Mike Downey has accepted an invitation to speak at the DRI 2005 Annual Meeting on October 20, 2005. Mike, recognized throughout the midwest and increasingly on a national scale for his knowledge of legal and professional ethics, will present a program on Lawyers Professionalism and Ethics entitled, “The Ethics of Bluffing.” For more information, please contact Mike, or visit www.dri.org.
With excerpts from the article by Allison Retka — St. Louis Daily Record
Smack in the middle of the “year of electronic discovery,” legal technology experts say client demand is fueling a new push for expanded technology use at law firms. Whether mapping a chronology for a medical malpractice suit or editing hundreds of hours of video depositions for a stirring visual aid during trial, software programs – and those who administer training and advice for such programs – are rapidly gaining popularity among local firms that want to keep organized and keep at the top of their game.
Pat Mangum, one of Fox Smith’s paralegals, has found she was able to use litigation support software in more creative ways to better meet the indexing needs of the firm. As a “paralegal who thinks outside the box,” Mangum said she tweaked and more effectively used software last year on a product liability case, one of her very first projects at the firm. With some help, Mangum was able to tailor the program to capture some unique information outside of regular documents. “Entering volumes upon volumes of documents and the coding process is a little tedious, but you have to invest some time in it,” she said. “I like the searching capabilities.” Basic knowledge of legal software programs is becoming “almost a requirement” for paralegals, Mangum said, unless they work for a large firm with its own technology department. “A paralegal who can work in a database – well, it only enhances our value,” she said.
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Fox Smith’s Michael Downey has been selected as a contract administrative hearing officer by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. In addition to conducting hearings and moderating public meetings for the MDNR, Mr. Downey will continue practicing commercial and environmental litigation at Fox Smith. Mr. Downey also teaches as an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law.
Mike Downey primarily represents businesses in commercial, environmental, employment, and class action litigation. He also teaches legal ethics at Washington University School of Law, speaks on professional ethics for groups including the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar, and the Missouri Society of CPAs, and represents and advises lawyers and accountants in legal and disciplinary matters. Mike graduated first in his class from Washington University School of Law in 1998 and clerked for the Hon. Pasco M. Bowman, then Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, before entering private practice. Mike is licensed in Missouri and Illinois and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Seventh and Eight Circuits, and U.S. District Courts in Missouri, Arkansas, and Illinois. Prior to law school, Mike was the Latin teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.
Since beginning at Fox Smith in September 2003, Richard Korn has represented a wide variety of clients in products liability, medical malpractice, employment, toxic tort, and general commercial litigation matters. In his career, he has worked in both private practice and in a corporate law department, thus providing him with a vast array of litigation experience. Richard graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 1995
In 2004, Fox Smith participated in fundraising efforts for a number of charities:
- Throughout 2004, Fox Smith sponsored several “Jeans Days” to raise funds for Missouri Baptist Hospital’s Grief Counseling Fund.
- In Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Fox Smith employees raised and sent contributions to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Fund.
- Employees collected food items and toiletries and shipped six large boxes to the 1140th Engineer Battalion Missouri Army National Guard stationed in Iraq. To show their appreciation, the battalion commander sent back a letter and a flag that was flown over Camp Sapper 2 in the Republic of Iraq on December 13, 2004.
- Fox Smith employees made contributions to purchase a television, DVD player, and DVDs for the Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis.
- A family in the St. Louis metropolitan area was victimized by a house fire. Fox Smith employees contributed a Christmas tree and decorations, stockings, warm clothing, new bedding, furniture, housewares, and cash to assist the family through their difficult time.
Currently, Fox Smith is sponsoring a series of “Jeans Days” to aid the tsunami victims. Employees make a contribution to American Red Cross International and in exchange can wear blue jeans to work on the designated days.
Dana W. Tucker has recently been named partner at Fox Smith. Ms. Tucker joined the firm in 2002. She has over ten years of litigation experience, including medical malpractice, commercial, personal injury, wrongful death, and employment litigation. She has successfully represented plaintiffs against insurance companies and employees against major corporate employers. Currently, Ms. Tucker concentrates on defense work and is defending two of the top hospitals in the country, as well as two major pharmaceutical companies.
Fox Smith’s founding partners, Ron Fox and John Smith, have been selected as Missouri Super Lawyers by Law & Politics. Only 5% of lawyers are listed as Super Lawyers after a selection process that involves the mailing of more than 23,000 ballots and evaluation based on the background, experience, peer recognition, and professional achievement of each candidate. Candidates are then peer reviewed by a blue ribbon panel from their practice areas before final selections are made. Mr. Fox was selected for inclusion in the Transportation/Maritime category, and Mr. Smith is included for his work in Civil Litigation Defense.