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The members and associate attorneys at Rasmussen Dickey Moore are supported by a fantastic team of paralegals, clerks, secretaries and administrative assistants, human resource specialists, accountants and billing specialists, and marketing specialists. Our team works with over two dozen attorneys across three offices to make possible the unparalleled work that our firm does.

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We celebrate RDM's administrative professionals on Administrative Professionals' Day.

Today is Administrative Professionals’ Day, and we want to take the opportunity to celebrate the outstanding administrative professionals here at Rasmussen Dickey Moore!

For the uninitiated, Administrative Professionals’ Day recognizes and appreciates the individuals who are most responsible for “making the world go round.” Their tireless contributions ensure that deadlines are met, work gets completed timely, and businesses succeed. It is through their dedication and commitment that business goals are realized.

Celebrating administrative professionals began with an official day of recognition in 1952. However, the National Secretaries Association (now the International Association of Administrative Professionals) had been promoting and recognizing this important work since its founding in 1942 in Topeka, Kansas. Since the beginning, the IAAP has been dedicated to helping and promoting its members in ever-changing times to meet the constantly changing demands of business.

Today, administrative professionals can be found in nearly any business environment performing a host of tasks. They are the people to greet visitors at the door and makes the first impression of the company. They coordinate meetings, travel arrangements, and other events to make sure everything flows smoothly.

In the legal profession, our admins file pleadings, proofread discovery, and field client inquiries. They maintain our attorneys’ calendars and schedules to ensure that attorneys are on time to their appointments and hearings. They essentially operate as extensions of the attorneys themselves in all aspects of a law firm.

But the worth of every administrative professional is so much more than their work in the office. They provide valuable insight to the workplace, and their experience with what makes businesses succeed is second to none. They are so much more than employees—they are key partners in a company’s overall success.

RDM’s Administrative Professionals Are Dedicated

At Rasmussen Dickey Moore, we recognize and appreciate the incredible work that our administrative professionals deliver. Amongst our admins, we have:

  • Four who have been with us more than 1 year
  • Eight who have been with us more than 5 years
  • Five who have been with us more than 10 years
  • Two who have been with us more than 15 years
  • And two who have been with us more than 20 years!

Their success is our success. So with the utmost gratitude from RDM, we thank each and every administrative professional for all that you do on this Administrative Professionals’ Day. Thank you!

Noah Wilson, the inspiration for Noah's Bandage Project.

Rasmussen Dickey Moore’s attorneys and staff are dedicated to providing focused service day in and day out to our clients across a broad range of industries. But many of our team members are dedicated to service beyond the office walls, going above and beyond to help make the world a better place.

RDM’s Accounts Payable Specialist Martha Strahler has one such cause she stands behind. As a volunteer with Noah’s Bandage Project, Martha raises funds and awareness for children’s cancer research and supports kids battling with debilitating cancer treatment.

About Noah’s Bandage Project

Noah Wilson and Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy, a supporter of Noah's Bandage Project.

Noah Wilson was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer, at just six years old. Facing daily prods and pokes throughout constant testing and treatment, Noah wished simply for some fun bandages instead of the plain brown strips the hospital kept on hand. Surrounded by other children combatting cancer, all dressed in the same hospital gowns and showing the hair loss and other symptoms of cancer treatment, Noah believed that unique bandages would be seen as a flash of individuality and a badge of honor for the courageous kids battling their frightening diagnoses. With that, Noah began a campaign to collect fun bandages for other children in cancer treatment. To date, Noah’s Bandage Project has collected nearly 7 million bandages.

Though Noah’s initial cancer went into remission, the chemotherapy treatment caused a secondary case of leukemia, from which Noah passed away in 2015. The struggle demonstrated the need for more pediatric cancer research. Only 4% of national cancer research funding goes to pediatric cancer research, and Noah’s Bandage Project has raised over $1 million in an attempt to bridge that divide.

A Family Affair

Martha became involved with Noah’s Bandage Project thanks to her son, Paul Long, who serves as the president of the Noah’s Bandage Project board of directors.

Paul got to know Noah via a shared fandom of the Kansas City Royals. As one-half of the “Cat Suit Guys” duo, Paul was among the most visible fans during the Royals’ 2014 playoff run. Paul and his cat suit cohort John used their spotlight to help bring attention to younger fans, including Noah, giving them opportunities to attend playoff games and meet their favorite players.

