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Overview

As a recognized and trusted deal-maker, Greg has played a critical role in some of the biggest property transactions in the Midwest.

Greg’s legal insights and multifaceted understanding of real estate markets were indispensable in these large-scale developments. He’s known for his work with major league stadium deals and is consistently recognized as one of the top lawyers in his field.

Greg primarily works with real estate developers on incentivized development, helping private developers negotiate assistance through public incentives, such as the use of capitalized sales or real estate taxes, tax credits, retention of earnings tax credits and capital investment credits. He has represented parties in some of the most significant redevelopment projects in the St. Louis region. He also counsels public and private clients in all facets of real estate transactions, including corporate relocations, public infrastructure projects and public-private partnerships.

He attributes much of his success working on such significant deals to having a great team. For Greg, the practice of law is exciting, with no two days exactly alike. He has been with the firm since 1981 and served as the CEO and Managing Partner for six years before becoming Chairman in 2018.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, 2007-2020; St. Louis Land Use and Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year,” 2017; St. Louis Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law “Lawyer of the Year,” 2011
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate Law, 2010-2020
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Real Estate, 2005-2018

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
      • Saint Louis University Law Journal
  • B.A., Washington University in St. Louis
    • Political Science

Admissions

  • Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri
  • The Missouri Bar
Featured Experience

Millions in Subsidies Secured to Redevelop Factory Site

When a real estate developer decided to redevelop 295 acres at the former Chrysler plant site in St. Louis County, Greg and his team represented the developer in the acquisition, development, construction contracts, leasing and sales of the $200 million multifaceted project. Negotiations resulted in $55 million in necessary subsidies from the county, city and state to create the road system, sewer system and electrical grid for the 2.1 million-square-foot business park.


Additional Experience

Arena & Stadium Development

  • Advised Kiel Center Partners on $130 million renovation of Enterprise Center, home of the St. Louis Blues.
  • Advised City of St. Louis in legal structuring and public financing of new $420 million ballpark for St. Louis Cardinals and $200 million Ballpark Village.
  • Represented multiple public entities in the relocation of the then Los Angeles Rams to St. Louis in 1995, including all facets of the structured public financing and lease negotiations with the Rams. Continued to represent the Rams’ Landlord, St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, for 19 years in all facets of the lease relationship.
  • Advised regional public entities on retention of NFL football in St. Louis and on construction and financing of new NFL stadium.

Development Incentives & Tax Credits

  • Represented Express Scripts Inc. in the planning, acquisition and development of 300,000-square-foot headquarters on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis – the first Fortune 100 company to locate on a university campus. Express Scripts has expanded to three more buildings.
  • Represented St. Louis County with financing and redevelopment of the 550-acre NorthPark industrial development adjacent to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Negotiations encompassed four cities, the State of Missouri and private developers, resulting in formation of a collaborative public and private redevelopment entity.
  • Represented Peabody Energy Corp. as it selected a new corporate headquarters in downtown St. Louis. Guided company with package of public financing vehicles, including a 10-year personal property tax exemption and a sales tax exemption on construction materials. Project involved 250,000 square feet of leased space and construction improvements of $20 million.
  • Advised developer in all facets of 356,000-square-foot regional power center anchored by national retailer and assisted by $50 million in tax increment financing.
News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | April 29, 2019
Chambers USA 2019 Ranks Husch Blackwell in 10 Areas of Law; 33 Attorneys Recognized

Attorneys in 10 offices across the firm's footprint are recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA

News Releases | November 14, 2018
Thomson Reuters' Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2018 Names 58 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell has 58 attorneys in the 2018 edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

Media Mentions | May 11, 2018
St. Louis Business Journal: Top 150+ 2018: No. 67 Husch Blackwell

Husch Blackwell is profiled as being among the top 150 privately owned companies in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

News Releases | May 03, 2018
Chambers USA 2018 Ranks Husch Blackwell in 10 Areas of Law; 37 Attorneys Recognized

Husch Blackwell is well represented in the 2018 Chambers USA directory.

News Releases | April 11, 2018
Husch Blackwell Adopts Mansfield Rule

Husch Blackwell’s adoption of the Mansfield Rule is “a natural extension of what we have been doing all along.”

News Releases | January 09, 2018
Husch Blackwell, Statehouse Strategies and Cloakroom Advisors Launch Government Affairs Joint Venture

Husch Blackwell and two other firms create Husch Blackwell Strategies to provide full suite of government affairs services.

News Releases | August 15, 2017
Husch Blackwell Elects Smith, Eberle to Executive Positions

Greg Smith and Paul Eberle have been elected to Chairman and Chief Executive, respectively, for three-year terms that begin February 1, 2018.

News Releases | August 15, 2017
Husch Blackwell Places 156 Lawyers in 2018 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 156 Husch Blackwell lawyers in its 2018 directory, breaking the firm’s old record of 151 set last year. The firm also has 10 attorneys listed as “Lawyers of the Year” and 15 lawyers who have made the list for the first time.

Outside the Office

Greg most enjoys activities in the great outdoors with his grown children.

Greg loves to travel, hike and ski. He has visited every continent except Australia over the past several years. Most recently, he rented a villa in Italy where he spent time with his children.

Closer to home, a favorite family vacation was a trip to the Grand Canyon, where they floated the river for five days, taking in the spectacular scenery, and then hiked out of the canyon. Greg also enjoys skiing in California, Utah and Colorado, especially Telluride in southwestern Colorado.

Community Leadership

Greg’s desire to lead extends to the local community, where he makes a bold impact.

Greg serves his community in leadership positions with regional business organizations. But where the citizens of St. Louis really see his impact is with the professional sports teams he has helped bring to the St. Louis area and the number of jobs he has helped to create by working on large-scale real estate developments. He feels blessed to have had such opportunities to make a positive difference in his hometown.

  • Regional Business Council, Board of Directors, 2002-present
  • St. Louis Regional Chamber, Board of Directors, 2010-present
Firm Leadership

As Chairman, Greg is proud to lead a vibrant, successful, forward-looking firm.

Greg believes that change is inevitable, so he chooses to embrace it. He is excited about the firm’s ability to advance client success by offering legal project management, client-friendly fixed pricing, unique portals and faster work product through artificial intelligence.

One of the greatest rewards in Greg’s career is seeing how the firm has grown, from 46 attorneys when he joined in 1981 to 700+ attorneys today in 18 markets across the country. He’s proud of the firm’s success and finds that the journey has been a good one.

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