Sponsored by the BAMSL Solo and Small Firm Section
8.4 Missouri MCLE Hours, including 2.0 Ethics Hours
Whether you are a newly solo attorney, an attorney who is returning to private practice after a break, an experienced general practitioner, or you just need to fulfill your CLE credits for 2013-2014, this program is for you. Don't miss this special opportunity to get tips for success in a wide variety of practice areas from experienced attorneys from around the St. Louis area.
|7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. || ||Registration and Continental Breakfast (included) |
|8:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. || ||Welcome and Opening Remarks|
|8:10 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.|| ||Estate Planning Update|
- Gretchen Gaynor, Edison Gaynor LLC
|9:05 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.|| ||Tax Controversy 101: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know|
- Alex Curcuru, The Alexander Law Firm LLC
|9:55 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.|| ||Break |
|10:05 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.|| ||"How to Spot a Meritorious Employment Case: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff" |
- Russell Riggan, Riggan Law Firm
|11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.|| ||Immigration Law Update |
- Nalini Mahadevan, Mahadevan Law Office LLC
|11:50 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.|| ||Lunch (optional)|
|12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.|| ||Lunch Session: "Evidence Basics for the Trial Lawyer"|
- Hon. Barbara Wallace (+1.0 Missouri MCLE Hours)
|1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.|| ||Criminal Law Update |
- Rebecca Grosser, Grosser Law LLC
|1:55 p.m. - 3:05 p.m. || ||"Practical Business Tips for You and Your Clients" Panel |
- Jeffrey Bunten, Jeffrey J. Bunten LLC
- Alex Curcuru, The Alexander Law Firm LLC
- Annette Heller, Heller & Associates
- Jim Schleiffarth, Schleiffarth Law Firm LLC
- Moderator: David Cox, David T. Cox, Esq.
|3:10 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.|| ||Ethics: Part I - "Legal Ethics & Emerging Technologies"|
- Michael P. Downey, Armstrong Teasdale LLP
|4:00 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.|| ||Break |
|4:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. || ||Ethics: Part II - "Legal Ethics in the News/Ethics Update" |
- Michael P. Downey, Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Alex Curcuru provides advice on a wide-range of tax issues and handles disputes with the IRS and Missouri Department of Revenue for both individuals and businesses. Mr. Curcuru’s exposure to tax matters began long before his admission to the Bar. Over the past seven years, he has either prepared or quality reviewed hundreds of individual and partnership tax returns. This experience has proven invaluable in establishing a foundation for successful client advocacy and reputation for effective tax controversy representation. To date, Mr. Curcuru has successfully saved his clients hundreds of thousands of dollars in outstanding tax liabilities.
Previously, Mr. Curcuru worked for H&R Block as a tax research specialist where he answered complex federal and state tax questions on topics that included eligibility for various tax credits and deductions, residency status, sources of income and the First-Time Homebuyer Credit
Nalini R. Mahadevan joined The Lowenbaum Partnership, LLC in April 2012 to lead the
immigration and estate planning practice group. She was the founder of Mahadevan Law Office,
LLC and has been in practice since 2003. She specializes in immigration, and estate planning
with a special emphasis on serving the immigrant community. Nalini is a Adjunct Professor at St.
Louis University School of Law, Chair of the Immigration Committees of the Missouri Bar,
member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, American Bar Association and the
American Immigration Law Association, Speaker for the Missouri Bar, St. Louis University
School of Law, St. Louis, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, University of
Missouri, Kansas City. She advises SAWERAA, a nonprofit that protects South Asian immigrant
women who are victims of domestic violence. Nalini has an undergraduate degree in Accounting
and a Masters in Law from the University of Mumbai, India. She practiced as a corporate lawyer
in India for five years before relocating to the United States and earning her Masters in Business
Administration from Washington University. Nalini earned her JD from St. Louis University
School of Law. She is the author of “Law Practice Management, 101 with Forms’ and was
recently recognized by Missouri Bar for her contribution to the education of Missouri Lawyers.
Rebecca J. Grosser has extensive jury trial experience, handling matters ranging from misdemeanors to murder in the first degree. Rebecca represents individuals in municipal court, as well as in various courts around the State of Missouri in both civil and criminal cases. In addition, Rebecca is licensed to practice law in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Currently, Rebecca's focus is to ensure that her client's interests are protected, whether that be the rights of the accused in the criminal justice system, providing zealous representation to those who have suffered illegal harassment and discrimination in the workplace, or vigorously acting in the best interests of the child as a guardian ad litem.
