Michele is a senior associate in the Kansas City, Missouri, office of Lewis, Rice & Fingersh L.C., where she practices in the area of commercial real estate, including development, acquisition and sales, leasing, and finance. Before joining LRF, Michele served as vice-president, counsel, and manager in the Commercial Division for Stewart Title, Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri.

Probate & Property Magazine, September/October, Volume 23, Number 5

Profiles in Membership

Michele McCueMichele McCue

Michele integrates her legal knowledge with her experience in retail, industrial, office, residential, and mixed-use developments to successfully address the specific needs of each project she handles for her clients. Her recent projects include the development of an intermodal facility in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, redevelopment of an enclosed shopping center with the addition of a lifestyle component, and the acquisition and leasing of properties by national retail operators.

Her introduction to the RPTE Section was largely through Janet Kalt O’Bannon, a member of her firm, who served for several years as an assistant editor of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal . Michele now serves in that capacity.

Michele was listed in the “Best Lawyers in America, 2009” for Missouri. She is a member of the bars in Missouri and Kansas and of several professional organizations, including the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and the Central Exchange.

Michele received her J.D. from the Washington University School of Law, where she published in, and served as a member of, the Washington University Law Quarterly . She holds a B.S. degree from Missouri State University , magna cum laude.

Michele met and married Andrew McCue, a trial lawyer, while they attended law school in St. Louis. They live in Kansas City, Missouri, with their daughter Sadie, who is in high school, and enjoy visiting their older daughter, Mary, at college. Michele’s hobbies include golf, tap dancing, and participating in her book club, and she enjoys other sports, travel, and an occasional fishing trip.

Amy Morris HessAmy Morris Hess

Amy is a UTK Distinguished Service Professor and the Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis and Williford Gragg Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville College of Law. Amy has been teaching since 1980, specializing in estates and trusts, property, and taxation. Before teaching, Amy practiced in the areas of estate planning and administration, fiduciary litigation, and taxation for approximately nine years in a large firm in New York City and as a founding partner in a small firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Amy’s desire to become active in the RPTE Section was due, in part, to wanting to be surrounded by like-minded legal people who worked in various fields of the law. Amy’s involvement spans from 1975 until now and includes service as a contributor to Probate & Property , editor of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal , vice-chair of the Advisory Board, and vice-chair of the Community Outreach Committee. Amy believes that the Section is a perfect place to put theory to work to improve the quality of practice, meet up with old friends, and share new ideas with each other. Amy is also an Academic Fellow of ACTEC and president of the Knoxville Estate Planning Council.

Since 1995, Amy has been the successor author of Bogert Trusts and Trustees, a 23-volume treatise on the law of trusts in the United States. In addition, her articles on federal taxation have appeared in the Tennessee Law Review, the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal , and The Tax Lawyer . She has been a visiting professor at the University of Missouri–Columbia, the University of Texas, and the University of South Carolina, and has been an associate professor at the University of Colorado. Amy received her J.D. from the University of Virginia and her B.A. from Barnard College. She is a member of the bar in Tennessee and an associate member of the bar in Virginia. Amy has received numerous awards for her contributions to the development of trust and estate law.

Amy lives in the Tennessee River Valley in Knoxville, Tennessee, within an hour’s drive of the mountains, where she indulges her love of hiking and camping. She also enjoys traveling, music (both listening and singing), and reading. Her adult son, Carlos, lives nearby, and she has six grandcats.

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