Board of Directors

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS

PRESIDENT: Bridget G. Hoy

Lewis Rice, LLC

600 Washington Ave., Ste. 2500

St. Louis, MO 63101

Phone: (314) 444-7837

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Ms. Hoy is a Member and litigator at Lewis Rice LLC, where she has practiced law representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court for over a decade.  She previously served as a judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, chambers of The Honorable E. Richard Webber.  Her law degree is from Saint Louis University, magna cum laude.  Ms. Hoy is a long-standing member of the WLA, having formerly served two years as Treasurer, one year as a Board Member-at-Large, and several years co-chairing the Scholarship Committee.  As past chair of the Professionalism and Ethics Committee of BAMSL, Ms. Hoy wrote several articles and gave numerous presentations on ethics and professionalism issues.  In 2006, Ms. Hoy was awarded the President’s Service Award by BAMSL for her work addressing substance abuse, depression, and other impairments that translate into ethics and professionalism violations.  In 2010, she was honored at the Women’s Justice Awards.  Ms. Hoy tutors in the St. Louis City Public Schools and volunteers in the federal court pro bono mediation program, among other community.

 

PRESIDENT ELECT: Amy Collignon Gunn

The Simon Law Firm, P.C.

800 Market Street

Suite 1700

St. Louis, MO 63101

Phone: (314) 241-2929

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Ms. Gunn is a member of The Simon Law Firm, P.C. in St. Louis where she focuses her practice on plaintiff personal injury work including product liability, medical negligence and medical device litigation.  She graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law, cum laude in 1996. Amy has been recognized for her commitment to her clients and the legal community through receipt of the John C. Shepherd Professionalism Award, the Lon O. Hocker Trial Lawyer Award, the 40 Under 40 Award presented by the St. Louis Business Journal, the Women’s Justice Rising Star Award, the Thomas G. Strong Trial Attorney Award among others.  She has been consistently named to Best Lawyers in America® since 2009 in the area of personal injury and Super Lawyers® including Top 50 in St. Louis, Top 50 Women and Top 100.  Amy is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois, is a member of numerous bar organizations and currently serves on the executive committee of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys.  She was born and raised in Kentucky and currently lives in Ladue with her husband Kevin and two boys, Connor and Nathan.   

 

Member at large

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Heather Bub
SmithAmundsen LLC
120 S. Central Ave., Ste. 700
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 719-3706
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Ms. Bub is a partner at SmithAmundsen LLC. Ms Bub focuses her practice on products liability defense, personal injury defense, general litigation and commercial litigation. Ms Bub has second chair trial experience, and has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. After graduating UCLA School of Law in 2003, Ms Bub joined Yukevich, Calfo & Cavanaugh in Los Angeles, CA, where she gained experience in products liability, primarily defending automobile and tire manufacturers. Upon returning to St. Louis in 2005, she continued to practice in the area of products liability at Sandberg, Phoenix & vonGontard, where she expanded the breadth of products she defended to include medical devices, sporting equipment, safety equipment and children’s products. In late 2007, Ms Bub took a short hiatus from her career to enjoy being a mother to Jack (now 4 yrs old) and Luke (now 3 yrs old), and resumed practicing law when SmithAmundsen opened its St. Louis office in 2010. Ms Bub lives in Warson Woods with her husband, Michael.

 

Member at LargeVICE-PRESIDENT: Chanekka S. Buckingham
SSM Health Care
10101 Woodfield Lane
St. Louis, MO  63132
Phone: (314) 989-2306
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Ms. Buckingham is a Senior Staff Attorney for SSM Health Care.  Ms. Buckingham is admitted to the Missouri and Texas Bars, as well as the, United States District Court for the Eastern and Western District of Missouri and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  She is a native of Arkansas, and a 2006 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville.  Ms. Buckingham began her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General in the Litigation Division for the Missouri Attorney General’s office in St. Louis.  As a former Assistant Attorney General, she gained diverse and considerable litigation and appellate experience.  Prior to practicing law, Chanekka worked as a marketing representative for ALSAC, the national fundraising organization for St. Jude Children’s Cancer Research Hospital.  She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for the Northeast Arkansas Council on Family Violence where she assisted women who were victims of domestic violence navigate through the court process and with filing petitions for Orders of Protection.  She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their 2 children, Tellas and Madisyn.

