Mound City Bar Association

The First Black Bar Association West of the Mississippi

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5143 Thousand Residents of STL County
5,000 Members
319 Thousand Residents of STL City
0 Thousand African American Residents of STL city

0 Thousand African American Residents of STL County


President’s Message


Meet MCBA President Anthony D. Gray. Mr. Gray specializes in transactional matters with an emphasis in civil litigation. He has substantial trial experience in jurisdictions such as St. Charles County, St. Louis County, St. Louis City, and the Eighth U.S. District Court. Mr. Gray has negotiated, settled, and tried hundreds of cases. He has served, or is currently serving, in key roles within several, including prosecutor, judge, city attorney, and legal officer. By way of additional background, Mr. Gray has served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps (R) where he received the “Recruiter’s Aide of the Year” and the “Top Marine of the 3rd Battalion Awards.” He has worked as a certified police officer in Missouri in both Reserve and Commissioned capacities. Mr. Gray also served as an adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he taught a class entitled, “The Rights of the Offender.”

In 2014, Mr. Gray represented the Mike Brown family in the wrongful death shooting of Michael Brown Jr., which sparked nationwide attention and led to changes in Ferguson, Missouri and beyond. Since 2001 Mr. Gray has been practicing law in the boutique firm of Johnson Gray LLC.

Mr. Gray has now ascended to the position of MCBA President, after serving 17 years as its parliamentarian. His theme for the 2023-2024 bar year is: To Continue the Legacy of Staying Ready, So We Don’t Have to Get Ready. According to him, this is achieved through social interactions, building alliances, and managing the basics, i.e., finances, record keeping, reputational standing, etc. Should MCBA be called upon to exercise its mission, to advocate for righteous legal causes and to take a legal stance against injustice of any kind, he exclaimed, “We will be ready.” He urges all that believe in fairness, justice, and equality to be ready with us. Join Mound City Bar Association today! This administration plans to fellowship with likeminded legal professionals aiming to spread love, respect, and a familiarity that promotes unity. Having fun is also part of staying ready. Mr. Gray encourages fun, laughter and professional amusement. Therefore he plans to continue to host activities that create moments of unified joy. The comradery and esprit de corps that hopefully derives therefrom builds harmony. And harmony is vital in every battle. Mr. Gray is prayerful MCBA will not have any battles to fight during his tenure. However, staying with the aforementioned tenets, he firmly believes MCBA will be ready should the need arise. To this end, let's go!!!

Mr. Gray earned an AA with academic honors from St. Louis Community College, a BSBA cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, MBA hours from Lindenwood University of Missouri, and his Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri in 1998. He can be reached at 314.649.4239 or