After almost 15 years as a public servant, Rebecca is now a sole practitioner at Grosser Law, LLC in Webster Groves, Missouri.
Hon. Barbara Wallace
judge Wallace has been a circuit judge since December 15, 1995. She became the first woman to serve as a presiding judge in the 21st Judicial Circuit in January 2001. Her judicial assignments since the last retention election have included civil court, family court and the equity jury trial division. She is on the statewide Circuit Court Budget Committee, which makes decisions on financial matters for all circuit courts. She is also on the Trial Judge Education Committee, which plans and presents all trial judge education in the state, and she has taught evidence at all the Judicial Colleges and New Judge Orientations for the last 10 years.
She received her undergraduate degree and law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a member of The Missouri Bar, St. Louis County Bar Association, Women Lawyers Association (past president), Lawyers’ Association (past president), and an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at St. Louis University Law School.
David Cox is a St. Louis Missouri attorney focusing on Immigration, Intellectual Property,
Criminal Defense, Business and Military Law. David has worked for, owned and managed
technology companies and he co-founded a boutique law firm and several non-profit
organizations. David has thirteen years of experience as an attorney for the federal government
with six years of litigation experience and five years of experience in intellectual property law,
government ethics, fiscal law, FOIA and transportation law. Mr. Cox began practicing
immigration law in 2001 and has represented businesses and individuals in a wide variety of
immigrant and non-immigrant visa matters. He has advised small business about matters ranging
from concept development to incorporation, from funding to dissolution. For six years Mr. Cox
litigated cases in the Air Force military justice system. He represented the government as a
prosecutor for two years and then spent four years exclusively defending Air Force members
accused of military offenses. He has experience in marketing, advertising and developing a
business web presence, including new media. David Cox worked as a software executive where he was
responsible for developing web-based delivery of software services. Mr. Cox has an International
Relations under graduate degree from Brigham Young University and he received
his JD in 1993 from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. He has been practicing
law since 1993 and is admitted to practice law before the bars of the states of Utah, Georgia and
Missouri, and the bars of the United States Supreme Court as well as the United States District
Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri and the Northern District of Georgia . He is also
admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Mr. Cox is a member of the American Bar Association (where he serves on the Intellectual
Property Law Section Continuing Legal Education Board), the Bar Association of Metropolitan
Saint Louis (where he serves as the Secretary of the Solo and Small Firm Section), and the
American Immigration Lawyers Association. You can visit David at www.coxesq.us.
Annette P. Heller is an experienced trademark attorney with clients all over the United States.
She's been practicing since 1976 and worked for Ralston Purina as an in-house Trademark and
Copyright Counsel until 1983 when she started her practice limited to trademark law and
copyright law primarily representing individuals and small to medium size companies and law
firms that do not have Trademark Counsel within the firm.
She is among the top trademark attorneys in the United States in the number of applications filed
with the United States Trademark Office. She has been the recipient of the Trademark Insider
Award for top ranking in the nation for the number of new trademark applications received at the
Michael P. Downey
Michael Downey is a legal ethics lawyer and litigation partner at Armstrong Teasdale LLP. His practice focuses on advising lawyers and law firms on legal ethics, risk management, and other liability issues, and representing lawyers and clients in legal malpractice and lawyer discipline cases. Mr. Downey teaches legal ethics to law students at Washington University and St. Louis University and chairs the ABA Law Practice Division. In 2014, he was named a "Most Influential Lawyer” by Missouri Lawyers Media for his legal ethics and bar work. Mr. Downey also authored the book Introduction to Law Firm Practice and writes regular ethics columns for the St. Louis Lawyer, National Law Journal, and ABA’s Litigation magazine. He has presented on legal ethics more than 250 times and testified as an expert witness in Missouri, Kansas, and the District of Columbia. Reach Mr. Downey at (314) 342-8072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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| || ||Without Lunch || ||With Lunch |
|BAMSL Members || ||$175 || ||$195 |
|Non-Members || ||$225 || ||$245 |
|BAMSL Members || ||$20 per session |
|Non-Members || ||$40 per session |