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Lisa D. McLaughlin

With more than 40 years of experience, Lisa D. McLaughlin brings a full range of sophisticated estate planning techniques to clients of MGD Law, LLC in St. Louis, Missouri. As a managing member, she also devotes a significant portion of her practice to charitable, nonprofit, and tax-exempt entity law. Lisa holds an AV Preeminent Rating and has been ranked among The Best Lawyers in America, Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers, St. Louis Top 50 Lawyers, and Top 50 Women Lawyers.


Founded in 2018, MGD Law, LLC is a women-centric, boutique estate planning firm that was initially opened by Lisa, Beverly Greenley, and Adrienne Davis. Soon after, Cathy Thayer joined as another principal, followed by six additional attorneys. With all having spent some portion of their careers in major bank or trust offices, the legal team does a fair amount of representation of corporate trustees. They also hold decades of combined experience in trusts, estates, wealth planning, and related areas of tax practice.


The firm has seen immense growth since its inception and plans to add two additional attorneys later this year. Other solo and small-firm lawyers in the process of retiring are also turning their practices over to MGD Law, LLC, as they are well-known and trusted by the community. “We roll up our sleeves, get involved, and cater to the needs of our clients,” says Lisa. “Our motto is: we offer big firm experience and expertise without a big firm price.” The firm’s boutique model allows the attorneys to highly customize their services for clients, which is rarely done at large firms.


An active leader in charitable and civic service, Lisa is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and serves as chair of the board of the Missouri Historical Society, as director of YouthBridge Community Foundation, and as a trustee of the Missouri United Methodist Foundation. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Law as well as a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.



Lisa D. McLaughlin

Managing Member



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