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Overview

Gary brings decades of experience to his clients’ legal needs in acquisition, zoning and condemnation issues and related litigation.

Among his recent accomplishments are these: 

  • Representing numerous national companies, including McDonald’s, Hertz, Burger King and Shell Oil and their franchisees, to secure rezoning from county or municipal governments and the granting of conditional-use permits. 
  • Advising regional banks and commercial/residential developers – such as Pace Properties – in all aspects of retail, housing and office developments, including site acquisition, leasing, land-use permits, tax increment financing and other incentives.

Gary is a frequent speaker on a variety of real estate development issues, such as the use of tax increment financing, transportation development districts and urban redevelopment corporations.

Distinguishing himself in zoning work and public/private partnerships, Gary was cited by Chambers USA as “a results-oriented lawyer who is always good to work with” and “effective before planning and zoning boards, securing permits and tax incentives for his developer client base.” Gary has written extensively on redevelopment, tax abatement, tax increment financing and related development incentives. He is an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law where he teaches Commercial Real Estate Practice, Negotiations and Drafting and Advanced Legal Writing.


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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
  • Leadership St. Louis, 1992-1993
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Real Estate, 2005-2015; Top 50 St. Louis, 2005

Education

  • J.D., Washington University School of Law
      • Urban Law Annual, Editor-in-Chief
  • LL.M., Washington University 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.
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
  • Washington University School of Law-Eliot Society, Law Eliot Committee Deputy, 2012-2016; Chair, 2017