With more than 50 years of service, we are proud of our heritage and continuing commitment to the St. Louis area. We have been instrumental in the development of the region. Examples include working on the issuance of the bonds that funded the trams for the Gateway Arch and handling the consolidation of bus lines into what is now known as Metro Transit. In addition, our lawyers have served by appointment on governmental boards, by selection on private corporate and charitable boards, and by both election and appointment to various public offices.
Our professional experience includes representing banks, insurance companies, health care professionals, non-profit corporations, manufacturers, retail and wholesale clothing and shoe firms, professional sports franchises, and professional athletes. The lawyers at The Law Office of Gerhard J. Petzall, L.L.C. have played a substantial role in the prosperity, quality of life, and success of the St. Louis area. We continue that tradition by offering not only decades of experience but important connections around St. Louis and the entire country that we can leverage to help our clients prosper.
Please contact us Toll Free at 314-896-4419 or via e-mail or fax.
The Law Office of Gerhard J. Petzall, L.L.C.’s clients include businesses and individuals facing complex litigation, needing representation to handle commercial transactions, or suffering from personal injuries The commercial law attorneys of the Law Office of Gerhard J. Petzall, L.L.C., have years of experience in these areas.
Lawyers Serving St. Louis, the State and Nationwide
The Law Office of Gerhard J. Petzall, L.L.C. is recognized across the state and the country for providing the legal expertise to:
Protect our clients’ rights in litigation of all kinds: business and commercial litigation; insurance litigation; taxation, real estate or probate litigation
Negotiate, review, and draft our clients’ contracts
Advance our clients’ goals with detailed estate planning and estate or trust administration
Work for the full financial compensation our clients deserve in personal injury cases
Advocate for our clients when they face white collar criminal charges such as extortion, embezzlement, money laundering and business fraud in state or federal court
Safeguard our clients’ interests in employment law cases such as discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and Family Medical Leave Act issues.
Mr. Petzall’s primary practice consists primarily of commercial law including acquisitions, dispositions, contracts and general corporate counseling. Mr. Petzall’s other areas of specialty include insurance regulatory law and banking law. Mr. Petzall is also experienced in real estate, including real estate acquisitions and dispositions.
Mr. Petzall’s experience includes extensive work for the St. Louis Cardinals football team. This included preparing all the documents for a game between the Cardinals and San Diego Chargers in Tokyo, Japan, which was the first time in NFL history that a game was played outside of the continental United States. In addition, Mr. Petzall was primarily responsible for the work related to the Cardinals move from St. Louis to Arizona, including preparing the first ever Application for Relocation under the Rozelle Rule, the negotiations and documentation for the License Agreement with Arizona State University for the use of Sun Devil Stadium, the negotiations and documentation with the City of Tempe for the construction of the team’s offices and training facilities, and numerous other collateral documents and agreements. Mr. Petzall has represented various major league baseball players in their contract negotiations, including Hall of Famer Lou Brock, All-Star first baseman Keith Hernandez, and Al Hrabosky. Mr. Petzall prepared all the documentation for the acquisition by the Bi-State Development Agency of all mass transit facilities within the St. Louis metropolitan area, prepared the documents for the acquisition of Parks Airport, and handled the negotiations concerning the construction of the elevators in the Gateway Arch.
Areas of Practice
80% Business (corporate)
5% Insurance and insurance regulatory law
5% Real Estate
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1958
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1966
U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence1958
Honors: Order of the Coif
Law Review: WU Quarterly, Associate Editor,- 1958
Washington University, St Louis, Missouri
B.A., Bachelor of Arts1953
Selected Aspects of the Missouri Law on Defamation a Plan for Judicial Review, WU Quarterly, Vol. 4, 1957
1st Community Bank, Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Co.
Teacher – Business Law, Charter Property Casualty, 1964 – 1966
Honors and Awards
8th Annual St. Louis Business Journal Economic Education Award – presented by the Center for Entrepreneurship & Economic Education – University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2006 – Present
Professional Associations and Memberships
The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Member
The Missouri Bar, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Past Employment Positions
Shifrin, Treiman, Agatstein & Shermer, Associate, 1958 – 1961
Caruthers & Montrey, Partner, 1962 – 1963
Pro Bono Activities
Missouri Council on Economic Education, 1999 – Present
St. Louis Council on Economic Education (Chairman), 1999 – Present
Consumer Credit Counseling Service St. Louis, 1999 – Present
Phi Delta Phi