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Overview

Matt concentrates his practice in estate and gift tax planning and assists clients in the formation, compliance and administration of tax-exempt organizations.

His strategic advice guides the following: estate and succession planning for family businesses; probate and trust administration; charitable planning; and income taxation of trusts and estates.

Matt has significant experience advising public entities, including the Saint Louis Art Museum and several public school districts, regarding supporting foundations and related charitable activities. He also regularly represents and provides advice to charitable organizations on planned charitable giving activities.

Matt serves on the firm’s Diversity Council.


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Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers In America, Trusts and Estates, 2003-2019; St. Louis Trusts and Estates Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2016, 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Estate Planning & Probate, 2005-2018
  • The Missouri Bar, Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to MoBarCLE, August 2015
  • Professional Advisor Recognition Award, Saint Louis Planned Giving Council (SLPGC), 2016

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • cum laude
  • B.S., University of Missouri-Columbia
    • summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Nonprofit Committee
  • Estate Planning Council of St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
Community Leadership
  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Planned Giving Advisory Council
  • Downtown Children’s Center, president, 1994-1996
  • International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis, Board of Directors, 1992-1998; vice chair, 1997-1998
  • St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, secretary, 2010-present
  • Saint Louis Art Museum, Endowment Council
  • Saint Louis Art Museum Planned Giving Council
  • Special Education Foundation, Board of Directors, president and chairman, 2011-present