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2021 Annual Law Update

Total Credits: 10.4 MCLE, 1.0 Ethics, 8.0 Kansas Credit, 1.0 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Appellate |  Bankruptcy |  Criminal |  Ethics |  Family |  Labor / Employment |  Real Property |  Tort |  Trusts, Estate Planning & Probate |  Workers' Comp
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7:40 - 8:31 AM | Probate Law
Speakers: Heather M. Hall
, Schormann Law Firm, LLC, St. Peters; Amy B. DeGraeve, The Counts Law Firm, Prairie Village, KS

8:31 - 9:22 AM | Torts & Civil Actions
Speakers: John W. Kurtz, Hubbard & Kurtz, LLP, Kansas City; Anthony G. Laramore, A.G. Laramore LLC, St. Louis; William C. Love, Jr., Hyde, Love & Overby, LLP, Springfield; Timothy W. Van Ronzelen, Clement, Van Ronzelen & Schulte, LLC, Jefferson City

9:22 - 9:32 AM | Break

9:32 - 10:21 AM | Criminal Law
Speakers: James R. Hobbs
, Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, PC, Kansas City; John M. Lynch, The Law Offices of John M. Lynch, LLC, St. Peters; James R. Wyrsch, Wyrsch, Hobbs & Mirakian, PC, Kansas City

10:21 - 11:12 AM | Appellate & Civil Trial Practice
Speaker: Drey A. Cooley
, Capes Sokol, St. Louis

11:12 - 11:22 AM | Break

11:22 AM - 12:12 PM | Ethics Update
Speaker: Marc A. Lapp
, Special Representative, OCDC

12:12 - 12:58 PM | Lunch

12:58 - 1:57 PM | Employment Law
Kristen L. Maly, McCarthy, Leonard & Kaemmerer, LC, Town and Country

1:57 - 2:50 PM | Workers' Compensation
Speakers: Kevin M. Johnson
, Wallace Saunders, PC, Overland Park; Martin A. Klug, Huck Howe & Tobin, Clayton; Patrick J. Platter, Neale & Newman LLP, Springfield; Elizabeth W. Skinner, Van Camp Law Firm, LLC, Jefferson City

2:50 - 3:43 PM | Bankruptcy/Debtors & Creditors Law
Speaker: Adam G. Breeze
, Watton Law Group, St. Louis

3:43 - 3:53 PM | Break

3:53 - 4:45 PM | Family Law
Speakers: Jennifer Oswald Brown
, Oswald Roam & Rew LLC, Blue Springs; Erin Mayfield Craig, Oswald Roam & Rew LLC, Blue Springs; Andrew C. Scholz, Rooney McBride & Smith, LLC, Springfield; Kirk C. Stange, Stange Law Firm, PC, Clayton; Tamara A. Veit, McElligott Ewan & Hall, PC, Independence

4:45 - 5:36 PM | Real Estate Law
Speakers: Casey E. Elliott
, Van Matre Law Firm, PC, Columbia; William M. Quitmeier, Quitmeier Law Firm, Kansas City

5:36 PM | Adjourn


JAN 13 | Nancy R. Richards, Nancy R. Richards & Assoc., Arnold 
FEB 17 | LaQuetta Henry, Ruston Law Firm, LLC, St. Louis
MAR 8 | Timothy M. Intessimone, Southwest Missouri Law and Mediation, LLC, Joplin
APR 20 | Laurie Washington, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Springfield


Speaker Bio

Adam Breeze's Profile

Adam Breeze Related seminars and products

Watton Law Group

Adam Breeze is an associate attorney and has vast experience in consumer bankruptcy and related litigation. He has served as an expert witness on the duties of care required by bankruptcy counsel. He also has experience in all facets of civil litigation. Mr. Breeze received his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2007 and his undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems and Management from Park University in 2002 while on active duty in the United States Air Force. Mr. Breeze is admitted to practice in the state courts of Missouri, Illinois (provisionally), and Arizona (inactive), as well as the Eastern and Western Federal District Courts of Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois.

Jennifer Brown's Profile

Jennifer Brown Related seminars and products

Oswald Roam & Rew LLC

Jennifer practices primarily in the area of Family Law, including an extensive Guardian ad Litem and mediation emphases. After growing up in Blue Springs, Jennifer currently resides in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, with her husband and three children. While attending law school, Jennifer served as secretary of the UMKC Student Bar Association.

Prior to joining Oswald Roam & Rew LLC, Jennifer worked for over two years as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Michael W. Manners in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. During her clerkship, she gained invaluable experience and knowledge in handling various dockets, specifically domestic, criminal, and civil rotations.

