined Husch Blackwell Sanders in St. Louis as a partner in 2007. At Husch Blackwell Sanders, he provided tax transactional and controversy services to a wide range of clients, focusing his practice on federal and state transactions involving new markets, historic, renewable and low-income tax credits. Mr. Westmoreland is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois, as well as the District of Columbia. He also holds a CPA license in Missouri.

Andrew Weinhaus
Andrew Weinhaus is associated with the Law Office of Andrew Weinhaus, L.L.C.

Steven R. Wendling
Steve Wendling specializes in providing accounting and auditing services to publicly-held companies. Mr. Wendling has 20 years of experience including 9 years with a Big Four firm where he primarily served the financial services, manufacturing and mining industries. Mr. Wendling also spent 8 years in industry serving as a controller and chief financial officer in both the financial services and aviation services industries. Mr. Wendling, who is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Missouri, Illinois and Virginia, received a bachelor of science degree in Accounting from Purdue University. He is a managing director of UHY Advisors MO, Inc. and a partner with UHY LLP and serves as co-leader of the firm's St. Louis office SEC practice in addition to serving on the firm's public practice executive committee. Mr. Wendling is a Board Member and Treasurer of The First Tee of Greater St. Louis, serves as a Board Member and Vice President of Westborough C.C., and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Missouri Society of CPAs, and Financial Executives International.

Thomas Wheeland
Tom Wheeland is a Tax & Legal Services Director resident in the St. Louis office of PricewaterhouseCoopersLLP. Mr Wheeland specializes in tax consulting and compliance for property and casualty companies and is considered a thought leader in the area of deferred taxes for insurance companies. Tom served as the primary author of PwC's publication, Deferred Taxes for Insurance Companies - A Comparison of FAS 109 and SSAP 10, and continues to assist the firm in developing deferred tax guidance for the insurance industry. Tom has been a featured speaker at various insurance forums sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Insurance Accounting and Systems Association, the Hartford Institute on Insurance Taxation, and the BlueCross/BlueShield Association. Mr. Wheeland received his undergraduate degree in business from the University of Notre Dame in 1984 and his law degree from St. Louis University in 1988. He is a member in good standing of the Missouri Bar and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Bryan Wheelock
Bryan K. Wheelock has a practice that includes preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications and drafting of intellectual property agreements, including non-compete agreements. He has brought and defended lawsuits in federal and state courts relating to intellectual property and he has participated in seizures of counterfeit and infringing goods. Mr. Wheelock also does a substantial amount of patentability searching, trademark availability searching and patent and trademark infringement studies. Mr. Wheelock prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications on mechanical and electromechanical devices, manufacturing machinery, processes and materials.
Mr. Wheelock has a B.S.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and a J.D. degree from Washington University School of Law. He is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Association and the Licensing Executives Society.  Click Here for Profile 

Kathleen Whitby
Kate Whitby is an of counsel attorney in the St. Louis office of Spencer Fane Britt & Browne, LLP, where she concentrates her practice in environmental law, dispute resolution and complex litigation. She has sixteen years of practice experience focused primarily on problem-solving for environmental contamination and cleanup projects, and has worked as a third-party neutral as well as an attorney in private practice.  For example, she is the former Director of Settlement Services for Clean Sites, Inc., a national non-profit organization dedicated to improved environmental cleanup, communication and stewardship, where she served as a mediator, facilitator, arbitrator and trainer.  Prof. Whitby was approved as a neutral for the first National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals, prepared by the U.S. Institute of Environmental Conflict Resolution in Tucson, Arizona.  She also recently was invited to join the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution’s Panels of Distinguished Neutrals as an environmental member.   Prof. Whitby serves as the Chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) ADR Committee.  She is admitted to practice in Missouri and Illinois.

Daniel C. White
Daniel White is a partner in the Tax Advice group of Bryan Cave LLP.  Mr. White's practice focuses primarily on corporate and partnership tax planning, including acquisitions, mergers, reorganizations, and spin-offs. He regularly represents public and private operating companies as well as venture capital and private equity funds. Mr. White is an adjunct professor at the Washington University School of Law in the Master's of Taxation Program and has been a frequent lecturer on tax aspects of domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, and restructuring. Mr. White received his A.B. from Duke University and his J.D. from Georgetown University. Mr. White is a member of the American Bar Association Tax Section and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Honorable Ronnie White
Judge White is associated with Holloran, White & Schwartz. Click Here for Profile 

The Honorable Donald G. Wilkerson
Judge Wilkerson is the U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Brian Wolfe
Brian Wolfe is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where his practice focuses on complex private equity and public company business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions and corporate governance counseling. Outside of the law firm, Brian serves as a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Legal Clinic. Brian previously served as Deputy Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer of the St. Louis Public Schools.

Richard Woolf
Richard Woolf is an attorney with Boyle Brasher LLC, a regional defense litigation firm with offices in St. Louis, Missouri; Belleville, Illinois; and Memphis, Tennessee. Based out of the St. Louis office, Richard manages an active insurance-based litigation practice, including third party insurance defense, first party litigation, insurance coverage, and construction defect cases, handling matters from inception to completion throughout the Midwest and South, regularly drafting and arguing motions, attending hearings, taking depositions, negotiating settlements and trying cases, when necessary. Richard has successfully tried numerous cases before juries in both state and federal courts. For three years in a row, Richard has been recognized for his hard and successful work on behalf of his clients being named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters company, an honor given to only 2.5% of all practicing attorneys in Missouri and Kansas who have been practicing for less than 10 years or who are under the age of 40. Richard’s skills as a speaker and presenter have been widely recognized, as he presented for the second year in a row this past spring at the 2015 PLRB Claims Conference in Anaheim, California, after having presented at the 2014 PLRB Claims Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Richard has also given numerous presentations around the country on behalf of the Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance and for various insurance companies and businesses. Richard graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2005, and has been living in St. Louis since. Richard is licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee, and admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. He is also a member of numerous states’ bar associations and various legal defense organizations.


Sandra Zambrana
Sandra Zambrana is an Assistant City Counselor for St. Louis City Counselor's Office. At the City Counselor's Office, Sandra worked in the Municipal Prosecutions Unit, the Civil Litigation Unit, and presently handles behavioral nuisance property prosecution for the 4th, 5th, and 9th Districts. Sandra received her J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law, where she served as Secretary of the Black Law Students' Association, President of the Hispanic Law Students' Association, President of Region X of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and clerked for Judge Jimmie Edwards in the Juvenile Court for the City of St. Louis. She received a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish, and a Certificate in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Prior to returning to school for her Bachelors, Sandra worked for Citibank in the Consumer Mortgage department.

Mark Zoole
Mark Zoole earned his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1988, and he was the 1988 Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Champion and recipient of several awards for academic excellence while a law student. Upon graduation, he was an associate at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., and later became an associate and then named partner at Hockensmith Tatlow Zoole & McKinnis, P.C., in St. Louis. Today, he is shareholder and president of Mark H. Zoole, P.C., where he specializes in Constitutional and Civil Rights litigation, including trials and appeals. He has briefed and argued more than 40 appeals to the various appellate courts of Missouri and the U.S. Eighth Circuit, and he has been lead counsel on approximately 120 bench and jury trials. Since 1997, he has been Coach of the Washington University Law School National Moot Court Team, and an Adjunct Professor of Law since November of 2002.

** Distinguished Adjunct Faculty

updated 2016 March 31

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