Searching for Local Counsel? Our lawyers are available to provide representation in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, St. Charles County, and Jefferson County.
Regardless of your needs, we can most likely assist you with any local representation needs by attending your hearing or other matter.
Our attorneys have experience in various areas of the law including, but not limited to, civil litigation, contracts, fraud, family law, construction law, probate, criminal, and a variety of other different areas of the law. If you need hearings covered in any of these areas or for any other matter, please contact us to discuss how we can assist by providing your local counsel needs.
Our attorneys have appeared in courts all over Missouri, and we always strive to project the highest level of professionalism and competency when handling matters as local counsel. After a quick briefing about the facts and procedural posture of your case, our attorneys will appear on your behalf and carry out whatever task necessary to effectuate the desired outcome.
Pro Hac Vice Representation
While our attorneys provide litigation support for lawyers who are not licensed in Missouri, we also provide Pro Hac Vice services for out-of-state counsel. Many attorneys who practice outside of Missouri may be unfamiliar with the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct. However, Rule 4-5.5 governs the Unauthorized Practice of Law.
In essence Rule 4-5.5 states that any lawyer who is not licensed to practice law in Missouri may hold themselves out as licensed in Missouri or establish an office or other systematic and continuous presence in this jurisdiction (Missouri) for the practice of law.
Rule 4-5.5 then lays out the Rules of Professional conduct relating to the practice of an attorney admitted Pro Hac Vice in Missouri, stating the following, in relevant part:
“A lawyer admitted and authorized to practice law in another United States jurisdiction and not disbarred or suspended from practice in any jurisdiction may provide legal services on a temporary basis in this jurisdiction that:
(1) are undertaken in association with a lawyer who is admitted to practice in this jurisdiction and who actively participates in the matter;
(2) are in or reasonably related to a pending or potential proceeding before a tribunal in this or another jurisdiction if the lawyer or a person the lawyer is assisting is authorized by law or order to appear in such proceeding or reasonably expects to be so authorized;
(3) are in or reasonably related to a pending or potential arbitration, mediation, or other alternative dispute resolution proceeding in this or another jurisdiction if the services arise out of or are reasonably related to the lawyer’s practice in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted and authorized to practice law and are not services for which the forum requires pro hac vice admission;
(4) are provided to the lawyer’s employer or its organizational affiliates and are not services for which the forum requires pro hac vice admission; or
(5) are not within Rule 4-5.5(c)(2), (c)(3), or (c)(4) and arise out of or are reasonably related to the lawyer’s practice in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted and authorized to practice law.”
See the full text of Missouri Rule of Professional Conduct 4-5.5 at http://www.courts.mo.gov/courts/ClerkHandbooksP2RulesOnly.nsf/c0c6ffa99df4993f86256ba50057dcb8/84187ab9f9f1995486256ca600521226?OpenDocument
The Missouri Supreme Court Rule governing admission pro hace vice is 9.03 and generally states the following:
Any attorney, who is not authorized to practice law in Missouri, may be permitted to appear and participate in a particular case in any court or administrative tribunal of this state under the following conditions:
- The visiting attorney must be a member of the bar of another state, territory of the United States, or in the District of Columbia and must be in good standing
- The visiting attorney cannot be under suspension or disbarment in any state or territory of the United States or in the District of Columbia
- The receipt for the fee paid as required by Rule 01 must be included with the initial pleading filed, and a statement:
(a) Identifying every court of which he or she is a member of the bar;
(b) Certifying that neither the attorney nor any member of his or her firm is under suspension or disbarment by any such court; and
(c) Designating some member of the Missouri Bar having an office within the state of Missouri as associate counsel.
Local counsel (designate associate) must:
(a) Enter an appearance as an attorney of record;
(b) Sign all pleadings, briefs and other documents that are filed or served; and
(c) Attend all hearings unless excused by the judge or arbiter.
The visiting attorney must also agree to comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct as set forth in Rule 4 and become subject to discipline by Missouri courts.
Missouri Pro Hac Vice Fee
The rule of Professional Conduct related to the fees owed for Pro Hac Vice admission is set out in Supreme Court Rule 6.01(j) and states the following in pertinent part:
Setting Bar Fee. The board of governors of The Missouri Bar is hereby authorized to fix the amount of the bar fee to be paid by each person licensed to practice law in this state. Such fee may be fixed at a different amount for each of the following categories of persons:…(3) Persons licensed but who neither reside, nor practice, nor are employed in this state; provided, however, that any person included in both categories (2) and (3) need pay only the lesser of the two amounts applicable.
The fee for 2016 is set forth in Missouri Supreme Court Rule 6.01(m) and states the following:
|Category||Low Income Legal Services Fee||Bar
|Advisory Committee Fee||Total Annual
|(3) Non- resident||$30.00||$194.00||$101.00||$325.00|
Familiarity with Local Venue and Courthouses
Our attorneys are familiar with the St. Louis Metropolitan area courts. We regularly attend hearings and know the judges and procedure for handling a variety of different cases in any of the following counties:
- St. Louis County (21st Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri)
- St. Louis City (22nd Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri)
- Charles County (11th Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri)
- Jefferson County (23rd Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri)
We will gladly discuss your case with you and work with you to determine the best strategy to attack your case in any of the above-listed St. Louis venues.
Coverage in St. Louis Municipal, State and Federal Cases
In addition to covering hearings in the state court, we also offer coverage of cases in municipalities or federal courts such as the Eastern District of Missouri Federal District Court and the Eastern District of Missouri Bankruptcy Court.
The municipalities we cover run the gamut, but some of the most popular municipal courts include: Affton, Arnold, Ballwin, Bella Villa, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Bellerive, Bel-Nor, Bel-Ridge, Berkeley, Black Jack, Breckenridge Hills, Brentwood, Bridgeton, Calverton Park, Castle Point, Champ, Charlack, Chesterfield, Clarkson Valley, Clayton, Concord, Cool Valley, Country Club Hills, Country Life Acres, Crestwood, Creve Coeur, Crystal City, Dellwood, Des Peres, Edmundson, Ellisville, Eureka, Fenton, Ferguson, Flordell Hills, Florissant, Frontenac, Glasgow Village, Glencoe, Glendale, Glen Echo Park, Grantwood Village, Greendale, Green Park, Grover, Hanley Hills, Hazelwood, Hillsdale, Huntleigh, Jennings, Kinloch, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lakeshire, Lemay, Mackenzie, Manchester, Maplewood, Marlborough, Maryland Heights, Mehlville, Moline Acres, Normandy, Northwoods, Norwood Court, Oakland, Oakville, Olivette, Overland, Pagedale, Pasadena Hills, Pasadena Park, Pine Lawn, Richmond Heights, Riverview, Rock Hill, Sappington, Shrewsbury, Spanish Lake, St. Ann, St. John, St. Louis County, Sunset Hills, Sycamore Hills,Town and Country, Twin Oaks, University City, Uplands Park, Valley Park, Velda City, Velda Village Hills, Vinita Park, Vinita Terrace, Warson Woods, Webster Groves, Wellston, Westwood, Wilbur Park, Wildwood, Winchester, and Woodson Terrace.
If you have a specific matter requiring local counsel coverage in any of the above municipalities or in the Federal District Courts in the St. Louis Metropolitan area, please contact us to discuss arrangements.
Our Policy When Serving as Local Counsel
We respect our business relationships, and our policy is to never solicit clients for other lawyers or law firms for whom we provide local counsel services.
We look forward to developing strong, ongoing relationships with you.
Once we receive an e-mail from you, our goal is to confirm or deny coverage of your case within an hour or two of receipt of the same.