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David Purcell  was the founder and owner of Purcell & Associates, L.L.C., which was succeeded by Purcell & Amen, L.L.C., a St. Louis [Sunset Hills], Missouri - based estate planning law firm. He has practiced extensively and continuously in the estate planning field for 30 years. Recognized for his knowledge and dedication, David Purcell provides quality services to clients concerned about protecting their hard-earned dollars and providing for their loved ones in case of disability or death.


Because of his outstanding reputation, Purcell is frequently invited to speak on estate planning and elder law matters. David has authored numerous articles on estate planning for both national and local publications. He also wrote Chapter 6, “Planning and Paying for Long-Term Care,” of Missouri Elder Law , published by The Missouri Bar in 2002.



After a stint as an attorney in general civil practice (he handled business planning, corporate and commercial litigation, real estate and building construction cases), David Purcell decided to concentrate on estate planning so that he could best help his clients avoid the heartache of probate and achieve peace of mind. David is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.


David is an active member of several committees of the Missouri Bar and The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. He is a board member of the St. Louis County Law Library, as well as a member of St. Louis Estate Planning Council, the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is listed in the National Directory of Who's Who in Executives and Professionals and is a Registered Financial Consultant.



David Purcell took his undergraduate degree in History and Soviet Studies at the College of Wooster, Ohio, and his J.D. at Washington University in St. Louis.



David and his family are long-time residents of Kirkwood, Missouri. He remains very active in his community. Dave is a past president of the Kirkwood Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Chamber for 15 years, and a Paul Harris Fellow and past board member of the Kirkwood Rotary Club. David also proudly served his country as a Commander in the Naval Reserve.


He is a founder, board member and speakers bureau chairman of the Heritage League, the fund-raising arm of the American Cancer Society -- St. Louis office. In addition, Dave advises numerous charities on planned giving and philanthropy.

His church-related efforts include teaching Sunday School and serving as Adult Bible Study leader, youth leader, Stephen Minister and a board member for Kirkwood United Methodist Church. David's desire to help others culminated in his spearheading an ecumenical volunteer effort to improve low-income housing in Southeast Kirkwood.


Mr. Purcell enjoys hunting, fishing, scuba diving and horseback riding. His other hobbies include reading and keeping tropical fish, and he is the co-inventor of a patented device for enhancing fireplace efficiency.


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Practice areas

  1. Elder Law: 35%
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
  3. Probate: 25%
  4. Litigation: 10%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Richard A Behlmann

    I endorse this lawyer. Dave and his firm do a great job and have always provided simple and effective legal solutions.


    Richard Behlmann Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Todd D. Schmitz

    I endorse this lawyer. I know David from his work as an estate planning attorney and his good work helping veterans obtain benefits. He provides great service, is a "lawyer's lawyer" and has a great staff. It is without reservation that I proudly endorse David Purcell.


    Todd Schmitz Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact info

Amen, Gantner & Capriano, Your Estate Matters, LLC

10805 Sunset Office Drive.
Suite 100
St. Louis, MO, 63127


ILAdministrative - Not Authorized to Practice200405/11/2016
MONot authorized to practice-Administrative197303/09/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Disbarment
    issued in MO, 2014


    Disbarment is the most serious penalty for a lawyer. If this attorney is currently practicing law, you should contact the Missouri Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel to understand the reasons for disbarment.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2010
Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2009
Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2008
RecognizedWho's Who in Executive and Professionals2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder and OwnerPurcell & Amen, L.L.C.2003 - 2014
Founder and OwnerPurcell & Associates, L.L.C.1994 - 2003
PrincipalMiller, Purcell & Sullivan, Attorneys1983 - 1987
AssociateStrauss, Sanders and Vogler, Attorneys1976 - 1977
AssociateJoseph J. Becker and Carter and Becker, P.C.1973 - 1976
Association namePosition nameDuration
Missouri Care Planning CouncilArea Director - St. Louis Board Member2008 - Present
Salvation Army Planned Giving CommitteeChairman2008 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1998 - 2014
Kirkwood Chamber of CommercePresident1997 - 1998
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysBoard Member1995 - 2014
Kirkwood RotaryMember1987 - 2014
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. LouisMember1985 - 2014
Estate planning Council of St. LouisMember1985 - 2014
St. Louis County Law LibraryBoard Member1980 - 2014
Missouri BarMember1973 - 2014
United States Naval ReserveCommander (Retired)1968 - 1997
Publication nameTitleDate
St. Louis Bar JournalPractical Ethics in Elder Law2010
St. Louis Bar JournalGranny's Lawyer Gets Sued for Malpractice: How Traditional Estate Planning Prejudices Eligibility for Medicaid and Other Government Benefits2004
Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education"Planning and Paying for Long-Term Care" of Missouri Elder Law2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
College of WoosterHistory/Soviet StudiesBA1968