Donald Paule has extensive experience representing closely-held businesses and not-for-profit organizations. He advises clients on all aspects of the organization and operation of the client’s business including complex sale, financing, merger and acquisition, and real estate development transactions. In addition, an extensive portion of his practice is devoted to tax and estate planning matters for individuals, and business owners, including ownership succession planning.

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Areas of Practices

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1967
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985


  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • LL.M. Taxation – 1978
  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. – 1966
  • Washington University
    • B.S. – 1964
    • Major: Engineering Science


  • Adjunct Professor, Taxation and Business Law, Washington University School of Business, 1977 – Present

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers
  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, Accredited Estate Planner
  • Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, Member
  • Estate Planning Council of St. Louis, Member
  • Family Firm Institute, Member
  • Board of Directors, Lindenwood University, Member, 2005 – Present
  • American Arbitration Association, Commercial Disputes Arbitrator
  • Visiting Nurses Association of Greater St. Louis, Chairman, 1993 – 1999
  • St. Louis County Civil Service Commission, Chairman, 1975 – 1983
  • St. Louis County Bar Association, President, 1975

Past Employment Positions

  • St. Louis County Civil Service Commission, Chairman, 1975 – 1983


  • Delta Theta Phi
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Tau Beta Pi