Pete Woods

Top rated business litigation attorney in St. Louis, Missouri

Haar & Woods, LLP
Pete Woods
Haar & Woods, LLP

Practice Areas: Business litigation, Family law, Business & corporate; view more

Licensed in Missouri since: 1985

Education: Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011, 2014 - 2022

Haar & Woods, LLP

1010 Market Street
Suite 1620
St. Louis, MO 63101 Visit website


Focusing his practice on business matters and various commercial litigation topics, Pete has helped hundreds of clients achieve their goals over his 35 years of legal practice. His civil litigation practice includes various and diverse matters ranging from simple contract disputes to Merchandising Practices Act claims to claims involving the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and fraud.  Mr. Woods’ business clients run the gamut from small and medium-sized companies, to manufacturers, to securities and transportation brokers, to banks, and utility companies, as well as individuals. Real estate matters have also been a significant portion of his work at times over the years, including private subdivisions (includes drafting and enforcing indentures), zoning, eminent domain and disputes involving contractors, developers or homeowners. 

Family Law matters regularly include contested dissolution (divorce) cases, paternity, child custody, modifications, and valuation and division of property. 

Pete also serves as the managing partner at Haar & Woods, LLP. 

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri in 1978, Mr. Woods was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs, ultimately playing parts of 4 seasons in the NFL, before receiving a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Whether he is representing a manufacturer in a breach of warranties claim or helping clients efficiently resolve a family law matter, Mr. Woods is a strong advocate for his clients, yet committed to a personalized approach in every case. As a former collegiate and professional football player, he brings an element of competitiveness to his representation. 

Sharing his knowledge with others, Mr. Woods has participated in seminars and lectured at the Washington University and Saint Louis University Schools of Law. He remains active in the legal community, as well as holding memberships with The Missouri Bar, the American Bar Association, the St. Louis County Bar Association and The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Mr. Woods also regularly commits his time and energies to his community, previously serving as a National Board Member and local President of the National Football League Players Association (St. Louis Chapter, Retired), and as President of St. Louis Pro Players, Inc. (featuring retired players from many sports, with the goal of raising money for charities benefiting children), by volunteering his time in the Job and Leadership Training program of Mission St. Louis and with Christian Legal Aid, part of Christian Legal Society’s St. Louis Chapter.  He previously served with local organizations such as the St. Louis Sports Commission, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and in leadership with various churches.

Practice areas

Business litigation, Family law, Business/corporate, Real estate: consumer

Focus areas

Trade secret, Non-compete agreements, Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law, Father's rights, Business formation and planning, Limited liability companies, Partnership, Contracts

  • 40% Business litigation
  • 40% Family law
  • 10% Business/corporate
  • 10% Real estate: consumer

