Christopher O. Bauman

Managing Member - St. Louis

Chris Bauman is a member of the St. Louis Office who joined the firm in 2003 after serving as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel and Interim Chief Legal Counsel in the office of Missouri Governor Bob Holden. Chris has represented a number of closely-held businesses and local businesses in connection with their complex commercial litigation, including lender disputes, construction matters, and litigation concerning operational control of business entities.

Chris’s practice is centered on trials and appeals, including litigation and appeals concerning securities class actions, tax increment financing and other public financing mechanisms, employment covenants, wrongful death, and a wide variety of contractual disputes.

Chris has acted as first chair in several cases tried to judgment as well as numerous evidentiary hearings on temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions. He has also argued appeals before the Missouri Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, Eastern and Western Districts.


2024, 2023, 2022 & 2021 Best Lawyers in America
2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers
2015 Largest Reported Defense Wins, Missouri Lawyers Weekly
2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Stars
2013 Up & Coming Attorney, Missouri Lawyers Weekly
2011 Largest Plaintiff Win, Missouri Lawyers Weekly
2011 David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award, Missouri Bar Foundation


J.D., Harvard University, 2000, Cum Laude
B.S., Central Missouri State University, 1997, Summa Cum Laude


United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri