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“Best Lawyers in America” Recognizes 59 Spencer Fane Attorneys

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that 59 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Attorneys are recognized in their respective practice areas.

Spencer Fane Attorneys Serve as Guest Lecturers on Environmental Due Diligence

Spencer Fane attorneys Ryan Pulkrabek and Shelby Wood recently presented at University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law about the importance of environmental due diligence in real estate transactions.

Eric Combs joins Spencer Fane in Oklahoma

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of associate Eric Combs to its Environmental and Energy practice in the firm’s Oklahoma City office.

Mike Hockley Elected Treasurer of the American College of Environmental Lawyers

At the recent annual meeting of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, Spencer Fane Partner Mike Hockley was elected Treasurer, and will be one of four Officers leading the College for the upcoming year.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Attorney Jacob Reeves to Environmental and Energy Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Jacob Reeves has joined the firm’s Environmental and Energy practice groups as Of Counsel in Oklahoma City.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Carrie Vaughn to Environmental and Energy Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce that it will once again be joined by Carrie Vaughn, who rejoins the firm as an associate in its Environmental and Energy practice.

“Best Lawyers in America” Recognizes 58 Spencer Fane Attorneys

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that 58 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Attorneys are recognized in their respective practice areas ranging from white collar criminal defense and environmental litigation to bankruptcy and tax law.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Ryan Pulkrabek to Environmental & Energy Practice

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of associate Ryan Pulkrabek to its Environmental & Energy practice.

Andrew Brought and Mark Thornhill Provide Insights on DOJ Worker Endangerment Initiative

Andrew Brought and Mark Thornhill spoke to health and safety leaders at Kansas City companies about federal civil and criminal enforcement of worker endangerment laws. The presentation was part of the Midwestern Construction Safety Conference sponsored by The Builder’s Association of Kansas City.

Paul Jacobson Provides Update on Hazardous Waste Regulations at A&WMA Conference

At the February Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) Technical Conference, Spencer Fane attorney Paul Jacobson updated attendees on the recent changes in federal regulations regarding the management of hazardous waste.

Spencer Fane LLP Expands, Adding Three New Associates in Kansas City And One in St. Louis

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of four new associates. Three will be added to its Kansas City, MO. office, as well as one new associate addition to its St. Louis, MO. office. David Hrabik will be joining the firm’s Corporate Practice Group; Paul T. Jacobson and Shelby Wood will be added to the Environmental Practice Group. In St. Louis, Soo Hyun Cho will join the Corporate Practice Group.

Baerbel Schiller Shares Insights on Leadership and Legal Careers

On Monday November 9, Baerbel Schiller participated in a panel discussion at St. Louis University School of Law focusing on careers paths that can stem from a degree in law.

Spencer Fane Attorneys Participate in SIOR Development Day

Attorneys from Spencer Fane’s Real Estate and Environmental teams exhibited Thursday 9/24 at SIOR Development Day, hosted by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.

Andrew Brought Presents on Accidental Release and Chemical Accident Prevention Programs at Missouri Environment and Energy Conference

Spencer Fane Partner Andrew Brought was selected to present at this year’s Missouri Chamber of Commerce Environment and Energy Conference.

Andrew Brought Shares His Insights on Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

Spencer Fane Partner Andrew Brought was recently featured as a guest columnist in SIOR Professional Report, a quarterly publication of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.

Andrew Brought Shares His Insights on Phase I Environmental Site Assessments in Property Transactions

Spencer Fane Partner Andrew Brought was recently featured as a guest columnist on Midwest Real Estate News sharing his vast knowledge and insight on environmental site assessments. The article, titled “Top 10 things you need to know about Phase I Environmental Site Assessments,” outlines the role and common misconceptions of environmental site assessments in a property transaction.

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.

Mike Hockley Participates in “The Military Factor: Economic Might, Talented Workers” Forum

Mike Hockley, a Spencer Fane partner, participated in Ingram’s industry outlook roundtable discussion on July 9, 2014. The discussion’s focus: “The Military Factor: Economic Might, Talented Workers.” It included men who have served in the military and are now executives in Kansas City businesses.

Mike Hockley has been awarded the Overland Park Rotary’s Highest Honor

Spencer Fane is proud to announce that Mike Hockley, a Partner in our Kansas City office, has been awarded the Overland Park Rotary’s highest honor, The Ben Craig Distinguished Service Award.

Spencer Fane Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Colorado Super Lawyers® 2014

Spencer Fane congratulates 3 of our attorneys, William Brady, Stuart Pack and Jamie Cotter, selected for inclusion in 2014 Colorado Super Lawyers®.

Mike Hockley to Receive Adele Hall Spirit of Caring Award

Mike Hockley, a Partner In the Kansas City office, has been selected to receive the United Way’s Adele Hall Spirit of Caring Award.

Giving Back Through Motion for Kids

Kate Whitby, attorney, is Spencer Fane’s coordinator for the annual Motion for Kids program in St. Louis, MO.

Mike Hockley Offers Insight on Missouri Renewables Standard Law

Groups in Missouri are suing state officials for allegedly thwarting the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard by not specifying that renewable energy credits, which utilities can buy to satisfy the energy mandate, must either be bought from in-state power producers or from out-of-state producers serving Missouri customers.

Michael Hockley Elected as CGSC Foundation Board President

Michael D. Hockley, a Founding Trustee of the CGSC Foundation, was elected as president of the board.

Thirty-Six Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014

Thirty-six Spencer Fane attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Andrew Brought and Mark Thornhill Offer Insight on the Alternative Fines Act

Andrew Brought and Mark Thornhill offer insight on the Alternative Fines Act in Environmental Criminal Cases in the August 2013 issue of the American Bar Association’s SEER – Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Newsletter.

Bryant Lamer Selected to Participate in Leadership Missouri

Bryant Lamer, Partner, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP joins an elite group of 36 Missouri business and state leaders chosen to participate in Leadership Missouri, a seven-month leadership enhancement program sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Whitby Named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Environmental Law by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® and ALM

Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP is pleased to announce that Kathleen M. “Kate” Whitby, an Attorney of Counsel in the firm’s St. Louis office, has been named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Environmental Law by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® and American Lawyer Media.

Spencer Fane Attorney Robert H. Epstein Named a Top Attorney by St. Louis Small Business Monthly Magazine

Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP is pleased to announce that Robert H. Epstein, a partner in the firm’s St. Louis office, has been named one of the top attorneys in metro St. Louis by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly, a regional publication that offers business advice in greater St. Louis.

Mr. Epstein was identified as a top attorney in a poll of readers conducted by editors of the locally owned business publication. Mr. Epstein concentrates his practice in the areas of Real Estate Law, Corporate Law and Environmental Law. Mr. Epstein will be recognized in the publication’s February 2013 edition.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from business owners and executives who comprise the readership of St. Louis Small Business Monthly,” said Mr. Epstein. “My practice strives to help our business clients to achieve their goals by providing focused legal expertise and value to address their business needs.”

Mr. Epstein has extensive experience representing commercial and residential real estate developers, entrepreneurial groups, corporations, and other enterprises engaged in different businesses, including environmental matters and solid waste management. Mr. Epstein received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, and he earned a B.A. Degree cum laude in history and political science from Boston University.

Mr. Epstein has been selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® since 2007. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and The Missouri Bar.

Spencer Fane’s Andrew Brought Quoted by Bloomberg BNA Regarding OSHA Compliance

In a November 21, 2012 trade publication issued by Bloomberg BNA concerning OSHA’s new hazard communication standard, Andrew Brought, a Partner in Spencer Fane’s Environmental Practice Group, was quoted concerning whether employers should begin the training process now or wait until closer to the December 2013 deadline.

Spencer Fane Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Missouri, Kansas and Colorado Super Lawyers® 2012

Spencer Fane congratulates 33 of our attorneys selected for inclusion in 2012 Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado Super Lawyers®.

Jim Price Elected as a Fellow to the American College of Environmental Lawyers

The Board of Regents of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) has announced the election of Spencer Fane Partner James T. Price as a Fellow. Membership is by invitation, and members are recognized by their peers as preeminent in their field. ACOEL members are dedicated to maintaining and improving the ethical practice of environmental law; the administration of justice; and the development of environmental law at both the state and federal level.

Thirty-One Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013

Thirty-one Spencer Fane attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Chambers USA Names Spencer Fane as a Top-Ranked Firm

Spencer Fane Britt & Browne has been recognized as one of the top law firms in the Kansas City region in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Prominent St. Louis Attorneys Join Spencer Fane

Citing the firm’s complementary practice areas, resources and collaborative culture, a group of St. Louis attorneys will join Spencer Fane Britt & Browne effective April 24.

Five Attorneys Advancing to Partner

Spencer Fane Britt & Browne Chairman Mike Saunders announces the names of five attorneys who will become Partners of the firm on January 1, 2012.

Twenty-seven Spencer Fane Attorneys Named as Missouri and Kansas 2011 Super Lawyers

Twenty-seven Spencer Fane attorneys are listed as a 2011 Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer or Rising Star.