John Mark Hongs established Westminster Legal Group in 2016 after having been a partner at one of the county's largest corporate law firms and the head of the Commercial Transactions, Banking and Real Estate department of a boutique law practice. John recognized the trends in the industry and realized that business clients today, more than ever, prefer and expect to work with the same specialized attorney instead of being shuffled through a crew of unfamiliar lower-level associates, paralegals and assistants.

 

Unfortunately, clients of large corporate law firms today rarely receive the benefit of work that is personally provided by the partners that they hire. Most of the work they pay for is completed by staff who have neither the personal level of investment nor the skills and experience to provide the level of service that clients deserve and expect. Most of the fees and expenses that large-firm clients pay instead go to pay for those firms' very high overhead expenses and very large salaries.

 

For those reasons, all of the work and consultation provided by Westminster Legal Group is personally handled by a specialized attorney. As a boutique law firm having the same expertise and experience as other large, expensive corporate law firms, we bring high-level specialization, personalized attention, consistent high quality, and reliability at a significantly lower cost.

 

Clients of our firm regularly return for many reasons, but at the core, it is simply our dedication to thoughtful, affordable legal representation and track history of success that makes the difference.

Significant Representative Matters

 

  • Design and implementation of risk-reducing polices and call-center procedures for Associated Bank, National Association.

 

  • Termination of St. Louis Region Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers Restaurants franchized by WenAmerica LLC, related reacquisition of properties, real estate and protected marks.

 

  • Representation of the City of Brentwood, Missouri in the disposition of tax incremental financing litigation involving the Brentwood Meridian.

 

  • Purchase and acquisition of business assets and related real estate for Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches franchises in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

 

  • Coordination and compliance oversight of ADA standards update and rehabilitation of the Saint Louis Galleria in Brentwood, Missouri.

 

  • Disposition of environmental and nuisance claims relating to former PPG Industries glass factory site in Crystal City, Missouri.

 

  • Dismissal of federal class action claims concerning interest rate calculations on commercial loans on behalf of numerous bank clients.

 

  • Early disposition of Fair Debt Collections Practices Act class action consisting of over 21,000 class members.

 

  • Early disposition of Real Estate Settlement Practices Act and Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action consisting of class members spanning the entire State of Missouri.

JOHN MARK HONGS, Principal Attorney

John is a business lawyer specializing in the areas of corporate formation and structure, commercial contracts, and real estate. His experience includes representing Fortune 500 Companies, other leading public corporations, banks and financial institutions, land holding companies and trusts, shopping mall developers, private equity funds, municipalities, and closely-held entities. He is also a recognized and peer-reviewed business litigator having significant successes in both jury and judge-tried cases.

 

Education

Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri; J.D., May 2002

  • Law Review, Washington University Journal of Law and Policy; Editorial Board Member, Articles and Notes Editor

Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois; B.A.

  • Economics

Licensure & Court Admissions

Missouri

Illinois

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri

United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Associations & Activities

Missouri Asian American Bar Association

  • President 2014
  • Board member 2016, 2015, 2010-2012
  • Secretary 2013

Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) of St. Louis

  • General Counsel 2010-2013

Asian American Chamber of Commerce Foundation

  • General Counsel 2011-2013

The Northwest Chamber of Commerce (Saint Louis, Missouri)

  • Member 2016 - present

Rotary Club International, Club 11

  • Member 2016 – present
  • Community Service Committee

OCA - MAAP (Mentoring Asian American Professionals)

  • Mentor / Volunteer

Lectures and Seminars

"Drafting LLC Agreements: Essential Skills and Hands-On Training"; National Business Institute Seminar

"Draft Documents That Protect Everyone's Interests"; National Business Institute Seminar

"The Anti-Contact Rule for Business Lawyers and Litigators - When Can You Speak to Adversaries or Their Current and Former Employees and Agents?"; WestLegalEdCenter

"Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Essentials"; National Business Institute

"Choosing the Right Legal Entity and Issues in Small Business"; Veterans Business Resource Center, St. Louis, Missouri

Honors

"Rising Stars" awarded in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2012, a distinction earned by no more than two-and-a-half percent of all lawyers in the state of Missouri.

Top Attorneys, Outstanding Young Lawyers, 2012; St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 2012; KS Magazine, October 2012

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