Alan Ratchford takes pride in being a trusted advisor to his business, non-profit and individual clients. Alan’s eleven years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant prior to joining the legal profession provide him with a keen understanding of all aspects of his clients’ business transactions and issues, whether from a business, operational or tax perspective.  Alan primarily represents closely-held and family-owned businesses and their owners, as well as non-profit organizations. He regularly acts as general counsel for his clients and advises them on all areas of general corporate, and business law, including entity selection, business structuring and planning, corporate governance and ongoing operational and contractual matters.  With regard to mergers and acquisitions, Alan represents clients in all aspects of stock and membership interest purchases and sales, asset acquisitions and sales, mergers, recapitalizations, spin-offs and reorganizations. Alan has significant experience representing his clients in connection with commercial and residential real estate transactions, including the acquisition and sale of real property, leasing transactions, real estate financing, and real estate development. Alan’s taxation practice includes individual, corporate and business tax planning and consulting, representing not for profit organizations in obtaining and retaining tax exempt status, and representing businesses and individuals before the Internal Revenue Service. Alan’s clients know that when they contact him, they will receive prompt, thoughtful and thorough legal advice and services.

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  • St. Louis University School of Law (J.D., 2004, Order of the Woolsack)
  • Certified Public Accountant, Missouri 1996
  • Indiana University (B.S. 1988)

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 2004
  • Illinois, 2005

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • The Missouri Bar
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Community & Civic Involvement

  • Voluntary Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, Volunteer
  • Solid Lines Productions (a local theater company), Board Member and Officer