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L. Ross Gaddis


“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Attributed to Abraham Lincoln

Areas of Concentration

  • Secured Transactions
  • Tax Planning
  • Wealth Management

Experience at Work

As an attorney-CPA, Ross brings his multidisciplinary experience to the firm’s Business & Real Estate, Tax Controversy, and Trusts & Estates Practice Groups. He joined the firm as a Summer Associate in 2019 and continued to work with the firm as a Law Clerk during his last year of law school.

Ross focuses his practice on providing holistic wealth management support to individuals and businesses. He has experience in corporate governance, entity formation, estate planning, real estate contracts, secured transactions, and taxation. Ross relies on his extensive training and experience in taxation and accounting to advise clients across many industries on relevant federal and state tax matters.

During law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Barry S. Schermer of the Eastern District of Missouri Bankruptcy Court. Ross also served as a legal intern with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri in the Community Economic Development Unit and Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative.

Prior to law school, Ross worked in financial accounting and reporting for seven years at Caterpillar, Inc., a Fortune 100 company. Ross collaborated across numerous organizational layers to ensure financial reporting integrity and regulatory compliance.

In the Community

Ross volunteers at the pro bono legal clinic organized by Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and hosted by Grace Hill Settlement House. This bimonthly clinic, part of LSEM’s Community Economic Development Program, provides low income entrepreneurs and non-profits with legal assistance for their organizations.

Knowledge & Insights

Firm Programs

Admissions & Qualifications

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois

Additional Credentials

  • Certified Public Accountant – Missouri

Educational Background

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis (2020)
  • B.S., Accounting, Eastern Illinois University, summa cum laude (2010)
  • B.S., Business Management, Eastern Illinois University, summa cum laude (2010)

Leadership & Community Engagement

Professional Organizations

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
The 11th Hour: Tax Planning for the Final Days of 2020
Capes Sokol Welcomes Gaddis to the Firm
Capes Sokol Welcomes 2019 Summer Associates