Joseph Porter, Jr. is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Services and Financial and Real Estate Services practice groups. With more than 35 years of experience, he provides counsel to a variety of corporations on transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, equity offerings, financing arrangements and strategic planning. Joseph’s practice focuses on financial institutions and the special regulatory issues involved in the operation of state and federal banks, and savings and loan associations. 

Joseph provides assistance to clients with acquisitions and divestitures, corporate restructurings, regulatory compliance issues, introduction of new product lines, and expansion into other geographic areas through branching and acquisition. 


  • Saint Louis University School of Law  (J.D., cum laude, 1979)
    • Saint Louis University Law Journal
    • Order of the Woolsack
    • Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit Honor Fraternity
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis  (B.S., cum laude, 1979)
    • Beta Gamma Sigma, Business School Honor Fraternity


  • Missouri, 1979
  • Illinois, 1980

Professional Activities

  • The Missouri Bar 
  • Illinois State Bar Association 
  • American Bar Association 
  • American Bankers Association 
  • Community Bankers Association of Illinois 
  • Illinois Bankers Association 
  • Missouri Bankers Association 
  • Missouri Bankers Association Bank Legal Issues Conference (Chair, 2013) 
  • Missouri Independent Bankers Association 
  • Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (Past Member, Board of Directors)
  • Missouri Supreme Court Gender and Justice Task Force (Co-Chair, 1992-1995)

Charitable and Civic Involvement

  • The Mercantile Library (Board of Directors) 
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Council (2002-2015, 2017-present) 
  • University of Missouri – Missouri 100 (2013-2015) 
  • Incarnate Word Academy (Past Member, Board of Trustees) 
  • DePaul Health Center Foundation (Past Member, Board of Directors) 
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis Business School (Alumni Board and Dean's Council)
  • Saint Louis University Law Alumni Association (Past President) 
  • SSM Rehabilitation Institute (Past President, Board of Directors) 
  • University of Missouri–St. Louis Alumni Association (Past President)


  • The Best Lawyers in America®; Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law (2006-present)
  • Named Best Lawyers “St. Louis Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year” (2012)
  • Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Guide to Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A; St. Louis & Surrounds (2010-2015)
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (2005-present)
  • AV Rated Martindale-Hubbell
  • Presidential Citation Award from University of Missouri (2006)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Missouri-St. Louis (2000)


Prior to joining the firm, Joseph was a shareholder at a St. Louis firm where he chaired the Banking practice group and served as vice chair of the Corporate and Transactional practice group.

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