Paster, West & Kraner, P.C.

Paster, West & Kraner, P.C.

The law firm of PASTER, WEST & KRANER, p.c. was established in 1980 to concentrate in the area of real estate law.

Firm Overview


PASTER, WEST & KRANER, p.c. was formed by attorneys who felt there was an attractive alternative to a large firm practice for both attorneys and clients. Our firm was formed on the premise that a small group of qualified attorneys could provide superior legal services in the field of real estate law to sophisticated clients. The members of our firm believe that this premise has proven to be true.

Our firm prides itself on consistently providing timely and first-quality legal service to its clients, without the "big-firm shuffle." We have created an informal yet professional environment in which attorneys work together in close cooperation with our clients to resolve legal problems in a manner that is responsive to our client's needs. Our attorneys take pride in the emphasis that our firm places on the attorney's role as a counselor and advisor. It is typical for our firm to provide strategic advice and structural analysis to our clients. Our firm's involvement in a project generally begins in the formative stages and continues through to its conclusion. Although our firm's work is largely transactional in nature, most of our clients have longstanding relationships with our firm.


Our lawyers expand their skills by participating in continuing legal education seminars and programs sponsored by law schools, bar associations and private organizations, as well as by focusing significant work time in their area of specialization. Our ability to serve our clients' needs is strengthened by commitment to a continuous learning process.

The attorneys of PASTER, WEST & KRANER, p.c. have served in leadership positions in various civic, charitable and educational organizations.

Main Office

Main Office
138 N. Meramec Avenue
Clayton MO 63105



Real Estate

The law firm of PASTER, WEST & KRANER, p.c. was established in 1980 to concentrate in the area of real estate law.


Our firm's legal practice encompasses virtually all facets of the commercial and industrial real estate industry, including acquisitions, dispositions and exchanges; construction, management, and brokerage activities; development; financing; loan restructuring; and condominiums. Our clients include a broad range of institutional and individual investors, users, developers, brokers, lenders, and contractors. The transactions that our firm handles are generally large in size and complex in nature. Our firm prides itself on providing superior legal work to our clients in a cost-effective manner. We are also proud of our reputation as a firm where service to our clients is paramount and where all of our attorneys are skilled and experienced in facilitating and closing transactions.


Our firm's practice encompasses a broad spectrum of services in the real estate area, including the acquisition, management and disposition of real estate; the development of retail, multi-family, medical, office and office/warehouse properties; the drafting and negotiation of leases; the negotiation, documentation and closing of construction, interim and permanent loans; the implementation of "like-kind" exchanges; and condominium work.

We deliberately do not provide legal services in the fields of litigation, general commercial law and many other specialty fields traditionally practiced by a large law firm. When clients of PASTER, WEST & KRANER, p.c. require legal services that our firm does not provide, we play an active role in suggesting and, in some cases, working with those attorneys in other firms who are best qualified to provide the services our clients require, at a price and on terms that are consistent with our clients' needs.

Robert T. West

Paster, West & Kraner, P.C.

Robert T. West has been a member of the Missouri Bar since 1976. Mr. West attended the University of Illinois and the University of Missouri St. Louis where he majored in accounting and received his bachelor's degree cum laude in 1972. He passed the Missouri Certified Public Accountant's Exam in 1973. He graduated cum laude from St. Louis University Law School in 1976. Mr. West devotes a substantial portion of his practice to counseling real estate lenders, and developers and owners of industrial and multi-family real estate.

Lisa Greenman Kraner

Paster, West & Kraner, P.C.

Lisa Greenman Kraner has been a member of the Missouri Bar since 1977. Mrs. Kraner is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University, where she was awarded membership in Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1977. She represents individuals and institutions in connection with their commercial real estate investments and developments. She also represents many companies in their leasing activities (both as landlord and tenant). Mrs. Kraner also provides representation to a variety of financial institutions relative to their real estate loans. Mrs. Kraner is listed in The Best Lawyers In America,, in the area of Real Estate Law. She was also voted as a Missouri & Kansas "Super Lawyer" in the area of Real Estate Law.

Bryan C. West

Paster, West & Kraner, P.C.

Bryan C. West has been a member of the Missouri Bar since 1984. Mr. West is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, where he double-majored in Management and Accounting and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in May 1981. Mr. West graduated with honors in 1984 from St. Louis University School of Law. Mr. West devotes a substantial portion of his time to counseling individuals and institutional developers in commercial real estate transactions and like-kind exchanges.

Mr. West is named in Woodward/White's The Best Lawyers In America 2007,, as a real estate attorney.

Diane M. Mispagel

Paster, West & Kraner, P.C.

Diane M. Mispagel has been a member of both the Missouri Bar and the Illinois Bar since 1998. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis summa cum laude and St. Louis University School of Law magna cum laude. Prior to joining Paster, West & Kraner, p.c. in April 2006, Mrs. Mispagel worked for The May Department Stores Company where she obtained a broad range of experience as its real estate counsel with a primary focus on commercial real estate development, sales, acquisitions, operation and management.

Phillip J. (Jim) Paster

Paster, West & Kraner, P.C.

Phillip J. (Jim) Paster graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, and Harvard Law School. In over thirty-five years in the real estate practice, Mr. Paster handled almost every type of investment, acquisitions by institutions, individuals and syndications, conventional and participating real estate lending (representing both borrowers and lenders) and assisting financial institutions in work outs of troubled loans and REO properties. Mr. Paster is also an active real estate investor.