John M. Challis

John M. Challis


Kirkland Woods & Martinsen LLP

Recognized since 2012

St. Louis, Missouri

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Trusts and Estates

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates
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John protects individual and business clients, diligently working toward the best possible outcome in all of their contested matters. Focused in the area of trust and fiduciary litigation, John is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”). John is also the Chair of the Missouri Bar Committee on Fiduciary Litigation and was recently named as the Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers for Trust and Estates Litigation. John serves clients by providing counseling, advice, and litigation support on matters relating to fiduciary relationships, will and trust contests, and all other disputes arising from asset transfer.

John has significant trial and appellate experience in both Missouri and Illinois courts. Although John is fully prepared to proceed through trial, he understands the value of alternative dispute resolution and is fully versed in utilizing mediation and arbitration to obtain favorable results for clients. Outside of the courtroom, John is a frequent author and speaker on issues relating to fiduciary relationships. John and his wife Bridget reside in St. Louis County.

Contact & Links

Location

  • 231 South Bemiston Avenue, Suite 750
    St. Louis, MO 63105

Education

  • Saint Louis University, JD, graduated 2004
  • Truman State University, BS, graduated 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, The Missouri Bar
  • Illinois, Illinois State Bar Association

Affiliations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel - Fellow
  • Pedal the Cause - Yellow Jersey Rider and Fundraiser
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Corporate Achiever - 2009
  • YMCA - Board Member 2009-2012
  • YMCA - Board Treasurer - 2011-2012

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates, St. Louis (2020)
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates, St. Louis (2018)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Trusts and Estates

Additional Areas of Practice:

  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Trademark Law

Publications

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