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About Me

Wendell has practiced bankruptcy most of his career and it remains his driving passion.  In the past, he has represented bankruptcy trustees and creditors, in large cases and small.  Today he represents consumers and small businesspeople who need bankruptcy or debt negotiations to get back into control of their financial lives.


He has written and testified in favor of legislation that Missouri has adopted to help consumers protect themselves better when they go into bankruptcy.  He serves on local rules committees regularly.  And he is currently the Eastern District of Missouri State Chair for the National Assoc. of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.


He is married to Rebecca, who works with him.  They have a canine child named Romeo.  Yes, they are "dog people."


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Practice Areas


  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 98%
    26 years
  2. General Practice: 2%
    26 years



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Michael Dominic Toscano

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Michael Toscano Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ronald Jay Eisenberg

    I endorse this lawyer. He gives answers that cut to the chase and are easy to understand. He has excellent experience in bankruptcy matters.


    Ronald Eisenberg Class Action Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

9666 Olive Blvd. Suite 365
St. Louis, MO, 63132


MOGood Standing, Active198901/08/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Michael Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy AwardThe Missouri Bar2014
Member of the MonthNational Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Inc.2007
Judge Robert Brauer Innovations in Bankruptcy Law AwardBankruptcy Practice Memorial Fund2005
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneySolo Practice2014 - Present
PrincipalSherk & Swope, LLC2001 - 2014
Attorney/Managing Attorney, Bankruptcy DepartmentEric Taylor & Associates, P.C.1993 - 2001
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Bankruptcy Practice Memorial FundBoard Member2010 - Present
Bankruptcy Law NetworkMember2007 - Present
Debtor Attorneys of Metropolitan St. Louis (listserv)Founder/Moderator2004 - Present
Standing Local Rules Committee - Bankruptcy CourtMember2004 - 2006
The Missouri Bar - Commercial Law SectionVice-Chair2003 - 2004
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2001 - Present
Local Rules Committee - Bankruptcy CourtMember2001 - 2002
Gateway Legal ServicesBoard Member2000 - Present
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. LouisCo-chair1999 - 2000
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re Ella Mitchell, 177 B.R. 900 (Bankr.E.D.Mo. 1994)Debtor prevailed
In re Pyatt, 486 F.3d 423 (8th Cir. 2007)Debtor prevailed
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Publication NameTitleDate
American Bankruptcy Institute JournalSec. 362(h) Deprives a Trustee of Property of the Estate2011
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Law JournalCo-Owned Property in Bankruptcy2002
St. Louis LawyerHighlights of Consumer Bankruptcy Reform2001
Missouri Business Law QuarterlyConsmer Bankruptcy Setoff and Recoupment1999
American Bankruptcy Institute Law ReviewPutting the Fear of God Into Bankruptcy Creditors: A Reply1999
Missouri Bar CLE DeskbookBankruptcy Practice updates1996
Missouri Bar CLE DeskbookBankruptcy Practice updates1995
Journal of the Missouri BarChapter 20 Practice under the Bankruptcy Code1991
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Washington University in St. LouisHistoryBA1986
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Annual Bankruptcy InstituteJurisdiction2012
NACBA Annual ConventionChapter 7 vs. Chapter 13 Debates2008
Annual Bankruptcy InstituteLegal Ethics2007
St. Louis BarBAPCPA Reform Act for General Practitioners2005
Annual Bankruptcy InstituteChapter 13 From Soup to Nuts2005
Solo & Small Firm ConferenceBankruptcy Current Developments2004
Annual Bankruptcy InstituteTruth in Lending in Bankruptcy2004
Annual Bankruptcy InstituteMortgages in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy2003
The New FederalismImpact of federalism decisions in bankruptcy2000
NACTT Annual ConventionLegal ethics in bankruptcy2000
Missouri Bar Spring Meeting - Commercial Law SectionConsumer Bankruptcy Issues1997
Bankruptcy Exemptions A-ZExemptions1996
Chapter 13 Trustee Annual SeminarBaic Debtor Representation1994