ST. LOUIS—The only St. Louis mayor to serve a fourth four-year term will re-enter the law
profession after he completes his mayoral duties in April.
Mayor Francis Slay will join the Spencer
Fane law firm’s new downtown St. Louis office.
Mayor Slay to be a terrific colleague, and we look forward to the tremendous
value his experience, perspective and counsel will provide to our clients,”
Frank Neuner, managing partner of Spencer Fane’s St. Louis office, told the St. Louis Record.
was an attorney with Guilfoil, Petzall and Shoemake for two decades, specializing
in commercial litigation and business law, before becoming mayor.
a career that spans 20 years of handling complex civil matters, followed by 16
years in the mayor’s office, Mayor Slay will be a valuable resource for our
clients in both the private and public sectors,” Neuner said.
Spencer Fane, Slay will focus on economic development, real estate
development, public finance, regulatory work, international commerce and
related business transactions.
who have been fortunate to call him a colleague and a friend know him to be a
terrific lawyer, a passionate advocate and man of high integrity,” Neuner said.
“We are privileged to have him joining our firm, where he will make a real
difference for our clients.”
The city of St. Louis website reports that prior to becoming mayor, Slay served
as a St. Louis alderman for 10 years and president of the St. Louis Board of
Aldermen from 1995 to 2001. He received his law degree from Saint Louis
University School of Law and holds a degree in political science from Quincy
“Once [Mayor Slay] joins us in his private capacity, as is the case with all lawyers
at our firm, he will respect the responsibilities and commitments that we have
to our clients,” Neuner said. “If there are any client matters that he was
previously involved in as mayor, we will comply with the special professional
rules that apply to former public officials.”
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently reported that Slay expects to
handle general business cases related to international commerce, public finance
and regulatory work. “The variety of legal issues that you deal with as mayor day-to-day
are endless,” Slay is quoted as saying. [When you compare] “personnel issues and
business finances and business disputes, the city has very similar issues.”
expects Slay to be an asset in growing Spencer Fane’s St. Louis office.
enjoyed a distinguished career in private law practice and public service,
Mayor Slay brings with him a unique depth of knowledge, relationships, judgment
and know-how critical to a client’s ability to achieve its strategic
objectives,” Neuner said.