University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1983
Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1978, magna cum laude, Alexander Heard Award, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa
Real estate, or as he likes to call it “dirt,” is in Brad’s blood. Growing up, his family owned and operated a brokerage, property management and construction company. Brad also served as president and general counsel of a large home building and land development company which employed more than 350 people and earned revenues in excess of $100 million. This experience provided Brad with an understanding of the business and regulatory issues his clients face in a first-hand, practical way; an opportunity most attorneys have not had.
Brad has more than 35 years of experience providing services in real estate development, zoning, subdivision, construction, leasing, and municipal law. He represents developers, homeowners associations, banks, contractors, subcontractors, and governmental entities including counties, cities, and special political subdivisions. His clients operate across numerous related industries like home building, lending, land development, commercial development, commercial leasing and public/private incentive financing.
Notably, Brad originated and drafted legislation providing development rights for qualifying TAD special districts and has represented clients in matters related to NID, CIDs and TIFs. He has also handled the legalities of multiple parcel land assemblage, transect zoning codes, annexation of property, site plans, and subdivision and regulatory approvals. He was one of the principal drafters of ASTME1528 relating to the establishment of transaction screens for environmental site assessment in real estate transactions.
Brad has assisted in numerous amendments to Missouri Statutes, represented stakeholders, drafted legislation, and presented testimony to House and Senate Committees. He is licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois, and Minnesota.
As chair of the firm’s real estate practice, Brad is tasked with ensuring the continual development of the firm’s attorneys and oversees the services the team provides across the Midwest. As managing partner of the firm’s St. Louis office, Brad advises and mentors our St. Louis attorneys and leads its strategic growth.
Outside the office, Brad maintains a commitment to his community and to the housing industry through his participation in charity runs and other volunteer opportunities.
- Selected to Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers list: 2015, 2016
Memberships & Involvement
- Member: Community Associations Institute (CAI); Association of General Contractors (AGC); Missouri Bar Association; Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; Illinois State Bar Association; American Bar Association
- Home Builders Association of Greater St. Louis and Eastern Missouri: St. Charles Board, Legislative Policy Committee, Environmental Law Committee Chair, and Political Action Committee
- Elder and Board of Trustees: Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
- Former Webster Groves City Councilman 1998-2002
- Providing all of the legal work for the development of a mixed use New Urbanist community built on a land assemblage of over 700 acres
- Creation of the Theater Cultural Arts and Entertainment District, a unique special use taxing district in Missouri, and obtaining passage of the enabling legislation for this district, which actually provides subsidies for art and cultural events as opposed to just infrastructure
- Principal author of the environmental standard found in ASTM E-1527, Transaction Screen and participant in the creation of ASTM E-1528, Phase One Environmental Site Assessment standard, both of which are now used nationwide for the performance of all appropriate inquiry under CERCLA/SARA to avoid strict liability under these laws
- Legal counsel for a master planned golf course community consisting of seven different villages, wetland habitat, community amenities and a golf course on approximately 600 acres of ground in St. Charles County
- Counsel for the development of a Tom Fazio designed golf course developed on a land leased through a 99 year ground lease from the University of Missouri, which was at the time of opening was ranked as one of the best new golf courses in the country
- Counsel for a mixed use development in St. Charles, Missouri, based on New Urbanist principles. As counsel, I handled the land assemblage issues and obtained approval of a $55 million TIF to finance the project
- Counsel for the development of a master planned 36 hole golf course community, containing a variety of housing options and other amenities
News & Press Releases
- November 16, 2018
- SmithAmundsen Organizes “Planting and Gardening” Day in St. Louis for Epworth Children and Family ServicesOctober 13, 2017
- SmithAmundsen, November 3, 2016
- Builder News, April 2016
- Business and Transactions Legal Update, August 11, 2015
- Builder News, June 2015
- Shades of Green with Legal Implication - Green Building StandardsBuilder News, February 2015
Presentations & Events
- Restrictive Covenants and ConditionsSmithAmundsen CLE Webinar, August 11, 2015