John C. Bodnar represents public- and private-company clients from across the country in varied industries in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities, and general corporate law. In addition to large, sophisticated transactions for publicly traded companies, John has a tremendous amount of experience working with middle-market, privately held companies and early-stage companies, particularly in the St. Louis region.

An adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law, John teaches mergers and acquisitions. He also serves as Chairman of Lewis Rice’s Associate Development Committee.

John's peers have selected him for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2010 - 2016 and Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® in 2015, and he is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Practice Areas


  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (J.D., 1996)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Washington University Law Review, executive editor
  • Washington University John M. Olin School of Business (M.B.A., 1996)
  • Saint Louis University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1992)
    • Beta Gamma Sigma
    • Alpha Sigma Nu
    • Missouri Society of CPA's outstanding graduate


  • BTI Client Service All-Star 2015
  • Finance Monthly Deal Maker of the Year 2014
  • Acquisition International Deal Maker of the Year 2014

Legal Background

  • Adjunct professor, mergers and acquisitions, Washington University School of Law
  • Judicial intern, Hon. Charles A. Shaw, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri (1996)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis


  • Missouri Bar
  • Illinois Bar

Charitable & Civic Activities

  • St. Louis RCGA Capital Alliance Committee
  • Alumni Board of Directors, Chaminade College Prep (2001-2004)
  • MS Corporate Achievers (2003)

Firm Committees

  • Chairman, Associate Development Committee