"Three top rainmakers break off from Baker Sterchi"
"Three of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice's top revenue-makers have left and formed their own firm in
Kansas City, according to court documents. A document filed Tuesday in relation to a rails-to-trails case
stated that Thomas S. Stewart and Elizabeth McCulley, who represent the plaintiffs in the case, "are no
longer associated with Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice" and have formed a new law firm, Stewart Wald &
McCulley. Steven Wald, another former Baker Sterchi attorney based in St. Louis, is listed as the
registered agent on the Missouri Secretary of State's website. The three attorneys have worked on rails-
to-trails cases for the firm, including one that settled for $33 million in 2013 and included a nearly $11
million contingency fee, and another case that settled for $141 million. "The firm will continue to have
its own trails practice group going forward," Kreamer said. "We wish them well, I think they probably
wish us well as well."
-Catherine Martin, April 15, 2015 (Missouri Lawyers Weekly)