Michael A. Clithero

Michael Clithero represents clients in a variety of industries, including banking and finance, construction, manufacturing and retail. He has successfully handled jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations and related appeals in many areas of civil litigation, including loan enforcement and defense, other financial services industry disputes, breach of warranty and other commercial contractual disputes and tort claims, non-competition and trade secret enforcement, broker-dealer litigation, lien enforcement and priority disputes, intellectual property disputes, products liability and trust and estate litigation.

Michael represents franchisors in disputes related to franchise agreements, and provides counsel regarding claims that a franchise agreement has been violated prior to litigation. Michael is well versed in ADR practices as most franchise agreements contain a mediation or arbitration clause.

His practice also includes real estate litigation, including condemnation and zoning matters, landlord/tenant issues and receiverships. In addition, Michael frequently represents property owners in real estate and personal property tax appeals.

Reported Decisions

  • Union Planters Bank v. Kenrick, 142 S.W.3d 729 
  • Brown v. City of Maplewood, 354 S.W.3d 664 (Mo.App. E.D. 2011)
  • Jim Thompson & Co., Inc. v. Bel-Air Restoration, L.L.C., 174 S.W.3d 9 (Mo.App. E.D. 2005)
  • State ex rel. Union Planters Bank N.A. v. Kendrick (Mo Banc 2004)
  • Lakin v. Prudential Securities, Inc., 348 F.3d 704 (8th Cir. 2003)
  • A.G. Edwards Trust Company v. Miller, 59 S.W.3d 550 (Mo.App. E.D. 2001)
  • Midwest Printing, Inc. v. AM International, Inc., 108 F.3d 168, 32 UCC Rep. Serv. 2d 134 (8th Cir. 1997)
  • St. Louis Tele-Communications, Inc. v. People’s Choice TV of St. Louis, Inc., 955 S.W.2d 805 (Mo.App. E.D. 1997)
  • Hopmeier v. First American Title Insurance Company of Mid-West, 856 S.W.2d 387 (Mo.App. E.D. 1993)
  • MRI Northwest Rentals Investments I, Inc. v. Schnucks-Twenty-Five, Inc., 807 S.W.2d 531 (Mo.App. E.D. 1991)
  • S.L. Motel Enterprises, Inc. v. East Ocean, Inc., 751 S.W.2d 114 (Mo.App. E.D. 1988) 


  • Speaker and panelist, “Procedure Matters - The New AAA Arbitration Rules and Proposed Changes to FRCP”, State of Litigation Conference Presented by Lathrop Gage LLP and Co-Sponsored by ACC America, February 26, 2015
  • Speaker, “Class Actions in Arbitration”, ACC America, Association of Corporate Counsel, July 15, 2014
  • Speaker, “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Loan Modifications and Forbearance Agreements, and Protecting the Bank from Lender Liability,” Risk Management Association, November 7, 2013
  • Speaker, “What You Can Do if a Customer/Client is Slow Pay, No Pay or Files Bankruptcy,” Small Business Council of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), May 1994
  • Speaker, “ETHICS: Real Problems from the Real World,” University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law, June 1992


  • Author, “A $5,000,000 Issue - Are Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements Enforceable?”, ACC St. Louis Fall Newsletter, Fall 2014

  • Author, “Is Your Arbitration Clause Prohibiting Class Arbitration Enforceable?”, Journal of the Missouri Bar, July-August, 2013

  • Author, “Mechanic’s Lien Claims in Bankruptcy,” The Credit Manager’s Survival Kit, 1995

  • Author, “Contractor’s Liability for Defective Conditions on Real Property and Improvements Thereto,” The St. Louis Bar Journal, Spring 1993

  • Author, “Mechanic’s and Materialman’s Law in the State of Missouri,” The Credit Manager’s Survival Kit, 1993

Professional Affiliations

  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Risk Management Association

Community Involvement

  • BASE Foundation, Board of Directors
  • St. Louis Cardinal Glennon Hospital, Homers for Health, Board Member


  • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV” Rating
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  • St. Louis

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


Robin Bryan

Court Memberships

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit
  • U.S. Claims Court


University of Missouri, Columbia School of Law, Order of the Coif, 1983

Culver-Stockton College, summa cum laude, 1980