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.