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Dwayne A. Fulk

For more than 20 years, Dwayne Fulk has provided exceptional legal counsel and responsive business solutions to organizations in a wide range of industries throughout the world.  Mr. Fulk’s approach is to seek collaborative and innovative solutions that result in successfully completed transactions. Often acting as a general outside counsel, he gets to know each client’s unique business and industry to best understand and anticipate their concerns, obstacles and opportunities.

As a corporate and transactional lawyer, his experience has emphasized mergers and acquisitions, finance and development, franchise and distribution, international transactions, and entity formation and startup. Mr. Fulk has represented many family-owned businesses, including succession and transition planning and implementation for owners and management.

Active in professional, civic and charitable organizations throughout his career, Mr. Fulk has served as president of Foundation for Springfield Public Schools, Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross, Kingswood Preschool and Kindergarten, Leadership Springfield Inc., Rotaract Club of Springfield, Safety Council of the Ozarks and Springfield’s Best Inc.; and as a member of the boards of directors of Greater Ozarks International Trade Association, Missouri Paralegal Association, and Springfield’s Best Foundation Inc. and advisory boards for Everest College, Summit Preparatory School of Southwest Missouri, and Missouri State University’s English Department and Honors College (and its Executive Steering Committee).  He has taught as an adjunct professor in political science, business law, international commercial transactions and other areas, and is a frequent speaker on legal issues of corporate, nonprofit and international law.

Court Memberships

  • Missouri 

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2016-2017
  • “Trusted Advisers,” Springfield Business Journal, 2014
  • “Men of the Year,” Springfield Business Journal, 2013
  • President’s Award for Outstanding Service, Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, 2013
  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars,” 2008, 2009
  • “40 Under 40,” Springfield Business Journal, 1999
  • “97 to watch in ’97,” Springfield magazine, 1997

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • The Missouri Bar
    • Business Succession Planning Committee
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Committee
    • Technology and Innovation Law Committee
    • Past Member of Annual Meeting Planning Committee
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Past President, Director and Speakers Bureau Chairman
    • Bench & Bar Committee, past Chairman
    • Non-Partisan Court Plan Committee
    • Mini Law School for the Public, Speaker
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation
    • Board of Directors, past President
  • Community Listen Zone Blitz, Healthcare Committee
  • Community-Wide Coalition for School Board Recruitment
  • City Utilities Citizens’ Advisory Council
  • The Missouri Epsilon of Phi Delta Theta Educational Foundation, Inc.
    • Board of Directors, President
  • OTC Public Building Corporation
    • Board of Directors, President
  • Rotary Club of Springfield, Missouri (Downtown)
    • Board of Directors, President-Elect and past Secretary 
  • Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Past Vice-Chairman of Membership and Director
    • International Business Council, past Chairman
    • Small Business Council, past Chairman
  • Springfield Good Government Finance Committee

Presentations

  • Legal Steps to Starting a Business, June 2017
  • Organizational Types and Considerations for a Small Business, April 2017
  • What Do You Need to be Legal in Missouri?, March 2017 and June 2015
  • International Law Management Perspectives, March 2017, April 2015, November 2014 and February 2014
  • Legal Literacy for Nonprofit Organizations, February 2017
  • MSU-IBC Chinese EMBA Panel Discussion, July 2016 and July 2015
  • How to Start a Business in Missouri, April 2016
  • How to Start a Nonprofit, April 2016
  • Legal Aspects of Starting a Business, April 2016
  • Introduction to the Legal System and How Courts Work, September 2015
  • Model Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, June 2015
  • Professional Pre-nups: AKA Buy-Sell Agreements, February 2015
  • Legal Aspects of Growth through Acquisition, November 2014
  • Legal Mistakes and Pitfalls New Businesses Should Avoid, July 2013
  • Legal Aspects of Nonprofit Board Service, October 2014, April 2013, March 2013 and January 2013
  • LLCs, Business Mergers and Business Organization Tips (and Duties of Corporate Directors), April 2013
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  • Springfield

    910 East St. Louis Street
    Suite 100
    Springfield, MO 65806-2523
F: 417.886.9126

Assistant

Charis Lippert
417.877.5942

Education

Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1994

Duke University School of Law, LL.M. in International and Comparative Law, 1994

Missouri State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1991