Drey Cooley's Profile

Drey Cooley Related seminars and products

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Drey Cooley is a Shareholder and General Counsel at Capes Sokol in St. Louis. He is a trial and appellate attorney, assisting businesses in a wide-variety of litigation, risk management and IP matters. Many of Drey's litigation matters involve business, fiduciary and shareholder disputes in state and federal courts.

Erin Craig's Profile

Erin Craig Related seminars and products

Oswald Rew LLC

Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Philosophy from Missouri State University with honors in 2007. During Erin’s course of studies, she emphasized International Affairs and served as a student ambassador for the University in Dailian and Zhengzhou, China.

Upon graduating from Missouri State, Erin attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and earned her Juris Doctorate in 2010. While at the UMKC Law School, Erin received the school’s International, Comparative, and Foreign Law Area of Emphasis after successfully completing courses in International and EU Law at the University of Vienna, Austria, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Corvinus Egyetem in Budapest, Hungary. While at UMKC, Erin participated in the Law School's Guardian ad Litem clinic, representing children in domestic violence dockets in the 16th Judicial Circuit.

Erin is a member of The Missouri Bar, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association including the KCMBA Domestic Law Committee, the Eastern Jackson County Bar Association, and is a board member on the Juvenile Law Committee.  Erin is admitted to practice in the Federal Western District Court of Missouri and also a Guardian ad Litem.

Amy DeGraeve's Profile

Amy DeGraeve Related seminars and products

The Counts Law Firm, LLC

Amy DeGraeve joined The Counts Law Firm, LLC after practicing with a Midwestern-based, nationally recognized firm where she specialized in estate and trust litigation, estate and trust administration and estate planning. She is experienced in trust and probate litigation. She provides a well-rounded view of the probate and trust administration and planning process, with knowledge through her litigation experience of how and when estate planning concepts can go awry and how to avoid disastrous results. Amy achieved her LL.M. in taxation and has experience with high net-worth planning and tax preparation for estate and gift tax returns. Her goal is to become her clients' "problem solver" by offering efficient solutions for litigation, pre-litigation, administration and tax and estate planning issues.

Amy is a graduate of the UMKC School of Law, where she was a teaching assistant for the legal writing program and a published member of the UMKC Law Review. She attained her LL.M. in Taxation from UMKC School of Law.


Casey Elliott's Profile

Casey Elliott Related seminars and products

Van Matre Law Firm, P.C.

Casey E. Elliott joined the firm as an associate in 2011 and became a shareholder in 2015.  She received her J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2011. She graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with her B.S.B.A., majoring in management, cum laude, with a general honors certificate in 2007. Casey served as Managing Editor of the Missouri Law Review in 2010-2011. 

Casey practices primarily in the areas of corporate and business, estate planning, real estate, and health care law. Casey has significant experience assisting clients in general business matters including entity formation, structuring, and maintenance, shareholder agreements, employment contracts, contract review and negotiation, capital and loan structuring, real estate leases and purchases, physician contracts, employment issues, and health care law issues. Casey assists corporate clients by providing advice related to issues that come up in their businesses on a daily basis. Casey also works with individual clients to provide assistance in estate planning, real estate transactions, and debtor-creditor issues, among others. 

Heather Hall's Profile

Heather Hall Related seminars and products

Schormann Law Firm, LLC

After practicing law in Kansas City for ten years, Heather M. Hall joined Schormann Law Firm, LLC where she focuses her practice on fiduciary litigation, probate and trust administration, and minor and adult guardianships.

Upon graduating from law school, Heather worked as a clerk for the Honorable Kathleen Forsyth in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Jackson County. Later, she became an assistant prosecuting attorney with Jackson County, Missouri. While serving as an assistant prosecutor, she gained valuable court room experience and tried multiple jury and bench trials to verdict. After entering private practice, Heather chose to focus exclusively on fiduciary litigation and probate related matters.

James Hobbs's Profile

James Hobbs Related seminars and products

Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C.

James R. Hobbs has extensive experience in both civil and criminal cases with particular emphasis in white collar criminal defense work. He has tried cases in areas such as criminal enforcement of environmental laws, defense of health care prosecutions, representation of individuals and corporations charged with business crimes, and defense of political corruption prosecutions. Mr. Hobbs has also represented individuals charged with violent offenses and sexual assault cases. His practice also involves grand jury representation and pretrial representation of individuals and corporations under investigation for criminal conduct. Mr. Hobbs is the recipient of numerous awards, and he has served on many boards of organizations advocating for criminal defendants.


Kevin Johnson's Profile

Kevin Johnson Related seminars and products

Wallace Saunders

Kevin M. Johnson is a Practicing Partner with the firm, and he has practiced with Wallace Saunders since 2002. He earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in 1998 from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and his law degree in 2001 from the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois, and his practice focus is on workers’ compensation and employment litigation.

