Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan, P.C. Elect New 2008 Executive Committee
Effective January 1, 2008, the shareholders of Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan, P.C. elected Spencer P. Desai, S. Todd Hamby and John S. Meyer, Jr. to the Firm’s three-member Executive Committee.
Spencer P. Desai is a Shareholder of the Firm and concentrates his practice in the areas of financial services and bankruptcy. He chairs the Firm’s Bankruptcy Workouts & Reorganization Practice Area. A 1991 graduate of St. Louis University School of Law, Mr. Desai is admitted to practice in Missouri and Illinois. He is admitted to practice in the Eastern and Western District Courts of Missouri and the Northern, Central, and Southern District Courts of Illinois. Mr. Desai has argued before the 4th and 8th Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Mr. Desai has more than 15 years of experience in the areas of Chapter 11 bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. In addition to assisting corporate debtors in Chapter 11 cases, he has represented secured lenders in numerous Chapter 11 matters. Mr. Desai has also represented unsecured creditors and creditor committees. Mr. Desai has extensive experience in representing bankruptcy trustees and examiners and has served as a liquidating trustee.
Mr. Desai represents lenders in all areas, including loan documentation and enforcement. He has prosecuted and defended numerous lawsuits on behalf of lenders, including lender liability claims, replevin and loan recovery actions, fraud claims, RICO claims, Regulation B claims, mechanic’s lien actions, condemnation proceedings, injunctive relief matters, and a wide variety of other actions.
Mr. Desai serves on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Missouri Bankers Association, Bank Counsel Section. Mr. Desai is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy and loan enforcement issues. Mr. Desai is involved in civic activities and is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the University City Children’s Center, a United Way supported early childhood center in St. Louis.
Mr. Desai has achieved the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.
S. Todd Hamby is a Shareholder of the Firm, where he has been actively engaged in the private practice of law since his admission to The Missouri Bar in 1990. A member of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Area, Mr. Hamby focuses his practice on civil litigation, including commercial disputes, employment law matters, real estate matters, personal injury claims, and family law matters. He has provided legal representation to both large and small corporations. Mr. Hamby has served as “Special Counsel,” City Attorney, and as the Prosecuting Attorney for several municipalities in the St. Louis area. He currently serves as Judge for the City of Arnold, Missouri.
Mr. Hamby has lectured at seminars on employment law matters and has written articles on evidentiary and litigation topics for the Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly.
Mr. Hamby received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a Juris Doctoris from St. Louis University School of Law.
Prior to admission to the Bar, Mr. Hamby worked as a legislative intern for the General Assembly of the Missouri House of Representatives, earning special recognition for his service.
Mr. Hamby has achieved the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.
John S. Meyer, Jr. is a Shareholder and Chair of the Firm’s Corporate & Real Estate Practice Area. He also is a member of the Firm’s Bankruptcy Workouts & Reorganization Practice Area. Mr. Meyer joined the firm in June, 2007 after practicing law for nearly 23 years at one of the nation’s largest law firms, which he joined in 1984, the year he was admitted to The Missouri Bar. His practice revolves around complex commercial transactions and dispute resolution, with an emphasis on real estate, including asset acquisitions and dispositions; general commercial lending; real estate and construction financing; construction contracts; build-to-suit leases; sale-leaseback transactions; creditor and debtor representation in bankruptcy proceedings; and litigation to resolve mechanic’s liens and other disputes arising from construction projects. Mr. Meyer has litigated matters in various Bankruptcy Courts, including the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois, the St. Louis City and St. Louis County Circuit Courts, various Federal District Courts, including the Eastern District of Missouri and the Southern District of New York, and before the Missouri Court of Appeals. He has also been involved in the resolution of disputes through mediation and arbitration.
Mr. Meyer graduated from Yale University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and received his Juris Doctor in 1984 from the Washington University School of Law. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association and the Construction and Business Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.
His publications and seminar topics include Construction Project Payment Issues in the Context of Bankruptcy, Journal of the St. Louis Metropolitan Bar Association, Fall 2001; Construction Law – How to Obtain Payment, presented for the Seminar Group, May 2003; Mechanic’s Liens and Construction Bonds Under Missouri Law, prepared with Bryan Cave’s Construction Law Section for The Cambridge Institute and presented at seminars in 1992 through 1998; and Debtor Creditor and Bankruptcy Issues and Construction Issues, prepared for and presented at The Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Business, January 2004, 2005, 2006 and November 2006.
Mr. Meyer is a native of St. Louis with long-time involvement in a number of civic endeavors. Currently he Chairs the Washington University School of Law Eliot Society Annual Giving Committee; he is a member of the Board of Trustees of John Burroughs School and Planned Parenthood of St. Louis (past President and Treasurer); and he is a Member of the Executive Committee of Robert Burns Club of St. Louis. He has served as a Board Member of Forsyth School (past President and Capital Campaign Co-Chair) and of The City Museum; and as a member of the Downtown Development Committee of St. Louis 2004.
Mr. Meyer has achieved the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.
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