New Members


Judge Edward R. Ardini, Jr., Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, 4103 Melrose Drive, Columbia, MO 65203, phone: 816-889-3672, email: Judge Ardini Graduated from New England School of Law in Boston in 1992. Following graduation, he worked at the Attorney General’s Office for 16 years during which he severed as Chief Counsel, Public Safety Division (1998-2002) and Counsel to the Attorney General (2002-2009). He then severed as Counsel to the Governor from 2009 until 2016. On July 15, 2016, Edward was appointed by Governor Nixon to his current position on the Western District Court of Appeals.

Sandy Davidson, Missouri School of Journalism, P.O. Box 55, Harrisburg, MO 65256, phone: 573-449-3853, email: Practice Area: Media Law

Tamara Kopp, Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration, 301 West High Street, Room 530, Jefferson City, MO 65101, phone: 573-522-6115, email: Practice Area: Insurance Receivership

Tim Opitz, Renew Missouri, 6395 S. Rangeline Road, Columbia, MO 65201, phone: 402-943-7938, email: Practice Areas: Administrative, Environmental Law.

Grace Elaine Shemwell, Ford, Parshall & Baker, 3210 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, MO 65201, phone: 573-449-2613, email: Practice Areas: Civil Litigation-Defense, Health Care, Grace is a third generation Mizzou Tiger and no stranger to Columbia, she graduated Mizzou Law School in May of 2017. Ford, Parshall & Baker employed her to work with them to do civil litigation for which is she couldn’t be more grateful! She looks forward to being more involved with the BCBA.

CLE Credit Available at January 10 BCBA Meeting

Chris Stiegemeyer, the Executive Vice President of the Bar Plan Foundation will be the present at the next regular BCBA meeting, January 10. He will present his talk on the topic of “risk management, including recent rule changes related to the safekeeping of electronic information.”

Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. the Broadway Hotel, 1111 E. Broadway. The presentation will begin about noon. A business meeting will precede the program. Lunch will be $14, with checks made out to BCBA. There is metered parking available in the covered lot next to the hotel.

RSVP: To reserve your spot for this meeting, click on the RSVP button on the Boone County Bar’s website home page, or use this link: by 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 5 [RSVP Reminder E-Mails were sent out prior to the RSVP deadline]. If you RSVP for the lunch and do not attend, you will be expected to pay the ticket price anyway because the BCBA will have be charged based on the number of reservations.

Judge Bradley Not Seeking Re-Election

” I received my first paycheck when I was 13 years old, for detasseling corn. Two months after my 16th birthday, I joined the Teamsters Union and went to work as a warehouseman. Ever since, for almost 50 years, I have worked or been a full-time student.

For the past 32 plus years I have been fortunate to be married to the love of my life and my best friend, Katie. We are currently blessed to be in good health. There are a lot of things we would like to see and do.

In order to give us time to do and see some of those things, I have decided not to seek re-election for another term.”

— Judge Michael W. Bradley, Associate Circuit Judge

Time to Pay 2018 Dues

The BCBA is one of the most active and connected local bar associations in Missouri. We provide our members with nearly all the required annual CLE requirements for the price of lunch, reach out to make our community better, and provide opportunities to keep up on our practice areas and local issues, as well as to socialize with each other outside of the courtroom. All of this for the more-than-reasonable fee of $50 per attorney/$25 for public service attorneys.

If you have not already done so, please send in your annual dues ASAP to replenish the operating budget and keep the BCBA thriving. You may send $50/lawyer dues to:

Andrew Kopp, Treasurer

Boone County Bar Association

705 E. Walnut

Columbia, MO 65201

Make checks payable to “Boone County Bar Association.” Dues become payable January 1, and members will be removed from the rolls if they have not paid dues by April 1, 2018. Dues are waived for sitting and retired judges, and members who have reached 75 years of age, or have been licensed for 50 years.

Please provide the 2018 Boone County Bar Association Dues Payment/Waiver Form with your payment or exemption

Attorneys Needed January 12-13 for Mock Trial Tournaments


Columbia College and the Board of Advocates at the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School will host the Mid-Missouri Mock Trial Invitational tournament on Friday, January 12th and Saturday, January 13th 2018. This is a four round, two day tournament which is limited to 28 teams. The tournament hosts need attorneys to serve as Judges for this four round Tournament, which serves as a competitive forum for teams to earn bids to the National Championship tournament. Judges will score a printed ballot with established criteria and rule on evidentiary objections governed by an evidence code similar to the Federal Rules of Evidence.

There are 28 teams from Colleges in the region attending this event. This year’s case is a criminal case, with a fact pattern involving an attempted homicide. Judges are needed for any and all of the rounds, which begin at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Food and ample non- alcoholic beverages will be provided. Those interested in Judging or in need of further information may contact Professor Barry Langford at Columbia College by email or by phone at (573-875-7484). Further information about intercollegiate Mock trial may be obtained at

BCBA Holiday Party set for Tuesday, December 5

Our next group activity will be the BCBA Holiday Party which will be held at the Country Club of Missouri (off Forum Blvd) Tuesday, December 5, from 6-8 p.m. Several types of appetizers will be served with cocktails before a dinner buffet. Wine, beer and soft drinks will also be available. Cost will be $25 per person and RSVP’s will be required.

RSVP: To reserve your spot for this meeting, click on the RSVP button on the Boone County Bar’s Website home page, or use this link: by Noon, Monday, December 4 [RSVP reminders previously sent by separate emails.]. RSVP’s are important for this meeting so management at CCMO can prepare sufficient food and seating. You can mail your payment to Boone County Bar Association, 705 E. Walnut, Columbia, MO 65201, or you can pay at the door. Please Note: If you RSVP but end up not being able to come, we will still need for you to pay since the BCBA will have to pay the Country Club based on the number who made reservations.