Thomas E. Venker Jr.

Senior Counsel
St. Louis,  MO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Financial Services
  • Private Wealth
Contact InfoTelephone: 314.345.6823
Fax: 314.480.1505
University University of Virginia, B.S., Accounting, 1977 Beta Alpha Psi, Lawn Resident, Raven Society
Law SchoolSaint Louis University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1980 Order of the Woolsack
Admitted1980, Missouri; 1981, U.S. Tax Court

Professional Associations and Memberships
•American Bar Association, Tax Section
•The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
•Estate Planning Council of St. Louis
•The Missouri Bar
•Virginia Club of St. Louis


For more than three decades, Tom has delivered targeted and effective advice in matters of taxation, estate planning and general business. In estate planning, he counsels clients on estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, insurance trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, charitable remainder trusts, prenuptial agreements, voting trusts, buy/sell agreements, wills and various other trusts. His experience in the tax area includes S corporations, limited-liability companies, partnerships, like-kind exchanges, condemnations, and estates and trusts. He also has experience dealing with sales of interests in closely held businesses and other general corporate matters.

Before joining Husch Blackwell, he practiced at The Stolar Partnership LLP in St. Louis, Mo.

Awards and Recognitions
The Best Lawyers in America, Trusts & Estates, Tax Law, 1996-2015; St. Louis Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year,” 2014

Civic Involvement
•AFS - United Missouri Area Team, Treasurer, 1997-2000
•Barretts School, Cub Scout leader, 1991-1995
•Downtown St. Louis Inc., Maintenance Committee, 1997
•Knights of Columbus
•Margaret Blanke Grigg Foundation, Treasurer/Secretary, 2008-present; Director, 2011-present
•St. Clement of Rome School, basketball coach, 2004-2010
•St. Gerard Majella Parish, Parish Council, Secretary, Vice Chair, Chair, 1998-2001; Parish Stewardship Committee, 1998-2001; Chair, 1998-2000
•St. Gerard Majella School, basketball coach, 1993-1998, 1999-2000; baseball coach, 1995; soccer coach, 1996-2000

Business Insights

Business Insights
5.20.03 Estate Planning for LLC Interests, Lorman Education Services
Speaking Engagement St. Louis, MO
9.04.02 Shifting Value and Transferring Interests - Overview of Federal Estate and Gift Tax Laws and Protecting the Passage of Wealth, National Business Institute seminar
Speaking Engagement St. Louis, MO
5.21.02 Estate Planning for S Corporation Shareholders, Missouri Bankers Association seminar
Speaking Engagement Columbia, MO
12.04.01 How the Rules were Simplified and Accounts Affected by the New Rules, National Business Institute seminar
Speaking Engagement St. Louis, MO
9.24.98 What's New and What's Left in Sophisticated Estate Planning” and “Retirement and the Estate Tax, National Business Institute seminar
Speaking Engagement St. Louis, MO
7.01.95 A Primer: Estate Planning Techniques used in Fund Raising, Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants
Speaking Engagement St. Louis, MO

In The News
8.19.14 Husch Blackwell Boasts 106 Best Lawyers on 2015 List, Seven “Lawyers of the Year”
Energy & Natural Resources Financial Services Food & Agribusiness Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation News Release
9.04.13 Thomas Venker Joins Husch Blackwell as Senior Counsel
Financial Services News Release


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Office Information

Thomas E. Venker Jr.

190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 600
St. LouisMO 63105-3441


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