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Lisa D. McLaughlin

Lisa D. McLaughlin

314.450.5443 direct
314.863.5525 fax

Managing Member


Lisa McLaughlin has 38 years of experience in complex estate and trust planning for multi-generational families, wealth planning, probate and trust administration, fiduciary litigation and related tax and closely-held business areas of law. She also devotes much of her practice to charitable, nonprofit and tax-exempt entity law. The depth and breadth of Lisa’s expertise allows her to serve the needs of individual clients with the full range of sophisticated estate planning techniques. She works with both individual clients and tax-exempt organizations to create, administer and provide advice regarding governance for charitable trusts, nonprofit corporations, private foundations, endowments and planned giving programs.

Within the Missouri legal community, Lisa has earned a reputation as a “lawyer’s lawyer” who understands the tax and technical complexities of the estate planning and charitable planning field and can effectively guide less experienced or more general practitioners. She is a frequent speaker to both professional and lay audiences on estate planning and charitable planning topics.

An active volunteer leader in charitable and civic service for many years, Lisa currently serves as a Trustee and Secretary of the Missouri Historical Society, a Director of YouthBridge Community Foundation and a Trustee of the Missouri United Methodist Foundation.


  • Vanderbilt University School of Law J.D., 1981; Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Student Writing Editor; Stanley Rose Memorial Prize for Legal History
  • Duke University AB, Magna Cum Laude, 1978


  • Missouri 1981
  • U.S. Tax Court 2008

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Fellow, Elected 2003
    • Member, Charitable Planning Committee
    • Member, Technology in the Practice Committee
  • American Bar Foundation – Fellow, Elected 2014
  • Missouri Bar
    • Member, Estate Planning and Probate Administration Committee
    • Member, Charitable Giving Committee
    • Member, Fiduciary Litigation Committee
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
    • Former Chair, current Member, Probate and Trust Law Section
    • Former Chair, Tax-Exempt Organization and Non-Profit Law Committee
  • Estate Planning Council of St. Louis
    • Former President
  • Planned Giving Council of St. Louis

Honors & Awards

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers – 2005–2018
    Top 100 Lawyers 2014–2017
    St. Louis Top 50 Lawyers 2015–2017
    Top 50 Women Lawyers 2005–2017
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers In America 1995–Present
  • Professional Advisor Legacy Award
    Planned Giving Council of St. Louis, 2013
  • Charles A. Dukes Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service
    Duke University, 1995

Community Boards

  • Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church, Chancellor
  • Missouri Historical Society, Trustee, Secretary, Executive Committee Member, Development Committee Member, Joint Budget & Operations Committee Member
  • Missouri United Methodist Foundation, Trustee
  • Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity,National Archivist, Past Foundation Trustee
  • Central Institute For The Deaf Board Member, Former Chair of Development Committee and Capital Campaign Steering Cabinet
  • Youthbridge Community Foundation, Board Member, Chair of Governance Committee
  • Girl Scouts Of Eastern Missouri, Member of Fund Development Committee
  • Hatebreakers, Board Member
  • Starkloff Disability Institute, Past Board Member
  • Campbell House Foundation/Museum, Past President, Emeritus Board Member
  • Mary Institute & Saint Louis Country Day School, Past Executive Committee Member, Chair of Planned Giving Committee
  • St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers And Accountants for the Arts, Past Board Member
  • Ready Readers, Past Board Member, Advisory Board Member
  • American Red Cross St. Louis Chapter, Past Treasurer
  • Noonday Club Of Saint Louis Past President
  • Webster Hills United Methodist Church, Past Chair of Trustees
  • Great Circle (Formerly Boys & Girls Town Of Missouri), Past Board Member
  • Epworth Children’s and Family Services, Past Board Member


Instructor, Non-Profit Law and Non-Profit Management
Washington University 2012 – 2014

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MGD Law Response to SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Pandemic

MGD Law is open, operating, and committed to providing legal services to our clients with careful attention to the St. Louis County Business Reopening Procedures. The health and safety of our clients, attorneys and staff is of paramount importance to us. Our office complies with the St. Louis County Business Reopening Protocols. Many of us are working remotely but we continue to have a core presence of attorneys and staff in the office each business day. We remain available to assist you with your regular estate planning, estate and trust administration needs, and emergency estate planning needs. We are assisting clients by “low tech” methods like phone calls, faxes, e-mail, U.S. Mail, Federal Express, masked and distanced in-person meetings in our large conference room, and socially-distanced outdoor signings for estate planning documents, as well as “high tech” methods like video-conferenced meetings through Zoom, Facetime, Teams or Skype, document sharing through our secure client portal, and video-conferenced document signings in compliance with applicable Illinois and Missouri emergency orders allowing video-signings. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need our help. Contact information for all of our attorneys and staff can be found on the Our Team page of our website. You can also call us on our main number, 314.721.7778 or email us at

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