Purcell Professionalism Award

This award was created in honor of Mr. Martin J. Purcell and his family to acknowledge outstanding professionalism in a Missouri lawyer who has consistently demonstrated an exceptional degree of competency, integrity and civility in both professional and civic activities.

Mr. Purcell was president of The Missouri Bar in 1968-69.  The award was founded by his daughter Mary.  Mr. Purcell had a reputation for being highly professional and a very effective advocate.  Nominations for the award are made with these traits in mind by the Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar and the Board of Trustees of The Missouri Bar Foundation.  The Board of Trustees of the Foundation makes the final selection at its June meeting, and the award is presented at the Annual Meeting of The Missouri Bar.  The award includes a $500 stipend.

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Award Winners

Learn about the 2016 recipients.

Past Award Recipients

2016
Bill L. Thompson, Jefferson City
Spencer J. Brown, Kansas City

2015
John W. Kurtz, Kansas City
J. Michael Payne, Cape Girardeau

2014
Fred L. Hall Jr., Springfield
Ira M. Young, St. Louis 

2013
Cathy J. Dean, Kansas City
Alan D. Pratzel, Jefferson City

2012
R. Denise Henning, Kansas City 

2011
James W. Tippin, Kansas City 

2010
Joseph C. Blanton Jr., Sikeston
Jennifer Gille Bacon, Kansas City 

2009
Stephen H. Ringkamp, St. Louis 

2008
Loramel P. Shurtleff, Columbia

2007
John C. Dods III, Kansas City

2006
Wade Hampton Ford Jr., Columbia
Newton C. Brill, West Plains

2005
Philip D. Heagney, St. Louis

2004
Robert C. Welch, Kansas City

2003
Ann K. Covington, St. Louis
Raymond C. Lewis Jr., Columbia

2002
Alan B. Gallas, Kansas City

2001
W. Dudley McCarter, St. Louis

2000
Maurice B. Graham, St. Louis

1999
F. Wm. McCalpin, St. Louis

1998
Donald R. Duncan, Springfield

1997
R. Lawrence Ward, Kansas City

1996
Eugene Buckley, St. Louis
James Newberry, Springfield

1995
Richard B. Teitelman, St. Louis