St Louis & St Charles Attorney Kenneth P. Carp
During my tenure as a retired Lt. Colonel from the USAF Judge Advocate General Corps and in my 25 years as a civil litigation attorney, I have developed a core sense of responsibility to both my clients and the community. I always focus on my clients and not the value of the case, and I have represented individuals and businesses with cases ranging from under $1,000.00 to a wrongful death recovering nearly $1,000,000.00. Based on my reputation and experience in and out of the courtroom, I was hired as a part-time Hearing Officer (Administrative Judge) in two capacities with the City of St. Louis, serving with the City Civil Service Commission and the City Treasurer’s Office. Through my hearing practice before the Department of Labor, I have earned a reputation as an advocate who can define the issues for the Judges and aggressively represent my clients while showing tremendous respect to both the court and the opposing party. I have had successful appeals before the Missouri Court of Appeals, and my arguments have even resulted in dicta in court opinions.
I have practiced employment law in several states, and have developed an exceptional reputation as an employment attorney. Media outlets as far as Oregon (the “Oregonian”) have consulted me based on my reputation and other attorneys and corporate counsels frequently refer cases to me. Some referrals are based on the client’s immediate need of representation at unemployment hearings, while others require an appeal, briefs, or other arguments relating to an employee’s discharge. Based on my unemployment law experience, I have taught national and state-wide unemployment law continued legal education (CLE) to attorneys and key company personnel.
One of my clients—a large trucking company—stated that “Kenny starts every issue with the desired outcome and finds the most economical and least disruptive way to get to that outcome.” Another client stated, “When everyone else was rolling over-you came through with tenacity.” My result-oriented focus has made me exceptional at providing debt and consumer-related problem solving representation. Whether I am representing one-owner companies or major corporations, I apply an attitude of solving problems in the most pragmatic and cost-effective way.
I help clients pass the “means test” to qualify for bankruptcy when they have been told “no” elsewhere. I successfully help clients handle student loans, taxes, and mortgage issues by examining the bigger financial picture. I have taught bankruptcy and debt-related CLEs at the Missouri Bar Family Law Conference, national webinars, and numerous classes in the Greater St. Louis area.
Problem-solving for each specific client is what I enjoy the most. As an estate planner— drafting wills, trusts and handling probate estates—I have handled small estates as well as estates valued in the millions which have required numerous revisions and estate-planning devices. I help clients express their needs in plain language. The St. Charles County Probate Court has appointed me as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) to represent the interests of people who cannot represent themselves, and I was on the original committee that designed and implemented the ground-breaking Domestic Violence Court in St. Louis County, where I also serve as a court appointed GAL. As a civil litigator, my experience locally and with the USAF has enabled me to represent clients with multi-jurisdictional issues involving service members as well as families who reside in different states.
- 2016 Notable Rating
- America’s Most Honored Professionals 2016 – Top 10%
- Client Distinction Award
- 25 year Anniversary Bar Admission
- 2015 Peer Review Rated Attorney
I take my role as a family law attorney seriously. I understand that family law affects real lives, real people and real children. As you attorney, I will not only provide trial representation but will also help you evaluate you options and make the best choices for your situation. I only take clients with whom I believe I will relate and understand their needs. This relationship is important as family law is generally extremely personal. As with other areas of law, I have taught continuing education to attorneys and performed a number of speaking engagements to various groups.
My recent appointment as Trustee to oversee the closing down of a missing attorney’s law office is an indication of the trust the court has in me. I devoted over 600 hours of “free” legal work as Trustee and this work touched as many as a thousand lives. My numerous television appearances helped shed a positive light on the fine profession of law while dealing with the office of an attorney who ended up pleading guilty to federal felony charges.
Some of my accomplishments include:
- Trustee over the Law Office of Jeffrey Witt
- GAL in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties
- Special Assistant US Attorney – Southern District of Illinois
- Special Missouri Public Defender
Judge/hearing Officer Positions
- Civil Service Commission – City of St. Louis
- Treasurer’s Office – City of St. Louis
- Article 32 Officer – USAF
- Hearing Officer – USAF
Speaking and Writing
- Missouri Bar Family Law CLE Edition
- Bankruptcy, Unemployment, Tax and Family Law lecturer and author
- American Jurisprudence Award For Constitutional Law
- USAF ROTC Distinguished Graduate
- Commander – Arnold Air Society