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Tonkin & Mondl Attorneys & Staff

SIMON TONKIN

Simon Tonkin has specialized in maritime law for over 30 years and has litigated many admiralty cases. He has been designated a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyer and is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell.

 

Mr. Tonkin was an assistant Missouri Attorney General from 1978-1982. He is a former chairman of the Admiralty Law Committee of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and Adjunct Assistant Professor at St. Louis University Law School.

 

Mr. Tonkin is a member of the Missouri and Illinois Bars. He has handled cases in many federal courts and is a member of the Bar of the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri, the Southern and Central Districts of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.

 

He was educated at Johns Hopkins University (B.A. 1971), Cambridge University (Dip. Crim. 1974) and the University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D. 1978). Prior to attending law school, he worked as a St. Louis police officer.

 

Mr. Tonkin speaks frequently at seminars on admiralty law. He is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the American Bar Association and the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

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JAMES K. MONDL

Jim Mondl is a founding member of Tonkin & Mondl and has specialized in admiralty law for over 25 years. He has extensive trial experience in federal and state courts. He has been designated a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyer and is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell.


Mr. Mondl was educated at Northern Illinois University (B.A. 1984; J.D. 1988), where he ranked first in his law class. He served as a research attorney for the Illinois Supreme Court (1988). Jim Mondl is a member of the Missouri and Illinois Bars, as well as federal district court Bars in Missouri and Illinois, and the Bars of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.


Mr. Mondl is the chairman of the Admiralty Law Committee of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. He has published papers on various topics involving maritime law, and is a regular speaker at admiralty law conferences in St. Louis and New Orleans. He also taught political science courses at Webster University.

 

Jim is the president of the 200 member Lake St. Louis Water Ski Club, and an active skier on its competitive ski team. He has also certified hundreds of students as a certified scuba instructor, and is an underwater tour guide at the Bonne Terre Mine.

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RICHARD D. McNELLEY

Rich McNelley has been an admiralty law specialist with Tonkin & Mondl since 2008. He became a partner in the firm in January 2014. Mr. McNelley has extensive jury trial experience and, prior to joining Tonkin & Mondl, he served as a Missouri State Public Defender in the City of St. Louis for three and a half years. He is a veteran, who spent five years in the military.

 

Mr. McNelley was educated at Washburn University (B.A., 1999, Magna Cum Laude; J.D., 2002, Cum Laude), where he ranked near the top of his law school class. He was a speaker at the 2009 Admiralty Law Seminar sponsored by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and has co-written several maritime law articles.

 

Rich is a member of the Missouri and Illinois Bars, as well as the Bars of the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri and the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois, and of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

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JACK FLEMING
Jack Fleming is an attorney with Tonkin & Mondl. He has been with the firm since September 2015. He is principally involved in performing legal research, writing briefs, and assisting with discovery.

 

Mr. Fleming was educated at Washington University in St. Louis where he earned his B.A. in History and minors in Spanish and the Humanities (2011). He attended Saint Louis University School of Law (J.D. 2015, Cum Laude) and graduated with concentrations in International & Comparative law and Intellectual Property law. 

 

Jack is a member of the Illinois Bar and the Bars of the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri and Southern District of Illinois. 

 

Mr. Fleming spent the summer of 2014 at SLU’s campus in Madrid, Spain, where he took classes in European Human Rights law and the Civil Law Systems. Jack received the Academic Excellence Awards at SLU Law (achieved the highest grade in the class) for Torts, Criminal Procedure: Investigation, International Sales of Goods, and Trademark and Unfair Competition law. Mr. Fleming also spent two summers as an intern for the Honorable Chief Justice David Herndon of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (2013 and 2014). Mr. Fleming is a member of the Missouri Bar.

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SHANNON OBERKROM

Shannon Oberkrom is a lawyer with Tonkin & Mondl. She has been with the firm since early 2012. She is principally involved in performing legal research, writing briefs and assisting with discovery.

 

Ms. Oberkrom was educated at the University of Missouri (Bachelor of Social Work, 2002, Summa Cum Laude) and St. Louis University School of Law (J.D. 2009), where she attended law school on a full scholarship. She is a member of the Missouri Bar.

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OLGA MERZLIKINA

Olga Merzlikina is a paralegal at Tonkin & Mondl, LC. She is involved in obtaining records and other information and in the preparation of exhibits. She analyzes data in complex cases and summarizes depositions and medical records.

Ms. Merzlikina graduated from University of Missouri-St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Finance. In addition, she has a master’s degree in Legal Analysis from Webster University, St. Louis, MO. In Kazakhstan she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

She is fluent in Russian and English.

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NICK HOEFLE

Nick Hoefle is the Office Manager at Tonkin & Mondl. He oversees the business operations of the firm, including billing, purchasing and payroll. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis (B.S., Economics, 2015).

 

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