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New feature sheds light on local attorneys' work

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Covering legal news is nothing new for the editorial team at Springfield Business Journal. A look at print and Web coverage from the past few months culls out stories about several topics: upcoming tax law changes; a special legislative session focused on the proposed Made in Missouri Jobs Package; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suits against two local companies; a guilty plea in an embezzlement case at St. John’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences; and a judgment obtained by the state attorney general against Joplin landlords for their actions after the May 22 tornado.

Earlier this year, however, we determined that we wanted to enhance our efforts to connect readers with what’s happening in the law field, and Cornerstone Casework, making its debut in this issue, is the result of those discussions.

We contacted, by e-mail or fax, local law firms for this feature. The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association also supported our efforts, putting our inquiry out in front of the legal community via its SMBA Bar Bell e-newsletter.

We asked local firms to each submit information about a case that met one of two criteria:
  • Those that have brought significant financial verdicts, such as a class-action suit, or perhaps an employment dispute or personal injury case; or
  • Those that did not result in financial verdicts but set significant precedents, brought about changes to the law or resulted in a significant corporate merger or acquisition.
Our call for entries drew the cases that are highlighted on the following pages.
Summaries of these cases are solid examples of the breadth and depth of legal expertise in the Ozarks.

Click here for the full 2011 Cornerstone Casework feature.
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