The following biographical data (listed in order of seniority within the firm) will acquaint you with the background and activities of our attorneys. Please note that additional attorneys may have been added to the staff since the date of this printing:
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Daniel K. Barklage, President, Director, Shareholder. Born St. Charles, Missouri, April 5, 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, Missouri; 1978, Illinois; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri. Preparatory education, Ohio Wesleyan University; University of Missouri, Columbia (A.B., summa cum laude, 1974); legal education, University of Missouri, Columbia (J.D., magna cum laude, 1977). Fraternity: Order of the Coif. Note and Comment Editor, Missouri Law Review, 1976-77. Chairman, Missouri Hazardous Waste Commission, 1989-1992. President and Secretary, St. Charles Community College Board of Trustees 1988-2006. Member: The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; St. Charles County Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association; The Missouri Bar; Municipal Judge for the City of St Charles, Missouri.
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Joel D. Brett, Director, Shareholder. Born Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 1, 1954; admitted to Missouri Bar, 1983; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western District of Missouri. Preparatory education, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (B.S., cum laude, 1976); Southern Illinois University (M.S., 1981); legal education, Washington University, St. Louis (J.D., 1983). Municipal Judge for the County of St. Charles, Missouri; Contract Attorney, Missouri Public Entity Risk Management (MOPERM); General Counsel, Montgomery County Public Water Supply District #1. Practice focus in Missouri political subdivision law and defense, trial practice in state and federal courts, estate planning and business planning, succession planning, construction litigation, personal injury, workers’ compensation and general real estate practice. Board Member, United Services of St. Charles County, Missouri. Member: The Missouri Bar; St. Charles County Bar Association.
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John R. Hamill III, Shareholder. Born Washington, D.C., March 28, 1971; admitted to bar 1996, Missouri; 1997, Illinois; also admitted to practice before the U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. Law clerk for the 21st Judicial Circuit Court, 1996-1997. Preparatory education, The College of The Holy Cross, Worscester, MA (B.A. Classical Languages, 1993); legal education, Saint Louis University School of Law (J.D. 1996) (Health Law Certificate, 1996). Saint Louis University School of Law Faculty Fellow, 1995-1996. Member of Hosea House Board of Directors 1998-2000. President of the College of the Holy Cross Alumni Association, St. Louis Chapter, 1997-2000. Member of Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County Board of Directors. Member: The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis County Bar Association, St. Charles County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and The Missouri Bar. Practice areas include civil trial practice in state and federal courts, political subdivision law, construction law, real estate law and corporate law.
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Bryon E. Hale, Partner. Born Miami, Oklahoma, October 10, 1980; admitted to bar in 2012, Missouri; 2013, Illinois; also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. Preparatory education MidAmerica Nazarene University (B.A. Business Administration, Cum Laude, 2003); Shorter University (M.B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 2006); legal education, Saint Louis University School of Law (J.D., 2012). Member of the St. Charles County Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, and the Illinois State Bar Association.