Matt Reh is eager to acknowledge that Armstrong Teasdale is in a good spot.
“From a firm perspective, we’ve had some pretty incredible growth over the last 12-15 months,” said the native St. Louisan. “We went from a firm that was primarily based in the Midwest and the West to a firm that has offices across the country and in London. We’ve had growth in all of our practice groups.”
But a significant part of that growth has been the firm’s litigation team where Reh is the practice group leader. According to his nominator, Reh’s group has added 39 attorneys and seven markets since he took over the position in 2016. It was those kinds of results which earned the past president of the St. Louis County Bar Association a slot on the firm’s executive committee this past year. Before that, he chaired its hiring committee.
“One of the things I’m most proud of and have been the most involved in is really growing the litigation practice and integrating our new attorneys into our litigation group and supporting them as they become part of Armstrong Teasdale,” Reh said.
But success for the Saint Louis University alum hasn’t just come inside his firm. In 2021, his colleagues also elevated him to a six-year term on the St. Louis County Judicial Commission, a five-member panel that nominates judges for appointment to the bench.
He said county’s judiciary is in good shape and he hopes to keep it that way.
“I want to continue to find judges who are hard workers, who have diverse experience, who are representative of the community and who are going to come at this knowing they have an obligation to have the public see the bench as a very neutral but very proactive piece of our government,” Reh said.
Reh, who joined Armstrong Teasdale in 2001 and made partner there five years later, said he was attracted to the law initially due to the competitive nature of advocacy and argument.
“When I say arguments, it is not in the traditional sense of pounding the table and wagging your finger and raising you voice,” he said, “but I liked the idea of having a professional and intellectual discussion about an issue where one person might see it one way and someone else might see it another.”
No matter how you see it, there is no argument that Reh has established himself as a force in Missouri’s legal community. He’s even begun doing radio segments this year on KTRS’s Legal Matters program.
His nominator harkens back to Reh’s winning Missouri Lawyers Media’s Up and Coming Award in 2009 which honors those who meet the profession’s highest ideals.
“Perhaps it is foreshadowing at its finest, but in just over a decade, Matt has risen to the challenge and met those standards,” they wrote.