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Douglas S. Dove


“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Unknown

Areas of Concentration

  • Banking Law and Regulatory Compliance
  • Commercial Finance and Loan Documentation
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution
  • Mechanic’s Liens
  • Entity Formation and Choice of Entity
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Experience at Work

Doug focuses his practice in the areas of banking and commercial finance, closely held businesses and commercial real estate. He has extensive experience representing banks, businesses and commercial real estate developers in a variety of legal matters.

Doug offers clients a unique, practical perspective focused on developing and structuring transactions that work, and assesses the known and unknown factors so that clients can understand the risks and properly manage the outcome.

In the Community

Doug is actively involved with the Independent Community Bankers of America and its state affiliates, which represent over 6,000 community banks nationwide. He serves on the Legislative and Regulatory Committee for the Community Bankers Association of Illinois, and in that capacity frequently meets with members of Congress, state legislators, and state and federal regulators to discuss issues important to community banks and their customers.

Doug is also a member of the Board of Directors of Community BancService Corporation, Inc., a non-profit that assists community banks with identifying products and services in the areas of consulting, marketing, compliance, equipment, insurance, lending, asset and liability management, and payment systems to create economy of scale and provide banks with the tools necessary to better serve consumers and businesses.

Doug is active with the alumni organizations at both his undergraduate and graduate institutions. He is a member of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society at Washington University and serves as the Co-Chair of the DePauw University Regional Alumni Association in St. Louis .

Doug is also a member of the leadership team of Fair St. Louis, a not-for-profit organization that partners with the City of St. Louis and the National Park Service to host the annual Fourth of July celebration featuring live music, educational activities, and fireworks displays. As Chairman of the Venue Management Committee, Doug is responsible for all aspects of staging and production of the three day live concert series and supervises the general management of the venue.

Doug and his wife, Amy, have four children. In his free time, Doug enjoys golf, snowboarding and traveling with his family.

Awards & Recognitions


Significant Experience


  • Regional and national banks in both transactional and litigation matters, including loan documentation, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, contractual arrangements, foreclosure actions, creditor rights and operations
  • Corporate counsel for large and small companies, advising the boards of directors, officers and shareholders on a wide variety of matters related to corporate governance, contractual issues, operations, and risk avoidance and assessment
  • Real estate developers and contractors in construction related contractual arrangements and dispute resolution
  • Fortune 500 company in a series of multi-million dollar contractual disputes related to use and occupation of transportation rights-of-way throughout the United States

Knowledge & Insights


  • All Too Common: A Fraud Investigation Case Study. Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference. Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. St. Louis, MO. (2021)
  • OPO Tech Talks: Startups in a Regulated Space. OPO Startups. St. Louis, MO. (2018)
  • Cash for Grass: Lending to the Legalized Marijuana Industry. Public Law Review Symposium. Saint Louis University Law School. St. Louis, MO. (2017)

Firm Programs

Admissions & Qualifications

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals
    • Seventh Circuit
    • Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Central District of Illinois
    • Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Eastern District of Missouri

Educational Background

  • J.D., Washington University School of Law (1992)
  • B.A., Political Science, DePauw University (1989)

Leadership & Community Engagement

Current Leadership Positions

  • Fair St. Louis | Venue Management Committee – Chairman
  • Community Bankers Association of Illinois | Legislative and Regulatory Committee
  • DePauw University Regional Alumni Association | St. Louis Chapter, Co-Chair
  • Community BancService Corporation, Inc. | Board Member

Past Leadership Positions

  • Ladue School District – Teacher Compensation Task Force | Member
  • DePauw University Regional Alumni Association | St. Louis Chapter, Class Reunion Co-Chair
  • Washington University School of Law | Alumni Representative

Professional Organizations

  • Missouri Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Independent Community Bankers of America
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Civic & Community

  • Washington University School of Law | William Greenleaf Eliot Society
  • Community Bankers Association of Illinois
  • Community BancService Corporation, Inc.
  • DePauw University Regional Alumni Association
  • Ladue School District
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