First Admitted: 1985, Missouri

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Mizzou Urban Influencers Advocacy Council 
  • Steering Committee and Mentor Leader, Mission St. Louis Job and Leadership Training Program
  • United States District Court For the Eastern District of Missouri
  • American Bar Association, committees on litigation and domestic relations
  • St. Louis County Bar Association 
  • Member, Intercollegiate Football and Baseball teams 
  • United States Court of Claims
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis 
  • Member, Mystical 7 Honor Society 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • The Missouri Bar 
  • National Board Member, National Football League Players Association (Former Players Board, elected to 3 year term), 2019
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Washington University School of Law (employment matters, sports law, litigation)
  • Seminars (discovery phase topics, legal ethics, various domestic relations topics)
Educational Background:
  • Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law, JD, 1984
  • University of Missouri/Columbia, B.A., 1978, 1978
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • University City Hall of Fame (inducted), 2015
  • Missouri Sports Hall of Fame (inducted as part of class of 2018), 2018
  • Yates v. Yates.  Settled difficult divorce case involving valuation and disputed income amounts., 2018
  • Novare v. SLRO, Sharma and VBS.  $870,334 Judgment in favor of clients for fraud, breach of contract, 2020
  • MidAmerica Equipment Solutions, Inc.--litigation regarding manufacturing equipment specifications and sales terms, 2018
  • Tesson Roofing, Inc. (settled claim against MSD for damage to company headquarters), 2019
  • Keillor v. Keillor.  Highly contested family law matter involving custody, property valuation and support., 2018
  • Associated entities were prevailing parties and awarded over $1M in damages against purchaser of real estate in Pulaski County (breach of contract/promissory note), 2014
  • Keirsey v. Atis. Successful modification of divorce judgment where client was granted sole legal and physical custody, increase in support and substantial attorney's fees. , 2017
  • Arenz Pest Control (favorably settled wage and hour claims of a series of former employees), Realco, Inc. 
  • Numerous family law cases:  Gerstner v. Gerstner (maintenance modification 2020) French v. French (divorce case involving substantial venture capital funds) Robinson v. Robinson (maintenance, custody, abuse)
  • AB Mauri Foods (d/b/a Fleischman's Yeast) v. John Harold, (RICO claims dismissed on motion, client was prevailing party in extensive arbitration proceeding)
  • Gerstner v. Gerstner (divorce involving private company ownership valuation)
  • McBride Homes v. Frisella (favorably settled fraud in inducement claims)
  • Coles Tractor v. Homier Distributing Co. (franchise Act and fraud claims dismissed in Federal Court-Eastern District on summary judgment, affirmed on appeal to the 8th Circuit)
  • Honored for contributions to furthering diversity and inclusion in the legal community. , 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Award Honoree, Missouri Lawyers Media , 2019
  • Pete has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of commercial (business) litigation for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions., Best Lawyers of America, U. S. News and World Report, 2020
  • Mr. Woods has been named by Law and Politics as a Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer in the area of Business Litigation for the last 6 years., Super Lawyer, Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer, 2020
  • Mid-America Equipment Services.  Represented company in negotiations with European manufacturer regarding ownership of US distributorship, 2020
  • Represented Portland Place (subdivision) in St. Louis regarding dispute with homeowners and amendment of indentures., 2020
  • Bentley Manor Subdivision (ongoing representation related to subdivision disputes, consolidation of subdivisions, and re-writing of indentures), 2020
  • Hello Juice, LLC (negotiated acquisition and expansion of business), 2019
  • Negotiated the sale of the assets of Scott-Clark, Inc. to Logiquip, Inc., a manufacturer of computer carts designed to store and transmit electronic medical records.
  • BenMedica, LLC (Representing software developer, including negotiations associated with capitalization, non-competition/non-disclosure agreements, etc.), 2019
  • MidAmerica Equipment Solutions, LLC--Drafter and Lead negotiator on purchase of interest in company which manufactures book binding machinery (pending) , 2020
  • Participated in the sale of a controlling interest in clients' companies which are in the business of manufacturing and servicing hollow metal doors and associated designer hardware.  Company names:  Mesker Door, Inc., Design Hardware, LLC, and Pro Form, LLC, 2013
  • 2DW Merchandising and 2DW Holdings, LLC (negotiated lease relationship for new warehousing interest and provided business consulting advice for startup companies), 2017
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • President and member, St. Louis Pro Players, Inc. (charitable organization made up of retired profesional athletes, raising funds for disadvantaged St. Louis children), 2020
  • Member, Christian Legal Society of St. Louis , 2020
  • President and Member, National Football League Players Association, Retired Chapter, St. Louis, MO (serve former players and help raise funds for local high school scholarship programs), 2020
  • Communication Committee ("I-Team"), The Journey church, 2015
  • Founder and Chairman, Reconcilers, Inc. (local racial reconciliation) 
  • Former Board Member, Fellowship of Christian Athletes 
  • Former Church Chairman, Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church
  • Former Board Member, St. Louis Sports Commission 
Representative Clients:
  • MidAmerica Equipment Solutions, Inc.--litigation regarding manufacturing equipment specifications and sales terms, 2018
  • Hello Juice, LLC (negotiated acquisition and expansion of business), 2019
  • GoMed Healthcare, LLC (hospital staffing) (in litigation concerning allegations of breach of contract, fraud, and slander), 2019
  • Bentley Manor Subdivision (ongoing representation related to subdivision disputes, consolidation of subdivisions, and re-writing of indentures), 2019
  • BenMedica, LLC (ongoing business representation involving contract negotiation and general business advice), 2019
  • Tesson Roofing, Inc (ongoing business advice and representation related to business disputes involving local roofing company, including recently resolved dispute over claim against MSD). , 2019
  • MIDAMERICA EQUIPMENT SOLUTIONS, LLC (currently litigating a business dispute in federal court in New Jersey), 2019
  • Realco, Inc. 
  • First Evangelical Free Church
Industry Groups:
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturers
  • manufacturing representatives
  • Real Estate
  • Roofing
  • Transportation

Office location for Pete Woods

1010 Market Street
Suite 1620
St. Louis, MO 63101

Phone: 314-241-2224


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011, 2014 - 2022

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