DTC Advisors, Legal Counsel

Dawn Christoffersen
Counselor at Law

Tel: 314.218.3040, ext. 101

Shannon Lopata Kastor Counselor at Law
Tel: 314.218.3040, ext. 103

Meredith P. Murphy
Counselor at Law
Tel: 314.218.3040, ext. 105

Tracie Vermillion
Certified Paralegal
Tel: 314.218.3040, ext. 102

Ann M. Wills
Legal Assistant / Paralegal
Tel: 314.218.3040, ext. 104

Meredith Murphy, Counselor at Law

Meredith strives to understand what her clients are working towards, so she can help them create the right plan for their assets. In estate planning, the work is often personal and her clients appreciate her empathy. Meredith treats her clients like family; always thinking about what advice she would give her own mother or father.

Meredith helps clients develop estate plans, navigate probate court, litigate fiduciary matters, and represents clients in matters related to taxation law and real estate. Meredith assists clients with the administration of trusts and estates, and works with clients on estate planning through the creation of wills, revocable trusts, special needs trusts, irrevocable trusts (including irrevocable insurance trusts and asset protection trusts), powers of attorney, the use of lifetime gifting, charitable foundations, and closely-held business succession planning. Meredith also represents clients in the negotiation of leases, and sales and acquisitions of real estate.

Meredith works with clients on post-death trust and probate administration, including administering trusts, filing estate tax returns, opening and administering probate estates, and estate and trust accountings. She also appears before the probate court to obtain and administer conservatorship and guardianship estates for disabled adults.

In matters of taxation law, Meredith prepares estate and gift tax returns as a part of trust administration, and also appears before the IRS when assisting non profit organizations with obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status. She advises clients on the tax impact of both routine and extraordinary business activities, including entity formation; termination and liquidation; financing; complex real estate transactions; like-kind exchanges; and mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.

Outside the office, Meredith serves as a member of the board of trustees of Loyola Academy.


Meredith received her L.L.M in Taxation from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University in 2004. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Loyola University Chicago in 2001, graduating summa cum laude, with minors in English, Political Science, and Theology.

Meredith spent her junior year of college at the Loyola University Chicago Rome Center, in Rome, Italy, and spent a semester in law school at the University of Tulsa’s program in London, England.


Meredith is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, and Florida.

She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Colorado Bar Association, the Estate Planning Council of St. Louis, and the Missouri, Illinois, Colorado and Florida bars.