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Thomas K. Edelmann

Thomas K. Edelmann

314.696.1357 direct
314.863.5525 fax

Attorney at Law


Tom Edelmann has over 40 years of experience in the practice of law. His experience in estate planning and fiduciary law enables him to assist clients in their estate planning.

In his first twelve years of practice, Tom handled a variety of matters at a general practice law firm in Clayton, including civil litigation, appellate work, and document preparation with emphases on governmental entities, corporate and other business entities, real estate and estate planning. He briefed and argued cases on appeal to the Missouri Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Missouri, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He also prepared wills and trust instruments for both clients of modest means and for clients with high net worth.

Tom left private practice to become Trust Counsel for St. Louis County Bank (which was soon acquired by Commerce Bank, N.A.) and held that position for over twenty years, after which he served as Trust Counsel at Fifth Third Bank Investment Advisors in St. Louis. As Trust Counsel, he advised department heads and staff on issues related to trust relationships, and he worked with attorneys in private practice on matters regarding their clients’ estate plans involving the banks in a fiduciary capacity. Tom returned to the practice of law with MGD Law after retiring from U.S. Bank in St. Louis, where he held the position of Senior Trust Officer and administered trust accounts and investment-management accounts for clients with high net worth.

Tom has served as a volunteer with numerous charitable, professional, and civic organizations.


  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, J.D. 1969, Urban Law Annual, Student Editor
  • Fordham University, A.B. 1966


  • Missouri 1969


  • Missouri Bar
    • Member, Estate Planning and Probate Administration Committee
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
    • Former Chair, Probate and Trust Law Section
    • Former Member, Steering Committee for Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Estate Planning Council of St. Louis, Member


  • Nerinx Hall High School, Former Chair and Board Member
  • Grace Hill Settlement House Former Board Chair, Co-Chair and Board Member
  • Arthritis Foundation of St. Louis, Former Chair of Planned Giving Committee
  • Care and Counseling Former Board Member and Chair of Planned Giving Committee, Advisory Board Member
  • Doorways Former Board Member and Chair of Planned Giving Committee
  • Saint Louis Art Museum Former Member of Planned Giving Council
  • Christ Church Cathedral Former Senior Warden, Junior Warden and Chapter Member
  • Episcopal Diocese Of Missouri, Former Member of Diocesan Council
  • Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Former Member of Planned Giving Committee
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Former Member of Planned Giving Committee
  • St. Louis Symphony Society, Former Member of Planned Giving Committee
  • United Way of Greater St. Louis, Former Allocation Panel Member
  • Missouri Botanical Garden, Education Volunteer
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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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