Lawrence J. Wadsack



Lawrence J. Wadsack practices in the areas of governmental and public institutions law. He advises school districts and other public entities on open-meetings laws, the First Amendment, school and religion, student and employee dress codes, student discipline, search and seizure, administrative matters, and employee discipline and termination. He has dealt extensively with how social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter impact these areas of governmental entities, and their staffs and students.

Mr. Wadsack has conducted and prosecuted numerous administrative personnel hearings. He has litigated constitutional issues including speech and religious rights under the First Amendment, and due-process, equal protection, and search and seizure cases under the Fourth Amendment. In addition, he has defended negligence claims brought against schools and other public entities.

He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law.


  • American Jurisprudence Award Recipient

Published Works

  • The Plaintouch Doctrine and Confusion Following U.S. v. Dickerson; Terry Frisk Needs an Expansion, St. Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 39, No. 3, Spring, 1995
  • Note, The Plain Touch Doctrine and Confusion following U.S. v. Dickerson: The Terry Frisk Needs an Expansion, Saint Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 39, No. 3, Spring, 1995
  • “Students 2011: Bullying, Smartphones, Sexting and More…,” Missouri School Boards’ Association Conference, Fall 2011
  • “Legal and Ethical Issues for School Counselors Workshop,” Missouri School Counselor Association Conference, Fall 2011
  • “Trending Issues in Education Law 2014,” MASSP/MCCTA Fall Conference, 2014
  • “Guidance on the Administration of Student Discipline,” MASSP/MCCTA Fall Conference, 2015

Classes & Seminars

  • Hot Topics in School Law, Lorman, 1997 to 2000
  • School Violence Issues, Lorman, 2000 to 2000
  • Presenter on First Amendment Rights, 2008
  • Presenter, Student Discipline Issues, Missouri School Boards’ Association Conference, Fall 2015
  • Presenter, School Violence Issues, Missouri School Boards’ Association Conference, Fall 2012
  • Presenter on First Amendment Rights, 2008
  • Presenter, School Law Seminars, 2005-2006
  • Facilitator, School Violence Prevention Summit, 2000

My Team

Administrative Assistant:
Donna McClure

Practice Areas

  • Education
  • Government & Public Agencies
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2019
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1997
  • Supreme Court of Missouri, 1996
  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1997


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. – 1996
    • Honors: magna cum laude, Order of the Woolsack, William Healy Scholar
    • Honors: Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards, 1993-1995
  • Truman State University
    • B.S. – 1977
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Criminal Justice

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, 1997
  • The Missouri Bar, 1997
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 1996
  • National Council of School Attorneys, 1997
  • Missouri School Safety Association, 1994
  • St. Louis County Bar Association
  • F.B.I National Academy Associates, Past President, 1994
  • Board of Directors, Special Olympics Missouri, Endowment Fund, 2010-2014
  • Special Olympics Missouri, Board of Directors, 2007-2014
  • St. Louis Zoo Friends Association
  • Moolah Shriners, St. Louis, Missouri
  • The BackStoppers of St. Louis, Family Friend Committee, 2000-Present

Employment History

  • Lashly & Baer, P.C., Member, 2005 to Present
  • Lashly & Baer, P.C., Associate, 1996 to 2005
  • St. Louis County Police Department, 1970 to 1996

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