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Education: Washington University (A.B., 1961); Washington University Law School (J.D., 1964), admitted to Missouri bar, 1964.

Background: Active in the practice of law in Missouri since 1964. Former prosecuting attorney for the City of Sunset Hills, Missouri. Senior member of the firm of Ottsen, Leggat & Belz, LC. According to the leading law directory, Martindale-Hubbell, received the highest peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards for 31 years and recognized for high professional legal standards and ethics in Martindale’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Served as member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Missouri Supreme Court for St. Louis County for 10 years. National Business Institute Faculty Speaker at Continuing Legal Education Seminars on business and franchise law.

Memberships: The Bar Association of Metropolitan St.Louis; The Missouri Bar (Member, Business and Corporate Law Section); United States District Court-Eastern District of Missouri; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; American Arbitration Association Panel of Neutral Arbitrators; and St. Thomas More Society.

Practice Areas: Arbitration, Business and Corporate Law; Family Business Succession Planning; Mergers and Acquisitions; Business Litigation; Employer/Employee Law; Estate Planning; Franchise Law; Missouri Sales and Use Tax litigation; Private Charitable Foundations and Real Estate transactions.

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