Jacob Reby, Esq.
Jacob Reby graduated from Central High in 1964. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Washington University in 1968 and his J.D. from St. Louis University in 1970. He received his LL.M. in corporate law from New York University in 1971. He lives in St. Louis, MO.
Jake is an attorney with the firm Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C. His practice areas are real estate, corporate and banking. He has practiced law in St. Louis for 32 years and was recently elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He presented a keynote address to this group before his induction for the work he did to revitalize a shuttered steel plant, which was reopened and modernized, bringing new jobs to an Illinois city that had suffered great economic loss.
Jake's book, Banking and Lending Institution Forms, is the primary source used on a national basis for banking and lending law information. It has sold more copies than any other bank forms book and is currently in its eleventh printing.
In 2003 he was inducted into the Outstanding Lawyers of America society and he was recently inducted as a fellow in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.
He has also made a significant impact on the St. Louis art community. In the early 1980's he helped establish a single artist museum. That activity led to his active participation and tenure as president of the Laumeier Sculpture Park. He is a founding member of the St. Louis Art Fair, the number one ranked art fair in the country, also having spun off the highly successful St. Louis Jazz Festival. He is currently serving as chairman of both the art fair and jazz festival.
Jake has held leadership positions with groups including the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, AMC Cancer Research Center Foundation, the Clayton Athletic Association, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, the Missouri Epilepsy Federation and Temple Emanuel. He is a founding member of the Clayton Child Care Center, a nationally recognized day care center.