Charles Seigel, 77, was noted business attorney


Charles Alan Seigel, an attorney whose specialty was complex business cases, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at his home, of lung cancer. He was 77 and a resident of St. Louis.

Mr. Seigel was a member of the executive committee and chair of the litigation department at the Stolar Partnership law firm.

He also was a graduate of Clayton High School and a graduate of Washington University with a bachelor of science degree and a law degree. He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. Mr. Seigel served as a clerk for a federal judge, after which he formed a law firm with his uncle. In 1980 the firm merged with another law firm and became the Stolar Partnership.

Marvin Plattner, a retired St. Louis businessman recalls Mr. Seigel as showing leadership and negotiating skills as far back as his high school days. “I can recall a situation where a large group of fraternity and sorority kids annoyed a neighbor, who threatened the kids if they did not quiet down. Charles very calmly went up to the man and got him to cool down and the kids to quietly disperse. He showed his prowess in dealing with challenging situations at a very early age.”

Mr. Seigel argued several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a member of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society at Washington University, and received the law school’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He also received the American Judicature Society’s Herbert Harley Award.

Mr. Seigel was a member of Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel Congregation. Among the survivors are his wife, Gwynne Seigel; two sons, Charles A. “Chip” Seigel III of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Thomas J. Seigel of Connecticut; two daughters, Jody Miller of Steelville, Mo., and Terrye Seigel of Creve Coeur; a sister, Ione Stewart of Las Vegas and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Berger Memorial Chapel. Burial was private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center, 660 S. Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, 63110.