As Chairman of Lewis Rice, Thomas C. Erb leads the Firm with a strong business sense, developing and communicating the Firm’s strategic direction and ensuring that its policies and culture align with the Firm's business goals. He works closely with the Firm’s management committee to strategize and make decisions.

Tom is a progressive leader, and his vision for Lewis Rice persists in guiding the Firm to a stronger client-focused model, delivering timely, relevant information to our clients and prospective clients. Giving light to his vision, Tom encouraged the development and implementation of our new content-rich website, allowing the Firm to more effectively and efficiently serve our clients.

Aside from managing the Firm, Tom still maintains an active and thriving corporate finance and M&A practice. Tom counsels Fortune 500 companies as well as closely held businesses, with particular emphasis on banks and financial firms.

Serving on a variety of boards, he is also active in various charitable organizations.

Tom is a frequent speaker on mergers and acquisitions as well as securities law topics. Named "Lawyer of the Year" for Merger and Acquisitions Law for 2016 by The Best Lawyers in America®, Tom was also selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2007-2016. He was included in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® 2007-2013 and is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. 

Practice Areas


  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (J.D., 1979)
  • University of Illinois (B.S., 1976)
    • Accountancy

Professional Affiliations

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


  • Missouri Bar
  • Illinois Bar

Firm Committees

  • Chairman, Management Committee