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Take a quick glance at this photo and then name the man in the middle.

Did you say Santa? Or did you say Judge Michael David? You’d be right either way.

Motion for Kids 2017 had another success year with over 2,500 kids sponsored and nearly 300 people volunteering to help at the party. More than 75 law firms participated in this year’s event.

With that many kids, there’s a lot of knee time for a ‘right jolly old elf’, but Judge David keeps coming back for more. A veteran of this event, here’s what Judge David had to say about Motion for Kids:

“Your heart would have to be made of stone not to be moved by the plight of these kids – many/most/all have lived through things no child should ever have to live through. While I am always moved by this, my melancholy is tempered by what seems to be the almost eternal exuberance and promise of youth. I leave these events deeply saddened by their plight and most grateful for mine.

I think participating in programs such as these are significantly impactful on one’s life perspective. Like the benefits of travel to other lands, the more you see of people in circumstances and lifestyles different from your own, the broader becomes your perception and appreciation of humanity.”

 You can learn more about Motion for Kids here.

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WVS Names a New Partner

Williams Venker & Sanders is pleased to announce that Terrence J. O’Toole, Jr. has been named a Partner in the firm effective January 1, 2018.

Terry practices in the areas of general civil and commercial litigation with a focus on medical negligence, personal injury, and premises liability defense. He regularly defends health care providers and institutions in civil medical negligence suits, as well as defending general liability claims, including personal injury and premises liability. Terry frequently represents clients at trial in both state and federal courts. In 2017, he received the prestigious Lon O. Hocker Trial Lawyer Award from the Missouri Bar Foundation for exemplifying professionalism, high ethical conduct, and demonstrated proficiency in the art of trial advocacy.

Prior to joining WVS in 2014, Terry served as a prosecutor in both the City of St. Louis and Jackson County, Missouri, trying more than 40 cases to verdict and being named the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney of the Year in 2013. Prior to graduating from law school, Terry served as a police officer with the University City, Missouri Police Department for nearly six years.

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WVS Designated as a National First Tier Law Firm in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Law Firms Rankings

ST. LOUIS, MO – December 1, 2017 – Williams Venker & Sanders, a premier Midwest litigation firm, has once more been included in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings, both nationally and for the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

The firm was given the highest ranking of National “Tier 1” again this year for its work in Railroad Law.  This maximum classification is based on U.S. News researcher interviews with clients and other lawyers.  For the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, and Railroad Law, the firm also received a “Tier 1” ranking for the St. Louis Metropolitan region. Additionally, the firm received a “Tier 2” ranking for Labor & Employment Litigation in the St. Louis Metropolitan area, and a “Tier 3” status for Medical Malpractice Law.



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New Associate Joins the St. Louis Office of Williams Venker & Sanders

Williams Venker & Sanders, a premier Midwest litigation firm, is pleased to welcome the addition of Becky Christensen as the newest associate to join the growing practice.

Mrs. Christensen graduated from Washington University School of Law in 2010. Prior to joining WVS, Mrs. Christensen practiced with a mid-sized law firm in downtown St. Louis where her civil litigation excellence has earned her recognition as a Missouri & Kansas Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

In addition to her work, Becky is engaged as a community leader serving as an Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law and as a member of New City School’s Parent Organization and Auction Committee.

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Williams Venker & Sanders Adds Two New Associates to St. Louis Office

Williams Venker & Sanders, a premier Midwest litigation firm, is pleased to welcome the addition of Bridgette Fu and Stacey McCullough as the newest attorneys to join the expanding practice.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Fu practiced as a criminal defense attorney, defending clients throughout the St. Continue Reading

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Terry O’Toole -Lon O. Hocker Award Interview

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Williams Venker & Sanders Welcomes New Associate to St. Louis Office

ST. LOUIS, MO – August 22, 2017 – Williams Venker & Sanders, a premier Midwest litigation firm, is pleased to welcome the addition of John Beard as the newest attorney to join the expanding practice.

Mr. Beard graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2014.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Beard practiced at a mid-size civil litigation defense firm in the Continue Reading

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Six WVS Partners Receive Honor for Best Lawyers in America

ST. LOUIS, MO – August 15, 2017 – Williams Venker & Sanders, a premier Midwest litigation firm, announced today that the firm’s three founders and three other partners have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America publication; a purely peer-reviewed periodical where the methodology is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues.  Continue Reading

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