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Eric Kendall Banks

Eric Kendall Banks, American lawyer. St. Louis Metropolitan Leadership Program fellow, 1975-1977, named 100 Leaders for the New Millenium, St. Louis Business Journal, 2000; Cochran Community Service award, Young Lawyers Section Missouri Bar Association, 2002, Bridge walt Social Justice award, Family and Children's Survival of Mission, 2007.


  • Banks, Eric Kendall was born on August 21, 1955 in St. Louis. Son of Willie James Banks Junior and Grace (Kendall) Palmer.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Business Administration, University Missouri, St. Louis, 1977. Juris Doctor, University Missouri, Columbia, 1980.


    • Assistant general counsel Missouri Public Service Commission, Jefferson City, 1980-1984. Assistant attorney Office Circuit Attorney, St. Louis, 1984-1987. Private practice, 1987-1991, Clayton, 1991-1992.

      Corporate Counsel Siegel-Robert, St. Louis, 1992-1997. City counselor City of St. Louis, 1997-1999. Partner Thompson, Coburn, since 1999, Thompson Coburn, St. Louis, since 1999.

      Of counsel Kutah Rock LLP, since 2007. Adjunct professor civil law St. Louis University Law School, 1987—1992, Washington University School, 1991. Secretary board directors Black Leadership Training Program, St. Louis, 1975—1977.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Missouri 1980, Illinois 1988, United States District Court (western district) Missouri 1980, United States District Court (eastern district) Missouri 1984, United States Court Appeals (8th circuit) 1984, United States Court Appeals (District of Columbia circuit) 1998, United States Tax Court 1988, United States Supreme Court 1996, United States District Court Kansas, 2007, United States District Court Western Missouri, 2007, United States Court Appeals, 7th circuit, 2007, United States Court Appeals, 10th circuit, 2007, United States District Court Central Illinois, 2009.


    Denomination: Lutheran


    Secretary board directors Wesley House Association. Board trustees University Law School Foundation. Board directors DeSailes Community Housing Corporation, American Red Cross Bi-State Development Agency chapter.

    Member American Bar Association (labor and employment committee), Bar Association Metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri Bar Association St. Louis. Clubs: Toastmasters International (administrative vice president 1983, William Tellman award 1982).



    Karate, reading, photography, public speaking, community work.


    • Children: Brittany Renee, Bryson Kendall.
    • father: Willie James Banks Palmer Junior
    • mother: Grace (Kendall) Palmer
    • children: Brittany Renee Banks
    • Bryson Kendall Banks
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    Born August 21, 1955
    (age 62)