Lathrop Gage Promotes Three Attorneys to Partnership


Kansas City, Mo. (Dec. 31, 2019) – Lathrop Gage will promote three women attorneys to Partner status, effective Jan. 1, 2020. The newly elected partners are Ally Cunningham, Gizie D. Hirsh and Judith Stone-Hulslander, Ph.D.

“These three attorneys have distinguished themselves through exceptional skill, leadership, teamwork, entrepreneurial behavior and effort. They are valuable members of our team who have demonstrated continual and exceptional client service, helping our clients navigate todays legal issues with solutions that are strategic, creative and always in our client’s best interests. We are pleased that the attorneys joining our partnership ranks are all women, reinforcing Lathrop Gage’s commitment to empowering women to advance into leadership positions, and our commitment to diversity and inclusion at every level,” said Managing Partner Cameron Garrison. “We are fortunate to have them and thrilled to welcome each of them into Partnership.

Ally Cunningham (Environmental and Tort – Kansas City, Mo.): Cunningham focuses her practice on representing clients in administrative negotiations with federal and state agencies, advising clients regarding their regulatory requirements and assisting with litigation of environmental claims. In addition to traditional legal counseling, she brings experience in the strategy and creation of public relations and the management of political issues related to pending litigation or compliance issues, with a particular emphasis in environmental and agribusiness matters. Cunningham’s experience includes working large, complex environmental civil litigation, especially those involving class action components. Prior to joining Lathrop Gage, Cunningham worked in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Missouri State Capitol. Cunningham sits on the Statewide Board of Directors for Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates, and on the Board of Directors of the Mizzou Alumni Association, Boone County Chapter. Cunningham received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Gizie D. Hirsh (Employment & Labor – Kansas City, Mo.): With more than a decade of experience in the immigration field, Hirsh leads the firm’s business immigration practice. She assists a variety of domestic and international businesses with hiring foreign talent from around the world based on non-immigrant and immigrant visa categories. The clients she serves include technology firms, healthcare providers, architectural firms, educational institutions, manufacturers, entertainment firms, religious organizations and financial service firms. Hirsh also counsels foreign investors on immigration matters and employers on immigration compliance, including I-9 and audits. She focuses her practice on representing businesses and individuals before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of Labor, the Department of State and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program. Hirsh received her Bachelor’s degree from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law.

Judith Stone-Hulslander, Ph.D. (Intellectual Property – Boston): With approximately 20 years’ intellectual property experience, Stone-Hulslander focuses her practice on patent preparation, prosecution and client counseling in all areas of biotechnology. She holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and prior to obtaining her law degree, she worked more than five years as a technical specialist and patent agent. Stone-Hulslander has particularly strong patent experience with therapeutic antibodies and antibody-like molecules for a variety of disease indications, and also has done extensive patent work in the areas of molecular virology, RNA therapeutics, glycoengineering technologies and gene therapy technologies. Stone-Hulslander is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Boston Law Patent Association. She received her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, and her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass.

About Lathrop Gage

Lathrop Gage is a law firm whose clients form the backbone of our economy. Our attorneys provide strategic guidance in litigation, business and intellectual property law, with deep knowledge and experience in the industries we serve. We work as one integrated team from offices across the country to help our clients see beyond immediate challenges to achieve their most important objectives. Effective January 1, Lathrop Gage will combine with Gray Plant Mooty to become Lathrop GPM. For more information, visit

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