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John S. Meyer, Jr.

Senior Counsel

“I am inspired by people who ‘dare greatly and strive valiantly’ to advance our society. Whether they triumph or fail, their example elevates us.” – Teddy Roosevelt

Areas of Concentration

  • Commercial Transactions and Finance
  • Lending Disputes and Creditors’ Rights
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Real Estate Transactions and Dispute Resolution

Experience at Work

John is widely recognized for guiding and resolving complex legal matters related to for-profit and non-profit companies, commercial real estate and business transactions.

John is a talented collaborator who has represented clients in numerous commercial transactions and disputes resolved through litigation, mediation and arbitration over his span of more than 30 years in private practice. He presently serves for-profit and nonprofit clients in a wide variety of commercial transactions.

In the Community

John is committed to activities to benefit the St. Louis area. He is President of the Board of the Loop Trolley Company and Secretary of The Round Table. In addition, he serves on the boards or executive committees of Affinia Healthcare Foundation, St. Louis County Library Foundation, Loop Trolley Company, and The Robert Burns Club of St. Louis. In addition, he is a member of the Finance Committee for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.

He is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Washington University School of Law Annual Giving Campaign and a Deputy of the ​William Greenleaf Eliot Society Committee.

Awards & Recognitions


  • The Best Lawyers in America® | Lawyer of the Year: Corporate Law, St. Louis (2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® | Corporate Law; Real Estate Law; and Banking and Finance Law, St. Louis (2016 – Present)
  • St. Louis Small Business Monthly, Best M&A Provider (2019 & 2021)
  • Washington University School of Law | Distinguished Alumni (2015)


  • Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Washington University School of Law | Honorary Order of the Coif (2013)

Significant Experience


  • Representation in numerous mergers, acquisitions and spinoffs by way of asset and equity transfers.
  • Oversaw litigation and developed strategy leading to clients’ control of the St. Louis-based manufacturer and distributor of the SmartMouth line of dental hygiene products. The firm now serves as Triumph’s general counsel.
  • General representation of Federally Qualified Health Center with respect to development of new and renovated health centers and a one-of-a kind dental clinic and training facility with 125 operatories in collaboration with A.T. Still University.
  • Resolved construction dispute and obtained approval to sell hotel in developer’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings
  • Resolved mechanic’s liens and procured bankruptcy court approval to foreclose on the historic St. Louis Merchandise Mart Building
  • Resolved mechanic’s liens filed by subcontractors and suppliers to brewery renovations stemming from general contractor’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing
  • Responsible for claims resolution and daily issues arising in one of the largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases ever filed in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • Represented trustee in sale of financially distressed extended care facilities to fund distribution of proceeds to bondholders
  • Negotiated build-to-suit leases for corporate office buildings in Toledo, Ohio and Torrance, California
  • Represents Joe Edwards and his companies with respect to various elements critical to development of “The Loop,” a mile-long stretch of Delmar Boulevard in University City and St. Louis, Missouri, which has been named one of the Ten Great Streets in North America by the American Planning Association. Illustrative matters include development of Moonrise Hotel in The Loop and resolution of claims related to the restoration of the historic Tivoli Theatre
  • Resolved millions of dollars in assorted mechanic’s liens filed against Coffeyville, Kansas oil refinery amid Farmland’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings
  • General representation of 100+-year-old nonprofit corporation, including real estate development projects designed to expand accessibility to health care, Head Start and jobs training and placement services
  • General representation of nonprofit corporation formed pursuant to Missouri’s County Sheltered Workshop Act
  • Representation with respect to the acquisition of Minneapolis-based Medicare Products, Inc., a distributor of Prism’s proprietary line of patient lift systems manufactured in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
  • General advice to distributor of motor vehicle fuel and operator of convenience stores.

