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“A results-oriented lawyer who is always good to work with…effective before planning and zoning boards, securing permits and tax incentives for his developer client base.”

Chambers USA

Overview

Gary’s long-term regional relationships add value for developers, investors and national business entities.

Gary brings decades of experience to clients’ legal needs in acquisition, leasing, zoning, land use, planning, condemnation issues and related litigation. Relationships forged over many years with scores of city attorneys, engineers and local government board members in dozens of municipalities across the region are a testament to Gary’s ability to collaborate and streamline project approvals on behalf of clients.

Representing numerous large companies and their franchisees, he secures conditional-use permits and rezoning from county or municipal governments. In addition, Gary advises regional banks and developers in all aspects of retail, housing and office developments, including site acquisition, leasing, land-use permits, tax-increment financing and other incentives.

He has written extensively on such topics as redevelopment, tax abatement, tax increment financing and development incentives. Gary also is an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law, where he teaches Commercial Real Estate Practice, Negotiations and Drafting.

“A results-oriented lawyer who is always good to work with…effective before planning and zoning boards, securing permits and tax incentives for his developer client base.”

Chambers USA


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Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation-Land Use & Zoning, Litigation-Real Estate, Real Estate Law, 2007-2019; St. Louis Lawyer of the Year, Litigation-Land Use and Zoning, 2014, 2016, 2018; St. Louis Lawyer of the Year Litigation-Real Estate, 2015; St. Louis Lawyer of the Year, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2017
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate Law, 2007-2016
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Real Estate, 2005-2015; Top 50 St. Louis, 2005

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
    • Urban Law Annual, Editor-in-Chief
  • LL.M., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
    • Taxation
  • A.B., Washington University in St. Louis
    • English

Admissions

  • Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Economic Development Financing Association
Experience
  • Attorney for major service organization MERS Goodwill Industries, with numerous retail stores and warehouses in Missouri and Illinois regarding real estate purchases, leases, and related title, survey and environmental due diligence.
  • Obtaining municipal rezoning of 180 acre agricultural tract into planned development project with major new retail and residential components.
  • Co-counsel in land use litigation, successfully reversing major municipality's decision to deny zoning for educational institution's intended use of vacant campus property.
Outside the Office

Gary enjoys traveling to far-flung destinations with his wife, Robin, executive director of the Central Institute for the Deaf.

They recently visited Chile, which included a journey through Patagonia. He also plays tennis two or three times a week and finds time to spend with his five grandchildren, all of whom live in St. Louis.

Community Leadership
  • Clayton Architectural Review Board/Plan Commission, 2003-2005
  • Clayton Board of Zoning Adjustment, Chair, 2002
  • Clayton Century Foundation, President, 2011-2013; Board of Directors, 2009-present
  • Clayton Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2002-2008; President, 2007; Legislative Chair, 2011-present
  • Clayton School District, Board of Education, Vice President and Treasurer, 1984-1990
  • FOCUS St. Louis
  • Leadership St. Louis, 1992-1993
  • Saint Louis Art Fair, Board of Directors, 2009-2016; Chair, 2017-2018
  • Washington University School of Law-Eliot Society, Law Eliot Committee Deputy, 2012-2016; Chair, 2017-present