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Douglas Baron

Partner

St. Louis
314 552 6225 direct

Douglas ("Dugie") is a real estate and corporate practitioner and strategist who assists clients with a wide range of transactions.

He guides clients through all phases of a real estate transaction, from development and financing to acquisition and construction, and also assists with zoning or land use issues. Dugie has led major real estate transactions for multifamily housing, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, public utility facilities, schools, shopping centers, and conservation areas.

For over two decades, Dugie has developed a special focus on the particular legal, real estate, and regulatory issues associated with continuum of care campuses (i.e., independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities). He represents the owner-operators of the region's leading luxury continuum of care facilities in a variety of real estate, corporate, and private wealth management matters.

Dugie frequently serves as outside general counsel to companies in a range of industries. Whether leading a $100 million development project or the creation of conservation areas (including a 145,000-acre sustainable timber management forest, state parks and a U.S. Wild and Scenic Riverway), Dugie excels at developing an overarching strategy for a transaction and skillfully assembling all the pieces.

Said the CEO of one client, "More than being an excellent attorney, Dugie is a great strategic thinker who has a keen understanding of the technical details of a transaction and is very skilled at negotiating material concerns. When structuring complex transactions, he employs valuable tax, accounting, financing, and, when appropriate, estate planning concepts. As an excellent communicator with acute political awareness, he is adept at representing us in matters before governmental and non-governmental bodies and agencies. By knowing the issues most important to our company and leadership, he is able to address our company's short and long-term needs. I truly respect Dugie's counsel, his values, and his commitment to the community. I look up to him."

Publications

"Securities; Controlling Imprudent Lockups: The Necessity for Federal Legislation";
63 Washington University Law Quarterly 91, 1985

Contributing Author "Federal Mortgage Lending Regulation and State Law Preemption";
Secondary Mortgage Market Guide, Matthew Bender, 1987