Sara K. Stock

Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Commercial Real Estate, Banking, and Aviation

Sara’s dynamic practice focuses on general corporate work for small-to-medium-sized businesses and commercial real estate transactions. Sara advises her clients in all aspects of the business lifecycle including entity formation, financing, contractual arrangements, corporate governance, general business matters, and mergers and acquisitions. Sara also assists clients in acquiring, divesting, leasing, financing, and developing commercial real estate. Sara’s joint MBA and law degree uniquely position her to provide the highest quality legal advice seasoned with a solid understanding of her clients’ business objectives.

Sara left an equity position at a large St. Louis law firm to form Stock Legal, because she felt she could better serve her target clients – small-to-medium-sized businesses – from a small-to-medium-sized law firm. Sara is passionate about these types of clients because they surround her in her personal life. Sara’s mom and dad ran the family trucking company from their home while Sara was a child, and Sara’s dad and brother continue to run this successful business today. Sara has also helped build businesses (with other partners) and acted as a fractional COO.

Sara is active in the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, where she co-chairs the Emerging Companies Sub-Committee. Additionally, Sara sits on the YWCA Board of Directors and the St. Louis University School of Law Business, Entrepreneurship, and Tax Law Advisory Board. In the past, Sara has sat on CREW’s Board of Directors, chaired CREW’s Sponsorship Committee and Ambassador Committee, and assisted in planning the CREW golf tournament benefiting women’s support and community services. Sara is also an active member of ACG St. Louis, and sits on the advisory board for a number of institutions, including banking organizations and local companies.

  • Saint Louis University School of Law – J.D., cum laude (2002); Saint Louis University Law Journal
  • Saint Louis University – M.B.A. (2002)
  • University of Missouri at Columbia – B.A., Political Science (1998)
  • Founding Member, KWS Law (2014-2016)
  • Member, Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C. – now Lewis Rice LLC (2010-2014)
  • Associate, Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C. – now Lewis Rice LLC (2002-2010)
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Co-Chair Emerging Companies Sub-Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • BALSA Foundation, Advisory Board
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Celebrate Fitness benefiting the Siteman Cancer Center
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • St. Louis University School of Law, Business, Entrepreneurship, and Tax Law Advisory Board
  • Women’s Law Association
  • Young Variety’s Night of the Rising Stars, Sponsorship Committee
  • YWCA, Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Incoming Chair of the Middle Market and Small Business Committee
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Development Board Member
  • Presenter, Choice of Equity – Planning Without a Crystal Ball (American Bar Association, Chicago, IL, September 14-16, 2017)
  • Moderator, Exit Strategies for Selling Your Business (St. Louis, MO, June 6, 2017)
  • Presenter, Fiduciary Duties in Action: Advising Small to Mid-Sized Business Fiduciaries in Drafting, Decision-Making and Disputes (New Orleans, LA, April 7, 2017)
  • Panelist, Exit Planning Institute, St. Louis Owners Forum (St. Louis, MO, November 21, 2016)
  • SQ1 Presenter, Critical Documents (St. Louis, MO, September, 2016)
  • Panelist, Accelerators and Incubators for Early Stage Startups: What’s happening and where do the lawyers fit in? (American Bar Association, Boston, MA, September 8, 2016)
  • Featured Panelist, Small Business Lending Discussion, St. Louis Business Journal Table of Experts (St. Louis Business Journal, March 17, 2016)
  • Presenter, BWC 2015 Business Kickoff, NDAs, Non-Competes, and Leases (St. Louis, MO, January, 2015)
  • Presenter, Is Your Noncompete Enforceable? Tips and Traps in Drafting and Enforcing Noncompete Agreements (American Bar Association Webinar, July 29, 2014)
  • Presenter, Business Divorce – From Prenup to Breakup (American Bar Association Webinar, April 4, 2014)
  • Presenter, Forming a Company and Raising Money (T-REX, St. Louis, MO, October 8, 2013)
  • Presenter, Business Divorce – From Prenup to Breakup (American Bar Association, San Francisco, CA, August 9-10, 2013)
  • Author, Captive Insurance Companies for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses (American Bar Association Business Visions Newsletter, March 2013)
  • Lecturer, Commercial Ground Lease Fundamentals (National Business Institute, Inc., Clayton, MO, 2009)
  • Author, Which Endorsements are Right for your Transactions? (Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy ALM Law Journal Newsletter, Volume 19, Number 10, March 2007, April 2007)
  • 2015 Women’s Justice Awards Honoree, Business Practitioner Award
  • CREW Member to Member Business Award
  • CREW Networking Story of the Year Award
  • St. Louis Business Journal’s “30 under 30” Class of 2005
  • Missouri Bar (2002)

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