Stinson Leonard Street Elects 16 Partners

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Stinson Leonard Street LLP proudly announces the election of 16 new partners, effective Jan. 1, 2016. The group of attorneys is spread out among five of the law firm's 14 locations and strengthens a diverse cross section of key practice groups.


Ryan Behrman is a member of the firm's banking and financial services division. He represents financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions and commercial lending transactions and advises private business clients with respect to entity formation, general corporate matters and strategic transactions, including stock sales, asset sales and mergers. He earned his J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Kansas City

John Fudge is a member of the real estate and banking and financial services divisions. He represents institutional investors, lenders and borrowers, and corporate owners in real estate acquisitions, dispositions and leasing and financing transactions across the country. Fudge volunteers with Heartland Habitat for Humanity. He earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from Creighton University.

Michele O'Malley is a real estate litigator with significant experience with judicial and non-judicial foreclosures of commercial and residential real estate, as well as condemnation actions, workouts, commercial landlord-tenant matters, easement enforcement and sales contract disputes. She also represents small-business owners in dispute resolution, contract enforcement and general business matters. Prior to enrolling in law school, O'Malley was a licensed real estate agent in Kansas. She earned her J.D., with honors, from Washburn University.

Misty Cooper Watt is a litigator with business, insurance, antitrust and white-collar crime experience. She has successfully represented large companies against government investigations and civil class action lawsuits. She volunteers for the Midwest Innocence Project and Legal Aid of Western Missouri. She is a graduate of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association's Leadership Academy. She earned her J.D., with highest honors, from the University of Tulsa. She has been selected a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and was named an Up & Coming Attorney by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Nicholas Zluticky is a member of the firm's bankruptcy and creditors' rights division. He represents lenders in all aspects of the debtor-creditor relationship including secured lender representation in bankruptcy cases, foreclosures, collection actions against borrowers and guarantors, workouts, participation disputes and lender liability defense. He also represents clients in all aspects of bankruptcy cases, including representation of debtors, secured lenders, trade creditors, creditors' committees, and trustees. While in law school, he served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Monti Belot of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas and the Honorable Robert Nugent of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Kansas City Bankruptcy Bar Association. He earned his J.D., with honors, from Washburn University.


Nathan Endrud counsels corporate clients on transactional and regulatory compliance matters, with a focus on the energy industry. He arranges transactions or the purchase and sale of equity interests, major equipment and other assets, electricity, natural gas and other physical commodities and professional and commercial services, including construction services. He regularly advises clients on compliance with the Dodd Frank Act and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's regulation of swaps, futures, commodity options and other derivatives. He also represents clients in matters concerning the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his M.S. in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Jenni Ives assists employers to comply with the vast array of laws that govern the employment relationship. She advises clients on hiring and firing, employee leaves, disability accommodations, noncompetition and confidentiality agreements, wage and hour compliance, and workplace diversity. She drafts employee handbooks, employment contracts, and severance agreements, conducts internal investigations and audits, and trains managers and employees on legal requirements. She has particular experience in the evolving areas of parenting, disability, sick, and medical leaves, as well as in anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws. She regularly represents employers in court, arbitration, before administrative agencies, and on appeal. She has successfully litigated discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, whistleblower, non-competition, defamation, and minority shareholder claims. She served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable David S. Doty, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota.

David Jenson represents businesses in the broadcasting, manufacturing, financial services, energy and medical technology industries. He works with startups and guides them through entity formation, corporate governance, capital raising, buy-sell agreements, LLC agreements and operating agreements, and other general business matters. He helps existing businesses raise capital through securities offerings and grow through strategic transactions, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. Jenson also advises public companies on SEC compliance and reporting. He is a regular author and blogger on Minnesota's Uniform Limited Liability Company Act and other securities law topics. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota.

Bill Laramy practices corporate and financial services law. He works with financial institutions, corporate trustees and middle market corporations in all aspects of corporate finance, commercial lending transactions, M&A, corporate governance and all aspects of corporate trust administration. He regularly assists financial institution clients with workouts and the administration of loans and other financial accommodations in bankruptcy and has assisted clients with both the purchase and sale of assets in 363 sales. Laramy earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School and his M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

Ryan McGary advises health care organizations on complex state and federal regulatory, compliance and legal matters. He prepares and advises clients on a variety of life science agreements, provides counsel on arrangements involving referral sources for compliance with fraud and abuse laws, helps clients manage risk in connection with the marketing and promotion of health care items and services and assesses the application of laws governing the coverage and reimbursement for health care services, including telemedicine. McGary is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and serves on the governing council of the Food, Drug & Device Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the William Mitchell College of Law.

Kristin Berger Parker litigates employment and labor law disputes in federal and state courts across the country. She proactively counsels clients on workplace issues, such as managing FMLA leave and ADA accommodations. She has particular experience in noncompete, nonsolicitation and trade secret cases. She also represents employers defending wage and hour claims, and claims brought under state and federal nondiscrimination statutes. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable John R. Gibson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She is a member of the board of directors for WATCH. Parker earned her J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law.

Michelle Rehbein counsels individuals, business owners, entrepreneurs, and executives on family legacy planning matters. She designs advanced estate planning solutions for complex circumstances, including irrevocable trust modifications, family real estate management planning, life insurance premium finance planning, business succession planning, premarital planning, planning with artwork and other unique assets, and philanthropic giving. She advises fiduciaries on estate and trust administration matters, and represents beneficiaries in enforcing their rights in estates and trusts. She represents taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service in examinations of gift and estate tax returns. She is a frequent speaker on wealth transfer tax and estate planning topics. Rehbein earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota.

Steve Schemenauer practices in the firm’s business and commercial litigation group, handling complex litigation including shareholder disputes, construction, real estate, employment, intellectual property and product liability disputes. He is also qualified under Minnesota Rule 114 as a mediator and arbitrator, and he has represented parties and served as a neutral in a variety of areas, including construction, employment, personal injury, foreclosure, banking and securities and general business disputes. Schemenauer earned his J.D., magna cum laude, at Hamline University School of Law. He is also a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard, and he has served in the military for nearly 25 years, including tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

St. Louis

Robert Faulkner is a transactional attorney in the firm's real estate division. He advises clients with respect to financing, acquisition, sales, leasing, development and land use in a wide range of commercial real estate transactions. He is a recent graduate of Leadership St. Louis. He earned his J.D. and LL.M. in real estate law from The John Marshall Law School.

Brian Weaver is a transactional attorney with significant experience in helping clients secure state and federal tax credits for historic rehabilitation, new market and renewable energy projects. On each project, he works closely with the client's management team, finance department and legal counsel to identify and implement the most effective business and legal solutions. Weaver also volunteers his time with organizations that promote urban revitalization and the resettlement of immigrants in the St. Louis area. He is the past board president of the Friends of Refugees and Immigrants and a current board vice president of the Ozark Regional Land Trust. He earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.

Washington, DC

Matthew Smilowitz is a business litigator who represents clients in the financial services sector in complex litigation in state and federal courts. He has represented government agencies in professional liability investigations and lawsuits as well as corporate entities in resolving a variety of contract and lease disputes. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Stephanie Duncan-Peters of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Walter Chandler Inn of the Court, The Counsellors and the Supreme Court Historical Society. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

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