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Paul V. Rost

Founding Principal |

Practice Areas

Municipal Law

Land Use & Zoning

Governmental Litigation

Public Finance Law

Bar Admissions





J.D., St. Louis University, cum laude, 1992

B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1989

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Paul V. Rost is a founding principal of Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, P.C.  His principal practice involves land use and zoning issues along with other matters affecting municipalities and other governmental entities.


Paul serves as the City Attorney for Green Park, Manchester, Twin Oaks, and Wright City, Missouri, and the Village Attorney for the Village of Marlborough.  Paul has also served as consultant to municipalities with regard to land use planning and regulation and has assisted in drafting and reviewing comprehensive zoning codes.  He has also represented these public entities in litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.  In addition, Paul has been responsible for the development and implementation of various municipal administrative procedures.  Paul has experience with public/private partnerships and financing options such as tax abatement (Chapter 353), as well as Transportation Development Districts (TDDs) and Tax Increment Financing (TIF).


Paul received his B.A. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law.  While in law school, Paul was awarded a Faculty Fellowship, was the Notes and Comments Editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal, and served as law clerk to the Honorable William D. Stiehl, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.  Prior to beginning his practice in Missouri, Paul was an associate attorney with Baker Donelson, in Memphis, Tennessee.​

Professional Affiliations

  • The Missouri Bar

  • The Illinois Bar

  • The Tennessee Bar

  • Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association

  • International Municipal Lawyers Association

  • City Clerks and Finance Officers Association (Eastern Division)


Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

Selected Lectures and Presentations

  • Municipal Essentials 101 - Constitutional Limitations on Municipal Authority, Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association, Summer Seminar, 2023, 2019, 2015, 2011

  • Know Your Local Boards & Commissions, Municipal Officials Training Academy, 2014, 2023

  • Censures, Soliciting, Social Media & City Hall (audits), Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association, 2022

  • From Planning to Zoning: How Adopting &  Following a Comprehensive Plan Makes Your Zoning Code Stronger, Municipal Officials Training Academy, 2022

  • Municipal Business Licenses: Revenue, Regulation, & Revocation, with L. Rodamaker, Municipal Officials Training Academy, 2021

  • Sunshine Law 101, MoCCFOA New Clerks' Institute, 2020

  • Regulating Commercial Uses or Violating Free Speech? Your Ordinances Under first Amendment Scrutiny, with J. Hessel, Municipal Officials Training Academy, 2018

  • "This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land: Eminent Domain & the Condemnation Process, Municipal Officials Training Academy, 2016

  • Planning and Zoning and Board of Adjustment Training, Meramec Regional Planning Commission at the Centre of Rolla, 2015

  • The 15 Critical Court Cases Every Missouri Municipal Official Must Know, 2014,  The Sunshine Law, Chapter 610 RSMO, Governmental Bodies & Records Law , 2012, Statutory Requirements for Public Works Contracts, 2010, Missouri Municipal League – Annual Conference

  • Preparing and Running Successful Board of Adjustment Meetings, 2013,  Municipal Officials Training Academy

  • Legal Aspects of Subpoenas, Record Retention, Sunshine Requests and More!,  Missouri Police Clerk’s Conference, 2014

  • Legal Issues in Preparing Post-Construction Stormwater Management Ordinances, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Green Infrastructure Seminar Series, 2012

  • General Legal Issues, City Clerks & Finance Officers Association, Spring Institute, 2005 - 2013

  • Board of Adjustment/Planning & Zoning – Trainings & Orientations for various Cities

  • Ordinance Drafting 101, City Clerks & Finance Officers Association, Eastern Division, 2004

  • Sunshine Act & Record Retention, City Clerks & Finance Officers Association, Spring Institute, 2004

  • The Board of Adjustment & the Law of Variances, St. Louis County Municipal League, 2003

  • HIPAA Privacy, City Clerks & Finance Officers Association, Spring Institute, 2003

  • Completion of Public Works Projects,  St. Louis County Municipal League, 2003

  • Free Speech & Other Workplace Issues, City Clerks & Finance Officers Association, Spring Institute, 2002


Articles and Publications

  • The Trouble with Electronic Records: Creation v. Re-creation Under The Sunshine Law, with T. Blaylock, Missouri Municipal Review, March/April 2024

  • Filtering Social Media Comments and Blocking Commenter May Violate First Amendment, with L. Rodamaker, Missouri Municipal Review, March/April 2022

  • FAQs: Municipal Contracts, Missouri Municipal Review, May/June 2021

  • Chapter 3 - Procedure of Governmental Bodies, Local Government Law 4th Ed. Deskbook, Author, The Missouri Bar, 2017

  • Urban Development, Zoning and Planning, Subdivisions, and Annexation Guidebook, Co-Author, MoBar CLE, 2011

  • Statutory Requirements for Public Works Contracts, P. Rost & R. Moehlman, Missouri Municipal Review, 2009

  • Chapter 20 - Zoning, Subdivisions and Annexation, Real Estate Practice Deskbook and Supplements, Co-author, The Missouri Bar, 2006

  • Holding Your Ground:  The Role of Environmentally Friendly Redevelopment Regulations,  D. Vogel & P. Rost, Missouri Municipal Review, February/March 1999

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