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John Young is a distinguished legal professional with over two decades of unparalleled experience representing municipalities, other political subdivisions, businesses and members of the development community. With a proven track record of success and a deep understanding of the intricate world of municipal law, John is a trusted advisor.

John embarked on his legal career with a commitment to serving the interests of state and local governments and other political subdivisions. As the City Attorney for four cities, Assistant City Attorney or Special Counsel to other cities and governmental entities and his many years navigating the process of land use approvals, his extensive experience in this highly specialized field has made John a go-to authority to address the unique legal challenges of municipal law and development regulations. With a wealth of legal knowledge honed over two decades, John has adeptly guided clients through a myriad of complex state and local government issues. From regulatory compliance to land use and zoning, and public policy matters to Sunshine Law compliance, John possesses an exceptional ability to provide strategic counsel and innovative solutions.

What truly distinguishes John is not just his legal acumen but also his dedication to public service. John understands that representing and working with state and local governments requires a commitment to the greater good. This commitment has earned John a reputation as a tireless advocate for those he serves.

Over the years, John has built a legacy of trust and respect within the legal and government community. John’s unwavering commitment to ethical standards, advocacy for transparency, and ability to build strong relationships with clients and stakeholders have solidified John’s status as a trusted partner for all clients.

Practice Areas

  • General Municipal Representation
  • Special District Representation
  • Land Use and Development
  • Business Formation and Corporate Law


  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. – 2003
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: International Legal Studies’ Certificate
    • Honors: Willem C. Vis International Commercial Law Arbitration Moot Team
    • Honors: Tulane Sports Law Moot Court Team
    • Honors: William S. Crowe, Sr. Scholar
    • Honors: Member, St. Thomas More Chapter, American Inns of Court
  • Marquette University
    • B.A. – 1999
    • Honors: Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit Honor Society)
    • Honors: Kappa Tau Alpha (Journalism and Mass Communication Honor Society)
    • Honors: Recipient, International Television Association Award
    • Honors: Telly Award, Noncommercial Television Production
    • Major: Broadcast and Electronic Communications

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Member, Local Government Law Committee
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association, President, 2019-2020, Board of Directors, 2015-Present
  • Municipal Attorneys’ Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • St. Charles County Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court


  • Best Lawyers in America: Land Use and Zoning Law, and Municipal Law
  • O’Fallon Citizen of Achievement - General Category
  • St. Charles Business Magazine - 40 Under 40

Pro-Bono Activities

  • O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairman, 2021, Board of Directors, 2017-Present
  • City of O’Fallon Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, 2020-Present
  • O’Fallon Charter Commission, Chairman, 2008 to 2009
  • Healthy Communities St. Charles, Board of Directors, 2006 to 2010
  • St. Charles Banking Center of Citizens National Bank, Community Director, 2008 to 2011
  • Leadership O’Fallon, Class of 2003-2004