Founder and Managing Attorney
Prior to forming The McDonough Law Firm, LLC, Chris McDonough was an attorney in the St. Louis office of one of the largest and most highly respected business, transactional and litigation law firms in the world where his practice concentrated in the areas of: technology and commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities, general corporate advice, working capital and fixed asset financing arrangements, debtor-in-possession financing arrangements, private placements, venture capital financing, joint ventures, strategic alliances, corporate governance, and other forms of business transactions. Chris founded The McDonough Law Firm, LLC with one simple overriding objective in mind: provide clients with big firm quality without big firm fees.
Chris represents a number of business clients of all types, sizes and in a wide variety of industries. He regularly advises business clients in the negotiation and preparation of a wide variety of commercial agreements, including: outsourcing arrangements; manufacturing, supply, distributorship and franchise arrangements; consulting agreements; employment contracts; confidentiality agreements; non-solicitation agreements; licensing arrangements; software development agreements; real estate and lease agreements; shareholder agreements; limited liability company operating agreements; asset purchase/sale agreements; and formation and dissolution of business entities.
In addition to his transactional practice, Chris represents clients in litigation matters. He has successfully tried cases in numerous venues throughout Missouri and handled appeals in the Missouri Supreme Court, and the Eastern and Western Districts of the Missouri Court of Appeals. While his litigation practice is diverse, the majority of Chris’ litigation focuses in the areas of business disputes and serious personal injury matters. For business clients, Chris regularly litigates: contract disputes; unfair competition matters (particularly in connection with covenants not to compete); trade secret and employee unfair competition disputes; partnership, shareholder and limited liability company disputes; consumer fraud cases; and franchise and distributorship disputes. He frequently represents individuals and families in the areas of: serious personal injury; employment discrimination and retaliation claims; insurance disputes; franchise disputes; contract disputes; and workers’ compensation claims.
Chris previously served as Prosecuting Attorney for the Cities of St. Peters and Riverview, Missouri and occasionally still serves as a special prosecutor for various cities when called upon. In addition to his private law practice, Chris serves as Municipal Judge for the City of Warrenton Municipal Court (Warren County, Missouri), the Riverview Municipal Court (St. Louis County, Missouri) and as the Provisional Judge for the City of Weldon Spring Municipal Court (St. Charles County, Missouri).
Before and during law school, Chris worked in the telecommunications and financial services industries and before that served as a police officer. A life long soccer lover, Chris played club, high school and college soccer. A nationally licensed coach, Chris has coached youth soccer with Tony Glavin Soccer Club in Cottleville, St. Louis Scott Gallagher, and in the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program. He also serves as Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors for the Missouri Youth Soccer Association, the Missouri state affiliate and member of U.S. Soccer and U.S. Youth Soccer.
Proud 25-year residents of St. Charles County, Missouri (where they've raised two terrific kids) Chris and his wife, Robin, a former high school teacher and current genealogical research librarian, are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cottleville.
St. Louis University School of Law, J.D.
Fontbonne University, MBA
Maryville University, B.S. Management
Missouri Supreme Court
Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District
Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District
United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
American Bar Association
St. Charles County Bar Association
Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association
The Federalist Society
Republican National Lawyers Association
Community Involvement and Charitable Causes We Support (please consider supporting these wonderful organizations):
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Cottleville, Parishioner
Missouri Youth Soccer Association, Vice President, Director, Executive Committee Member
US Youth Soccer, Olympic Development Program, Former State Team Coach (various age groups, boys and girls)
Tony Glavin Soccer Club, Former Coach & Age Group Coordinator, Tournament Sponsor and Club Supporter
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club, Former Coach, SLSG Living Legacy Fund Supporter, SLSG Foundation Supporter
CHERUBS, Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness & Support, Sponsor
Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance, Annual Slim's Journey FARA 5K Run/Walk, Sponsor
Motion for Kids, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Gateway Warrior Foundation, Sponsor
FBI National Academy Associates Annual Golf Tournament, Sponsor
The BackStoppers, Inc., Sponsor
St. Charles County Pachyderm Club, Vice President of Programming