Martin Klug's Profile

Martin Klug Related seminars and products

Huck Howe & Tobin

Martin Klug represents employers and concentrates his practice in Missouri workers' compensation. He is a member of Larson's National Worker's Compensation Advisory Board and a member of the Missouri, Illinois and Florida bar.

John Kurtz's Profile

John Kurtz Related seminars and products

Hubbard & Kurtz, LLP

John Kurtz has psychology and law degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He started as a public defender and today is in private practice with the Hubbard and Kurtz law office in Kansas City, doing mostly wrongful death cases.


Marc Lapp's Profile

Marc Lapp Related seminars and products

Nationwide Insurance

Marc A. Lapp is a Special Representative with the OCDC and regularly practices before the Disciplinary Hearing Committee and the Supreme Court of Missouri. In addition, Marc is the Director of Quality Assurance, Ethics, and Training for Nationwide Insurance Trial Division.

Anthony Laramore's Profile

Anthony Laramore Related seminars and products

Mutrux Firm Injury Lawyers

Anthony Laramore represents clients in personal injury, medical malpractice and civil rights cases. Anthony has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other organizations. Anthony has successfully recovered millions of dollars for his clients. Anthony enjoys spending time with his children, coaching, and is an avid KC Chiefs fan. 

William Love's Profile

William Love Related seminars and products

Hyde, Love & Overby, LLP

William C. Love is a partner with the law firm of Hyde, Love & Overby practicing in the areas of Medical Malpractice, Appellate Law, Workers’ Compensation and General Litigation. He is admitted to practice in Missouri and the U.S. Western District of Missouri, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and US Supreme Court.  He earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law. He was recognized for appellate advocacy as a recipient of the David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award from the Missouri Bar.  He is also a long time High School Football referee.

John Lynch's Profile

John Lynch Related seminars and products

The Law Offices of John M. Lynch, LLC


John M. Lynch is an attorney in St. Louis, who also serves as a legal commentator for a host of news/media outlets across the country. Presently, he concentrates in areas of federal law, civil litigation, criminal defense and personal injury. 

Kristen Maly's Profile

Kristen Maly Related seminars and products

McCarthy, Leonard, Kaemmerer, LC

Kristen Maly represents both public and private management in employment-related actions before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She regularly assists clients with all aspects of human resources management from development of policies through enforcement and defense of those policies. She routinely advises clients on compliance with the myriad of federal and state laws that impact upon management’s ability to utilize it workforce, including OFCCP, EEOC, MHRA, FMLA, ADA and compliance with statutes addressing Department of Homeland Security work authorization verification compliance. Ms. Maly is admitted to practice in the States of Indiana and Missouri and before the United States District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, Eastern District of Missouri and the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh and Eighth Circuits. She has authored and co-authored various articles on labor and employment law issues. Ms. Maly has also presented numerous seminars on various aspects of labor and employment law. Ms. Maly received her B.S. Ed. degree, with honors, from Indiana University and her J.D. degree from Washington University in St. Louis. While at Washington University she was a staff member for the Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law.

Patrick Platter's Profile

Patrick Platter Related seminars and products

The Law Firm of Neale & Newman LLP

Patrick J. Platter is a partner with the law firm of Neale & Newman, L.L.P. of Springfield, Missouri. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with undergraduate and law degrees. He specializes in workers’ compensation law, local government law, administrative law, and employment law. He has tried hundreds of workers’ compensation claims before the Division of Workers’ Compensation and appeals before the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and appellate courts. His appeals in workers’ compensation claims have spanned a wide range of subject in The Workers’ Compensation Law. Mr. Platter is a certified mediator under Rule 17. He is a member of the Mo Bar Fee Dispute Resolution Committee. He is published in the Journal of the Missouri Bar and speaks to many professional and trade organizations in workers’ compensation and employment law. He is recognized in Super Lawyers® in workers’ compensation law and The Best Lawyers of America© in local government law.

William Quitmeier's Profile

William Quitmeier Related seminars and products

Quitmeier Law Firm

William M. Quitmeier is the President of the Quitmeier Law Firm, P.C. He has degrees of BA in Economics and Juris Doctor (Law) from the University of Kansas. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri and Kansas, and is a licensed Missouri Real Esate Broker. He was mayor of the City of Parkville from 1991-2002 and an alderman from 1986-1991. He is a past U.S. District Court Arbiter. He was a founder the Platte Land Trust, dedicated to preserving land for parks.

