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Lauren E. Surdyke


“When helping families and business clients, I enjoy learning about the complexities of each situation and how those fit into their unique goals and strategies.”


  • Missouri
  • Illinois


J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, Taxation Concentration, Saint Louis University Law Journal, 2015

B.S, Missouri Baptist University, History, 2012


Lauren Surdyke focuses her practice on estate planning, with an emphasis on high-net-worth families, charitable planning, complex family dynamics, and business succession. Considering the facts and relevant laws for each client’s situation, she works to help families and individuals protect their wealth, minimize tax impact, and secure their futures. She also counsels clients on trust administration, assists with preparation of estate and gift tax returns, and works with nonprofit organizations on applications for recognition of tax exemption, board management, and contract matters.

In addition to her estate and tax planning work, Lauren has counseled a variety of business clients on entity formation, contract negotiation, and other business matters. Her previous experience includes working at a large financial services firm, where she reviewed high-net-worth estate plans and assisted with strategies to maximize wealth.

Professional Affiliations

  • St. Louis County Bar Association, Executive Committee Member and CLE Chair

Community/Civic Activities

  • Gateway End-of-Life Coalition, volunteer presenter
  • Gateway to Hope, gala committee

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," 2023-2024
  • St. Louis County Bar Association, Roy F. Essen Memorial Award for Outstanding Work as a Young Lawyer, 2023
  • St. Louis Small Business Monthly, Top Estate Planning Providers, 2023

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