Each year, Midwest Real Estate News inducts a new class into its Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. Last year, despite its challenges, was no exception. Here’s a close look at the busy career of Amy Mistler, partner with the St. Louis office of law firm Spencer Fane.
For nearly 20 years, commercial real estate attorney Amy Mistler has helped developers, investors, lenders and borrowers meet their real estate goals. Mistler works with these clients in all types of real estate transactions, including the acquisition, development, sale, exchange, financing and leasing of office, hospitality, retail, multi-family and industrial properties.
A past president and national delegate of the St. Louis Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Mistler regularly counsels clients on issues related to zoning, finance, land development, appurtenant rights and the subdivision of property. She has broad leasing experience and works regularly with landlords and tenants on leasing projects for office, retail, restaurant and hospitality, warehouse, manufacturing and distribution facilities.
In addition, Mistler is a leader within her firm, serving as managing partner of Spencer Fane in St. Louis. In fact, her leadership and vision caught the attention of Missouri Lawyers Weekly, which named her as recipient of its 2020 Law Firm Leader of the Year award.
“I thoroughly enjoy participating in real estate projects on behalf of our clients and witnessing the tangible economic benefits those projects have on the community and larger metropolitan area in which they are located,” Mistler said. “The real estate industry spurs economic growth, creates jobs and is a vital component of a strong economy for the region.”
Mistler also serves her community, both as a member of the Plan Commission for the City of Columbia, Illinois, and a member of the board of directors for Hoyleton Youth & Family Services. She has also been recently selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Growth Association, an organization committed to fostering the economic health of the State of Missouri and the real estate industry.
There are plenty of reasons for Mistler’s success, most notably her deep industry knowledge, willingness to work hard, desire to constantly educate herself and her commitment to providing the absolute best service to her clients. But Mistler also points to the relationships she’s formed in the CRE industry as another cornerstone for her success.
Mistler says she is especially grateful for the relationships she’s formed through CREW-St. Louis.
“I’ve been able to connect with highly talented people across the broad spectrum, lawyers and accountants, bankers and brokers, construction companies and developers,” she said. “CREW-St. Louis has lived up to its mission to advance, educate and support women to influence the commercial real estate industry.”
Mistler has given back to this organization. She served several terms on the CREW-St. Louis board of directors and was the organization’s president in 2012.
When not working, Mistler enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband of 20 years, Josh, who is also a practicing attorney. The Mistlers have three children, Molly, Jameson and Meredith.
“Like everyone else these days, books, board games and Netflix have been fun ways to spend time together and decompress from the stressors of the day,” Mistler said, when contacted during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.