Attorneys

Jonathan P. Beck Attorney

Jonathan P. Beck

Mr. Beck has an extensive professional history of focusing on both the transactional and litigation sides of real estate law, corporate and general business law, and estate planning in the St. Louis area.

Mr. Beck started his legal career in 2000 as an associate at Lewis Rice, a prestigious downtown St. Louis law firm, practicing in the corporate and litigation departments with an emphasis on real estate, lending, and transactional work. Next, Mr. Beck pursued his life-long goal to work in the public interest, accepting a position as a staff attorney for a legal aid organization in East St. Louis, IL. In this position, he handled landlord and tenant litigation matters before moving to a position as a staff attorney at UAW Legal Services Plan in Fenton, MO. At UAW, Mr. Beck handled all aspects of a high volume and varied litigation practice of a prepaid legal services organization for autoworkers, primarily in the areas of real estate and consumer law.

Prior to co-founding Beck Ostrom Sweet, Mr. Beck had established a long history of legal entrepreneurship. He founded his first law firm in 2003, and since that time, has been in private practice in South St. Louis, focusing primarily on real estate law, business law, and civil litigation.

Mr. Beck graduated, cum laude, from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2000, where he was an Articles Editor for the Southern Illinois University Law Journal, member of the Moot Court Board, and an Order of the Barristers member. He received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Philosophy and Political Science from Indiana University in 1997. Mr. Beck was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2000 and to the Illinois Bar in 2001.

Following a strong call to give back to the community, Mr. Beck has done considerable pro bono work, and has given assistance to and/or served as a board member for several non-profit organizations including Go Local STL, Gateway Pet Guardians, Loosen the Leash, and Fair Shares CCSA. He is a musician and lover of yoga and exercise who enjoys spending time with his son, family, and friends, and he is a member of St. Margaret of Scotland Church.


Julie K. Ostrom Attorney

Julie K. Ostrom

Julie Ostrom attended Saint Louis University School of Law and received her license to practice law in the State of Missouri in May of 2010 and the State of Illinois in May of 2013. Her main practice areas include real estate, landlord-tenant, evictions, business setup, and business litigation.

After completing law school, Ms. Ostrom was licensed to practice in Missouri and worked as in-house counsel for a real estate development company; practicing primarily in the areas of landlord-tenant, business development, including set-up, permitting, lease negotiations, and litigation. Ms. Ostrom’s experience also includes deed preparation, contract negotiation, and preparation of financing/tax credit applications. Ms. Ostrom received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Communications with a focus in marketing and public relations. With her extensive experience in marketing and working with small businesses, Ms. Ostrom can assist clients in developing strategies for their business beyond ordinary legal representation.

Prior to co-founding Beck Ostrom Sweet, Ms. Ostrom was a founding member of Thompson & Ostrom P.C. and Gateway City Law LLC.

Ms. Ostrom is a volunteer for the YMCA literacy program and in her spare time enjoys reading, practicing yoga, and drawing.


Dale Sweet Attorney

Dale Sweet

Dale Sweet graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law, and his bachelor’s degree is also from Saint Louis University.

Before attending law school, Mr. Sweet became interested in the relationship between delinquent real estate taxes and vacant buildings or deteriorated property. While in school, he extensively researched Missouri law in the area of tax sales: the forced sale of real property to recover back taxes. Mr. Sweet enjoys speaking to real estate clubs, investor groups, and neighborhood meetings, where he provides presentations that demystify land tax sales and that address the various lien and title problems that can result when highly technical requirements are not followed exactly. As a tax sale attorney, Mr. Sweet represents the interests of purchasers, lienholders, and taxpayers. Mr. Sweet handles sheriff’s land tax sales in the City of St. Louis, where court confirmation is required. Mr. Sweet also works extensively in Missouri counties, where he dispatches redemption notices and obtains Collector’s Deeds, followed by filing quiet title lawsuits to increase the marketability of title derived from a tax sale.

In addition to tax sales, Mr. Sweet enjoys cleaning up title defects and clouds on title caused by the indiscriminate use of downloaded Internet forms and office-supply-store legal documents.

Mr. Sweet also handles a variety of legal matters including real estate litigation, small business setup, land use, quiet title actions, estate planning, ordinance violations, and real estate closing due diligence. He is known for his humorous, no-nonsense analysis of complicated matters.

Prior to co-founding Beck Ostrom Sweet, Mr. Sweet worked with Mr. Beck in handling a variety of matters including general civil litigation, real estate, estate planning, and representation of not-for-profit entities.

In earlier careers, Mr. Sweet managed historic movie theaters and served as a legal assistant to Clayton family law attorneys. A longtime City resident, Mr. Sweet participates in volunteer efforts designed to strengthen St. Louis’s historic, diverse neighborhoods. A believer in progressive improvement to urban quality of life, he is also a serial residential rehabber.