Missouri Appellate, Business Law and Estate Planning Attorney
Preeminent-rated St. Louis Metro Area lawyer with more than 30 years of experience
Daniel R. Schramm, L.L.C. is my solo practice based in Chesterfield, Missouri. Since 1978, I have worked to develop an intimate knowledge of the law, high-quality oral and written communication skills, and the finely-tuned powers of persuasion that are requirements for the successful practice of appellate law in Missouri.
These skills are also vital to the practice of business law and estate planning. With a focus on comprehensive planning for both short- and long-terms, I assist business owners in structuring and starting up their enterprises. For businesses, individuals and families, I advise on estate plans, including wills and trusts, that protect assets for future generations.
Experienced in the art of appellate advocacy
I am passionate about the law and passionate about lending my experience to those in need, whether they are other attorneys, clients, or my law school and business school students. For more than twelve years, I have been an adjunct professor for the Moot Court Program at Saint Louis University School of Law, teaching law students the art of appellate advocacy. Five of my student appeals teams qualified to compete in the National Moot Court Competition final rounds in New York City. Two of those teams made it to the National Semi-Finals, and one team made it to the Quarter-Finals.
Experienced in the art of persuasion
I am deeply committed to the art of effective and persuasive communication, in either oral or written form. Licensed to practice before all Missouri appellate courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, I assist trial lawyers and individual clients with written briefs and oral arguments for Missouri appellate cases in both state and federal courts.
I am also licensed to practice appellate law before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
See Reported Cases for a list of some of my successful Missouri appellate decisions and see Sample Briefs for two examples of my legal writing a Respondent's Brief Opposing Certiorari filed in the U.S. Supreme Court and an Appellant's Brief filed in the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District.
Experienced in helping Missouri trial lawyers
I also help trial lawyers on a contract basis with legal research projects, motions to dismiss, summary judgment motions, motions in limine, Daubert motions and other pre-trial and post-trial issues.
121 Chesterfield Business Parkway
Chesterfield, MO 63005
St. Louis Law Firm with Extensive Experience in Appellate Law and Trial Briefing, Business Law and Estate Planning
Legal writer and orator in the practice of appellate law in Missouri
Effectively handling appeals and trial briefs is the cornerstone of my practice. I have filed appellate briefs in all state appellate courts in Missouri, including the Missouri Supreme Court. I have also filed appellate briefs in the U.S. Court of Appeals for both the Eighth and Ninth Circuits and in the U.S. Supreme Court. I am not just an appellate lawyer. Trial attorneys throughout Missouri and other jurisdictions have come to me to help them with:
-Motions to dismiss
-Summary judgment motions
-Motions in limine
-Briefs on other pre-trial and post-trial issues
-Formulation of formal arguments
Whether you want to hand off appellate work completely or stay involved at any level, I welcome your appeals challenges. Contact me to evaluate the merits of your appeal for a modest fee. If, after my assessment, you decide you want to proceed, I can prepare briefs and oral argument for a fixed fee. I can also provide consultation and editorial assistance at a reasonable hourly rate.
The economic benefits of hiring a small law firm to handle your appeals
In today's challenging economic environment, there is increasing pressure on return on investment. Because I am a solo practitioner without the burden of large firm overhead, I have the flexibility to charge reasonable rates that allow my clients to get the most value for their investment.
Skilled advisor on business formation and succession
As a professor of business law in Missouri and a long-time practitioner, I help small businesses select optimal structures and operations for their best possible long-term success. I assist with:
---Entity structure Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), partnerships, corporations
---Agreements Operating, shareholder
---Documentation and filings Articles preparation, corporate minutes
-Contracts Preparation, review, negotiation, dispute resolution
-Small business transactions
-Family business law
-Business succession planning
Fees may be fixed or hourly, depending on the nature of the work involved.
Comprehensive estate planning, tailored to your needs to protect your assets
A well-crafted estate plan begins with an initial consultation through which I can learn your specific needs and uncover any wealth-preservation issues. Following that, I can recommend a tailored estate plan. Your plan may include use of the following tools:
-Revocable trusts and other trusts
-Durable powers of attorney
-Quit claim deeds
I typically charge for these kinds of documents on a fixed fee basis. Most of my clients prefer this approach, since it removes uncertainty about cost.
I am a native of St. Louis. As an attorney, I have been engaged in private as well as public practice. I served as an attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1980 to 1981 and as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri from 1981 to 1985. I then joined Schramm & Pines, L.L.C. in 1985 and spent the next 15 years there. I worked for nearly two years with Edwards, Singer, Schramm, Watkins & Spoenman, L.L.P., and then opened my solo firm in 2001. I joined the firm of Timothy E. Hayes & Associates, LC in 2007, leaving in 2010 to re-launch my solo practice.
My peers have graciously endorsed my legal abilities and adherence to ethical standards with a peer review of "preeminent." My clients have responded similarly.
The most unique aspect of my practice is my commitment to preparing persuasive trial and appellate briefs. I have written JD Supra articles on the subjects of appellate brief writing and drafting a motion for summary judgment. I also have written articles on other legal topics.