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Overview

Ginger handles complex client matters both in and out of the courtroom for best solutions.

Ginger represents public and private PreK-12 and higher educational institutions, healthcare facilities, a Fortune 500 company and other individual and industry clients in a wide range of matters, including general counsel work, employment counseling, employment discrimination claims and construction negotiations and disputes. She has successfully handled cases at all stages of litigation, including pre-litigation negotiation, mediation, arbitration, bench trials, jury trials and appeals. She has a strong appellate practice and has briefed and argued cases before the Supreme Court of Missouri and other state and federal appellate courts. Ginger has resolved multiple matters at the summary judgment stage, short of trial.

Ginger prides herself on working closely with clients on proactive, cost-effective measures to keep potential problems from moving to the courtroom. Working with clients to develop pre-emptive compliance strategies with state and federal regulations and strong internal policies are among the counsel and advice Ginger provides.

Ginger brings known leadership to her representation of clients. She was recognized in 2019 among the Best Lawyers in America and has received other awards and recognition for her legal work. She is a past president of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.


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Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, Real Estate Law, 2019-2020
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2011-2015; Business Litigation, 2016-2017
  • Springfield Business Journal, 20 Most Influential Women, 2015
  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2012, 2016
  • Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge, 2012
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Rising Star, 2012
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Top 10 Defense Verdicts, 2010
  • The Missouri Bar, David J. Dixon Award for Outstanding Appellate Advocacy, 2007

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law
    • cum laude
    • Order of Barristers
    • Order of the Coif
    • Missouri Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
  • B.A., Stephens College
    • English; Philosophy, Law & Rhetoric
    • summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Arkansas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Southern Missouri Women Lawyers Association
  • Missouri Supreme Court, Civil Rules Committee
  • National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA)
  • Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA)
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) 
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, President, 2017

Clerkship

The Hon. Ann Covington, Supreme Court of Missouri

Experience

Summary Judgments

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of defendant on plaintiff’s claim of failure to provide reasonable accommodation for claimed service animal.
  • Won summary judgment in favor of employer on employee’s claims for tortious interference and malicious prosecution.
  • Won summary judgment in favor of defendant on plaintiff's American with Disabilities Act (ADA) claim on ground plaintiff was an independent contractor not covered by the ADA.
  • Won summary judgment in favor of defendant on plaintiffs' personal injury claims on ground defendant lighting technician had no responsibility for falling light fixture.

Trials

  • Secured defense verdict after four-day jury trial on plaintiff’s claims for nuisance, negligence and trespass from claimed pollution from neighboring business.
  • Won defense verdict on plaintiff's claim of race discrimination in employment.

Appellate

  • Obtained reversal of judgment on appeal on ground trial court erred in not submitting issues to jury.
  • Obtained affirmance on appeal of commission decision that employer properly terminated employee for misconduct in connection with work.
  • Represented City of Springfield in appeal alleging that city's indecent exposure law violated Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause, receiving favorable Eighth Circuit opinion.

Pro Bono

  • Appointed by Supreme Court of Missouri to represent criminal defendant on petition for writ of habeas corpus and obtained release of prisoner after 17 years of imprisonment.
Thought Leadership
Outside the Office

Ginger serves on the board of the PTA of her son’s school. She also is a Sunday school teacher.

Community Leadership

Ginger takes seriously her obligation to serve her profession and her community.

She has appeared twice on Missouri’s Pro Bono Wall of Fame, provides pro bono work for several nonprofits in the community and serves on several nonprofit boards.

  • American Red Cross of Southern Missouri, Board Member, 2011-2018; Board Chair, 2018-present
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation, President, 2018-present
  • Discovery Center of Springfield, Board of Directors, 2007-2009