Executive Director, Attorney at Law
Juris Doctorate, New York University School of Law
Master of Arts, University of Illinois
Bachelor of Arts,
Washington University in St. Louis
assuming his position as Executive Director of Gateway Legal Services in 1998, Michael Ferry served for 19 years as a staff
attorney, managing attorney, training and community education coordinator for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.
Michael has a long record of involvement in community education
and continuing legal education. Since 1989 he has written Legally Speaking, a weekly column on legal questions
for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He has also co-produced radio and cable television programs on legal topics, and has
received one national award and two St. Louis "Emmy" Award nominations for this work. He was also editor of
Missouri Consumer Law, 2nd ed., published by the Missouri Bar, and now serves as contributing editor for
Consumer Warranty Law, published by the National Consumer Law Center.
In 1994 Michael received the National Consumer Law Center’s
Vern Countryman Award for "outstanding efforts to strengthen and affirm the rights of low income Americans through the
practice of consumer law." He has served on the Consumer Advisory Council of the Board of Governors of the Federal
Reserve System (1993-1995). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Consumer Law Center, and as
an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law. Earlier this year he was elected to the American College
of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, the first lawyer from St. Louis to be so honored. He is currently a Consumer
Fellow of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, and before that
was a Consumer Fellow of the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the Business Law Section of the ABA. He is the
only person ever to serve as a Consumer Fellow for two ABA Business Law Section committees. He is also a member of the
Social Security Law Committee of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.