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John Kilper represents private and government clients in a variety of civil litigation matters. John's litigation practice encompasses a wide range of state and federal matters in the following areas: financial services litigation, civil rights defense, real estate, commercial litigation, and personal injury/premises liability defense. He is experienced at all stages of litigation, including taking and defending depositions, drafting and arguing dispositive motions, trial preparation, and appellate litigation. 

During law school, John served as Note and Comment Editor for the Missouri Law Review and interned in the General Counsel's Office for the Missouri Gaming Commission and the U.S. Army JAG Corps. After graduation, John clerked for the Honorable Kathianne Knaup Crane, Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. In 2012, John was selected as one of the St. Louis Business Journal's 30 Under 30 Award. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, John was chosen for the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list for Missouri and Kansas.

Practice Areas

  • Construction Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Lender Liability
  • Personal Injury Defense


  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
    • J.D. - 2008
  • Tulane University
    • B.A. - 2005
    • Honors: cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri

Professional Associations

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • St. Louis County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Town and Country Symphonic Orchestra, Violin
  • Parkway Alumni Association, Past-President and Current Board Member
  • Parkway School District, Steering Committee Member
  • Focus St. Louis, Emerging Leaders Program, 2017


  • Super Lawyers-Rising Stars List for Missouri and Kansas, 2016 to 2020
  • St. Louis Business Journal-30 Under 30 Award, 2012
  • St. Louis Small Business Monthly-2020 Best Attorneys


  • Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, Law Clerk to the Honorable Kathianne Knaup Crane, 2008 to 2010