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Wendell James Sherk

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Saint Louis, MO

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1989
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Wendell

Learn Wendell’s areas of practice.

Practice areas

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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Our new office space!
Wendell's baby boy, Romeo, playing at camp with friends.


Wendell James Sherk
9666 Olive Blvd. Suite 365
Saint Louis, MO, 63132

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Posted by Debbie | June 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney I could have asked for
Wendell was just simply incredible from start to finish. I was a nervous wreck after filing bankruptcy. I didn’t understand what was going to happen, my self esteem was at an all time low and I was scared of the unknown, very scared. The first thing Wendell did was to help me understand that everything was going to be OK, and helped me feel better about myself. He took the time to do that before we got much more into the bankruptcy details. He is an excellent communicator and when some tough subject came up, he would sprinkle his conversations and emails with a little humor. He was explaining the effect of having the bankruptcy “dismissed” and said as an example, “a man was dismissed from his job for telling his boss that he looked like a turnip” He was available by phone some of the time, but always responded to email questions as soon as he could. Wendell had the ability to explain things very simply and understandable. He always responded to questions, and was always polite. Even after the bankruptcy Wendell was quick to respond to any questions or concerns that came up and always asked how I was doing. Bankruptcy is no fun. I got upside down on a couple of rentals during the real estate crash of 2007-2008, and couldn’t recover. I can’t imagine anyone else handling my bankruptcy with the same care, wisdom and compassion that he showed the entire process.
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Posted by Scott | April 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
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Wendell and his wife Becky and their very competent staff provided us with excellent consultation and representation. He laid out our options and worked out the best deal possible with our bankruptcy. Was always helpful with questions and advice, from start to finish. Highly recommended.
Posted by Nikki | March 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Easy Process
We filed Chapter 13 and completed the 5 years with ease. Wendell was helpful, informative and straight to the point. I found the idea of filing daunting and stressful. Everything was easy, organized and pretty simple, which alleviated any anxiety.
Posted by Russ | March 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Wendell and staff was very informative and helpful thru our entire legal process. Whenever I called or emailed I was able to get answers and advice quickly and professionally. They really focused on my best interest regarding my case and never made us feel like we weren't their most important client. Great job Wendell and Staff.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • SherkLaw
  • 2014 - Present
  • Principal
  • Sherk & Swope, LLC
  • 2001 - 2014
  • Attorney/Managing Attorney, Bankruptcy Department
  • Eric Taylor & Associates, P.C.
  • 1993 - 2001


  • Washington University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • BA
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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


  • American Bankruptcy Institute Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Commissioner
  • 2017 - Present
  • Bankruptcy Law Network
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Debtor Attorneys of Metropolitan St. Louis (listserv)
  • Founder/Moderator
  • 2004 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Gateway Legal Services
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Bankruptcy Practice Memorial Fund
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Standing Local Rules Committee - Bankruptcy Court
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2006
  • The Missouri Bar - Commercial Law Section
  • Vice-Chair
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Local Rules Committee - Bankruptcy Court
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Co-chair
  • 1999 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Michael Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Award
  • The Missouri Bar
  • 2014
  • Member of the Month
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Inc.
  • 2007
  • Judge Robert Brauer Innovations in Bankruptcy Law Award
  • Bankruptcy Practice Memorial Fund
  • 2005


  • Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
  • Barry S. Schermer: His Consumer Bankruptcy Greatest Hits
  • 2018
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
  • Sec. 362(h) Deprives a Trustee of Property of the Estate
  • 2011
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Law Journal
  • Co-Owned Property in Bankruptcy
  • 2002
  • St. Louis Lawyer
  • Highlights of Consumer Bankruptcy Reform
  • 2001
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review
  • Putting the Fear of God Into Bankruptcy Creditors: A Reply
  • 1999
  • Missouri Business Law Quarterly
  • Consmer Bankruptcy Setoff and Recoupment
  • 1999
  • Missouri Bar CLE Deskbook
  • Bankruptcy Practice updates
  • 1996
  • Missouri Bar CLE Deskbook
  • Bankruptcy Practice updates
  • 1995
  • Journal of the Missouri Bar
  • Chapter 20 Practice under the Bankruptcy Code
  • 1991
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Speaking Engagements

  • Winter Leadership Conference
  • Bankruptcy Rule 3015 Discovered
  • 2017
  • 35th Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute
  • The Intersection of Family Law and Bankruptcy
  • 2015
  • Annual Bankruptcy Institute
  • Jurisdiction
  • 2012
  • NACBA Annual Convention
  • Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13 Debates
  • 2008
  • Annual Bankruptcy Institute
  • Legal Ethics
  • 2007
  • St. Louis Bar
  • BAPCPA Reform Act for General Practitioners
  • 2005
  • Annual Bankruptcy Institute
  • Chapter 13 From Soup to Nuts
  • 2005
  • Solo & Small Firm Conference
  • Bankruptcy Current Developments
  • 2004
  • Annual Bankruptcy Institute
  • Truth in Lending in Bankruptcy
  • 2004
  • Annual Bankruptcy Institute
  • Mortgages in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
  • 2003
  • The New Federalism
  • Impact of federalism decisions in bankruptcy
  • 2000
  • NACTT Annual Convention
  • Legal ethics in bankruptcy
  • 2000
  • Missouri Bar Spring Meeting - Commercial Law Section
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Issues
  • 1997
  • Bankruptcy Exemptions A-Z
  • Exemptions
  • 1996
  • Chapter 13 Trustee Annual Seminar
  • Baic Debtor Representation
  • 1994
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
Endorse Wendell
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. One of the greatest bankruptcy minds in the whole country, in my opinion. He has helped me countless times, many times without him even realizing. Keep up the good work Mr. Sherk, and thanks for all the past good work you have done."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Wendell Sherk on projects involving consumers and bankruptcy litigation since we met in 2007. Wendell is very knowledgeable about the bankruptcy law. He is hard working, trustworthy, and he is universally liked by everyone he meets. I endorse Wendell heartily."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Wendell may be the most intelligent lawyer I know who also practices in the area of consumer bankruptcy. I routinely seek his advice on complex bankruptcy matters. He is always happy to share his legal insight whenever I ask."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He gives answers that cut to the chase and are easy to understand. He has excellent experience in bankruptcy matters."
General practice Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sherk is simply an exceptional attorney who I would recommend to everyone and anyone. I am a former judge, former magistrate, former prosecutor, and an attorney with 24 years of experience. I still learn from his answers on Avvo on a daily basis and I am constantly impressed."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"A superb bankruptcy attorney, with an agile, intelligent mind and encyclopedic knowledge of the law."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Wendell spends a great deal of time on NACBA's listserv staying on top of and commenting on new bankruptcy issues. I know him to be ethical as he did not in any way solicit this endorsement. I don't live in Missouri, but if I did and needed to file for bankruptcy, I would not hesitate to hire him - I know his skill and I trust him. He's a real fighter for client's rights."
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Saint Louis Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Wendell James Sherk
Wendell James Sherk
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Saint Louis, MO
Licensed for 34 years
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