Biography

Robert J. Will advises clients on matters related to trust and estate litigation, class action and other complex litigation, professional liability, and eminent domain.

A frequent speaker and author on topics relating to his areas of practice, Bob is committed to continuing legal education. He is also committed to the support of many civic and charitable entities in the community, and works for the betterment of the legal profession through his longstanding membership in a number of national and local bar associations, including serving as a long-time leader in the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. He is a fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Association (ABF).

Bob is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® 2009-2010 and 2013-2020. He also was named in The Best Lawyers® in America for 2019-2021.

Practice Areas

Education

  • George Washington University School of Law (J.D., with high honors, 1987)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Phi Delta Phi, 1985-1987
  • Saint Louis University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1984)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Honors Program Degree
    • Certificate in Business Administration
    • National Merit Scholar

Legal Background

  • Law clerk and liaison with Federal Regulatory Agencies, Chemical Manufacturers Association (1985-1987)

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Section of Litigation, American Bar Association
    • Division Director (2018-present)
    • Co-chair, Pretrial Practice and Discovery Committee (2015-2018)
    • Co-chair, Homeless Experience Legal Protection (2014-2015)
    • Co-chair, Trust and Estate Litigation Committee (2012-2014)
    • Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Committee (Committee Co-chair, 2009-2012; website editor, 2005-2009)
  • Tort and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association
    • Medicine and Law Committee (Vice Chair, 1999-2002)
    • Health Care Coordinating Group (1999-2001)
  • Member, Missouri Bar Fiduciary Litigation Committee (2012-present)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Instructor and judge, BAMSL Annual Moot Court Competitions, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh and Eighth Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, Southern District of Illinois, Northern District of Oklahoma
  • Missouri Bar
  • Illinois Bar

Charitable & Civic Activities

  • Board of Directors, The Sheldon Arts Foundation (2009-present; Chair, Programming and Marketing Committee, 2015-present; Executive Committee, 2015-present)
  • St. Patrick Center (Member, Board of Trustees, 2004-present [Chair 2013-2016]; Chair, Sports Trivia Championship, 2012-2014; Co-chair, 2013-2014 Sack Homelessness campaign)

Distinctions

  • ABA Outstanding Service Award (2006-2007)

Representative Cases

  • In re: Trust Under Last Will and Testament of August A. Busch, Jr., No. 1722-PR00463 (St. Louis City Circuit Court, Probate Division)
  • In the Matter of the Charles H. Stix Testamentary Trust, 480 S.W.3d 373 (Mo. App. E.D. 2015)
  • Palmer v. Asarco Incorporated, 510 F.Supp.2d 519, 2007 WL 2405660 (N.D. Okla. 2007)
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