José Caldera


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Located in Columbia, Mo

Fax: 573-874-8961

José Caldera


José's Work and Experience

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law
  • Land Use
  • Planning and Real Estate Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Contracts
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Employment Law
  • Municipal Law

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri Supreme Court, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2020
  • Missouri Court of Appeals – Western District, 2012


  • University of Missouri School of Law
    Columbia, MO
    Juris Doctor, Dean’s List – May 2011
  • University of Missouri, Saint Louis
    B.A. - 2008 Major: Political Science, Honor's List

Associations & Memberships

  • Missouri Bar Board of Governors, ABA House of Delegates Representative, 2018 to Present
  • Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council, Chair, 2014 to 2020
  • Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council, ABA House of Delegates Representative, 2015 to 2017
  • Missouri Bar Committee on Diversity, Chair, 2015 to 2019
  • Missouri Bar Joint Task Force with the Supreme Court on the Future of the Profession, 2015 to 2016
  • Missouri Bar Leadership Academy, Member and Chair, 2013 to 2016
  • Mid-Missouri Young Lawyers Association, Chair, 2014 to 2015
  • Renew Missouri, Treasurer, 2018 to Present
  • Judge Advocate, Army National Guard

About José Caldera

José Caldera is an accomplished civil lawyer with nearly a decade of experience.  He has litigated business law and probate cases throughout Missouri and argued before the Missouri Supreme Court. José was a former City of Columbia Assistant City Counselor specializing in Land Use and Development law. In that role, he designed the City's regulatory structures for various disruptive technologies, served as the City attorney for both the Board of Adjustment and Planning and Zoning Commission, and advised the City on large scale development projects. 

Before joining the City,  José served as Acting Commissioner of Securities and Senior Counsel for the Missouri Secretary of State. Jose began his career as an Assistant Attorney General where he litigated business law, probate, bankruptcy, and deceptive trade practices cases.  

José serves our country as a Lieutenant in the Army National Guard JAG Corp and was selected to CoMo Magazine's 20 under 40. He is also fluent in Spanish.

José  provides representation in litigation and transactional matters in the areas of business law, land use, planning and real estate law, business development, contracts, civil litigation, construction law, estates and trusts, employment law, open government compliance, and other matters. He has successfully represented clients in federal and state courts. He also represents clients before the City Council, Board of Adjustment and Planning and Zoning Commission. 

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