Winston Calvert’s clients range from elected officials and publicly-traded companies to individuals, small churches, and non-profits. Winston and the clients he counsels make headlines for winning high-stakes lawsuits and thriving despite public scrutiny.
Calvert formed his own law practice in 2015, after serving a term as City Counselor of the City of St. Louis. As Mayor Francis Slay explained in his Law Day Speech, he appointed Winston to drive the City’s legal agenda in “a bolder, more progressive direction” and to “start pushing the envelope . . . to lead the legal reforms necessary to propel our region and our state forward.”
One of Calvert’s first projects was to craft a legal strategy to bring marriage equality to the State of Missouri. In an historic move, the City issued marriage licenses to four same-sex couples in direct violation of the Missouri’s Constitution’s marriage provision. After months of litigation, the court sided with Calvert’s arguments that the Missouri Constitution was itself unconstitutional, and became the first court to order that same-sex marriage was the law of the land in Missouri.
Calvert pushed the envelope on several other significant reforms, playing a critical role in a complete overhaul of the city’s laws regulating businesses, cutting taxes on micro-businesses, the City’s response to the Ferguson protests, creation of the Civilian Oversight Board, retaining the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, reforming municipal courts, and bringing Uber to the St. Louis region. Calvert also drafted an ordinance creating a City minimum wage and crafted an inventive legal strategy that culminated in the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision upholding the ordinance.