John Fox Arnold

Attorney at Law

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 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® PreeminentTM 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 (Metro)
  • 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 the 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 to for Lease Financings of Rail Equipment

Community Service & Awards

  • United States Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (1973-Present) 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 Uniform Protected Series Act
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rating
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 
    Corporate Law, 2005-Present
  • 2016 Lawyer of the Year in St. Louis, Corporate Law, by The Best Lawyers in America®
  • St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, Board of Directors 2011-2016
  • 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, PA, 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, 2005
  • Missouri State Government Review Commission, Member, 2005
  • Downtown Development Action Plan, Co-chair 1997-2001
  • Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, Chairman 1997-1999
  • Downtown St. Louis, Inc., Chairman 1996-1998
  • Judicial Merit Selection Commission for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Chairman 1990
  • 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
  • St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners, Chairman 1981-1985, 2008
  • St. Louis County Charter Revision Commission, Member 1967
  • Biography has appeared in “Who’s Who in America”, “Who’s Who in American Politics” and “Who’s Who in American Law”

Military Service

  • Commissioned Lieutenant U.S.A.R. Artillery, 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
  • Division Artillery, 102nd Infantry Division,  St. Louis, Missouri, 1963-1966
  • Honorable Discharge as Captain U.S.A.R., 1966

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