201703.13
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Trump and the Law of Unintended Consequences

As Trump enters his second month in office it has become very apparent that he intends on fulfilling the promises he made during his campaign to “crack down” on illegal immigration. His recent executive orders barring immigrants from six predominantly Muslim countries has been front page news for the past month. What has been somewhat…

201701.27
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Gonzalo Fernandez’s Remarks at the St. Louis Courthouse Naturalization Ceremony

Devereaux Stokes attorney Gonzalo Fernandez, an immigrant from Argentina, spoke at the St. Louis Courthouse naturalization ceremony on Jan. 20 as 53 individuals took the oath of US citizenship. Below is a transcript of his remarks. — Congratulations! I am very honored and pleased to be here sharing this special day with you.  I, like…

Wrongful Death and Documentary Films
201611.01
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Wrongful Death and Documentary Films

I recently learned of an interesting and very tragic story involving a wrongful death lawsuit. The wrongful death incident happened in 2012 but has new heightened awareness thanks to a husband and wife filmmaking duo who created a documentary called Audrie and Daisy – a 2016 Sundance Film Festival Pick. The film sheds light on…

Personal Injury – The Spookiest Part Of Halloween
201610.20
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Personal Injury – The Spookiest Part Of Halloween

The scariest part of Halloween for most people might be having their house covered in eggs or their car toilet-papered. For personal injury lawyers, however, All Hallows’ Eve presents its own unique legal challenges. To start, Halloween presents legal cases that simply do not exist at any other time of the year. For example, in…

Questions To Ask When Hiring An Attorney
201610.07
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Questions To Ask When Hiring An Attorney

A friend recently asked me, “what are the top three things I should be thinking about when hiring an attorney?” He is not a lawyer, and I know he was looking for help navigating through a complicated and cluttered space and hoping for a simple answer or formula. The truth is that while there is…

When Technology And Teens Are A Good Mix
201609.21
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When Technology And Teens Are A Good Mix

What does the future look like with Chevy’s teen driver technology? Now that I have a daughter in high school, I becoming more aware of teens and driving, and the “distracted driving” problems that are an epidemic, thanks to smart phones and the constant need for this young demographic to be social every minute of the…

Car Seat and Front Seat Laws – Clarifying the Myths
201609.06
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Car Seat and Front Seat Laws – Clarifying the Myths

As an attorney who deals in auto and truck accidents, friends and colleagues ask me regularly about child car seats and front seat laws in Missouri. There is a lot of misinformation floating around out there, some of it from my own children who insist they are big enough for the front seat. Here are the…

Why Don’t School Buses Have Seat Belts?
201608.30
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Why Don’t School Buses Have Seat Belts?

School Buses – Where Are The Seat Belts? Ever wonder why most school buses do not have seat belts? Federal law requires seat belts in buses under 10,000 pounds. However, the only buses under that weight limit are the 12 seater buses that are infrequently used. 80% of the school buses are the long, standard…

Hit-and-Run Car Accidents – Legal Perspective
201608.22
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Hit-and-Run Car Accidents – Legal Perspective

Earlier this month, a 23-year-old suspect in St. Louis was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after a fatal hit-and-run. The accident took the life of a 12-year-old boy. The suspect was driving at a high speed and continued on after hitting the pedestrian. Eventually, they located his car and he was tracked…

Car Accidents – Can We Avoid Them?
201608.17
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Car Accidents – Can We Avoid Them?

As a firm that handles personal injury cases, car accidents are a daily conversation for us.  Living in St. Louis, driving is a part of our everyday life. As attorneys we deal with insurance companies everyday. We research statistics regularly related to auto and truck accidents. We put together a summary of “how to best avoid car…

Product Liability Close To Home- Ikea Recall
201607.31
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Product Liability Close To Home- Ikea Recall

Earlier this year, many of us were returning the Hoverboards that Santa brought after learning that the lithium-ion battery packs can overheat and catch fire and/or explode.  Over half a million units have been recalled by 10 companies alone. ( As an attorney, this is gets our attention as we work with people who have…

Tips for Teen Drivers
201606.28
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Tips for Teen Drivers

The concept of  “ teen drivers ” is transforming from some sort of surreal horror movie to reality as my oldest daughter enters high school. As an attorney specializing in personal injury I am all too familiar with the dangers and risks of teen drivers. The first issue is simply lack of experience behind the wheel. This is…