Bennett S. Keller

Bennett Keller concentrates his practice in estate planning, probate and general business, corporate law and succession planning. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Washington University School of Law in the Master’s of Taxation Program where he teaches a class in Business Succession Planning.

Ben is a frequent lecturer and speaker on estate planning, business succession planning and tax issues. He has authored articles for such publications as the Journal of Taxation, Estate Planning, and the St. Louis Business Journal.

Representative experience:

  • Handled tax court controversy - preferred stock recapitalization and family estate freezes;
  • Worked with many family businesses nationwide regarding business succession and generational planning;
  • Handled numerous shareholder disputes.


  • Presenter, Protecting the Next Generation: Succession and Estate Planning for Small/Family-owned Businesses, Missouri Lawyers Media, September 15, 2020
  • Panelist, Turning Liquidity into Purpose: Developing your plan for the liquidity event and the next chapter of your life., Smart Business Dealmakers Conference, February 13, 2020
  • Presenter, Lending to the Family-Owned Business, Risk Management Association Monthly Meeting, June 2017
  • Speaker, "Obeying the Cardinal Rules: A Practical Guide to Common Ethical Issues," Transportation Law Institute, St. Louis, November 2014
  • Speaker, 2012 Annual Update and Open House, St. Louis, MO, November 2012
  • Speaker, Right to Die After Cruzan, The Missouri Bar Fall Probate Institute, 1990
  • Speaker, The Probate Tool Box - Federal and Missouri Estate and Income Taxes, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 1988


  • Co-Author, Planning for the Allocation of Administration Expenses to Income Under Hubert, Journal of Taxation, Vol. 84, No. 4, April 1996
  • Co-Author, Sales, Mortgages, Leases and Exchanges, Chapter 6 of The Missouri Bar CLE Handbook, Estate Administration
  • Co-Author, Hard to Handle Assets in Probate, The St. Louis Bar Journal, Vol. 1, Winter 1992
  • Co-Author, S Corporations in Missouri, Professional Education Systems, Inc.
  • Co-Author, IRS Makes It Harder to Use GRITS, But Provides a Safe Harbor to Avoid Gift and Estate Taxes, Estate Planning, Vol. 17, No. 1, 1990
  • Co-Author, Valuation of Closely Held Business Interests, Current Application of Minority Discount and the Control Premium, 5 The Journal of Taxation of Estates and Trusts, Vol. 2, No. 3, Spring 1990
  • Co-Author, Treatment of Estate Freezes Revised by TAMRA, But Many Questions Remain, Estate Planning, Vol. 16, No. 2, March/April 1989
  • Co-Author, Deferral Can Still be Combined with Corporate Redemptions to Provide Liquidity, Tax Benefits, Estate Planning, Vol. 14, No. 5, 1987

Client Alerts and Blog Posts

News Releases

Professional Affiliations

  • Estate Planning Council of St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar, Former Durable Power of Attorney Subcommittee Member
  • The Missouri Bar, Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri, Former Panel Member
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust and Taxation Sections
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Probate and Trust Law Steering Committee, Past Chairman
  • Missouri Region X Disciplinary Committee, Former Chair

Community Involvement

  • The Kaufman Fund, Volunteer
  • Jonny G Foundation, Founder and Board Member
  • Missouri Tourism Commission, Board Member, Appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon, 2014 - 2017
  • Alzheimer Association, Former Board Member
  • Louis Quarterback Club, Former Board Member
  • The Lupus Foundation, Former Board Member
  • AMC Cancer Research, Former Board Member
  • Alzheimer Association, Former Board Member
  • Louis Quarterback Club, Former Board Member
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation, Former Board Member


  • St. Louis Small Business Monthly, “100 St. Louisans You Should Know to Succeed in Business,” 2014, 2021
  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2008-2023
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005-2006, 2008-2019, 2021
  • Missouri ICON Award, 2020 
  • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV” Rating
  • Beta Alpha Psi
  • Delta Theta Phi
  • Note and Comment Editor, Missouri Law Review
  • Outstanding Young West Countian
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  • St. Louis

    7701 Forsyth Boulevard
    Suite 500
    Clayton, MO 63105
  • Chicago

    155 North Wacker Drive
    Suite 3000
    Chicago, IL 60606-1787
  • Denver

    675 15th Street
    Suite 2650
    Denver, CO 80202
F: 314.613.2801


Ashley Schmidt

Court Memberships

  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Tax Court


University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1984

University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S.B.A., cum laude, 1981