Matthew J. Madsen's practice includes representing affluent private clients on complex estate and wealth transfer planning matters, estate and trust administration and litigation, and audits of gift and estate tax returns; and successfully navigating the complexities attendant to their wealth planning. He devotes a portion of his practice to advising his private clients on their charitable giving strategies, from simple but effective uses of charitable dollars, to more sophisticated vehicles such as charitable lead trusts, supporting organizations, and foundations.

Matt's practice also includes counseling owners of closely held businesses on business succession planning and other company matters. He similarly advises tax-exempt organizations on charitable matters usually relating to their formation, operation, and compliance with myriad tax laws as the organizations formulate strategies for receiving and using assets for charitable purposes.

Matt has published several articles on estate and charitable planning and is a frequent speaker on these issues. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, he was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2008-2022 and Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® 2011 and 2013-2021, and St. Louis Business Journal named him among the "40 Under 40" Class of 2008. Additionally, Matt was named by Best Lawyers "St. Louis - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year" for 2020. He is active in the charitable community on a pro bono basis.

Practice Areas


  • Stanford University School of Law (J.D., 1998)
  • University of Iowa (B.A., 1991)
    • Finance

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property Section, Probate
    • Trust Law Section
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Estate Planning Council of Saint Louis


  • Missouri Bar

Charitable & Civic Activities

  • General Counsel, Saint Louis Community Foundation (2003-present)
  • Volunteer legal services, First Ranger Battalion Sua Sponte Foundation (2012-present)
  • Planned Giving Council, Variety - The Children's Charity of St. Louis (2008-2010)
  • Planned Giving Advisory Council, American Red Cross, St. Louis Area Chapter (2004-2008)
  • St. Louis Social Venture Partners (2003)
  • Development Committee, City Academy (2000-2002)
  • Gift Planning Council, Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital (former member)

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America® "St. Louis - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year," 2020
  • St. Louis Business Journal's "40 Under 40" Class of 2008
  • Who's Who in America (2008)
  • Worth Magazine's "The Top 100 Attorneys" (December 2006 issue)