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Attorney At Law

Martha M. Ferdinand

At Lowenhaupt & Chasnoff, Martha concentrates her practice on estate planning and general matters for individuals and families. Licensed in Missouri and Illinois, Martha’s background allows her to provide holistic representation to her clients. Originally from the east coast, Martha has adopted St. Louis as her hometown, and earned her Juris Doctor and Master of Public Health from Saint Louis University after graduating from Washington University. She has argued cases in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Practice Areas
  • Private Client

  • Estate Planning

  • Dispute Resolution

  • Philanthropy

  • Mediation and Arbitration

  • False Claims Act

  • Civil Rights

  • Employment Law

  • Landlord Tenant

  • Contracts

  • J.D., Saint Louis University, Health Law Certificate, 2009

  • MPH, Saint Louis University, 2002

  • B.A. in Political Science and Natural Resources Planning, Washington University in St. Louis, 1991

Bar & Court Admissions
  • Missouri (2009)

  • Illinois (2012)

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Other Career Experience
  • Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, 2011-2015

  • ArchCity Defenders, 2015-2019

Achievements & Honors
  • Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission – Hearing Board member (2017 – present)

Civic Involvement
  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center – Docent and Friends Committee member

  • Arbitrator for St. Clair County’s Mandatory Arbitration Program (2014-present)

  • Election Protection Coalition (2006, 2008, 2010, 2016, and 2020)

  • Gateway Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) volunteer

Board Memberships
  • St. Clair County Bar Association Board of Directors (2013-2017)

  • Washington University School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board (2000-2008)

  • EnergyCare Board of Directors, Vice-Chair (1998-2009)

  • Vir Biotechnology Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), (2022-present)

Other Interests & Skills
  • Trained Mediator pursuant to Missouri Supreme Court Rules 17 and 88

  • Missouri Certified Guardian ad Litem

  • Avid cyclist, and competitor and placer in area triathlons, biathlons, and road races since 1991

  • Gardening, reading, traveling, hiking, and whitewater rafting

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