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Steven P. Kuenzel, Jr.

Steven P. Kuenzel, Sr.
Managing Partner
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Steve, Sr. has broad experience in general litigation and counseling of clients in a variety of areas.  He has been involved in litigation matters representing banks and financial institutions, as well as individuals, insurance companies, and a variety of business entities.  He practices in the areas of personal injury, insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, business litigation, banking, real estate, estate planning, commercial litigation, criminal defense, construction litigation and workers’ compensation.

Steve, Sr. has served as the managing partner of the firm since January 1, 1986.

Steve, Sr. has served on numerous charitable boards, including extensive pro bono work for the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, where he serves as General Counsel and sits on the Executive Board of Directors.  He has also been active in the business and social community of Washington, Missouri, where he has served as President and sat on the Board of Directors of numerous organizations.

In 2010, Steve, Sr. was named as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), which is a trial lawyer honorary society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.  Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only.  In 2012, he was certified as a Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, of which fewer than 1% of the U.S. lawyers are members.

In 2017, Steve, Sr. was named as a Fellow of the American Council of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience and extensive jury trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to its mission.


University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law - J.D., 1976

University of Missouri - Columbia - B.S., Finance and Banking, 1974

Legal Background

Eckelkamp Kuenzel LLP (formerly Eckelkamp, Eckelkamp, Wood & Kuenzel)
(Partner 1984-Present; Managing Partner 1986-Present)

Politte, Thayer & Kuenzel
(Partner 1976-1983)

Adjunct Professor of Law, Business Law, East Central College

Professional Honors

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society (2010-Present)

Life Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum (The top trial lawyers in America) (2012-present)


U.S. Supreme Court - 2008

U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Missouri - 1976

U.S. District Court - Western District of Missouri - 1976

Missouri State Courts

Professional Organizations

American Bar Association

The Missouri Bar Association

American Trial Lawyers Association

Franklin County Bar Association


Trained and certified by the University of Missouri Columbia in June, 2012

Community Organizations

Executive Board – Greater St. Louis Area Council – Boy Scouts of America (1992-Present)

Washington Ambassadors Club (President 1998-1999)

Washington Park Board (President 1988-1997)

Washington Area Chamber of Commerce (President 1983-1985)

Washington Lions Club (President 1984-1985)

Washington Jaycees (President 1978-1980)

Elks Club

Leadership St. Louis (1984-1985)

Knights of Columbus


Distinguished Service Award – Washington Jaycees – 1985

Who’s Who in American Law – 1988-Present

Award of Merit – Greater St. Louis Area Council, BSA – 1996

Silver Beaver – Greater St. Louis Area Council, BSA – 1999

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