In Memoriam–Michael VoorheesMarch 2, 2018


Michael G. Voorhees


We are deeply saddened by the loss of an exceptional friend, partner, advocate, and leader.

Mike was born in Des Moines, Iowa on April 17, 1941 and received degrees from Iowa State University and Drake Law School. He practiced law in St. Louis, before joining the firm in 1970. He spent the rest of his career with the firm until his retirement in December 2012. Mike served on the management committee and as managing partner for many years. He was also an adjunct Professor of Law at Drake where he taught patent and trademark courses.  Mike was a role model and mentor to generations of lawyers within the firm, to the students he taught, and to the many clients who relied on his expertise and advice over his 40 plus years of practice.

Mike shared his time and knowledge generously, he served as a National Board Member of the YMCA, one of his most revered accomplishments. He had a passion for life and enjoyed many diverse interests. He refused to work on his birthday each year, rather, he chose to spend the day filled with gardening and the family he loved. He was also passionate about baseball, and specifically, the St. Louis Cardinals. The firm gave him a picture of Cardinal Hall of Famer’s, which had been autographed by Tony LaRussa.  It became one of his most prized possessions.

His leadership, skill in the practice of law, and service to his clients built the foundation that MVS continues to thrive upon. His legacy is felt in every word of the membership agreement, much of which he authored, and upon which our business values were formed.  Mike will be greatly missed, and everyone here at MVS is now tasked with continuing his legacy of excellence in law, business, and life.

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