James, Hutchison & Forth, P.C.

Attorneys at Law

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David W. Forth

David is a shareholder with the law firm of James, Hutchison & Forth, P.C. located in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a skilled litigator with a background in finance, whose work benefits property owners/managers, banks and financial institutions, business clients and individuals. In his 20+ years of practice, he has successfully tried many cases and represented clients in the state, federal and bankruptcy courts throughout Missouri and Illinois. He handles general business and commercial litigation in areas such as real estate, landlord/tenant (commercial and residential), creditor's rights, banking and lending, contracts, bankruptcy, construction and lien law. Prior to law school, David served as a Congressional Staff Assistant to former U.S. Representative James M. Talent ((R) 2nd District MO). In his spare time, he runs a large children’s/youth program at his church, is active in local political and community organizations, and enjoys home improvement projects.

Areas of Practice

Business Law
Real Estate

Bar Admissions

Missouri, 1997 
Illinois, 1998 
US District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1998
US District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2007
US District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1999
US District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2005
US District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2005
8th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1997
7th US Court of Appeals, 2005


Saint Louis University School of Law,
      St Louis, Missouri
      JD, cum laude, 1997
      • Dean’s Scholar
      • Phi Alpha Delta
      * Federalist Society President (1995-1997)

 University of Missouri - Columbia
      Columbia, Missouri, 1977
      BSBA, Finance (additional emphasis in Economics, 1993
      • University of Missouri Excellence Award
      • Bright Flight Scholar
      • Huggins Scholar
      • Roberts Scholar
      • Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity, Gamma Alpha Chapter
      Founding Father

Seminars/Speaking Engagements

- Seminars on landlord/tenant strategy for property owners and managers

- Seminars for banks and lenders on Missouri and Illinois replevin and foreclosure processes, providing advice, strategy and discussion of business implications

- Seminars on garnishments and judgment enforcement techniques for business owners

- Assisted in preparation of the Missouri Practice reference books, Contracts Litigation and Personal Injury and Torts, written by Dierker and Mehan and published by West

- Author of Annual Legislative Update for St. Louis Lawyer

- Adjunct Lecturer, Jurisprudence Course, Logan University (2007-2008)

- Presenter: Take the Economic Red Pill, a candid discussion of the current economic landscape

Professional Associations and Memberships

The Missouri Bar
The Illinois Bar Association
The Bar Association of Metropolitan
Saint Louis

Community Involvement

University of Missouri – Columbia (2015-present)
     - Member of Finance Advisory Board for the Department of Finance,
      Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business
     - Alumni Association Member

Cultural Festivals, Producer of the St. Louis Art Fair
     • Artist Relations Co-Chair (2015-2016)
     • Board Member (2007-2016)
     • Executive Committee (2009-2016)
     •Programming Chair (2012-2016)

St. Louis Apartment Association (2014-present)
     - Legislative Committee (2015-present)

John Marshall Republican Lawyers' Club (1997-present)

Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce (2009-present)

St. Charles County Pachyderm Club (2009-present)

Grace Community Chapel, St. Peters, Missouri
     • Commander of Awana youth program, overseeing ~275 children
      and  ~120 volunteers each week (2008-present)
     - Elder, Youth Group Leader, Adult Sunday School Teacher
     • Adult Sunday School Teacher 

Oak Forest Hills Homeowners' Association
     • Board Member (2008-2012, 2014-2016)

Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy (1997-present)
     - St. Louis Lawyers' Chapter Chair (1999-2002)

Impact Networking Group (2009-present)

Clayton Chamber of Commerce
    - Board of Directors (2006-2009)
    - Legislative Committee (2000-2009), Chair (2007-2009)
    - Leadership Clayton (2005), Co-Chair (2006-2007)
    - Member of the Year (2005)
St. Charles Co. Pachyderm Club (2009-present)

St. Charles Co. Republican Caucus Rules Committee (2012) - Representative on behalf of Santorum Presidential campaign

Bush/Cheney for President Legal Team (2000, 2004)

Clarence Harmon for Mayor Legal Team (1997)

Bayless High School Alumni Association (St. Louis)

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