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
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.
Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri; J.D., May 2002
Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois; B.A.
Licensure & Court Admissions
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
Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) of St. Louis
Asian American Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The Northwest Chamber of Commerce (Saint Louis, Missouri)
Rotary Club International, Club 11
OCA - MAAP (Mentoring Asian American Professionals)
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
"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