Michael J. Adrian

Michael Adrian concentrates his practice in corporate, business and transactional matters, advising companies and individuals on formation and early-stage issues, drafting and negotiating complex transactional documents, including technology licensing agreements and services agreements, and assisting with mergers and acquisitions.

Michael regularly provides counsel to clients in highly regulated industries, including healthcare and gaming. In the healthcare field, he has assisted hospitals, physicians and home health providers in developing, drafting, negotiating and consummating various transactions, including those in furtherance of healthcare integration strategies.  These arrangements, accomplished through management services agreements, hospital-based physician services agreements or similar arrangements, often result in improved patient care and enhanced efficiencies.

Michael’s extensive gaming experience has included guiding casino operators, suppliers and individuals through complicated licensing procedures and obtaining regulatory approval for multi-jurisdictional and international acquisitions and divestures.

He has advised clients in a wide range of transactions, including the following:

  • Advising entrepreneurs and start-up companies with formation, financing and strategic issues;
  • Drafting and negotiating complex commercial transactions;
  • Counseling buyers and sellers in acquisitions;
  • Representing business entities and individuals before gaming authorities in various jurisdictions, helping them to procure and maintain their occupational licenses, manage ongoing operational issues and facilitate the use of best practices; and
  • Assisting publicly held companies in connection with public offerings of securities, corporate governance issues and compliance with various disclosure requirements.

Court Memberships

  • Missouri 
  • Illinois


  • "100 St. Louisans You Should Know to Succeed in Business," St. Louis Small Business Monthly, April 2018
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly's 2016 Up & Coming class
  • Selected for Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars,” 2012, 2015-2019
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Affiliations

  • International Association of Gaming Advisors
  • American Health Lawyers Association

Community Involvement

  • Echelon St. Louis, Membership Chair, 2017-2018
  • Ste. Genevieve du Bois ACTS, Core Team, Secretary
  • St. Louis University High School, Alumni Board


  • Co-author, Finding Capital in a Volatile Economic Environment, St. Louis Small Business Monthly, January 2009
  • Co-author, Do European Union Non-Tariff Barriers Create Economic Nuisances in the United States?, 1 Journal of Food & Law Policy 87, Spring 2005
  • Author, The Nation’s Medical Quandary Concerning Hospital and Physician Liens: Who Should Pick Up the Check?, 23 Saint Louis University Public Law Review, 427, 2004
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  • St. Louis

    7701 Forsyth Boulevard
    Suite 500
    Clayton, MO 63105
F: 314.613.2801


Juli Mantia


Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2004 

  • Saint Louis University Public Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor

Marquette University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2001