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Michael Donelson Joins Fox Smith

Fox Smith is please to announce that Michael Donelson recently joined the firm. Mike practices civil litigation with an emphasis on professional liability, personal injury, and product liability defense. Prior to completing law school, Mike worked for eleven years as a liability analyst in the insurance industry, the last six years of which were with a major physician’s professional liability carrier. After completing law school, Mike began his legal career with a well-respected Illinois law firm, where he represented both defendants and plaintiffs in a wide range of litigation matters.

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Fox Smith Hosts its First Annual Employment Law Seminar

Fox Smith, LLC hosted its first annual Employment Law Seminar on November 18, 2005, at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis. Richard B. Korn addressed the group of attorneys, business owners, and Human Resource professionals on “Managing Your Employees Under The Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws.” Reginald C. Johnson followed by updating attendees on “Classification of Your Employees: The Dilemma of Overtime Payment and Deductions from Exempt Employees.” A common type of employment litigation stems from non-compete agreements. Dana W. Tucker spoke on “One Up On The Competition: Your Company and Covenants Not-To-Compete.” Jonathan H. Garside rounded out the day addressing the rising numbers of litigation – “Over There and Back Again: The Rights of Returning Servicemembers Under Federal Law.”

The Employment Law Section of Fox Smith, LLC will be circulating a periodic Employment Law Update newsletter via e-mail for those attendees who indicated interest. All others interested in receiving this newsletter may send their request to

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Michael Downey Selected as a Member of the Inaugural Class of Fellows for NIFTEP

Michael Downey has been selected as a member of the inaugural class of fellows for First Annual National Institute for the Teaching of Ethics and Professionalism (NIFTEP) workshop on teaching ethics and professionalism. NIFTEP is a consortium of five nationally-recognized law school centers on ethics and professionalism. The seminar, to be held in Atlanta, will involve approximately 20 speakers and participants and provide a forum to improve the teaching of ethics and professionalism. You can find out more here.

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Mike Downey To Speak at DRI Annual Meeting on Ethics

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

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Mike Downey Selected as a Hearing Officer for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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.

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Fox Smith Participates in Fundraising Efforts for a Number of Charities

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.

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Dana Tucker Named Partner

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.