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Mr. Hales began his legal career as an appellate lawyer in the office of the noted civil rights attorney, Louis Gilden.  He became a litigator handling both civil cases and criminal defense in federal and state courts. As a partner at Goldstein and Price, Mr. Hales specialized in admiralty and maritime litigation and appeals including complex multi-district federal litigation and also developed a business and estate planning practice to which he now devotes most of his time.  

He is a U. S. Army Infantry veteran and has been active in the community throughout his professional career.  He was counsel to the Metropolitan Coordinating Council in the St. Louis Desegregation Case, Liddell v. Board of Education, Planning Coordinator of the St. Louis Career Education District and founder of City House Learning Centers.  As an attorney for STARRS, the St. Louis Area Regional Response System, he was the principal draftsman of a Mutual Aid Agreement among more than 40 hospitals to address mass casualty incidents.

Mr. Hales has special interests and experience in community development, govenrment, education, public health and public policy.   He served on many nonprofit, business and community boards and chaired the St. Louis Community College Foundation and Aid to Victims of Crime.  Mr. Hales was recognized for community leadership by the St. Louis Jaycees, St. Louis Black Leadership Roundtable and St. Louis Congregations Allied for Community Improvement. 


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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  1. Business: 35%
    42 years
  2. Estate Planning: 35%
    35 years
  3. Health Care: 20%
    35 years
  4. Elder Law: 10%
    35 years



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  • Anthony James Dacey

    Endorsement: I endorse Paul Hales without reservation. I have worked with him on various matters and found that his experience and ability to think through and solve problems has been most valuable. I know how much he cares about his clients and how hard he works on each case. His background in litigation is a real plus in helping clients avoid situations that might lead to litigation. I like his theory that no one really wins a trial - one party just loses a little less than the other. He is a skilled estate planning, business and health care attorney. I have seen how clients find it easy to work with him as do other lawyers. He also does a lot of work in the community and has a genuine commitment to helping make the St. Louis Region a better place.


    Anthony Dacey Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    I endorse Paul Hales and recommend him highly. He has achieved both a deep understanding of the law and a comfortable way of working with clients through his years of experience. I appreciate the way he can analyze and explain complex legal matters clearly. He is a mentor to other lawyers and he has particular expertise in estate planning, wealth preservation and business matters. He is also deeply involved in the community and nonprofit work. I appreciate his genuine concern for his clients, the effort he puts into understanding their particular needs and circumstances and explaining the issues and their options.


    Christina Vacca Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Paul R. Hales, Attorney at Law, LLC

3534 Washington Ave.
City House in Grand Center
Saint Louis, MO, 63103-1019


MOGood Standing, Active197301/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Exemplary Voluntary Service AwardSt. Louis Black Leadership Roundtable2003
Outstanding Service AwardSt. Louis Congregations Allied for Community Improvement1995
Distinguished Service AwardSt. Louis Jaycees1975
Distinguished Service AwardSt. Louis County Jaycees1974
Army Commendation MedalUnited States Army1970
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPaul R. Hales, Attorney at Law1991 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Missouri Bar, Elder Law CommitteeMember2010 - Present
Missouri Bar, Probate and Trust Law CommitteeMember2004 - Present
Missouri Bar, Health and Hospital Law CommitteeMember2003 - Present
Missouri Bar Business Law CommitteeMember1994 - Present
Bar of the United States Supreme CourtMember1979 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth CircuitMember1974 - Present
Missouri State Bar AssociationMember1973 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of MissouriMember1973 - Present
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. LouisMaster1973 - Present
St. Louis Community College FoundationChair1999 - 2002
St. Louis Career Education DistrictPlanning Coordinator1995 - 1998
Grand Center, Inc.Board of Trustees1995 - 2008
Metropolitan Coordinating CouncilGeneral Counsel1991 - 1994
Korte Charitable FoundationExecutive Committee1987 - 1991
Leadership St. LouisBoard of Directors1985 - 1991
Citizens for Modern TransitBoard of Directors1983 - 1990
St. Louis Country Day SchoolBoard of Trustees1983 - 1989
Aid to Victims of Crime, Inc.Chair1976 - 1978
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Liddell v. Board of Education26 years of Litigation Resolved by Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
St. Louis Post-DispatchRebuild Human Infrastructure with Stimulus Plan2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1973
Wesleyan UniversityLiberal ArtsBA - Bachelor of Arts1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Enterprise Bank & Trust Medical Advisory BoardRegional Government in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area2010
2010 Media Literacy Planning ConferenceMedia and Health Literacy2010
Public Health and Terrorism PreparednessHealth Care Credentialing2004