7733 Forsyth Boulevard, Suite 500
St. Louis, MO 63105

Skilled Attorneys in Business, Real Estate and Litigation

Stone, Leyton & Gershman, A Professional Corporation delivers practical and seasoned advice to our clients. Founded in 1988, our firm represents businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals in several practice areas, including real estate, litigation, business law, bankruptcy, and estate planning. Our attorneys have strong academic backgrounds and years of diverse experience helping clients understand and solve complex legal issues.

All of our attorneys have superior academic backgrounds. With few exceptions, the firm’s attorneys moved their practices from larger firms to take advantage of the more flexible and entrepreneurial platform that a mid-sized firm provides. Stone, Leyton & Gershman prides itself on providing sophisticated and innovative representation to individual, entrepreneurial, and institutional clients on matters of local, national and international importance.

Our firm assists individuals, institutions and companies with a variety of legal concerns, including:

  • Real estate — Stone, Leyton & Gershman provides knowledgeable counsel for a complete range of real estate issues including development, financing, zoning, transactions and eminent domain.
  • Business law — We counsel growing and established businesses regarding corporate structure, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, ownership disputes and other aspects of business law.
  • Civil litigation — Our trial attorneys have more than 80 years of combined civil litigation experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States.
  • Personal injury — We take an aggressive approach that delivers strong results for personal injury victims, whether the result of a motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice, or some other form of negligence.
  • Bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights — Firm lawyers represent creditors, debtors, trustees, and examiners in bankruptcy and related proceedings. We regularly counsel businesses and individuals on the intricacies and practicalities of insolvency, asset recovery and protection.
  • Government relations — Our government relations group provides keen insight into the workings of local, state and federal government policies and practices to help clients effectively navigate government-related obstacles and opportunities.
  • Estate planning — We provide sophisticated estate planning for individuals in Missouri and Illinois, including the development of long-term strategies to preserve and protect assets for future generations.

Call Stone, Leyton & Gershman, P.C. today at 314-721-7011 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Howard S. Smotkin


  • Missouri, 1986
  • Pennsylvania, 1987
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court – Eastern District of Missouri, Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, and Southern District of Illinois
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • American Bar Association


  • St. Louis University, J.D., cum laude, 1986
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., 1982

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
    • Recipient President’s Outstanding Service Award
    • Budget Committee
  • Meds & Food for Kids
    • Legal Counsel
    • Finance Committee

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