SmithAmundsen's St. Louis Office Expands Adding Five Local Attorneys

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We are pleased to announced continued aggressive growth in Missouri today adding five lateral attorneys to our St. Louis office, including partners Gene Brockland, Carrie Keller and Daniel Peters, and associate Justin Welply. The entire group joins from the St. Louis firm of Herzog Crebs. This significant expansion of the St. Louis office firmly cements the firm’s position as a business law firm to watch in Missouri.  

The firm has handpicked these exceptional local attorneys to join our supportive and inclusive culture, client service focus and collaborative environment. Our attorneys put the client first with a commitment to work as a business partner rather than just a service provider.

“SmithAmundsen’s way of doing business is refreshing in the legal marketplace,” said Gene Brockland, a senior attorney joining the firm. “SmithAmundsen provides a uniquely entrepreneurial culture where we feel our group will thrive and have the space to innovate and serve clients in a more flexible and personalized way.”

These five experienced attorneys join our established office including real estate and land use attorneys Brad Goss, Lisa Johnson and Elizabeth Lum, tax attorney Joe Demko, business and development attorneys John Finger and James Sanders, labor and employment attorney Patrick Sanders, and litigators Heather Bub, and Jeffrey Muskopf.

Gene Brockland, partner, represents everyone from artists to manufacturers. He guides his clients through a variety of legal issues including, employment, contractual, products liability, and copyright and trademark matters. Gene is on the board of Solid Lines Productions, a small nonprofit whose mission is to foster community dialogue through theatre about socially-relevant issues. He also serves on the advisory board of the National Museum of American illustration in Newport, RI, whose mission is to exhibit, and educate the public about, American Illustration art.

Carrie Keller, partner, guides business owners, investors and privately held and start-up entities on all aspects of business legal matters including issues concerning organizational and development planning, corporate governance, asset and equity acquisitions and sales, tax planning, and the negotiation and documentation of business transactions. She represents clients in real estate purchases, sales, leasing and 1031 exchanges. She handles trademark and servicemark registration, maintenance, licensing and enforcement. She also assists with financing, including borrowing, lending, and private equity.

Daniel Peters, partner, assists clients in the construction, real estate and banking industries in both transactional and litigation matters. His experience includes handling transactional matters such as, asset and equity purchases, sale documentation, due diligence and closing, and lending and security. Daniel also handles litigation matters, including construction disputes and employment issues.      

Justin Welply, associate, represents clients in a wide variety of industries including, real estate, construction, financial services, trust and estate, and employment. Many of his clients are facing breach of contract, errors and omissions, breach of fiduciary duty, and nonpayment issues. Outside the office Justin is on the advisory board for Our Little Haven, a nonprofit organization that provides early intervention therapeutic care for children and families with complex needs.

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