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Michael Adrian

Partner, Lathrop & Gage, St. Louis

Adrian, MichaelPractice Areas:
Corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, gaming compliance, securities law

Law School:
Saint Louis University


Michael Adrian likes to quote Dick Wehner, the longtime athletic director at St. Louis University High School who said, “You have to keep the main thing, the main thing.”

“With respect to my career, clients are easily identified as the ‘main thing’ and developing a client-centric approach has made my career very fulfilling,” said Adrian.

In many ways, Adrian’s own career path was inspired by his parents’ experiences as owners of a school supply store. Seeing their struggles as small business owners made him want to help others whether he’s assisting a pediatric practice in adding a new shareholder or paving the way for a strategic partnership between a software company and a private investor.

Starting as an associate at Gallop, Johnson & Neuman in 2004, he eventually made partner before moving on to assist clients at Lathrop & Gage for four years before becoming a partner. He’s published articles on everything from capital acquisition to physician liens.

Today, he advises entrepreneurs and establishments in a range of industries and regularly acts as counsel for parties in extensively regulated fields like healthcare and gaming. He also serves on the board of Echelon St. Louis which assists the Salvation Army.


What is your biggest accomplishment this year?

While teaching my son to play baseball and watching him get a hit in his first at bat ranks fairly high on my list, my biggest professional accomplishment this year was assisting three employees of a professional corporation close on the acquisition of their business. It was gratifying to see the pride of ownership following the successful conclusion to the negotiation process.