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Jun 7, 2021

Two Baker Sterchi Attorneys Selected for Missouri Lawyers Media Women's Justice Award

Missouri Lawyers Media has selected Baker Sterchi Members Megan Stumph-Turner and Brandy Simpson as 2021 Women’s Justice Awards honorees in the “Litigation Practitioner” category.

Since 1999, Missouri Lawyers Media has recognized extraordinary women judges, in-house counsel, legal scholars, and private practitioners from across Missouri who have shown leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice, and accomplishment, in exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession.  This year, Missouri Lawyers Media selected 55 women for the 2021 Women’s Justice Awards in nine categories: Woman of the Year, Corporate Award, General Practitioner Award, Innovation & Technology Award, Litigation Practitioner Award, Public Service Award, Pro Bono Award, Transactional Practitioner Award, and Leaders of Tomorrow Award. Stumph-Turner and Simpson are two of 20 women selected in the “Litigation Practitioner” category honoring women litigators who make their careers in the courtroom.

Stumph-Turner is located in Baker Sterchi’s Kansas City office. Her civil litigation practice includes creditors’ rights, financial services, real estate, construction, and commercial litigation. She has successfully represented clients in thousands of cases throughout all stages of litigation, including bench and jury trials. She has been both panelist and speaker at financial services legal conferences and has provided onsite training services concerning state-specific and nationwide legal trends affecting the financial services industry.

Stumph-Turner serves as the Women’s Affinity Group Liaison (Kansas City) to the firm’s Diversity Committee where, among other activities, she helps prepare and moderate events that focus on building leadership skills and celebrating women. She also plays an active role in mentoring female associates in the firm and is involved with recruiting efforts in Kansas City. She earned her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her undergraduate degree in political science from William Jewell College. She is licensed to practice in Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa.

Simpson is located in Baker Sterchi’s St. Louis office. Her practice focuses on medical malpractice, premises liability, personal injury, and product liability defense. She has extensive experience representing physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and insurance companies.

Simpson serves as the Women’s Affinity Group Liaison (St. Louis/Belleville) to the firm’s Diversity Committee and has organized both in-person and webinar events focused on women, and is a mentor to female associates inside and outside the firm. She is Chair-Elect of the Women in the Legal Profession Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, a member of the Defense Research Institute’s Women in the Law Committee, and a member of the Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis. She is a frequent author and speaker on women’s issues. She earned her law degree from Indiana University and her J.D. from the University of Dayton. She is licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and West Virginia. 

All award winners will be recognized at a Women’s Justice Awards event on Oct. 21 at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis and will be profiled in a special section of Missouri Lawyers Weekly.