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Matthew J. Madsen’s practice includes the representation of affluent private clients in the structure and implementation of complex estate and wealth transfer planning strategies, estate and trust administration and litigation, and audits of gift and estate tax returns. Mr. Madsen advises private clients on their charitable giving strategies, ranging from charitable pledge agreements, donor-advised funds, supporting organizations to private foundations. Mr. Madsen similarly advises tax-exempt organizations on charitable matters, most often relating to their formation and operation and related tax and compliance issues, including strategies for receiving and using a variety of assets for charitable purposes. Several of Mr. Madsen’s articles on estate and charitable planning have been published and he is a frequent speaker on these issues. Mr. Madsen is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2008-2021, and was named to the “40 Under 40” Class of 2008 by the St. Louis Business Journal. Mr. Madsen is also active in the charitable community.

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  • 2021 South Lindbergh Boulevard | Suite 100
    St. Louis, MO 63131


  • Stanford University, J.D., graduated 1998
  • The University of Iowa, B.B.A., Finance, graduated 1991


  • American Bar Association - Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) - Fellow
  • American Red Cross, St. Louis Area Chapter - Planned Giving Advisory Council (2004 to 2008)
  • Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital - Gift Planning Council St. Louis Social Venture Partners (2003)
  • City Academy - Development Committee (2000-2002)
  • Saint Louis Community Foundation - Outside General Counsel
  • St. Louis Estate Planning Council of Saint Louis - Member
  • The Children’s Charity of St. Louis - Planned Giving Council (2008 to 2011)

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates

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

  • Trusts and Estates, St. Louis (2020)
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates, St. Louis (2014)

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

  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Special Focus:

  • Estate Planning
  • Gift Planning
  • Nonprofit Organizations and Charitable Giving
  • Planning for Closely Held Businesses
  • Probate
  • Succession Planning


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