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John Orbe joined Bryan Cave’s St. Louis office. He will practice with the transactions, corporate finance and technology, entrepreneurial and commercial practice groups. He received his law degree from Saint Louis University in 2010. Orbe was a summer associate with ...

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Capital and voting rights

Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard is anticipating growing the number of nonequity shareholders at the St. Louis firm, but first it has to figure out what’s expected of them. Everything is on the table, including voting rights and whether nonequity shareholders will make capital contributions, said Michael Forster, managing partner of the 66-attorney firm. Currently, nonequity shareholders chip in about a third of what equity shareholders do. Forster declined to give a figure for equity shareholders’ capital contributions, but a typical amount for Missouri law firms of similar size is $40,000. Law firm nonequity partners receive fixed salaries. Equity partners receive a share of a firm’s profits.

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MOney 20: Room at the top for midsize firms

Every time Michael Forster hears the news about another midsized firm merging into a big one, the Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard managing partner wonders, “Are we being left behind?” The answer is “no,” Forster said. There’s still a place ...

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