Capes Sokol Welcomes New Associates Koester and Stachowski

The law firm of Capes Sokol is pleased to announce that Kaid A. Koester and Brian T. Stachowski have joined the firm as Associates. Kaid and Brian are May 2019 graduates of Saint Louis University Law School and were sworn into the Missouri Bar earlier today.


Kaid A. Koester

Kaid A. Koester will focus his practice on tax advice and controversy, and white collar criminal matters involving allegations of financial fraud.

“We welcome Kaid’s tax and accounting background and technical skills” said Michelle F. Schwerin, Capes Sokol Shareholder. “His enthusiasm and experience, as well as his dedication to our clients, make Kaid an excellent addition to the Tax Controversy and Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense practice groups.”

During law school, Kaid worked in the tax departments of two of St. Louis’s largest accounting firms, where he prepared tax returns for individuals, partnerships, and corporations.  A Dean’s Scholarship Student, Kaid was a board member of the SLU Law Tax Club and received the Fall 2018 Academic Excellence Award for Corporate Taxation. In addition to his legal studies, Kaid lent his time as a volunteer to the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, which provides free tax help for qualifying taxpayers.

Kaid received his law degree with a concentration in tax law from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2019. From Carbondale, Illinois, Kaid graduated magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy.


Brian T. Stachowski

Brian T. Stachowski will focus his practice on a variety of business and real estate matters, including commercial and real estate transactions, business entity formations, and mergers & acquisitions. Brian joined the firm as a Summer Associate in 2018 and continued working with the firm as a Law Clerk throughout his 3L year.

“An experienced archaeologist with several digs under his belt, Brian brings inquisitiveness, maturity, and attention to detail that will serve our clients well,” said John S. Meyer, Jr., Capes Sokol Shareholder. “We are fortunate to welcome this bright and dedicated lawyer to the Capes Sokol team.”

During law school, Brian served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert H. Dierker, Jr. of the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court in Missouri. He also served as a legal extern for a midwestern convenience store chain through the SLU Law Corporate Externship Program. In addition, he worked as a research fellow for one of his professors and was a Managing Editor of the Teaching Edition of the 2018-19 Saint Louis University Law Journal. A member of the Dean’s List, Brian was a member of the SLU Law Federalist Society, SLU Law Business Law Association, and the SLU Law Tax Club.

Brian received his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2019. From Troy, Illinois, Brian graduated from Central Bible College with a Bachelor of Arts in Hebrew Bible and received his Master of Arts in Archaeology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Kaid and Brian follow recent additions to the firm in the past year, including two new Associates, a new Entertainment and Media practice group, and a new Of Counsel attorney.



Capes Sokol is a St. Louis-based law firm focusing on corporate and real estate matters; business, commercial, intellectual property and product liability litigation; tax litigation and controversy; white collar and other criminal defense matters; trusts and estates; entertainment and media; and digital currency and blockchain technology matters.

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