On July 16, Stephanie Karr received the prestigious Lou Czech Award from the Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association. The award is given for exemplary service, upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct and professionalism, and a record of outstanding contribution to the field of municipal law. Kevin O’Keefe, Ken Heinz and Kate Henry were in attendance to cheer on Stephanie as she was honored at the annual MMAA conference at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.
2016 marks the 29th year for Curtis, Heinz, Garrett & O’Keefe. Plans are underway for our 30th anniversary celebration in February 2017.

Stay tuned for more details!
Helmut Starr joined CHGO as a principal, and his practice involves municipal, land use and zoning law, and commercial litigation, with a focus on financial, fiduciary and probate litigation.
Deborah Henry and her daughter Kate Henry joined CHGO as the firm continues to expand its Family Law Division. Deborah, a principal, will focus on family law, including juvenile law; and Kate, an associate attorney, will concentrate her practice in family law, local government law, and bankruptcy law.
We are happy to announce four outstanding new assistants to the CHGO firm.

  • Ashley Beck
  • Grace Schmid
  • Lakeisha Connor
  • Jennifer Stubits
Leland Curtis and Carl Lumley were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 in the fields of Communication Law and Energy Law. Kevin O’Keefe and Helmut Starr were included in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 in the field of Municipal Law. Helmut Starr also was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 in the fields of Land Use & Zoning Law and Real Estate Law.  Additionally, Carl Lumley and Helmut Starr were named The Best Lawyers® 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in St. Louis for Energy Law and Litigation-Land Use & Zoning, respectively.   
In September, CHGO was proud to sponsor the Missouri Municipal League's 82nd Annual Conference in St. Louis at Union Station. Attorneys Carl Lumley and Kevin O'Keefe presented "Critical Changes in Municipal Police Departments and Courts" to the group. 
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In August, Robert E. Jones has been elected to the Missouri Bar Association Board of Governors, representing District 9 (St. Louis County). Comprised of representatives from around the state, the board serves as the governing body of the Missouri Bar, focused on the organization’s goals, budget, continuing legal education and positioning on important issues.
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In July, Ken Heinz presented a session on “Social Media and Government Speech” to the Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association at their Annual Meeting at the Lake of the Ozarks.
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In June, Kathleen Gmelich co-presented
"Preparing Your Estate Plan" as part of the St. Louis Community College Continuing Education program. 
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In June, Keith Cheung participated in a panel at the Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Conference on the subject of SB5.
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In May, Carl Lumley spoke to the Missouri City Managers Association at their annual conference regarding methods to avoid employee retaliation claims under federal and state law.
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In May, Helmut Starr conducted a seminar at the Missouri Association for Court Administration annual meeting entitled “Public Access to Court Records and Protecting Privacy of Individuals.” 
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Each year CHGO attorneys conduct training for newly elected officials. In April, Carl Lumley, Robert Jones, Ed Sluys, and Stephanie Karr provided training on ethics, sunshine law and a wide variety of other municipal law topics for the Municipal League of Metro St. Louis; Stephanie Karr and Kevin O’Keefe provided training regarding Public Works Contracting for the state Municipal League in June.
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In March, Carl Lumley, Ed Sluys and Kate Henry participated as judges for the Washington University Law School Mock Trial competition.
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In February, Stephanie Karr traveled to Toronto, Ontario, to serve as a keynote speaker at the Provincial Liaison Team (PLT) Workshop sponsored by the Ontario Provincial Police.
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In October 2015, Keith Cheung was invited by the Missouri Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness and its Municipal Justice System subcommittee. 
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In addition to serving our clients, the lawyers of CHGO are actively involved in civic and community affairs. We care about the communities in which we live and serve.
In July, CHGO was proud to be among the sponsors of the Sunset Hills Foundation Golf Tournament, which supports special parks, recreation and beautification projects in the city of Sunset Hills.
In May, CHGO attorneys Ken Heinz, Pat Chassaing and Carl Lumley participated in the Memorial Day Observance at the Mid-County Memorial Gazebo on THE HEIGHTS grounds. Ken is the chairman of the Veteran’s Memorial Committee, and Pat is an active member of the committee. Carl’s father, Robert Lumley, was recognized at the ceremony, honored for his service to his country during WWII.
In April, representatives from CHGO attended the St. Louis Area Police Chief’s Association 25th Annual Police Officer Memorial Prayer Breakfast to honor those officers who have died in the line of duty. CHGO was a platinum sponsor of the annual event for the 7th year.
CHGO attorneys also help support many other local groups including the St. Louis Black Repertory Theater, Dirk’s Fund, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Gateway Chapter, St. Louis ARC, Clayton Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis Humane Society, St. Louis Repertory Theater, Louisiana Mo Chamber of Commerce, Gateway Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and St. Louis Food Pantry.
In 2015 we updated our website, email addresses and logo, to help give our firm a refreshed and contemporary look. We also have a new CHGO LinkedIn page for updates and information – be sure to follow us for the latest news.
Our board of directors brings together multiple disciplines within the firm. We make sure the firm is running in top form, so our attorneys can stay focused on our clients.

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