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Bunker Hill, Illinois Selects HesseMartone for Representation

The city of Bunker Hill in Illinois has selected Rick Stewart, Managing Principal of HM’s Springfield, Illinois Office, to represent its contract negotiations. Rick has more than fifteen years’ experience handling contract negotiations and labor issues in the public sector in Illinois, Missouri, and New York and has developed a reputation throughout Illinois for excellence in this area.

You can learn more about Rick here or see him on LinkedIn.

Cheers to Retirement for Mary Osborn of HesseMartone

We salute Mary Osborn, a lawyer at our firm, as she joins her husband in retirement to travel. Mary worked out of our firm’s Chicago office as special counsel. Her career included nearly three decades of work as in-house counsel and in private practice, and she primarily practiced in the areas of labor and employment law, representing management and public sector employers.

We are grateful for her time with our firm, and we will miss her dearly. All the best in retirement, Mary!

Andrew Martone Named Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers selects Andrew Martone as a Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in St. Louis, MO in 2019.


Super Lawyers’ identifies lawyers with proven track records through independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. This rating service identifies outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

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Nicolle Semro – Welcome to the Firm!

We welcome Nicolle Semro who is joining our firm as a legal assistant/paralegal in our Springfield office. Nicolle will start with the Firm this Friday, November 1. She and Rick will be in the St. Louis office on Tuesday to introduce her to everyone at the main office.

Nicolle returned to Springfield, IL in April from Jacksonville, FL to be closer to family. Since moving back to Illinois, Nicolle has worked as a Legal Assistant in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Springfield. She previously worked as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal for three years in Jacksonville, Florida. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Illinois University.

We are excited for Nicolle join the HesseMartone team, and we look forward to working together!

HesseMartone Sponsors the Annual SIBA Fall Industry Reception

Join the SIBA and their kind industry sponsors at their Fall Industry Reception and Annual Meeting:

When: Thursday, November 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Doubletree Hotel in Collinsville

HesseMartone is proud to sponsor this annual event. This year’s reception is accompanied by a toy drive with unopened toy(s) or a cash donation accepted.

Marney Cullen Completes Certified Paralegal Designation

Ms. Marney Cullen, litigation paralegal at Hesse Martone, has been awarded the designation of Certified Paralegal (CP) from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).

NALA’s credential has been acknowledged by the American Bar Association as a mark of high professional achievement. Out of 33,000 candidates who have sat for the exam, since 1975, only 8,600 are currently active. Approximately two-thirds of the candidates fail to pass the two portions of the exam on their first attempt. Ms. Cullen passed on her first attempt and within the State of Missouri, she is one of 147 paralegals who currently holds this designation. Way to go Marney!

To achieve these results, Marney studied while her children were asleep, sometimes as late as 4:00 AM, leaving her dog as the only possible distraction. The certification was all self-study, and Marney utilized online course and online study groups in addition to her preferred method – printed materials and highlighters.

This certification says that you have both the book learning and the work experience and that you have gone above and beyond in your studies to thoroughly understand all possible applications and practices.

Ms. Cullen now has her eye on completing one of the other five advanced certifications that are available. When asked why she committed to the advanced program, Marney responded, “You can say I’m a glutton for punishment.”

Hesse Martone continually strives to raise the bar in excellence of service to our clients and remain up to-date with the constant changes that affect the legal environment. We are proud to recognize our employees’ efforts to do the same, and we are excited to support Marney as she advances in her career.

HesseMartone Firm named Corporate Philanthropy Award Finalist

For the second year, the St. Louis Business Journal recognizes local companies that make significant charitable contributions in our region. The 37 Corporate Philanthropy Award finalists contributed nearly $97 million combined in 2018. The HesseMartone firm is honored to be recognized among the finalists as a company that is making an impact in the St. Louis community.

On November 8, winners will be announced at an awards breakfast. In tandem with this event, the Giving Guide from the Business Journal will be published on the same date. Tickets for the event are available now. Join us in celebrating the generosity of St. Louis!

Friday November 8, 2019
7:30am to 9:00am
Marriott West Hotel

Thank you to the St. Louis Business Journal for recognizing the giving spirit of our region.

Read the finalist announcement here.

Andy Martone Listed Again in Best Lawyers

Andy Martone, President and CEO of HesseMartone, has again been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in:

Employment Law (Management); 
Labor Law (Management); and 
Litigation-Labor and Employment.


The Best Lawyers in America has been published since 1983 and utilizes a peer review process to select honorees. Andy has practiced labor and employment law for 30 years, and he will appear in the 2020 Edition.

Drinks on us!

Please join the Hesse Martone team in supporting Missouri’s construction industry leaders at the AGC Missouri Construction Awards Gala. We are (of course) a bar sponsor for this event. Save the date!

Saturday, November 4th at 6:00 pm
River City Casino 

Three different awards are given to recognize solutions to unique obstacles (Keystone Award), industry leaders of specific disciplines (Specialty Contractor), and innovative projects with a lasting societal impact (Keystone Heritage).

Past Recipients of the Heritage Award include:

2018      The Fabulous Fox Theatre

2017      Al Fleischer & Dick Mantia

2016      Bagnell Dam

2015      Missouri Botanical Gardens

2014      Forest Park

2013      Initial Mile of the Interstate Highway System

2012      Basilica of St. Louis

There’s an open bar, so get your tickets!

Visit AGC’s website and click “Make Your Reservation”.

President and CEO of HesseMartone, Andy Martone, named one of America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators for 2019

Fewer than one-half percent of active attorneys in the US receive this honor.

To be considered, an attorney must have litigated a matter with the fate of a business worth a minimum of $2,000,000 at stake. Candidates are further screened based on professional experience, litigation experience, significant business litigation case results, peer reputation, and community impact. 

Andy and the HesseMartone team are proud and grateful to be recognized for their efforts.