Throughout her legal career, Amy has focused her practice on commercial transactions, concentrating primarily on real estate and lending transactions. Her broad range of transactional experience includes the acquisition and disposition of all types of real estate, including hospitality assets, the development of residential subdivisions, the negotiation and drafting of complex commercial leases, the financing of commercial real estate transactions for both lenders and borrowers, and the preparation and negotiation of various types of commercial contracts.
Member Spotlight - Q&A with Amy Mistler
Q: When did you decide to get into the commercial real estate industry? Was it always your focus?
A: After graduating from the University of Illinois College Of Law in 1999, my first job was as an associate at Bryan Cave. At the time, the firm rotated associates through two or three departments. I started doing real estate transactions in 2001. I also spent time in the health care and antitrust departments.
Q: What are some of the things you love about your job?
A: I love working on projects that I can visit. You then see firsthand how these are more than just brick and mortar. Commercial real estate adds to the vibrancy of our region and truly impacts the community in so many ways. I also love working with other CREW-St. Louis members on these local projects, such as brokers, lenders, title companies and accountants. Thanks to CREW-St. Louis, I know experts in every field that prove to be invaluable to my clients and me.
Q: What is your CREW-St. Louis origin? When did you join? Why did you become a member?
A: I joined CREW in 2002. I wanted to get to know the local players in commercial real estate. Robin Steiner was a colleague at Bryan Cave who encouraged me to get involved. My husband, Josh, worked with Jenny Marler at Thompson Coburn. Jenny and I went to lunch. She sold me on all the member benefits and all the influential women in the industry who I needed to meet.
Q: What was the first CREW event you attended and what were your impressions?
A: My first CREW event was a members-only meeting at the St. Louis Club. Sandra Stoner was the CREW-St. Louis President. I met Chalegne O’Brien and together we both signed up to support the Programs Committee as part of its event planning sub-committee. We served on the committee for many years. I was fortunate enough to serve in many other roles as well and eventually had the privilege to lead the chapter as its 2012 President.
I also remember hearing about the CREW Convention that many members had recently attended. It became clear that so many of the members were not only professional colleagues but would become very good friends.
Q: Please name a few of the projects you’ve been involved in, specifically in the St. Louis area that you are proud of.
A: I’ve been fortunate to support clients in nearly every type of real estate – office, industrial, manufacturing, retail, mixed-use, multifamily and even residential. Two of my more recent projects centered around hospitality: the development of the aLoft hotel in the Cortex area and the Element Hotel near Saint Louis University.
Q: What other associations or volunteer activities are you involved with?
A: I serve as commissioner on the Plan Commission for the City of Columbia, Illinois, a small town in the Metro East where we live and where I grew up. I am also on the board for Hoyleton Youth & Family Services, which provides critical emotional and mental health services to youngsters and families in Southern Illinois.
Q: What else would you like your fellow CREW-St. Louis members to know about you?
A: I am married to Josh Mistler, an attorney for Mercy Health. I have three kids, Molly (19), a freshman in architecture at the University of Kansas (and future CREW-St. Louis member?), Jameson (Jay) (16), a sophomore at Columbia High School, and Meredith (Middy) (12), a 7th grader at Columbia Middle School.
Typically at this time of the year, I would be looking forward to Cardinal games and spending time with friends and family for good food and drinks on the great patios around St. Louis. As this spring is anything but typical, any free time now has been spent listening to good music with the new Airpods my husband bought me as a quarantine gift, playing card games with my kids and hanging out with our Goldendoodles, Coco and Tess.