Alice Kramer was the first woman to start and maintain a law practice in Jefferson County, Missouri. After graduation from the Washington University School of Law in 1974, she was hired by Brunson Hollingsworth and worked in general trial practice until 1990. In 1990 she opened her own office, handling both criminal and civil litigation. She eventually concentrated in the area of family law. Kramer & Hand LLC Attorneys at Law was formed in 2000 after Alice Kramer's partnership with Julianne Platz Hand.
Alice Kramer was the primary author of the brief for the successful appeal of the case of State v. Holzwarth (520SWd17, Mobanc 1975), which resulted in the reversal of a first degree murder conviction. She also represented the successful respondent on appeal in the case of Murphy v. Carron (536SW2d30 Mobanc 1976), one of the most frequently cited cases in Missouri.
She is a native of Minnesota and a 1971 graduate of Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota. She married and moved to St. Louis in 1971, graduating from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 1974. During law school she was a member of the editorial staff of the Washington University Law Quarterly, authoring two articles: "Exhibition of a Child to a Jury to Determine Paternity" WULQ 1973 p:245 and "Application of Dram Shop Acts to Non-Commercial Suppliers of Liquor" WULQ 1973 p:708.
Alice Kramer and her husband, retired Circuit Judge Gary P. Kramer, live in rural Jefferson County. They have three adult children, a dog and two cats. Alice has retired, but remains of counsel at Kramer and Hand.
Juli Hand was born and raised in southern Minnesota in a farming community. After graduation from high school and completion of a technical school program, Juli moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Veterans Administration and then for a large private law firm as a legal secretary. Juli married and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1984, where she worked as a paralegal with a large Omaha law firm for two years. She then followed her husband to Chicago, where she returned to school to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Again relocating with her husband, she moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Management at Oklahoma State University in 1990. Juli graduated in the top 8% of her undergraduate class at Oklahoma State University, receiving High Honors.
Juli graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1993 in the top 15% of her class. While in law school she interned for two Oklahoma Supreme Court justices, a U.S. District Court judge and an Oklahoma Court of Appeals judge. She also served as an editor of the Tulsa Law Journal, was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Delta Phi, and the Student Bar Association. Juli received a full Merit Tuition Scholarship and she received the American Jurisprudence Award in both Legal Writing and Health Law.
Following law school, Juli worked for Wilkinson & Monaghan in Tulsa, where she wrote many appellate briefs, in addition to practicing in the areas of business litigation, medical malpractice and personal injury, school law and condemnation proceedings and administrative and employment law. She then relocated to Madison, Wisconsin, where she opened the law firm of Waddell & Hand with her partner, Lan Waddell. There Juli focused on domestic relations and bankruptcy law. After several years in Wisconsin, Juli and her family relocated to Missouri. Juli worked with the Thurman Law Firm in Hillsboro for over a year, narrowing her practice to family law. Juli joined Alice in 1999 to form the law firm of Kramer & Hand LLC Attorneys
Juli and her husband, Larry, live in rural Jefferson County on a small acreage where they raise their three children, 50+ head of registered Hampshire sheep, two champion horses, a Great Pyrenees dog, several cats and chickens, plus the occasional rabbit, pet mouse, etc.
Kourtney Lamb Buchholz, a native of Iowa, moved to Missouri to study law at the University of Missouri in Columbia. During law school, she participated in Mock Trial, Mediation, Negotiation and Client Counseling competitions which honed her advocacy skills for the practice of law. She was Vice President of the Student Bar Association and a Student Ambassador. She graduated with her law degree in May of 2005 and joined Kramer & Hand LLC Attorneys in August of that year. Since then she has been practicing Family Law in Jefferson County.
Awards and Honors:
- President of the Jefferson County Young Lawyers Division
- Order of Barristers - Excellence in Advocacy, University of Missouri at Columbia,
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- Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Missouri at Columbia,
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- American Bar Association Negotiation Competition - Regional Competitor
- Student Life Leadership Award, Central College-Pella, IA
Kourtney currently lives with her husband Nick and their two dogs.
Sarah Burton Partney, originally from a small town in Illinois, earned a B.A. in English from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale before going on to attend law school at University of Missouri-Columbia. During law school Sarah was active in the Board of Advocates, participated in Mock Trial and Negotiation competitions, and clerked for two criminal defense firms. She graduated in 2005, earning her J.D., a Certificate in Dispute Resolution, and membership in the Order of the Barristers for excellence in courtroom advocacy.
After graduation, Sarah accepted a position at the Office of the Missouri Public Defender in Farmington, Missouri. During her time with the Public Defender's Office, Sarah gained experience handling a wide variety of criminal cases, and successfully represented defendants in numerous felony jury trials. In 2008, Sarah joined Kramer & Hand LLC Attorneys at Law, where she practices domestic, traffic, and criminal law in Jefferson County and the surrounding areas.
Sarah is active in Jefferson County, and is currently a member of the Missouri Bar Mentoring Program, the Jefferson County Drug Court Panel (Defense Representative), A.D.O.P.T (Animals Deserving a Proper Treatment - Board Member,) the Jefferson County Women's Bar Association, and the Jefferson County Bar Association.
Erik Papke, a St. Louis native, is the newest addition to Kramer & Hand LLC Attorneys at Law. Erik attended St. Louis University High School. He graduated from Rockhurst University in 2002 with a degree in Psychology. While studying there he achieved the distinction of being on the Dean’s List. He served as the Student Senate President of his class and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity where he served as the treasurer.
Erik graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law in 2005. While attending law school he participated in Mediation, Negotiation and Mock Trial competitions. Erik was a founding member of the Sports Law Society, which looks at the intersection of sports and the law and the role that the law plays in the functioning of sports. Erik interned with the Missouri Department of Conservation in the summer of 2004.
His law experience includes; Workers’ Compensation, Consumer bankruptcy, Consumer collections, Family and Criminal Law. He is licensed in both Missouri and Illinois state courts along with the Eastern District of Missouri, and the Central and Southern District of Illinois Federal courts. Erik is a member of the Debtors’ Attorneys of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Bar Association of Metro St. Louis. Erik and his wife Ashley, reside in St. Louis County with their Jack Russell Terrier and their two little girls.