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Traci Dale Pupillo


“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

Areas of Concentration

  • Litigation
  • Land Use
  • Employment

Experience at Work

Teresa “Traci” Dale Pupillo is an experienced trial lawyer representing clients in a wide variety of litigation matters, with a particular emphasis on real estate, land use and employment matters.

Traci represents clients across a broad spectrum of real estate disputes and issues, assisting them with zoning, permitting, land use, condemnation proceedings and hotly contested public and private development projects and property disputes. She represents a variety of individual property and business owners, developers, contractors, condemning authorities and non-profit organizations and has earned a reputation for her thorough trial preparation and her passion for, and in-depth knowledge of, the complexities of the real estate industry. Her tireless efforts while working with dozens of municipalities have led her to develop important working relationships with key engineers, developers, city attorneys and public and elected officials across the region.

In addition to her real estate litigation and land use practice, Traci provides advice and counseling to employers on various employment issues and represents employers in federal, state and administrative actions under federal and state employment statutes. She has also handled other types of employment-related claims, including wrongful discharge, discrimination, retaliation, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference and represents both employers and high-level executives in actions involving non-compete and non-solicitation covenants.

Awards & Designations

  • St. Louis Small Business MonthlyBest Attorney, 2021
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers List, Super Lawyer, 2016 – Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America®
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Labor and Employment, St. Louis, 2021
  • St. Louis Small Business Monthly, “Top 100 St. Louisans You Should Know,” 2015
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Up and Coming, 2007

Memberships & Associations

  • Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis, Board Member and Executive Committee Member
  • Urban Land Institute, Urban Plan Committee
  • St. Louis Forum, Member
  • American Planning Association, Missouri Chapter, Member

Licensed to Practice

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • J.D., Washington University School of Law (1994)
  • B.S., Economics, Missouri State University, summa cum laude, (1991)
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