October 31, 2014
National law firm Polsinelli announces the appointment of three attorneys to the St. Louis chapter of the American Inns of Court. Britton St. Onge, Lauren Wojtowicz Cohen and Zachary D. Wood have all been recently named as members of the Theodore McMillian American Inns of Court.

“Developing and mentoring our attorneys throughout their careers is a high priority for our firm,” Randy Gerber, managing director of the St. Louis office of Polsinelli said. “Actively participating in the American Inns of Court is a wonderful demonstration of this commitment. As members, these associates will gain valuable knowledge, insights and professional perspectives from their exceptional colleagues in the St. Louis legal community who comprise the St. Louis chapter.”

Britton St. Onge is an associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice. Prior to joining Polsinelli, St. Onge worked as a law clerk to Judge Richard A. Griffin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Judge Stephen J. Murphy, III, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School in 2009.

Lauren Wojtowicz Cohen is an associate whose practice focuses on immigration and labor and employment law. Cohen graduated with honors from Washington University-St. Louis School of Law in 2007. While in law school, Lauren served as the President of the Women’s Law Caucus and received the award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy. She has successfully second-chaired both state and federal trials and has extensive experience in motion practice and managing all facets of the discovery process, including the taking and defending of depositions. In her immigration practice, she helps clients navigate complicated U.S. immigration and labor laws to hire and retain key foreign national employees.

Zachary D. Wood earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2013 and is a member of the Order of the Woolsack honor society. While in school, he served as an editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal, competed with the trial team, and was also a student member of the Theodore McMillian American Inns of Court. His practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate, including: property acquisition and disposition; leasing; financing; development; land use and zoning. He also has experience advising health care clients regarding compliance with federal Stark and Anti-Kickback laws as they relate to national leasing and sophisticated purchase and sale transactions.

Known as the Theodore McMillian American Inns of Court, the St. Louis chapter was established in 2010 and brings together members of the St. Louis legal community including attorneys, judges and law school students, to focus on sharing best trial practices, enhancing their commitment to professional skills and ethics and engaging in fellowship. Doreen Dodson, a senior partner at Polsinelli, has been a Master since its inception in 2010.

The chapter was named in honor of Theodore McMillian, one of the first African-Americans admitted to the Saint Louis University School of Law, who subsequently became the first African-American to serve on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. During his tenure, McMillian wrote landmark decisions on desegregation, free speech, civil rights, employment discrimination, and affirmative action.

The American Inns of Court is a national association of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals from all levels and backgrounds who share a passion for professional excellence. Through their participation, members are able to build and strengthen professional relationships; discuss fundamental concerns about professionalism and pressing legal issues of the day; share experiences and advice; exhort the utmost passion and dedication for the law; provide mentoring opportunities; and advance the highest levels of integrity, ethics, and civility.