Big game hunting

By The Madison County Record | Dec 4, 2005

Cooper SimmonsCooper name partner Jeffrey Cooper is reportedly going continental for revenue growth.



SimmonsCooper name partner Jeffrey Cooper is reportedly going continental for revenue growth.

Cooper told that he’s now “seeking out.. victims of asbestos exposure in South Africa” and plans to start operating in that country because its corporations have paid them but a “pittance.”

Just wait ‘till they get a load of his 40% take.

Meanwhile, from the SimmonsCooper “blog” comes this gem.

“Political agendas make some people very mean.” Don’t miss it.

Post-Thanksgiving thanks

Courthouse folks were glad to see a familiar face back in action last week.

Troy attorney Rob Rongey, seriously injured in the spring after he wrecked his SUV on I-55/70, was back at the Madison County courthouse.

Rongey, 45, told Dicta he was in a coma for 90 days after the crash.

Rongey is a partner at Callis, Papa, Hale, Szewczyk, Rongey & Danzinger law office in Granite City. He is the ex-husband of Circuit Court Judge Ann Callis.

Big guys

In its 28th annual survey, five St. Louis law firms made the National Law Journal’s annual list of the largest 250 in the U.S.

They are Bryan Cave (#37/730 attorneys) Husch & Eppenberger (#138/302), Thompson Coburn (#145/295), Armstrong Teasdale (#167/246), and Lewis, Rice, & Fingersh (#241/172).

The list also included average starting salaries for first-year attorneys at said law firms. Bryan Cave’s range was the heartiest—from $85,000 to $125,000 per year.

Tough guys

We’re proud that our very own Congressman John Shimkus is no slouch on the football field.

As defensive end for the U.S. Congress football squad, Shimkus took one for the team, dislocating his finger during a charity game on a rainy night in D.C. last month.

A bi-partisan middle-age team of congressman took on Capitol Hill police officers in a testosterone-filled muddy slug fest at Gallaudet University.

“We laughed about their huddles,” said U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer, quoted on the Washington Post’s blog. “They were in so long it looked like a filibuster.”

Both sides claimed victory in the 14-14 outcome. Typical.

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