Biography

Apollo is a Real Estate Practice Group Leader and a valued member of the firm's Management Committee. He was initially trained as a litigator and practiced in that capacity for the first two years of his practice. For the last 16 years, however, Apollo has practiced in the areas of corporate and real estate law. His corporate practice focuses on corporate governance, shareholder disputes, corporate strategy, strategic transactions, and mergers & acquisitions. His real estate practice is primarily transactional and focuses on acquisitions, dispositions, leasing (tenant and landlord), and contract negotiations. Apollo has exceptional knowledge of the laws governing business and real estate transactions and has provided sound and strategic legal advice to firm business, corporate, nonprofit, and real estate development clients. His experience as a litigator has provided him with the unique and valuable perspective of understanding how negotiations or bad deals can ultimately end up in dispute. He uses this experience to his clients' benefit when advising them or negotiating on their behalf.

Apollo employs his tax LLM in advising clients on the tax implications of their business and real estate transactions. In his many years of corporate and tax practice he has acquired the unique skill set of advising firm clients on executive compensation arrangements, buyouts and severance packages, as well as structuring key employee and ownership compensation to avoid the pitfalls of ERISA compliance.

Apollo serves on the Firm's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, as well as its Recruiting Committee. He was recognized by The National Black Lawyers Top 100 as one of the top "40 Under 40" in America and was named an "Up & Coming" attorney by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2014. 

Practice Areas

Education

  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (LL.M., 2008)
    • CALI Award for Future Excellence in Tax Fraud Prosecution and Advanced Executive Compensation
  • Saint Louis University School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of Missouri (B.A.)
    • Philosophy with an emphasis in Logic

Legal Background

  • Shareholder, Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C.
  • City Attorney, Ferguson, MO (2016-present)
  • Adjunct Faculty Washington University, Legal Issues in Non-Profit Management (2014-current)

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute of Professionals in Taxation (IPT)
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  • Appraisal Institute
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Admissions

  • Missouri Bar
  • Illinois Bar
  • Missouri General Real Estate Appraiser's Certification (expired)

Charitable & Civic Activities

  • Board member, St. Louis Internship Program
  • Board member, DePaul Foundation
  • Board member, Fontbonne Eckelkamp School of Business

Firm Committees

  • Member, Management Committee
  • Member, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
  • Member, Recruiting Committee