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John S. Meyer, Jr.


“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

A shareholder at Capes Sokol, 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. In addition, he serves on the boards of Affinia Healthcare Foundation, St. Louis County Library Foundation, and Loop Trolley Company.  He was chair of the Washington University School of Law Annual Giving Campaign and ​William Greenleaf Eliot Society from 2008-2014, is a member of the Board of Advisors, and was recently recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus. He serves as a Deputy to the ​William Greenleaf Eliot Society Committee. John is a past director and chair of The Loop Media Hub.

He was a member of the Boards of Trustees of Beyond Housing (Governmental Affairs Committee Chair), John Burroughs School (Building and Grounds Committee Chair), and he is a past president and current member of the Executive Committee of The Robert Burns Club of St. Louis.

John served 18 years as a Board Member of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, was a past President and Treasurer, and is currently a member of the Finance Committee. He served as President of the Board of Forsyth School and co-chaired a successful capital campaign there. He is a past Director of The City Museum and a former member of the Downtown Development Committee of St. Louis 2004.

Memberships & Associations

  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • American Bar Association, Construction and Business Law Sections
  • Missouri Bar
  • The Round Table
    • Secretary, Present

Awards & Designations

  • The Best Lawyers in America®
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year: Corporate Law, St. Louis, 2018
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, St. Louis, 2016 – Present
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, St. Louis, 2018 – Present
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law, St. Louis, 2019 – Present
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • St. Louis Small Business Monthly, “Best M&A Provider”, 2019


  • “Pro Bono Helps Launch an Innovative All-Girls School” St. Louis Lawyer, November 2015
  • “Will Short Memories Encourage a Repeat of the Housing Bubble?”, Winter 2013
  • “Construction Project Payment Issues in the Context of Bankruptcy,” Journal of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL), Fall 2001
  • “Mechanic’s Liens and Construction Bonds Under Missouri Law” numerous presentations, The Cambridge Institute, 1992-1998
  • “Construction Law-How to Obtain Payment” presented for the Seminar Group, May 2003
  • “Debtor Creditor and Bankruptcy Issues and Construction Issues, ” The Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, January 2004, 2005, 2006 (Spring and Fall)

Significant 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)


  • “Mechanic’s Liens and Construction Bonds Under Missouri Law” numerous presentations, The Cambridge Institute, 1992–1998
  • “Construction Law–How to Obtain Payment” presented for the Seminar Group, May 2003
  • “Debtor Creditor and Bankruptcy Issues and Construction Issues,” The Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, January 2004, 2005, 2006 (Spring and Fall)

Significant Representations

  • Triumph Pharmaceuticals. 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.
  • Affinia Healthcare, f/k/a Grace Hill Health Centers, Inc. 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.
  • St. Louis Embassy Suites Hotel. Resolved construction dispute and obtained approval to sell hotel in developer’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings
  • St. Louis Merchandise Mart. Resolved mechanic’s liens and procured bankruptcy court approval to foreclose on the historic St. Louis Merchandise Mart Building
  • Anheuser-Busch Companies. Resolved mechanic’s liens filed by subcontractors and suppliers to brewery renovations stemming from general contractor’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing
  • Interco Incorporated. 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
  • Heritage Healthcare. Represented trustee in sale of financially distressed extended care facilities to fund distribution of proceeds to bondholders
  • Maritz, Inc. Negotiated build-to-suit leases for corporate office buildings in Toledo, Ohio and Torrance, California
  • Joe Edwards. 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
  • Farmland Industries. Resolved millions of dollars in assorted mechanic’s liens filed against Coffeyville, Kansas oil refinery amid Farmland’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings
  • Grace Hill. 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
  • St. Louis Office for Developmental Disability Resources. General representation of nonprofit corporation formed pursuant to Missouri’s County Sheltered Workshop Act
  • Prism Medical. 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.
  • Representation in numerous mergers, acquisitions and spinoffs by way of asset and equity transfers.
  • Wallis Oil Companies. General advice to distributor of motor vehicle fuel and operator of convenience stores.

Licensed to Practice

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri


  • J.D., Washington University School of Law (1984)
    • Order of the Coif Honorary (May 2013)
    • Distinguished Alumni (April 2015)
  • B.A., Psychology, Yale University (1980)
Eighteen Capes Sokol Attorneys Recognized as 2022 Best Lawyers in America
Meyer Named Chair of WashULaw Board of Advisors Engagement & Advancement Committee
Twenty Capes Sokol Attorneys Recognized as 2021 Best Lawyers in America ©