Wendell is the principal member of the firm. He practices primarily in consumer bankruptcy and debtor representation.
He graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in 1986 and from Washington University School of Law in 1989. Prior to opening Sherk & Swope, LLC he managed the debt relief department of Eric Taylor & Associates, P.C. He was also previously employed by a leading Chapter 7 trustee in St. Louis.
He was awarded the Missouri Bar’s Michael Roser Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy in 2014 and was the co-recipient of the Bankruptcy Practice Memorial Fund’s first Judge Brauer Innovations in Bankruptcy Award in 2005. And was named one of Missouri’s best bankruptcy lawyers in a 2007 (completely unscientific) on-line poll by Missouri Lawyers Weekly, a trade publication. He is AV-rated (highest rated) by Martindale.com’s peer review program, and is listed in SuperLawyers.
He has served on various committees within the St. Louis bankruptcy court, the Missouri Bar and Bar Assoc. of Metro St. Louis. He was vice chairman of the Missouri Bar Commercial Law Commitee, which proposed the most recent improvements in exemptions law to help Missouri consumers. He is currently co-chairing a similar committee to propose further improvements to these laws.
He is also a regular author and speaker in national and local bankruptcy seminars. He also a contributor ot the Bankruptcy Law Network blog.
Wendell founded the Debtor Attorneys of Metropolitan St. Louis and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, and the Missouri Bar.