Andrew Scholz's Profile

Andrew Scholz Related seminars and products

Rooney McBride and Smith, LLC


Andy Scholz is a Springfield, Missouri native. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Drury University in 1994 and attended law school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. During law school, he was honored to be an associate member of the Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 2001. In 2005, he became an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Boone County, Missouri. While there, he prosecuted sexual crimes and people accused of having perpetrated physical abuse against children. In 2010, Andy and his family chose to move back home to Springfield, where he could work to serve fellow Southwest Missourians by focusing his practice as a family law attorney. To continue his desire to assist families, he joined Rooney McBride and Smith in 2019, where he focuses on family law, guardianship law, and civil litigation.

Elizabeth Skinner's Profile

Elizabeth Skinner Related seminars and products

Van Camp Law Firm, LLC

Elizabeth Skinner is the managing partner at the Van Camp Law Firm. Elizabeth is a native to the central Missouri area. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and, later, her law degree in 2005.  Elizabeth joined Van Camp Law Firm when it opened in 2006 and has been a member since 2014. Since beginning her legal career, Elizabeth has always focused on helping her clients during crises and continues to do that for those who have been injured on the job. She is a member of the Missouri Bar, Cole County Bar Association and Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. Elizabeth has courtroom and trial experience throughout Missouri representing her clients in workers’ compensation cases.

Kirk Stange's Profile

Kirk Stange Related seminars and products

Stange Law Firm, PC

Kirk Stange is a Founding Partner of Stange Law Firm, PC. Stange Law Firm, PC is a family law firm with offices in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma. Mr. Stange is licensed in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Mr. Stange received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine selected Mr. Stange to the list of Super Lawyers for Family Law from 2015 to Present. Previously, Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine selected Mr. Stange to the list of Rising Stars for Family Law in 2013 and 2014. Mr. Stange is an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law. Mr. Stange is President of the Missouri Collaborative Institute. Mr. Stange is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars. In 2014, Mr. Stange presented at the 8th Circuit Judicial Conference in Omaha, Nebraska on social media evidence for lawyers and judges. Mr. Stange authored a chapter in a book through Thomson Reuters (Aspatore Publishing) titled: "Strategies for Military Family Law: Leading Lawyers on Navigating Family Law in the Armed Forces (Inside the Minds)." Mr. Stange released a full-length book through Thomson Reuters (Aspatore Publishing) in 2014 titled: "Prenuptial Agreements Line by Line." In 2015, Mr. Stange authored another chapter in a book through Thomson Reuters (Aspatore Published) titled: “Strategies for Illinois Family Law: Leading Lawyers on Leveraging Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiating Alimony and Child Support, and Managing Client Expectations (Inside the Minds).” In 2019, Kirk was asked to co-author two chapters in the 2019 Cumulative Supplement to Chapter 13 “Adult Protection Orders and Child Protecting Order” and the 2019 Cumulative Supplement to Chapter 29 “Rights of the Unwed,” in Missouri Law (7th ed.) published by the Missouri Bar. This desk book, which is used by attorneys around the state, gives information to family law attorneys on the latest developments in family law.

Timothy Van Ronzelen's Profile

Timothy Van Ronzelen Related seminars and products

Clement, Van Ronzelen & Schulte, LLC

Tim Van Ronzelen graduated from the University of Missouri School of law in 1995 and practices in general civil litigation along with complex commercial litigation including class actions. Tim focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death cases with an emphasis in nursing home abuse and neglect cases.

Tamara Veit's Profile

Tamara Veit Related seminars and products

McElligott, Ewan & Hall, PC


Tamara A. Veit received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law in 2004. She has been with the firm of McElligott Ewan & Hall, PC since 2005. She practices primarily in the area of family law for over 15 years. She frequently serves as Guardian ad Litem. She is a court-approved mediator for Jackson County.

Tamara is involved in numerous legal and community organizations. She is on the Executive Board for the Family Law Section in The Missouri Bar and is on the Family Law Conference Planning Committee. Furthermore, she is on the Board of Directors Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation (KCMBF) and the Board of Directors for the CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association). She is also serving on the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) and is vice-chair for the CLE Committee for KCMBA. For KCMBF, Tamara served as co-chair for the Domestic Violence and Children’s Interdisciplinary Conference and part of the committee that created KCMBF’s newest program, the Student Law Academy (SLA), providing underprivileged urban high school students meaningful exposure to a career in the legal profession.


James Wyrsch's Profile

James Wyrsch Related seminars and products

Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, PC

James Wyrsch received his BA in 1963 from University of Notre Dame, JD in 1966 from Georgetown University, and LLM in trial practice in 1972 from UMKC. He is a co-author with Judge Anthony Nugent and Susan Hunt of “Missouri Criminal Trial Practice,” Harrison Law Book Company, 1994.


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