Helmut Starr
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PROFESSIONAL OVERVIEW

LAW PRACTICE

Helmut’s practice is focused primarily on municipal, land use and zoning law, and commercial litigation, with a focus on financial, fiduciary, and probate litigation. He represents governmental entities, including serving as City Attorney for three cities in St. Louis County.  He has successfully litigated zoning and other public law issues in state courts in Missouri and Illinois. Helmut has served as lead counsel in several multi-million dollar litigation matters before courts and arbitration panels, as well as partnering with clients in large-scale redevelopment and zoning projects. His municipal experience includes:

  • City Attorney, City of Webster Groves, Missouri (1995-present)
  • City Attorney, City of Oakland, Missouri (1989-­present)
  • City Attorney, City of Lakeshire, Missouri (2005-present)
  • Litigation Counsel for the City of Clayton (1993­-1994)
  • Litigation Counsel for the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority (1992­-1994)
  • Assistant City Attorney, City of Creve Coeur, Missouri (1990­-1991)         
  • Prosecuting Attorney, City of Kirkwood, Missouri (1987­-1988) 

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Missouri (1985)
  • Illinois (1986)
  • U.S. Tax Court (1996)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit (1988)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri (1985)

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Bar Association, Litigation and Municipal Law Sections
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association
  • International Municipal Attorneys Association

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • AV Rated Martindale Hubbell (1995 - present)
  • Best Lawyers in America; Land Use & Zoning, Municipal Law, Real Estate Law (2008-2017)
  • Named Best Lawyers® St. Louis, Missouri, Land Use and Zoning, "Lawyer of the Year" (2015-2017)
  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers: Commercial Litigation, Financial and Fiduciary Litigation, Land Use & Zoning Law Litigation,­ Land Use and Zoning, Municipal Law, Real Estate Law (2007 - 2016)

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

  • Juris Doctorate, Washington University, 1985 (Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law, Associate Editor and Starr Member)

  • Bachelor of Journalism, University of Missouri, 1977

COMMUNITY/CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

Helmut is active in his community.

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