Title: Retired Lawyer
Company: Peper Martin Jensen Maichel and Hetlage
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
John C. Rasp, Retired Partner at Peper Martin Jensen Maichel and Hetlage, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in business and commercial litigation.
Backed by more than 40 years of professional experience in the legal industry, Mr. Rasp achieved a Bachelor of Science in political science in 1964 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1967, both attained from St. Louis University. Prior to his 2010 retirement, he was a partner at Peper Martin Jensen Maichel and Hetlage since 1972, which later merged with Husch Blackwell in 2006. An experienced litigator, Mr. Rasp focused his practice on business and commercial litigation, as well as construction and design, intellectual property, products and other areas of law. Renowned for his expertise, he has represented clients in multi-million-dollar lawsuits and has handled appeals in Missouri, several U.S. Courts of Appeals and the Missouri and Kentucky Court of Appeals and Supreme Courts.
Mr. Rasp spearheaded his career in law as an attorney for the division of tax trials within the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honor Law Graduates Program in 1967 and 1977. Utilizing his leadership abilities, he had also been a lecturer of law at St. Louis University from 1971 to 1975. In addition, he served the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps from 1968 to 1972 with one year of service overseas in Vietnam. Since commencing his retirement, Mr. Rasp and his wide have traveled extensively, having visited all 50 U.S. states, as well as China, Italy, France and Russia, among other countries. He also spends his time collecting books, taking care of his property and spending more time with family and friends.
Civically, Mr. Rasp is a co-trustee of a trust that has donated $8,000,000 to five charities, including two children’s hospitals and two universities. He has also been involved with Operation Food Search Inc., Missouri Energy Care Inc. and in various activities through his church, Our Lady of Lourde. Additionally, he maintains member affiliation with the American Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Missouri Historical Society, Friends of the St. Louis Art Museum and Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Between 1975 and 2020, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis has granted Mr. Rasp various notable awards including the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Merit Award, Presidents Award, William L. Weiss Award, Distinguished Lawyer Award and Volunteer Service Award.
A prolific writer and editor, for 46 years until 2020, Mr. Rasp was the distinguished editor-in-chief of the quarterly St. Louis Bar Journal, a scholarly publication of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. While in this role, he published 184 issues and edited nearly 30,000 pages of original copy authored by more than 1,000 authors. Additionally, he was the editor of the monthly St. Louis Lawyer from 1992 to 1996 and of, “Famous and Infamous Lawyers in St. Louis History,” by Marshall Hier, published in 2014. Looking back on his illustrious career Mr. Rasp attributes his success to hard work, thorough investigation of the facts in handling cases and dedication to the goals of his clients. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Rasp can also be found in the sixth and eighth editions of Who’s Who in American Law.
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