About Markell & Associates
Markell & Associates, Inc. was envisioned, designed, and initiated by Vearl
D. Smith nee Prater, a top legal secretary renowned by many colleagues,
attorneys, and judges within St. Louis, Missouri and the greater bi-state
region for her expertise spanning 46 years.
Having graduated valedictorian in 1957, Vearl was immediately offered a
position with a select group of excellent attorneys that lasted until
her passing in 2003. Pursuit of knowledge of the law, meticulous execution,
perfection, and providing exemplary knowledge and services is exactly
what Vearl's passions were. Vearl was brilliant, not hesitating to
voice her opinion, of which many valued, and most of which if not all,
you could take to the bank.
Early on, Vearl recognized a future need for process service in the private
sector. She, family, and friends occasionally served witness subpoenas
for the firm on weekends and evening hours.
Markell & Associates-Founded In 1978
In 1978 Markell & Associates, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri was officially
registered by Vearl with the Missouri Secretary of States' Office,
named after her children Mark & Kelly. Both children developed an
interest in law over the years, having been directly influenced by Vearl,
and the excellent attorneys they have known as family for over 53 years.
Beginning at age 13, Mark B. Smith began evaluating witness statements,
highlighting pertinent information of depositions, comparison of information
sources relative to conflicting statements, analyzing pleadings, interrogatories,
police reports, standard billing practices, costs incurred, etc., in an
effort to gain knowledge, become acclimated to various legal terms, and
various legal processes.
Also in 1978, at age 19, Mark, realizing possible potential, introduced
Markell to the private sector. Upon his execution of successful perfection
of services, (of the service itself, and the excellent service to his
client's), his clientele began to build, and the business flourished.
Mark availed himself 7 days of the week, and 7 nights a week, providing
process service exclusively at that time.
Markell & Associates, Inc. was incorporated in 1979, at which time
Mark B. Smith became President of the Company, and established a physical
office presence to the present day. Within a few years Markell was renowned
for exemplary services in the St. Louis, Missouri and Bi-State region.
Services offered were expanded to include Investigation/Discovery, and
Legal Photography services of accident scenes, barge and railroad inspections,
product liability matters, etc. Markell, prior to the age of Internet,
became nationally known and provided services for Client's around
the world. Markell has represented the finest National legal service networks
in the US for over two decades.
What Sets Us Apart
To date, Markell enjoys an undisputed reputation for over 35 years of excellence.
Our clientele know they do not have to worry ...or wonder, about their
request and where the service stands. New clientele will also come to
rest assured they are dealing with a Corporation of excellent service
The value, and the anticipated knowledge of business, provided by a Legal
Service provider, is in the eye of the beholder, such as the Attorney/Paralegal.
The only advocate the provider can count on is normally the Attorney/Paralegal
to whom he or she represents, as to relating the importance of the perfection
and process of services, actual work performed, the integrity/qualifications/expertise/liability
of the provider, and justification of reasonable fees submitted for work
performed by the provider.
You should know that there are relatively few Process Service and Investigation
companies across the United States with decades of experience. Since the
arrival of the Internet there is definitely a grab bag out there of all
kinds. Also note, the Internet is full of Associations whom list service
providers with little or none known to them. A person/firm is reprimanded
or expelled subsequent to the unacceptable act, thus a reactive approach
instead of proactive, and possible legal consequences and/or liability
for all to follow. Markell's suggestion to the meticulous and demanding
legal professional is to deal direct with the Legal Service provider in
the areas services are desired. With a little initiative by the Professional,
the Attorney/Paralegal can access a fine Provider simply by inquiring
with notable firms and/or colleagues in the area of services desired.
Markell does not have a professional desire to become an unnecessary "middle
man" engaging in collecting a fee for performance of such, nor does
Markell manage others free of charge. Liability is another factor why
Markell chooses to refrain from engaging with other parties to perfect
important legal matters, of which Markell would have no legal control
and/or be at the "mercy of" someone in any area. Many operations
in this business, in St. Louis, Missouri, and across the country, claim
to have offices and employees in an astounding amount of locations, thanks
to the age of the Internet. With simple research, one will find most of
the multiple office listings, if not all, are simply UPS mailbox and/or
P.O. boxes initiated in an effort to forward the legal documents to someone
in the area of services desired.
Markell & Associates, Inc. is dedicated to providing exemplary excellence
in services executed by its own, locally or nationally. By browsing our
site you will find multiple areas we have served, and the services we offer.