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David G. Waltrip


David G. Waltrip

Practice Areas

  • Civil/Business/Contract Litigation
  • Domestic Relations
  • Personal Injury
  • Military/Veteran's Law
  • Business Formation and Operations


David G. Waltrip, was born in Jacksonville, Illinois.

David has been admitted to the Illinois Bar since 1984 and the Missouri Bar since 1985. He has also been admitted to practice in the federal courts before the United States District Courts for the Eastern District Missouri, (1985); the Southern District of Illinois, (2002); the Central District of Illinois (2015); the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, (1985); the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, (2003); and the United States Court of Military Appeals, (1988).

David received a Bachelor of Science degree from MacMurray college in 1976. While attending college, David served as the legislative aide to Illinois State Representative Thomas C. Rose and upon completion of his college education was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Following active duty with the United States Marine Corps from 1976 to 1981, David received his Juris Doctor degree from Southern Illinois University in 1984.

Upon graduation from Law School, David served as an assistant State's Attorney for Jackson County, Illinois. During that time, David tried over 150 bench and jury trials ranging from misdemeanor to Attempted Murder cases. In 1985, David joined other fellow Marine Corps officers in the practice of law in St. Louis, Missouri. Since 1985, David has been a member of law firms in St. Louis and primarily focuses his practice in civil matters.

David has handled civil, criminal, and military matters as lead counsel in both federal and state courts throughout the United States and has represented a myriad of clients in various states.

From 1976 through August, 1981, David served on active duty with the United States Marine Corps. David resigned his regular commission in the Marine Corps and took a Reserve Commission where he completed his duty with the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a Major in 1999. David received the Navy Commendation Medal and other medals, decorations and citations resulting from his active duty and reserve duty with the Marine Corps.

David is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Illinois Bar, the St. Louis County Bar Association, and formerly the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. David served on the Executive Committee of the St. Louis County Bar and was the President of that organization in 1995. David was selected as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of St. Louis County in 1990. David continues to be active with the St. Louis County Bar.

From 1986 to 2019, David taught Business Law at Washington University, (University College). David has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the USO of Missouri from 2009 through 2021 during which time David served as the President of the Board from 2013 through 2014 and as Chairman of the Board from 2015 through 2016.

David practices in various areas of law which include: Civil Litigation in both State and Federal Court; Appellate Law; Business Law; Business Formations; Sale of Business; Business Torts; Commercial Litigation; Business Litigation; Employment contracts; Non-Compete Contracts; Bankruptcy; Business Planning; Contract Development and Review; Mold Remediation Litigation; Mortgage Litigation; Real Estate; Real Estate Contracts for Residential and Commercial Property; Personal Injury including Automobile Accidents; Trucking Accidents; Construction Accidents; Premises Liability; Accidents resulting form negligence of others; Slip and Fall; Wrongful Death; Medical Malpractice; Accounting Malpractice; Domestic Relations Law including Divorce; Dissolution of Marriage; Family Law; Adoptions; Child Support; Child Custody; Visitation Rights; Modification of Judgments and Decrees; Parental Relocation; Complex Division of Marital Property; Antenuptial Agreements; Annulments; Military Divorce; Military Law.


  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois
    • J.D., Doctorate of Jurisprudence - 1984
  • MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1976
    • Major: Political Science/Administration of Justice

Classes & Seminars

  • Business Law, Washington University, (University College), 1986 to 2019
  • Military Law and Divorce, 2002
  • Law and the Media, Lindenwood University, 2008 to 2015

Pro-Bono Activities

  • USO of Missouri, 2009 to 2021


  • Eltek International Laboratories, Inc.
  • Cambridge Marketing Group, Inc.
  • Cambridge Motor Sports, L.L.C.
  • E. D. Industries, Inc.
  • Texas Properties, L.L.C.

Past Positions

  • United States Marine Corps (active duty), 1976 to 1981
  • Unites States Marine Corps Reserve, 1981 to 1999
  • St. Louis County Bar, Executive Committee
  • St. Louis County Bar, President, 1995
  • David G. Waltrip, LLC, Managing Member
  • Kaveney, Beach, Bond, Russell & Mittleman, Associate, 1985 to 1987
  • Special Counsel to First Baptist Church of Harvester

Ancillary Businesses

  • Adjunct Professor, Washington University, St. Louis University 1986 to 2021

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta

Professional Associations

  • Missouri Bar, Member
  • Illinois Bar, Member
  • St. Louis County Bar Association, Member, 1985 to Present

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1984
  • Missouri, 1985
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 2002
  • U. S. Court of Military Appeals, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2015

Current Employment Position

  • Managing Member


  • Martindale Hubbell “AV” Rated for the Past 25 Years
  • Outstanding Young Attorney for St. Louis County
  • President of the St. Louis County Bar Association
  • President of the Board of Directors of the USO of Missouri
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the USO of Missouri
  • Chairman of the McDonnell - Douglas Air Show at Fair St. Louis
  • Recipient of Navy Commendation Medal