Board of Directors
CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS
PRESIDENT: Amy Collignon Gunn | Email Amy
The Simon Law Firm, P.C. | 800 Market Street, Suite 1700 | St. Louis, MO 63101 |314-241-2929
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.
PRESIDENT ELECT: Valerie Craig | Email Valerie
DataFile Technologies, LLC | 4100 N Mulberry Drive, Suite 300 | Kansas City, MO 64116 | 314-865-9855
Ms. Craig serves as in-house counsel for DataFile Technologies, LLC, a health information management services company where her area of focus is health care law. Prior to joining DataFile, Ms. Craig worked as a litigator in St. Louis County. 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. She is proud of the work that the WLA has done and is a strong supporter of expanding WLA’s membership. She volunteers for Lydia’s House – a local organization devoted to ending domestic violence through hope and healing. She has been the past Service Chair for her sorority’s alumnae association and previously served as a founding board member of the Young Friends of the St. Louis County Library Foundation. She currently resides in St. Louis City.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Bridget Hoy | Email Bridget
Lewis Rice, LLC | 600 Washington Avenue, Suite 2500 | St. Louis, MO 63101 |314-444-7837
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.
VICE PRESIDENT: Lisa Reynolds | Email Lisa
Wiedner & McAuliffe, Ltd. |8000 Maryland Avenue, Suite 550 | St. Louis, MO 63105 | 314-721-3400
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 seven year old boy/girl twins live in Kirkwood. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, reading and visiting museums.
SECRETARY: Sheena R. Hamilton | Email Sheena
Dowd Bennett LLP | 7733 Forsyth Boulevard, Suite 1900 | St. Louis, MO 63105 | 314-889-7325
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. She also 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. Ms. Hamilton was the inaugural student liaison to the WLA Board when she was a third year law student and is currently serving her fifth term on the WLA Board. Ms. Hamilton was elected to the American Bar Association Board of Governors and appointed by former 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 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Among Ms. Hamilton’s recognition for her professional achievements and civic involvement are being named a St. Louis Business Journal’s Diverse Business Leader in 2017 and receipt of the Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly Women in Justice Award titled Litigation Practitioner in 2017 as well as the St. Louis County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in 2015.
TREASURER: Julie C. Scheipeter | Email Julie
Stinson Leonard Street, LLC | 7700 Forsyth Boulevard, Suite 1100 | St. Louis, MO 63105 | 314-259-4589
Ms. Scheipeter is a litigation associate at Stinson Leonard Street, LLP. In her litigation practice, Ms. Scheipeter helps individuals, small businesses, and large corporations resolve commercial disputes. She represents clients on a range of issues, including products liability, false advertising, trademark, and general business disputes focusing on obtaining results for clients that align with their business goals. She has served as a Member at Large on the WLA Board of Directors for the past two years and is excited for the opportunity to move into the Treasurer position. In addition to her involvement with the WLA, Ms. Scheipeter currently serves on a committee of the St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) that seeks to eliminate nuisance properties and prevent vacancies in the city of St. Louis. She also serves on the St. Louis Alumni Advisory Council for Rockhurst University and as an attorney coach for her alma mater's high school mock trial team. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and Pilates. She resides in Webster Groves with her husband, Ben.
MEMBERS AT LARGE:
Honorable Ellen Dunne | Email Judge Dunne
Associate Circuit Judge | 21st Circuit | 105 South Central Avenue | Clayton, MO 63105 | 314-615-1539
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.
Jerina Phillips | Email Jerina
Lewis Rice, LLC | 600 Washington Avenue, Suite 2500 | St. Louis, MO 63101 | 314-444-1302
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.
Kaitlin Bridges | Email Kaitlin
Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C. | 701 Market Street, Suite 800 | St. Louis, MO 63101 | 314-241-5620
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).
Portia Britt | Email Portia
Ms. Britt is currently an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for St. Louis County. She previously served as an Assistant Circuit Attorney for the City of St. Louis from 2016 – 2018. Ms. Britt graduated from the University of Missouri with a J.D./M.P.A., and obtained a B.A. in Political Science and African-American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. While in law school, Ms. Britt served on the Black Law Students’ Executive Board in various capacities, including as President. She was also on the Executive Board for the Board of Advocates, and a Student Ambassador. Ms. Britt is a member of Mound City Bar Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and a Young Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Olenka George | Email Olenka
United States District Court - Eastern Region of Missouri | 111 S. 10th Street | St. Louis, MO 63102 | 314-640-9780
Ms. George is a judicial law clerk for Judge Audrey Fleissig and Judge John A. Ross in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. She previously clerked for Judge Lisa Van Amburg at the Missouri Court of Appeals after two years in private practice with Pitzer Snodgrass, where she represented individuals and businesses in general civil litigation, including appeals. Ms. George began her legal career as a staff attorney for the Illinois General Assembly's Legislative Reference Bureau, where she wrote legislation for senators and representatives. Ms. George graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2012, and she graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in political science, international studies, and classical civilizations. While in law school, Ms. George served as Editor-in-Chief of the Children's Legal Rights Journal and was on the executive board of the Education Law and Policy Society. She is admitted to the Missouri and Illinois Bars. In her free time, Ms. George is an active member of Saint Louis Polonia, an organization dedicated to promoting educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Poland, as well as increasing American understanding of Polish culture and history. She also enjoys taking art classes, playing soccer, and scuba diving.
Jennifer Matthew | Email Jennifer
Alaris (formerly Midwest Litigation Services) | 711 N. 11th Street | St. Louis, MO 63101 | 314-644-2191
Ms. Matthew is the Director of ADR and Counsel for Alaris, where she focuses on all business aspects of the ADR program which includes arbitration, mediation and special master services. She has tried over 50 jury and bench trials in her career. In recognition of her trial excellence and an impressive record for winning cases, she has received trial star awards. Ms. Matthew joined Alaris in 2017, after working as a personal injury attorney representing individuals who had been injured or harmed in various capacities. Prior to that she worked for 11 years as an Assistant Circuit Attorney for the City of St. Louis prosecuting major felony crimes. Her work enabled her to advocate on behalf of countless victims and their families in order to obtain justice. She was recognized in 2016 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as an Up & Coming award recipient for her dedication to public service. Further, she received numerous trial star awards, justice awards and an MVP award during her tenure as a prosecutor. Elected in 2015, Ms. Matthew served on the Missouri Bar Board of Governors. She is also a Missouri Bar Foundation Fellow, recognized for her contributions to the legal community. She previously served on the Young Lawyer’s Section Council of the Missouri Bar for four years and during her tenure represented Missouri as a delegate for the ABA Young Lawyers Division. She was previously the Chair of the Government Lawyers Committee for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and was also appointed by Mayor Slay as a Trustee for the St. Louis Mental Health Board. Ms. Matthew graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in International Relations from James Madison College and she received her JD and International Law Certificate from Saint Louis University. During law school, she was selected for the Mock Trial Team and was a member of the St. Louis University Public Law Review, serving as its Executive Editor in her 3rd year. Ms. Matthew lives in St. Louis Hills with her daughters Addelyn & Gabriella.