 

TREASURER: Erica Blume Slater
The Simon Law Firm, P.C.
800 Market Street, Suite 1700
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: (314) 241-2929
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Ms. Slater is a trial attorney at The Simon Law Firm, P.C. She  represents individuals who have been injured or have lost a loved one in product liability and medical negligence cases. Ms. Slater joined The Simon Law Firm in 2014 after beginning her career practicing insurance defense litigation with a large Midwest law firm where she helped try several multi-million dollar cases to verdict in Missouri state and Federal courts. Ms. Slater graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law, cum laude, in 2011. That same year, Ms. Slater received the Women’s Justice Leader of Tomorrow Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly, the Samuel I. Sievers Annual Writing Excellence Award, and the Student Legal Writers’ Association Writing Excellence Award. At SLU Law, Ms. Slater was a member of the Women Law Students’ Association and elected Co-President of the organization. Between 2010 and 2013, Ms. Slater volunteered as a Mock Trial Coach at her alma mater, Cor Jesu Academy.  Ms. Slater is currently serving as Treasurer of WLA.  Prior to this position, she served as Vice-President for 2014-15, and has served as a WLA Member-At-Large between 2012-14.  Ms. Slater was selected to the Theodore McMillian American Inns of Court in 2014 and is Chair to the BAMSL Young Lawyer Division for 2016-2017. 

 

SecretarySECRETARY: Sheena R. Hamilton
Dowd Bennett LLP
7733 Forsyth Blvd., Ste. 1900
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 889-7325
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Ms. Hamilton’s practice focuses on employment and complex commercial litigation as well as corporate internal investigations.  She defends employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies across the country.  She handles all phases of litigation and enjoys providing formal training coupled with day-to-day guidance to human resources professionals and management generally, writing employment agreements, and crafting employee handbooks. Before joining Dowd Bennett LLP, Ms. Hamilton was a law clerk for the then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. She earned her Juris Doctor from St. Louis University School of Law where she now serves as an adjunct professor of moot court. Ms. Hamilton was the inaugural student liaison to the WLA Board when she was a third year law student and is currently serving her fourth term on the WLA Board.  Ms. Hamilton is also an American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law Fellow and was appointed by Mayor Francis Slay to the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) Board.  With respect to her civic involvement, Ms. Hamilton is a member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis Board of Directors and Nominating Committee for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s Gamma Omega Graduate Chapter. Among Ms. Hamilton’s recognition for her professional achievements and civic involvement are receipt of the St. Louis County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in 2015, the St. Louis American’s Salute to Young Leaders Award in 2014, and the Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly Women in Justice Award titled Leader of Tomorrow in 2009. 

 

MEMBERS AT LARGE:

Ellen Dunne
Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C.
120 South Central, Suite 1500
Clayton, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 863-1500
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Ms. Dunne is an Associate Circuit Judge in the St. Louis County Circuit Court.  Prior to her appointment to the bench on December 15, 2016, Ms. Dunne was a member of the law firm of Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C. representing individuals and business entities in general civil litigation.  She graduated from St. Louis University in December 1990, cum laude and obtained a B.A. in political science from the University of Missouri, Columbia.  Ms. Dunne is a member of the Women Lawyers’ Association of St. Louis, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Missouri Bar and the Illinois Bar Association.  Ms. Dunne is also a board member for Guardian Angel Settlement Association and a volunteer at the USO of Missouri.   She is married to attorney Peter Dunne and they have three children.

 

SecretaryJulie C. Scheipeter
Stinson Leonard Street, LLC
7700 Forsyth Blvd., Ste. 1100
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 259-4589
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Ms. Scheipeter recently completed a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Kurt Odenwald of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District and has joined Stinson Leonard Street as an associate in the litigation practice group.  While in law school, Ms. Scheipeter served on the Executive Board of the Women Law Students’ Association as a Co-Vice President her second year and Co-President her third year.  She also served on the Editorial Board of the Saint Louis University Law Journal as a supervising editor, and was a student member of the Theodore McMillian American Inn of Court.  During her third year of law school, Ms. Scheipeter worked as a Rule 13 attorney in the Appellate Advocacy Clinic at SLU Law and as a law clerk for Hesse Martone, P.C.  Ms. Scheipeter was also chosen as SLU Law’s nominee for the 2013 National Association of Women Lawyers’ Outstanding Law Student Award.  Since law school, Ms. Scheipeter has enjoyed volunteering as a mock trial coach at her alma mater, Cor Jesu Academy.  

