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Capes & Cohen Named as 2024 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in St. Louis


Capes Sokol is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers selected both David V. Capes and Jeffrey A. Cohen as a 2024 “Lawyer of the Year” in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

David was recognized for Litigation and Controversy–Tax, while Jeff was honored in the Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) category. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in the St. Louis area receives the “Lawyer of the Year” designation.

In addition, twenty-two other Capes Sokol attorneys were chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 edition.

David V. Capes

David V. Capes, senior counsel and a founder of Capes Sokol, has, for more than 40 years, been recognized as one of the top tax and white collar defense attorneys in St. Louis.  He has significant experience defending both individuals and businesses under investigation for and/or charged with federal tax and other white collar crimes.

He began his career in the public sector, first as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, then as an Attorney-Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General, and finally as a federal prosecutor, initially for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Tax Section and subsequently at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Missouri.

For additional information about David, please visit his profile.

Jeffrey A. Cohen

Jeff serves as Managing Shareholder and President of Capes Sokol. He is recognized for his proficiency in guiding and resolving complex legal matters and disputes related to business transactions and commercial real estate. has experience across a wide range of industries, including real estate, distribution, manufacturing and service businesses.

At Capes Sokol, Jeff also focuses on the representation of closely-held businesses and their owners through the entire life of the company, including mergers and acquisitions, contract arrangements, business and succession planning, financing, corporate governance and other general business matters. He previously served as law clerk to the Honorable Paul J. Simon, Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District.

For additional information about Jeff, please visit his profile.

Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is the oldest, most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Best Lawyers inclusion reflects the consensus opinions of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues in the same geographic and legal practice areas. Best Lawyers uses a transparent survey process to elicit meaningful evaluations.



About Capes Sokol

At Capes Sokol, we strive to find the best solutions to our client's legal problems and to turn even complex challenges into opportunities. That’s why each member of our St. Louis-based team is committed to looking at every issue from multiple angles. We bring teamwork and collaboration across disciplines. We take the time to listen and understand our clients' industries, problems and challenges. And then we apply deep legal knowledge, experience and creativity all leading to strategies and execution that just make sense.

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