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Sophya Qureshi Raza

Founding Member

I am the oldest child of immigrant parents and was the first to graduate from college on my mother’s side of the family.  My mother never wanted her daughters to rely on a spouse or significant other for financial stability.  I have wanted to be a lawyer ever since I drafted a contract at the age of 12 for my mom and sister to sign involving my sister’s desire for a perm.  It was this first instance of helping two individuals resolve their dispute in a fair manner that hooked me.  I live in Wildwood with my daughter, significant other and 8 dogs.  In our free time, we spend a lot of time with our dogs playing frisbee or going hiking.  I love to read, meet all the dogs and spend time with my family.

Awards

Journey to Family Law

Despite vowing to never return to St. Louis after college, here I am.  I returned to St. Louis after college in DC and stayed here for law school.  In between graduating from college and attending law school, I worked at Edgewood Children’s Center with physically and sexually abused children.  It was this experience that first sparked my interest in family law.  I wanted to choose a career that that I was passionate about and found that fit with family law.

I have focused my practice solely on family law since graduating law school in 2002. I have found that concentrating my practice on family law has allowed me to gain a very deep understanding of the issues and laws involved. 

When I first started practicing, I only focused on traditional family law litigation in court. As I have grown in my practice, I have come to the realization that while some cases must be litigated in court, there are many situations that can be efficiently and effectively resolved outside of the courtroom. With this is mind, I also began working as a family law mediator and a Collaborative family law attorney.

I truly do enjoy helping those who are in a crisis or who need help solving problems. I take great pride and find it deeply rewarding to resolve my clients’ problems and guide them through their family law issues.

I have experienced firsthand the effects and emotions of a divorce and custody litigation. Not only on myself, but also on my daughter. People hire lawyers for guidance through the legal maze, we are not counselors or therapists, but I believe that it is extremely beneficial for my clients to know that they have an attorney in their corner who has been there. My experience has put me in the unique position of understanding the life changing circumstances you have found yourself in.

Areas of Practice

High Net Worth Divorce

Division of Complex Assets

Spousal Support, Child Support and Modifications

High Conflict Custody/Modifications of Custody

Collaborative Divorce

Certified Mediator

Education

Washington University School of Law, Juris Doctor (2002)

George Washington University, Bachelor of Arts (1997)

Legal Background

Principal, Danna McKitrick, PC (2011-2015)

Associate, Danna McKitrick, PC (2003-2010)

Favorite Book:

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

I mostly love reading crime thrillers and mysteries.

Favorite Podcast:

Anything true crime related.

Favorite Quote:

“Success isn’t about how your life looks to others. It’s about how it feels to you. We realized that being successful isn’t about being impressive, it’s about being inspired. That’s what it means to be true to yourself.”

– Michelle Obama

Credentials & Distinctions

  • Lawyer of the Year Award for Family Law Mediation (2022)
  • Lawyer of the Year Award for St. Louis in the field of Collaborative Law: Family Law, (2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America for Collaborative Law: Family Law
    (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)

  • Certified Mediator, Washington University School of Social Work

  • St. Louis County Court Approved Mediator

  • Collaborative Family Law Attorney

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

  • Missouri and Kansas Rising Stars, (2010, 2012)

In addition to her formal academic training, Ms. Raza received extensive and specialized training in trial advocacy at the ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute from experts across the United States. 

Affiliations & Community

  • Collaborative Family Law Association of St. Louis
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Kids in the Middle, Advisory Board (2019)
  • Former Domestic Violence Docket Volunteer Attorney
  • Gateway Pet Guardians – Volunteer Dog Foster
  • Stray Paws Rescue – Volunteer Dog Foster
  • St. Louis Disc Dog member

Television Guest:

  • “Gray Divorce” KPLR-TV with Christine Buck
  • “Summer Vacations, Kids and Families of Divorce” KTVI Fox2 News in the Morning with Margie Elisor

Radio Guest:

  • “Michael Jackson’s Children” Total Information AM with Tom Calhoun and Maria Keena, KMOX
  • “Children in Divorce” St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Public Radio, KWMU
  • “The Divorce Process: Navigating it Smoothly” St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Public Radio, KWMU

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-presenter “Effectively Deposing your Opponent’s Financial Expert” Missouri Bar Annual Family Law Conference (Aug 2017)
  • Co-presenter “Crafting an Effective Parenting Plan” Missouri Bar (Feb 2017)
  • “Advanced Discovery and Evidence in Divorce” National Business Institute CLE (Sep 2016)
  • “Electronic Spying and Tracking Spouses in Divorce Cases: What’s Legal in the Digital World” Strafford CLE (Aug 2014)
  • “Untangling Legal Responsibilities and Patient Well-Being: Knowledge and Tools to Guide the Mental Health Practitioner,” Care and Counseling, Inc. and St. Louis Psychological Association (Feb 2010, Oct 2010, May 2012)
  • “Divorce Survival Seminar” Living Word Church
  • “Divorce, Summer, Kids and Vacations” MacaroniKids.com blog post
  • “Family Law: Understanding It, Working Through It, Moving On”

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