Board of Directors

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS

 

PRESIDENT: 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 with an emphasis in data privacy and security.  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 and her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law.  She has been involved with WLA since joining 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 also is committed to shoring up the success of the WLA Judicial Portrait Project during her tenure as President of the WLA.  She continues to serve as a volunteer for various domestic violence organizations throughout the St. Louis region.  In her spare time, Ms. Craig can also be found enjoying a nice evening with her book club.  She currently resides in St. Louis City.

 

PRESIDENT-ELECT: 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.

 

IMMEDIATE PAST 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.   

 

VICE PRESIDENT: 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.

 

SECRETARY: 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.

 

Secretary

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:

 

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.

 

Jackie Graves     |     Email Jackie 

Ms. Graves is an Associate in the Litigation Department at Lewis Rice LLC.  She is a 2012 graduate of St. Louis University School of Law.  While in law school, Ms. Graves served as an editor of the St. Louis University Law Journal and was a member of the National Moot Court Team, winning second place at the Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship.  She was also the recipient of the Judge Robert G. Dowd, Sr. Appellate Advocacy Award.  Ms. Graves’ primary practice focuses on commercial litigation, where she represents a range of businesses and individuals.  She also practices municipal law, regularly advising cities and other government bodies on a number of issues, from the Sunshine Law to complex litigation.  Ms. Graves is admitted to both the Missouri and Illinois bars.  In addition to serving on the board of the Women Lawyers’ Association of St. Louis, Ms. Graves is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’ Communications Committee and serves on the board of Aim High St. Louis. 

 

Amanda Murphy      |      Email Amanda

Ms. Murphy represents individuals in personal injury, insurance litigation, and workers compensation cases in Missouri and Illinois. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2007 after obtaining her BSBA there in 2004. Ms. Murphy is a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, where she serves on the Board of Governors and cochairs the Women’s Caucus. She is also a member of the American Association for Justice and numerous local bar organizations. Super Lawyers® recently recognized Ms. Murphy as a Rising Star. As she has not previously served on the WLA Board, she is excited to dive in and get involved in the organization. Ms. Murphy was born and raised in the north county area of St. Louis and currently resides in Dogtown. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and, when time permits, losing an afternoon to a Netflix documentary series.

 

Deborah Price      |      Email Deborah

Deborah Price is a dedicated public servant and experienced attorney who has spent her career serving the people of Missouri. In her current position as Vice President of Business Recruitment & General Counsel for the Missouri Partnership, Deborah works with company executives and consultants from around the globe on multi-million dollar business investment projects to bring jobs to the state. Deborah’s efforts on behalf of Missouri have helped the state land new operations involving professional corporate services, manufacturing, research and development, agriculture technology, and health innovation. Deborah is also responsible for managing a broad array of legal matters for the organization including contract negotiation, records management and nondisclosure agreements, and for advising the CEO on overall risk management and compliance issues. Before joining the Missouri Partnership, Deborah served as the Director of Boards & Commissions in the Office of Missouri Governor. In this role, Deborah led the Governor’s team to identify and recommend Missouri citizens for appointment to positions of public trust.  She was responsible for compliance with hundreds of statutes and also worked with members of the Senate to prepare for confirmation hearings. Prior to that, Deborah served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri where she handled complex consumer fraud litigation and criminal prosecutions. Deborah’s efforts resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution for victims as well as court orders enjoining fraudulent and unfair business practices. Before working in the Consumer Protection Division, Deborah was assigned to the Child Support Unit where she represented the Missouri Department of Social Services in hundreds of court cases.  Deborah also had the privilege of serving as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University School of Law where she taught Civil Practice for three semesters. In her free time, Deborah works pro bono as a special public defender through her volunteer work with the Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel. She has also served as a student litigation and jury trial mentor for the Saint Louis University School of Law Clinic. In 2015, Deborah was appointed as a Regent on the Harris-Stowe State University Board of Regents and currently serves in that capacity and heads the legal committee.  Deborah is also Secretary of the board for the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and was recently honored by the organization as “Emerging Leader.” In 2015 Deborah was nominated and named as a Fellow as part of the Frank Family Institute’s Young Leadership Program. Deborah is a 2011 recipient of the Missouri Lawyer’s Media’s Women’s Justice Award in the category of Public Service Practitioner.  Deborah is married Dr. Joel Jennings.