I am the child of divorced parents who returned to court several times throughout my childhood. I interacted with attorneys at a young age which sparked an early interest in child advocacy. I graduated law school in 2009 in the middle of a financial crisis. Jobs were few and far between. I spent my first year after graduation completing training for and volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in the St. Louis City Juvenile Court, advocating for children in foster care. I was raised in St. Louis and chose to stay here to raise my family. My husband and I live in Olivette with our daughter and two crazy cats. In my free time, I enjoy baking, cake decorating, cooking, and spending time with family.
Journey to Family Law
I grew up the child of divorced parents. Like many divorced families, mine experienced several child support and custody modifications. My family went through the same things my clients’ families are going through – court hearings, depositions, and expert witnesses. While I have not stood in the exact same shoes as most of my clients, my experience as a child of divorced parents provides me a unique perspective and approach to family law. It’s also what led me to get certified as a Guardian ad Litem. Working as a Guardian ad Litem has helped me develop a more child-centric approach to custody matters.
Family law often involves strong emotions and difficult decisions. I consider it a privilege to be able to help people get through what is often one of the most challenging times in their lives. Family law issues are disruptive, unpredictable, and scary. My goal as a family law attorney is to help people navigate this process with grace and the knowledge to lead them to the best possible result.
Areas of Practice
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Juris Doctor (2009)
St. Louis University, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude (2006)
Having three-year old, I don’t have a lot of time these days for reading anything other than children’s books! Here are a few of my favorites – Dear Girl, Last Stop on Market Street, Knuffle Bunny
Janet Lansbury’s Unruffled, This American Life
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
– Jane Goodall
Credentials & Distinctions
- Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch (2021, 2022)
- Missouri Kansas Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, selected by peers (2017,2018,2019,2020)
- Certified Family Law Mediator
- Collaborative Family Law Attorney
- Guardian ad Litem
Affiliations & Community
- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
- Collaborative Family Law Association of St. Louis
- Women Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis
- The Missouri Bar
- Order of Protection Docket Volunteer Court Attorney