Published Decisions

  • Tivoli Bldg., L.L.C. v. Metropolitan Design and Bldg. Co., Inc., 139 S.W.3d 592 (Mo. App. E.D. 2004)
  • In re Thermadyne Holdings Corp., Beck v. Victor Equipment Co., Inc., 277 B.R. 179 (S.D.N.Y. 2002)
  • Sachs Elec. Co. v. HS Const. Co., 86 S.W.3d 445 (Mo. App. E.D. 2002)
  • Moto, Inc. v. Board of Adjustment City of St. Louis, 88 S.W.3d 96 (Mo. App. E.D. 2002)
  • In re Interco, Inc., Gretchen’s of Minneapolis, Inc. v. Highland House, Inc., 186 F.3d 1032 (8thCir. 1999)
  • L. Waldo and Associates, Inc. v. PVO Foods, Inc., 852 S.W.2d 424 (Mo. App. E.D. 1993)
  • In re Melp, Ltd., 143 B.R. 890 (Bkrtcy. E.D.Mo. 1992)
  • Lemay Bank and Trust Co. v. Lawrence, 710 S.W.2d 318 (Mo. App. E.D. 1986)

Knowledge & Insights

Speaking Engagements

  • Debtor Creditor and Bankruptcy Issues and Construction Issues. University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business – The Center for Real Estate. (2004 – 2006) 
  • Construction Law–How to Obtain Payment. The Seminar Group. (2003)
  • Mechanic’s Liens and Construction Bonds Under Missouri Law. The Cambridge Institute. (1992–1998)


  • “Pro Bono Helps Launch an Innovative All-Girls School.” St. Louis Lawyer. (2015)
  • “Will Short Memories Encourage a Repeat of the Housing Bubble?” St. Louis Lawyer. (2013)
  • “Construction Project Payment Issues in the Context of Bankruptcy.” Journal of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. (2001)

Firm Programs

  • COVID-19 Response Legislation – Economic Relief for Small Businesses. Webinar. Louis, MO. (2020)
  • Tug of War: Dealing with Tax Liens and Other Claims Against Real Property. Capes Sokol Tax Controversy Symposium. St. Louis, MO. (2018)

Admissions & Qualifications

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Eastern District of Missouri

Educational Background

  • J.D., Washington University School of Law (1984)
  • B.A., Psychology, Yale University (1980)

Leadership & Community Engagement

Current Leadership Positions

  • Affinia Healthcare Foundation | Board Member
  • Loop Trolley Company | Board President
  • Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region | Finance Committee
  • St. Louis County Library Foundation | Board Member
  • The Robert Burns Club of St. Louis | Executive Committee 
  • The Round Table | Secretary
  • Washington University School of Law – William Greenleaf Eliot Society | Deputy
  • Washington University School of Law | Board of Advisors

Past Leadership Positions

  • Beyond Housing | Board of Trustees
  • Beyond Housing | Governmental Affairs Committee Chair 
  • Downtown Development Committee of St. Louis | Member (2004)
  • Forsyth School | Board President
  • Forsyth School | Co-Chair of Capital Campaign
  • John Burroughs School | Board of Trustees
  • John Burroughs School | Building and Grounds Committee Chair
  • Loop Media Hub | Chair
  • Loop Media Hub | Director
  • Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region | Board Member
  • Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region | President
  • Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region | Treasurer
  • The City Museum | Director
  • Washington University School of Law – Annual Giving Campaign | Chair (2008 – 2014)
  • Washington University School of Law – William Greenleaf Eliot Society | Chair (2008 – 2014)

Professional Organizations

  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • American Bar Association | Construction Section
  • American Bar Association | Business Law Section
  • Missouri Bar

Civic & Community

  • The Round Table
  • Loop Trolley Company
  • Affinia Healthcare Foundation
  • St. Louis County Library Foundation
  • Washington University School of Law – William Greenleaf Eliot Society
  • The Robert Burns Club of St. Louis
  • Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region
Meyer Selected as 2021 “Best M&A Provider” in St. Louis
Eighteen Capes Sokol Attorneys Recognized as 2022 Best Lawyers in America
Meyer Named Chair of WashULaw Board of Advisors Engagement & Advancement Committee