John C. Rasp garnered a laudable reputation as an attorney and partner on behalf of Peper, Martin, Jensen, Maichel and Hetlage until his retirement in 2010
SAINT LOUIS, MO, June 15, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present John Cletus Rasp with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Rasp celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Having accrued more than 35 years of inimitable expertise in the field of legal services, Mr. Rasp garnered a laudable reputation as an attorney and partner on behalf of Peper, Martin, Jensen, Maichel and Hetlage until his retirement in 2010, shortly after the firm merged with Husch Blackwell. An experienced litigator, he focused his practice on business and commercial litigation, as well as construction and design, intellectual property, products and other areas of the law. Renowned for his expertise, he has represented clients in multi-million-dollar lawsuits and has handled appeals before federal and state courts, several U.S. Courts of Appeals, the Missouri and Kentucky Court of Appeals and the Missouri and Kentucky Supreme Courts. Mr. Rasp previously worked for the division of tax trials within the U.S. Department of Justice as an attorney between 1967 and 1968 and served as a lecturer at Saint Louis University from 1971 to 1975.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Rasp has published over 180 issues of the scholarly Saint Louis Bar Journal and has edited over 28,500 pages of original copy, which have been authored by over 1,000 contributors. He served as the journal's editor-in-chief from 1974 until 2020 and served in a similar capacity for the monthly Saint Louis Lawyer between 1992 and 1996 as well. Aligned with several industry-related organizations, Mr. Rasp is a member of the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis.
Presently, Mr. Rasp serves as a co-trustee for a trust that has donated $8 million to five charities, including two children's hospitals and two universities. He anticipates further donations will be made to these charities in the coming years. Well-known as a community leader, Mr. Rasp has also been involved with Operation Food Search Inc., Missouri Energy Care Inc. and in various activities through his church, Our Lady of Lourdes.
Mr. Rasp received a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, at Saint Louis University in 1964 and 1967, respectively. While pursuing his law degree, he became active with the honor society of Alpha Sigma Nu and the Saint Louis University School of Law Journal. After graduating, Mr. Rasp served to the rank of a captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Army between 1968 and 1972 with active duty in the states of Virginia, Kentucky, Texas and Missouri and in Vietnam. He has been admitted to practice law by the Missouri Bar Association, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Eighth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits.
Honored by the Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis multiple times for his accomplishments, Mr. Rasp received an Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in 1975, followed by a Merit Award in 1976, a President's Award in 1992, the William L. Weiss Award for Long and Dedicated Service to the Organized Bar in 2003 and a Distinguished Lawyer Award in 2011, which is the Association's highest award. In October 2020, he will be recognized again at the Association's Annual Law Day Celebration with the Volunteer Service Award. A celebrated Marquis listee, Mr. Rasp has been cited in the sixth and eighth editions of Who's Who in American Law.
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