Pete Woods

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in St. Louis, MO

Haar & Woods, LLP
 | 1010 Market Street, Suite 1620
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: 314-241-2224
Fax: 314-241-2227
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011, 2014 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Family Law (40%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Real Estate: Consumer (10%)
Attorney Profile

Focusing his practice on business matters and various commercial litigation topics, Pete has helped hundreds of clients achieve their goals over his 33 year legal practice. His civil litigation practice includes various and diverse matters ranging from simple contractual 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, 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, currently 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (40%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Family Law (40%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Father's Rights

General Litigation (10%): Litigation

Real Estate (10%)

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, Litigation


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Super Lawyers: 2011, 2014 - 2018

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About Pete Woods

Admitted: 1985, Missouri

Professional Webpage:


  • Mr. Woods has been named by Law and Politics as a Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer in the area of Business Litigation for the last 4 years., Super Lawyer, Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyer, 2017
  • 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 and 2017 editions., Best Lawyers of America, U. S. News and World Report, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Board Member, National Football League Players Association (Former Players Board, elected to 3 year term), 2018
  • Steering Committee and Mentor Leader, Mission St. Louis Job and Leadership Training Program
  • St. Louis County Bar Association 
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis 
  • The Missouri Bar 
  • American Bar Association, committees on litigation and domestic relations
  • United States Court of Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court For the Eastern District of Missouri
  • Member, Intercollegiate Football and Baseball teams 
  • Member, Mystical 7 Honor Society 

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), 2017
  • President and Member, National Football League Players Association, Retired Chapter, St. Louis, MO, 2017
  • Communication Committee ("I-Team"), The Journey church, 2015
  • Former Board Member, Fellowship of Christian Athletes 
  • Former Board Member, St. Louis Sports Commission 
  • Member, Christian Legal Society of St. Louis
  • Former Church Chairman, Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church
  • Founder and Chairman, Reconcilers, Inc. (local racial reconciliation) 

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Seminars (discovery phase topics, legal ethics, various domestic relations topics)
  • Washington University School of Law (employment matters, sports law, litigation)


  • 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
  • Gerstner v. Gerstner (divorce involving private company ownership valuation)
  • Springer v. Springer (judgment in favor of client on custody and financial issues)
  • Numerous family law cases:  French v. French (divorce case involving substantial venture capital funds)
  • Lipic v. Lipic (judgment confirmed MO law re: post-nuptial agmts.)
  • Shelburne v. Penn Life, (substantial settlement of wrongful death claims vs. life insurance companies)
  • Lila Decker v. Edward D. Jones, (favorably settled Federal Ct., Eastern Dist. MO, fraud and undue influence claims); Bi-State Medical (successfully defended 3 different EEOC claims)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Associated entities were prevailing parties and awarded over $1M in damages against purchaser of real estate in Pulaski County (breach of contract/promissory note)
  • Arenz Pest Control (favorably settled wage and hour claims of a series of former employees), Realco, Inc. 
  • (Sampling, by most recent) Civil: Concrete Coring St. Louis, Inc. (disputes related to pension plan contributions)


  • MidAmerica Equipment Solutions, LLC--Drafter and Lead negotiator on purchase of interest in company which manufactures book binding machinery (pending) , 2018
  • 2DW Merchandising and 2DW Holdings, LLC (negotiated lease relationship for new warehousing interest and provided business consulting advice for startup companies), 2017
  • 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
  • BenMedica, LLC--Represented software developer in early stage development of company, including negotiations associated with capitalization
  • 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.

Representative Clients:

  • MidAmerica Equipment Solutions, Inc.--litigation regarding manufacturing equipment specifications and sales terms, 2018
  • X3, LLC (litigation and business advice), 2017
  • MIDAMERICA EQUIPMENT SOLUTIONS, LLC (currently litigating a business dispute in the state of Delaware), 2017
  • Tesson Roofing, Inc--Business disputes and business planning related to local roofing company. , 2017
  • Bentley Manor Subdivision, 2017
  • GoMed Healthcare, LLC (hospital staffing), 2016
  • Represent VBS in a dispute with St. Louis Retail Outlet, LLC related to the purchase of a commercial property in St. Louis Mills Mall.  Currently in litigation.
  • BenMedica, LLC
  • Mesker Door, Inc.
  • Sancta Maria Subdivision
  • First Evangelical Free Church
  • Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church
  • Arenz Pest Control
  • Realco, Inc. 

Educational Background:

  • Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law, JD, 1984
  • University of Missouri/Columbia, B.A., 1978
Office Location for Pete Woods

1010 Market Street
Suite 1620
St. Louis, MO 63101

Phone: 314-241-2224

Fax: 314-241-2227

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Last Updated: 6/25/2018

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