Noah's parents Scott and Deb Wilson presenting a check from Noah's Bandage Project to Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City.

After Noah’s passing, Paul helped to establish Noah’s Bandage Project as an independent non-profit. Alongside her son, Martha has volunteered in support of the organization as they continue to raise funds for research and distribute fun bandages to hospitalized children. In addition to donating funds, Martha also helps to organize bandage drives and send collected bandages to children across the world. She’s even had the opportunity to introduce young patients to some of their Royals heroes, including Danny Duffy and Eric Hosmer.

Martha can also regularly be found volunteering at Noah’s Bandage Project events, such as the upcoming Noah’s Bandage Run 5K in Overland Park, Kansas, as well as golf tournaments and the Volley Llama pickleball tournament.

Noah’s Bandage Project always welcomes donations. You can also organize your own bandage drive to provide hope and fun hospitalized children.

Rasmussen Dickey Moore attorney Justin Ijei, winner of the 2021 Missouri Lawyers Media Diversity and Inclusion Award.

A big congratulations to RDM attorney Justin Ijei! Justin won the 2021 Missouri Lawyers Media Diversity and Inclusion Award for his work leading Rasmussen Dickey Moore’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and for promoting diversity within the legal practice.

With Justin at the helm, RDM has taken great strides to bring diversity and inclusion to the forefront at our firm. “I’m proud that my firm has made diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority for the firm,” says Justin. RDM aims to be a leader in addressing diversity challenges among small and mid-sized firms.

Having been the beneficiary of great mentorship early in his career, Justin aims to guide RDM’s team of young and diverse associates to success in the legal profession. Beyond supporting fellow attorneys from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, Justin also hopes to promote awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the field of law. “Having only diverse hiring practices is not enough.” Professional development and education, along with equitable career advancement opportunities, are key to building practices that reflect the clients and communities they serve.

Justin joined Rasmussen Dickey Moore in 2014, becoming a full partner in 2020. He has delivered outstanding results for RDM clients, including a Missouri Top Defense Verdict and other trial wins.

A graduate of St. Louis University School of Law and the University of Illinois, Justin was part of an Illini football team that went to the Rose Bowl, then a Dean’s Scholar at SLU Law. He has previously been named to the National Black Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40.

Justin will receive the Missouri Lawyers Media Diversity and Inclusion Award at a virtual ceremony on March 25th. We congratulate and thank Justin for his commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion both at RDM and in the legal practice as a whole. Congratulations, Justin!

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Rasmussen Dickey Moore is proud to announce our ranking on the 2021 U.S. News & World Report–Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list!

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Of course, our clients already know that RDM is among the best law firms providing nationwide coverage for not only products liability and toxic torts, but also insurance law, environmental law, commercial litigation, and much more.

RDM delivers unparalleled dedication, flexibility, and value to our clients. Our attorneys have the extensive experience, industry knowledge, and personalized attention you need when facing product liability or toxic tort claims. We can handle your case from the day it is filed or when you’re on the courtroom steps headed to trial.

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RDM has won awards, but our true measure of success is the respect we’ve earned from our clients, our colleagues, and our opponents. Trust our reputation for dedicated service at a great value.

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The Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville, IL. Photo by Paul Sableman.

RDM associate Alison McCourt recently attended the National Asbestos Litigation Conference where presenters discussed how potential jurors’ experience with COVID-19 might affect their perception of evidence presented in asbestos cases. The conference also focused on how different jurisdictions are handling jury trials by Zoom and the novel obstacles that people are facing while trying to navigate these trials during this unprecedented time.

Lung cancer filings are on the rise in Madison County, where potential jurors may be learning that lung cancer patients are three times more likely to die from COVID-19. Panels at the conference also posed questions regarding how the increased attention to scientific research and communities, especially the WHO and CDC, may be perceived by jurors.

Asbestos litigation in Madison County.

RDM’s attorneys are regulars at the Madison County Courthouse, expertly defending countless asbestos claims and other cases in the famously challenging jurisdiction. When you have a case in Madison County, trust the attorneys at RDM.

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