John Fox Arnold



John Fox Arnold has served as general counsel and special counsel to public agencies, represented firms engaged in the underwriting and public offering of securities, and has represented developers and owners during acquisition and construction of governmental, commercial and urban redevelopment projects. In addition, he has structured sales tax rebate, tax abatement and tax increment financing transactions, and served as counsel in tax-incentivized transactions. Mr. Arnold has served as bond counsel, special counsel and underwriter’s counsel for general obligation and revenue bond obligations. Billions of dollars have been invested in projects in which he has been engaged as counsel.

John earned his LL.B. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Corporate Law each year since 2005. In 2019, Arnold was selected as an ICON Award recipient by Missouri Lawyers Media. In 2016, he was selected the Lawyer of the Year for St. Louis in the area of Corporate Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. He is also peer rated AV Preeminent® with Martindale Hubbell.  

He has served as sole arbitrator, chair and panelist for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formally the National Association of Securities Dealers) and for the American Arbitration Association.

Representative Clients

  • The Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District
  • The Board of Directors of the City of St. Louis Municipal Library District
  • Rate Commission of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District

Representative Cases or Transactions

  • Special Counsel for New Markets Tax Credit transactions for projects in the Central Business District of the City of St. Louis
  • Rate Counsel for Capital Improvement Programs for a metropolitan sewer district
  • Special Counsel for the transactions authorizing the Purchase, Defeasance and Cancellation of the Outstanding Bridge Revenue Bonds and the Transfer of Jurisdictional Control of an interstate bridge for renovation
  • Underwriters’ Counsel and Issuers’ Counsel for Sales Tax Appropriation Refunding Bonds for a light rail project
  • Special Counsel for Lease Financings of Rail Equipment

Community Service

  • St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, Board of Directors, 2011 – 2016
  • Missouri State Government Review Commission, Member, 2005
  • Downtown Development Action Plan, Co-Chair. 1997 – 2001
  • Downtown STL, Inc. (formerly Partnership for Downtown St. Louis), Chairman, 1997 – 1999
  • Judicial Merit Selection Commission for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Chairman, 1990
  • St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners, Chairman, 1981 – 1985, 2008
  • St. Louis County Charter Revision Commission, Member, 1967


  • ICON Award – distinguished attorneys recognized by Missouri Lawyers Media, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, 2005 – Present
  • Lawyer of the Year in St. Louis, Corporate Law, by The Best Lawyers in America®, 2016
  • John H. Poelker Levee Stone Award for advancing the sustainability and revitalization of Downtown St. Louis by the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, 2011
  • National Security Seminar, U.S. Army War College, Carlyle Barracks, Pennsylvania, 2009
  • Distinguished Lawyer Award of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2009
  • St. Louis Bar Foundation Award for significant contribution to the St. Louis Community and Legal Profession, 2006
  • The Missouri Bar President’s Award – in recognition of his efforts to maintain an impartial judiciary, 2005
  • Master Lawyer Designation by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis – attorneys who best exemplify the honor and dignity of the profession, 2005
  • The Missouri Bar Award of Merit for Service to the Profession, 1985
  • University of Missouri Law Alumni Association Citation of Merit for Meritorious Service in Law, 1985
  • Biography has appeared in “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in American Politics” and “Who’s Who in American Law”
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating

Classes & Seminars

  • Visiting Lecturer on Business Law- Faculty of Law, School of Business Administration, Turiba, Riga, Latvia, 2006
  • Visiting Lecturer on Business Law- Faculty of Law, Azov Regional Management Institute of Zaporizhya National University, Berdyansk, Ukraine, 2007

Military Service

  • Commissioned Lieutenant, United States Army Reserve, 1959
  • VII Corps Artillery, U.S. Army Europe, 3rd Gun Battalion, 39th Field Artillery, Dachau, Germany, 1962 – 1963
  • Headquarters, St. Louis Defense, Army Air Defense Command, 1st Missile Battalion, 62nd Artillery, Scott Air Force Base, Belleville, Illinois, 1963
  • 4th Battalion, 13th Field Artillery, 102nd Ozark Division, St. Louis, Missouri, 1963 – 1966
  • Honorable Discharge as Captain United States Army Reserve, 1968

My Team

Administrative Assistant:
Elaine Lickenbrock

Practice Areas

  • Business & Corporate
  • Government & Public Agencies

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1961
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1961
  • Supreme Court of Missouri, 1961


  • University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
    • LL.B., 1961
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
    • A.B., 1959

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, 1986 – 1990
  • The Missouri Bar, President, 1984 – 1985
  • St. Louis Bar Foundation, President, 1974 – 1975
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, President, 1975 – 1976
  • National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Drafting Committees for the Uniform Securities Act and Article 2 (Sales), Article 2(A) (Leases), Article 8 (Investment Securities) of the Uniform Commercial Code, and the Protected Series Act, Commissioner and Life Member, 1973 – Present
  • American Law Institute, Life Member
  • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • The State and Local Government Law and the Business Law Sections of the American Bar Association

Employment History

  • Lashly & Baer, P.C.
    Member, 1970 – Present
    Chairman, 1987 – 2007
    Managing Member, 1978 – 1986
  • Green, Hennings, Henry & Arnold
    Partner, 1963 – 1970

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