Christopher S. Swiecicki
Christopher S. Swiecicki is managing member of Swiecicki & Muskett, LLC, a St. Louis-based law firm specializing in business and corporate taxation, with vast experience in energy, finance, banking, and construction law. The practice also serves clients in the areas of litigation, appellate work, and employment law. With both a law degree and a master’s of law in taxation, and over two decades of experience, he leads the firm as a recognized legal expert on corporate taxation issues. He is also an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law—the 17th-ranked law school in the nation. Defined by his clients as a practical lawyer, his advice is a combination of legal and pragmatic.
Chris founded Swiecicki & Muskett as a small firm in 2005, bringing with him nearly 20 years of experience in business and law, and valuable insight gained from his time as counsel for Big Four accounting firms. He has served both as in-house counsel for Fortune 500 financial institutions, major corporations, and one of the top utility companies in the nation and as outside counsel for multi-billion-dollar corporations. Having split his career between these two worlds, Chris possesses a rare dual perspective held by few attorneys in private practice, and breadth and depth of experience to help his clients navigate complex corporate matters. “By having in-house experience, I’m better able to give advice that is practical advice,” he explains.
The practice serves clients through its office in St. Louis. and Michigan. Its small size is by design, allowing its attorneys to offer personal attention to each of their clients and to keep costs low to best serve their clients’ needs—clients pay lower costs for the same service offered at larger firms. The firm is small, but it is mighty, led by Chris’s motto, “We don’t quit when we are tired, we quit when the task is completed.”
In 2011, at the invitation of the dean of Washington University School of Law, his alma mater, Chris joined the university as an adjunct professor, teaching business acquisitions, corporate, and estate and gift tax. He is also the author of several publications. Chris’s legal expertise extends beyond the corporate realm. He was appointed by the United States Court of Appeals to represent criminal defendants. Though his compensation is minimal, he gladly contributes some of his time to represent these individuals. “It is not all about money for me. I give up my time to proudly do this.”
He also contributes his time as chair, Eliot Society Washington University – Law School.