 

SecretaryJerina Phillips
Lewis Rice, LLC
600 Washington Ave., Ste. 2500
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: (314) 444-1302
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Ms. Phillips is an Associate in the Litigation Department at Lewis Rice LLC.    She previously served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Quigless of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District and for Judge Wilkerson in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.  Ms. Phillips is a 2012 graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law.   While in law school, Ms. Phillips won the Frederick Douglass Regional Moot Court Competition and represented SLU LAW in the American Bar Association’s National Moot Court Competition.  She served on the Black Law Students’ Executive Board in various capacities, including as Secretary.  She also received the Linda J. Murphy Scholarship from the WLA.  Ms. Phillips served as Member-at-Large for the Mound City Bar Association from 2013-2014 and as Law Student Education Chair from 2014-2015.  In 2014, the American Bar Association named Ms. Phillips one of its Young Lawyers Division Scholars, an award given to individuals dedicated to professional development and to increasing diversity in the legal profession.   Ms. Phillips was recently appointed by the President of the Missouri Bar to serve as a member on the Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession.

 

SecretaryLisa Reynolds
Wiedner & McAuliffe, Ltd.
8000 Maryland Ave., Suite 550
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 721-3400
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Ms. Reynolds is a partner at Wiedner & McAuliffe, Ltd. She received her Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2006 with a certificate in Health Law and her Bachelor of Arts with honors in Communications from the University of Missouri - Columbia in 2002.  Ms. Reynolds concentrates her practice in workers' compensation defense, representing employers and insurance carriers in Missouri and Illinois. She also defends medical fee dispute cases.  Ms. Reynolds' professional affiliations include the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Women Lawyers Association, the National Restaurant and Retail Defense Association, and the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance.  She has served on the WLA Board as a Member-At-Large  for the 2015-2016, and 2013-2014 terms.  She was recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2011, 2015 and 2016, and as one of Missouri's Outstanding Young Lawyers in the area of workers' compensation by Top Attorneys. Ms. Reynolds was also profiled in Illinois Business Journal's Women in Law 2012.  Lisa and her husband, John, and their six year old boy/girl twins live in Kirkwood. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, reading and visiting museums.

 

Kaitlin Bridges

Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C.

701 Market Street

Suite 800

St. Louis, MO 63101

Phone: (314) 241-5620

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Ms. Bridges is an associate at Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C., where her primary practice is in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation and consumer and class action litigation.  Prior to joining GRG, she clerked for Judge E. Richard Webber in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.  Ms. Bridges is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law and received her B.S.B.A. in Finance from the University of Arkansas.  Ms. Bridges has not previously served on the WLA Board, but is excited to become more involved in the organization.  In her spare time, Ms. Bridges enjoys running, cooking and spending time with her family.  She lives in Rock Hill with her husband (Michael), daughters (Claire and Grace), and dog (Murphy).   

 

Valerie Craig

Law Offices of Kathleen Shaul, P.C.

7710 Carondelet Ave.

Suite 401

St. Louis, MO 63105

Phone: (314) 499-1476

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Ms. Craig first joined The Law Offices of Kathleen E. Shaul, P.C. as a law clerk in 2012.  Upon her admission to the Missouri Bar in 2013, Valerie joined the firm as an associate attorney.  She concentrates her practice exclusively in family law with an emphasis in divorce litigation.  She received her B.A. with honors from Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri in 2010 and her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2013.  She has been involved with WLA since 2010 having joined as a student member volunteering her time during law school.  Valerie is an active volunteer for Lydia’s House – an organization devoted to ending domestic violence through hope and healing.  She also serves as the Service Chair for her sorority’s alumnae association.  She previously served as a founding board member of the Young Friends of the St. Louis County Library Foundation.  Valerie lives with her two cats, Ren and OJ, in St. Louis City, and she can be found evenings and weekends frequenting Italian restaurants on the Hill.