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Solverud Recognized as Top Attorney by St. Louis Small Business Monthly

Spencer Fane Britt & Browne Partner and Co-practice Group Leader of Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Erik Solverud, was selected as one of the 2015 Top St. Louis Small Business Lawyers featured in this month’s issue of St. Louis Small Business Monthly. Solverud was one of 12 selected for the honor among more than 250 nominations from the publication’s readers.

Missouri Lawyers Weekly Recognizes Pat Whalen Law Firm Leader of the Year

Missouri Lawyers Weekly has selected Spencer Fane Chair Pat Whalen as a Law Firm Leader of the Year for his successful leadership and growth of the firm into new markets.

Spencer Fane Expands Health Care, Real Estate and Municipal Practices

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of five attorneys to its Municipal, Health Care and Real Estate groups.

Pearlman Among Top Lawyers Featured in 5280 Magazine

Spencer Fane Britt & Browne Partner Philip Pearlman has been named to 5280 magazine’s first-ever Top Lawyers of 2015, recognizing the “city’s best counselors” in 46 different practice areas throughout the Denver metropolitan area.

McCann’s Brewery Work Featured in Kansas City Business Journal

The Kansas City Business Journal featured Spencer Fane Partner Michael McCann in a Dec. 31, 2014, article discussing his recent experience in putting together two major transactions for Kansas City’s own Boulevard Brewing and Bend, Ore.-based 10 Barrell Brewing.

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Blane Markley, Dick Mersman, and Sue Willman have been elected to the Firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2015.

Blane Markley joined Spencer Fane as an Of Counsel in 2012 as a member of its Health Care team. Blane’s practice focuses on assisting hospitals, mental health facilities, physician practices, physicians and other of health care providers with a broad range of issues affecting the health care industry including health care reform, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, hospital-physician relationships, contracts, medical staff, licensure, and accreditation. He has negotiated numerous complex transactions with an overlay of health care regulatory requirements. Blane has extensive experience in representing health care providers in commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Blane has been selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, 2012-2014.

Richard (Dick) Mersman joined Spencer Fane as an Of Counsel in 2013 and is a member of the firm’s Project Solutions and Real Estate Development group. Dick’s real estate practice includes the acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing, construction, and management of commercial, retail, residential, industrial, and hotel developments, as well as the organization of the ownership entities for such developments, land use law, public subsidies, public/private partnerships (P3’s), and other real estate development and financing matters.

Sue Willman joined Spencer Fane as an Of Counsel in 1997 and is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group. She has more than 35 years of combined experience as an employment lawyer and as a human resources professional. Sue represents management exclusively on workplace legal issues. Her practice is focused on assisting employers in preventing employment claims and in developing strategies for a sound defense position should a claim be filed. Sue is considered a leading national expert on the FMLA and ADA and has testified before Congress and the Department of Labor several times. She is also a certified SPHR and holds the distinction of being named one of the “Best Lawyers,” “SuperLawyers,” “Leading Lawyers, and “Preeminent Women Lawyers” in the practice of employment law. Sue is also a frequent presenter at national, regional and local SHRM and other HR conferences.

Jaclyn Maloney Joins Spencer Fane

Spencer Fane welcomes Jaclyn Maloney as an Of Counsel in the firm’s Kansas City, MO Real Estate Solutions Group.

Peter Hartweger Named President of Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation

Earlier this month, Peter Hartweger was appointed as President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation (KCMBF).

Employee Benefits Practice Group Attorneys Spoke at FEI

Gregory Ash and Chadron Patton both Spencer Fane attorneys in the Employee Benefits practice group, spoke at the Financial Executives International (FEI) “Fall Feast” Professional Development Day on Nov. 17, 2014. Ash presented “How Employee Financial Wellness Impacts the Bottom Line.” Patton discussed “Health and Welfare Plan Update for Employers.”

Spencer Fane Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2014 Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska Super Lawyers®

Spencer Fane congratulates 44 of our attorneys selected for inclusion in 2014 Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska Super Lawyers®. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Attorneys are selected for inclusion by their peers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

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