In addition to serving clients, the lawyers of Curtis, Heinz, Garrett & O’Keefe are actively involved civic and community affairs. We are your neighbors. We care about the communities we live in.
The attorneys of Curtis, Heinz, Garrett & O'Keefe recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the firm with a party commemorating the milestone. A room full of family and friends honored the history of the firm, toasted the present and looked to the future, planning for the next 30 years. One of the highlights of the evening was the unveiling of "Black Hearts White Minds," a historical fiction novel by Mitch Margo, CHGO attorney and author; the book was given to each of the guests at the celebration.
Founded in 1987 with the merger of two firms (represented today by Lee Curtis, Ken Heinz, Carl Lumley and Steve Garrett), CHGO is a general practice law firm with a reputation for bringing experience, integrity and value to clients. Today 20 attorneys represent practice areas including municipal law, family law, business law, real estate law, estate planning, trusts and probate, securities arbitration, tax law, personal injury law, criminal law and traffic law.
CHGO attorney Helmut Starr and Mara Perry, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Webster Groves, gave a joint presentation at the 2017 Missouri Planning Conference in St. Louis. The presentation, "Town and Gown: Planning for Institutions," focused on the issue of uncontrolled growth of educational institutions causing issues in communities across the U.S. and how zoning codes can help address the situations. The City of Webster Groves created new Educational Campus Zoning categories to address institutions on property of more than five acres. Attendees of the conference learned about the planning process for the approval of these Zoning Code amendments and their success with the opening of the first construction project using the new codes.
Curtis, Heinz, Garrett & O’Keefe has been named to the 2018 U.S. News and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list, with one national ranking and six metro (or regional) rankings. Rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process of a combination of client feedback, survey information and Best Lawyers peer review; eligibility is based on firms having at least one attorney who has received high enough peer review to be listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers. CHGO has five attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 edition: Leland Curtis, Carl Lumley, Kevin O’Keefe, Helmut Starr and Patricia Susi.
Leland Curtis and Carl Lumley were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 in the fields of Communication Law and Energy Law. Kevin O’Keefe and Helmut Starr were included in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 in the field of Municipal Law. Helmut Starr also was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 in the fields of Land Use & Zoning Law; Litigation – Land Use & Zoning Law; Litigation – Municipal Law; and Real Estate Law. Patricia Susi was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 in the field of Family Law.
Additionally, Helmut Starr was named The Best Lawyers® 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” in St. Louis for Litigation-Municipal Law.
CHGO received a national ranking in Land Use & Zoning Law (Tier 3); and St. Louis rankings for Energy Law (Tier 1), Land Use & Zoning Law (Tier 1), Litigation-Land Use & Zoning Law (Tier 1), Litigation-Municipal Law (Tier 1), Municipal Law (Tier 1) and Real Estate Law (Tier 3).
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence, the lists for which are compiled based on peer-review evaluations. For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, resulting in close to 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."