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Joan M. Swartz has twenty-two (22) years of experience in Business Law including Contracts and related transactions. Joan has represented corporations, public entities, partnerships and individuals; primarily on business related issues, throughout the region and has extensive trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts throughout the region.

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Primary Practice Areas

  • Business Law and Business Litigation
  • Contract Drafting and Contract Review
  • Employment Contracts and Non-Competition Agreements
  • Environmental Law
  • Business Ownership Disputes

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Missouri, 1987
  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1988
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 1988
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 1987
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 1997
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1989
  • United States Supreme Court, 1996

Education and Academic Honors

  • Saint Louis University School of Law, Class of 1987, J.D.
  • Saint Louis University, Class of 1984, A.B.

Representative Cases

  • Tsai v. Orkin
  • Buchman v. Terminix

Representative Clients

  • Advanced Integrated Technologies Group, Inc.
  • Weber Fire and Safety Equipment Company, Inc.
  • Optima HeartCare, Inc.

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
    • President, 2002-2003
    • President-Elect, 2001-2002
    • Vice President, 2000-2001
    • Treasurer, 1999-2000
    • Secretary, 1998-1999
    • Member Representative to Executive Committee, 1997-1998
    • Member, Board of Governors, 1995-2004
  • St. Louis Bar Foundation
    • President, 2003-2004
    • Past President, 2004-2005
  • Project Angeltree
    • Co-Chair, 1997-2002; Chair Emeritus 2002-present
  • BAMSL YLD Habitat for Humanity Project
    • Chair, 1996-1997
  • United States Mediation and Arbitration – Midwest
    • Trained Mediator,
    • Member of United States Arbitration and Mediation Midwest Panel, 2001 – present
  • Missouri IOLTA Board
    • St. Louis Representative, 2004 to present
  • American Bar Association
    • Editorial Board, General Practice
    • Member of House of Delegates
    • Missouri Young Lawyers' Section Representative, 1997-2000
    • Young Lawyers’ Division, Member of House of Delegates, 1993-1999
    • Elected to Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section District IX Representative, 1994-1998
  • Saint Louis University School of Law
    • Adjunct Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law, Civil Practice 1994-2000;

Community Service and Awards

  • Recipient, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, YLD Award of Merit 1998;
  • Recipient, Missouri Bar Young Lawyer’s Chair Award for Outstanding Service 1995;
  • Appointed, Trustee of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District by the late George “Buzz” Westfall, October 8, 2002-February 2005;
  • Former St. Louis City Board Member, American Cancer Society;
  • Former Guest Lecturer, American Red Cross;
  • Former Guest Lecturer, Multiple Sclerosis Society;
  • Former Chair, Career Day for Rosati Kain High School, 1995-1997;
  • Former Chair BAMSL Literacy Committee;

Articles/Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Author, First Statewide Domestic Violence Handbook published by Missouri Bar Young Lawyers' Division
  • “Tax Treatment of Environmental Clean-Up Costs”, Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review, Volume 4, No. 3, 1997
  • St. Louis Lawyer, President's Page 2002-2003 St. Louis Bar Journal, President's Page 2002-2003
  • National Business Institute Seminar, Advanced LLC Issues in Missouri, Author 'Case Law Pertaining to LLCs' and 'Ethical Issues Related to Representing LLCs', July 2005;
  • Speaker and Moderator UMKC 15 Hour Review of Law, 2003-present
  • Speaker United States Arbitration and Mediation Seminar, 'Representing Employees in Arbitration and Mediation', April 2005;
  • Speaker Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference, 'Current Issues in ADR', June 2002;
  • Frequent Guest Speaker, U.S. Naturalization Ceremony, performed by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2002 – present.

Born

  • St. Louis, Missouri, October 8, 1962