Category: Courts

Clayton lawyer’s years-long deceit brings on suspension

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a St. Louis lawyer who lied for more than five years to a client after failing to file his lawsuit. Jonathan D. Valentino, formerly of Armstrong Teasdale in Clayton, was assigned in December 2009 to represent Michael Greenblatt in a boundary dispute with his neighbor. Valentino, an associate with the firm since 2004, agreed to file the lawsuit. But, as he later told a disciplinary panel, according to […]

RELEASE: Armstrong Teasdale names three new partners

CLAYTON — Armstrong Teasdale, a law firm with offices across the United States, proudly announces the addition of Zachary C. Howenstine, Michael J. Vander Molen and Adam R. Wuller to its partnership effective Jan. 1, 2018. “Our new partners are extremely talented in handling a wide range of intellectual property matters,” said John Beulick, managing partner at Armstrong Teasdale. “The depth of experience they possess in their respective areas is particularly impressive, and we look […]

Clayton-area personal injury lawyer faces disciplinary charges from Missouri Supreme Court

A Clayton-area lawyer is facing disciplinary charges for allegedly mishandling the case of a client. Clayton personal injury lawyer Jonathan Valentino face disciplinary hearings before the Missouri Supreme Court after charges against him were unveiled Wednesday. In December 2009, a man hired Armstrong Teasdale to represent him in connection with a property dispute the man was having with his neighbor. Ultimately the case was assigned to Valentino, an associate at the law firm, who told the man […]

Sunshine Project files lawsuit against Governor Greitens over alleged usage of Confide app

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Governor Eric Greitens’ use of the mobile application known as Confide has officially landed him in legal hot waters. A lawsuit seeking an injunction and damages over the  Republican governor and his staff’s use of the encrypted messaging app was filed in the Cole County Circuit Court for The Sunshine Project following a report by the Kansas City Star exposing the administration’s use of the app in December. It also calls […]

Missouri Supreme Court rejects challenge to new SB5

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — An October Planned Parenthood suit filed in the Jackson County Court against portions of 2017’s special session SB 5 was rejected by the Missouri Supreme Court prior to Christmas. The suit challenged the 72-hour law. Circuit Judge S. Margene Burnett denied the suit later in October, saying it does not pose an undue burden. The Court of Appeals then denied the Writ of Prohibition on November 1. On December 19, the […]

Court of Appeals rules Governor did not overstep by withholding funds from public defenders

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It seems the Missouri Public Defender System is subject to withholds from the Governor, despite being from a different branch. According to the Western District Court of Appeals ruling issued on Tuesday, the Governor’s Office did not violate separation of powers by withholding funds from Public Defender’s office. The case stems back to Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to restrict a $3.5 million increase from the office’s budget in 2016. The public […]

St. Louis divorce lawyer disbarred after stealing clients’ money

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday yanked the law license of a St. Louis divorce attorney who failed to file paperwork for several clients and instead kept their money. The court disbarred Dennis J. Molamphy for misappropriating client funds and violating rules of professional conduct. Molamphy had been a lawyer in Missouri and Kansas since 1978 with offices in both St. Louis and most recently Wichita, Kan. over that time. He also was disbarred by the […]

RELEASE: Gov. Eric Greitens commutes sentence of Judy Henderson

Jefferson City, Mo. — In 1982, Judy Henderson was sentenced to life in prison for what the trial judge described as a “relatively minor” role in a robbery-turned-murder. Today, Gov. Eric Greitens commuted Judy Henderson’s sentence to time served: 35 years and 111 days. The Governor reached this decision after he and his counsel reviewed thousands of pages of reports, court transcripts, letters, and records related to Henderson’s case. The Governor’s legal team met with […]

State Auditor requests dismissal in Missouri Alliance for Freedom’s Sunshine case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Attorneys for the State Auditor are requesting the courts to dismiss the lawsuit against the office on behalf of the Missouri Alliance for Freedom. The lawsuit stems from a July civil suit seeking to compel Auditor Nicole Galloway to produce documents related to an audit of the Department of Revenue, which was requested under the state’s open records law. According to a news release from the Auditor’s Office, the office has […]

Missouri Supreme Court to consider appeal in multimillion-dollar Clayton Oil Company case

The Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday, Dec. 6 will consider wether or not to grant a Clayton-based oil company an appeal over a multi-million dollar judgement awarded in June 2015. According to court documents, a St. Louis County jury decided against Apex Oil Inc. owner Tony Novelly in a case involving profit distributions at a Clayton high-rise at 8182 Maryland Ave. The jury awarded Novelly’s business partners a total of $5.6 million, half of which was […]