Alan J. Ratchford

Alan J. Ratchford

Alan J. Ratchford

Tel: 314.991.4999
Fax:  314.872.0383
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Practice Description

Alan Ratchford concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate and business law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, taxation and estate and succession planning. Alan primarily represents closely-held and family-owned business and their owners. Alan regularly acts as general counsel for his clients and advises them on all aspects of general corporate and business law, including entity selection, business structuring, corporate governance and ongoing operational and contractual matters. With regard to mergers and acquisitions, Alan represents clients in all aspects of stock purchases and sales, asset acquisitions and sales, mergers, recapitalizations, spin-offs and reorganizations. As a member of the firm's Real Estate Transactions Group, Alan regularly represents clients in connection with the acquisition and sale of real property, commercial and residential 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 and state and local taxing authorities in all levels of the administrative process, including collections, audit, administrative review and appeals. Alan's estate planning practice primarily involves business succession planning, estate and gift tax planning and the preparation of estate planning documents.

Practice Areas


  • 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
  • Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants

Community & Civic Involvement

  • St. James the Greater Catholic Church, Member and Volunteer Lector, Greeter and Gardener;
  • St. Louis Frontrunners, Member
  • Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis (“CAM”), Patron Member