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Stange Law Firm, PC St. Louis Divorce Attorneys & Mediators

Legal problems can affect families profoundly. If you face a legal issue, talking with an experienced attorney is the best way to resolve things quickly and effectively. At Stange Law Firm, PC, we help clients effectively resolve the legal problems they face. Our lawyers can help you with any Missouri or Illinois family law need.

At Stange Law Firm, PC, we believe in common-sense solutions. And we believe in taking bold action when necessary to achieve the best possible results. While we certainly cannot predict the future, we can promise one thing: We will work hard for you. Our team of skilled St. Louis family lawyers will prepare your case completely and effectively, fighting hard so that your voice is heard in court.

Our skilled divorce lawyers are fully committed to offering each of our clients assistance with:

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Paternity
  • Legal Separation
  • Motions to Modify
  • Contempt
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Family Law Matters
  • Adoptions
  • Grandparent Visitation
  • Orders of Protection
  • Domestic Relations Matters
  • Guardianships
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Family Law


Kirk Stange

Mr. Stange is a Founding Partner of Stange Law Firm, PC. He is licensed in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Mr. Stange received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2000. Mr. Stange has years of complex family law litigation experience. Mr. Stange is also a trained mediator, collaborative attorney and guardian ad litem.

kirk stangeMr. Stange is locally born and raised. He is a graduate of Eureka High School. He worked at Six Flags in high school and college, starting out at the Log Flume, and eventually became a Seasonal Rides Supervisor over an area of rides. While in law school, Mr. Stange was selected a National Member of the Order of the Barristers, which is a national honors society comprised of only ten in his graduating law school class for obtaining high honor in the art of courtroom advocacy. Mr. Stange was one of six in his class selected to represent the law school on the Regional Moot Court Team.

He is also an avid fan of Americana music (rock merged with folk, country and blues) who is often told that he if he keeps listening to his music so loud, he is going to lose his hearing. Mr. Stange also plays various musical instruments, including bass guitar and violin, and used to play in several local bands, although those skills are diminishing quickly. Due to the natural charm of characters used in various skits, Mr. Stange's favorite TV show is Conan dating all the way back to his time in college.

In his free time, Mr. Stange attends church, and is a member, at The Journey Tower Grove. He is also a member of Clayton-Ladue Rotary where he previously served as an officer for several years. Mr. Stange enjoys playing indoor soccer, riding his boat on Carlyle Lake, watching Cardinals' baseball and spending time with his wife/partner, Paola, and their two children. Mr. Stange also serves on the advisory council of Kids Rock Cancer, which is a music therapy program through Maryville University.

  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
    • Juris Doctorate - 2000
    • Honors: National Member, Order of the Barristers -- A National Honors Society
    • Honors: Regional Moot Court Team
    • Honors: Finalist, Fall Moot Court Competition
    • Honors: Board of Advocates, Executive Officer
  • Fontbonne University
    • B.A. - 1997
    • Honors: Dean's List, Member of the Pi Lambda Theta Honors Society
    • Honors: Secondary/Middle School Certification in Social Studies
    • Honors: Finalist, Fontbonne University Student Leader of the Year Award
Bar Admissions
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • Illinois
Professional Memberships and Associations:
  • Wildwood Chapter of Business Network International, Former President , 2004
  • Family Law Section, Missouri Bar
  • Family Law Section, American Bar Association, Member
  • St. Louis Collaborative Family Law Association, Member
  • Mediator
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, Graduate, 2006
  • Collaborative Family Law Attorney
Pro Bono Activities
  • Member, The Journey at Tower Grove, 2007 - Present
  • Member, Clayton-Ladue Rotary, Paul Harris Fellow, 2007 - Present
  • Mentor, Missouri Bar Mentoring Program, 2008 - 2012
  • Intern, United States Congress, 1997
  • Kids Rock Cancer, Advisory Council, 2013 - 2014

Paola Stange

Mrs. Stange is a Founding Partner of Stange Law Firm, PC. Mrs. Stange is licensed to practice law in Georgia and Missouri. She is a trained collaborative family law attorney and Guardian ad Litem. Mrs. Stange focuses her practice entirely on family law.

attorney paola stangeMrs. Stange was one of five guardian at litem selected by St. Louis County Circuit Court Judges in 2011 to receive the Outstanding Volunteer Domestic Violence Guardian ad Litem Award. Mrs. Stange also served on the St. Louis County Rules Committee in 2010 where new local court rules in domestic cases were proposed and later adopted by the court. She has tried numerous domestic cases (including contested custody, divorce, paternity, domestic violence, motions to modify, post judgment enforcement and contempt matters) and has served as counsel in domestic jury trials in Georgia. Mrs. Stange is a 2007 graduate of the ABA Family Law Section Trial Advocacy Institute.

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Mrs. Stange moved to Atlanta, Georgia when she was three years old and relocated to St. Louis, Missouri in 2007. Mrs. Stange is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Paola Stange is married to Kirk, who is a co-founder of the firm. A former high school and college cheerleader, she enjoys dancing and staying active. Incapable of sleeping late, even on the weekends, her family accuses her of being unable to sit still. When Mrs. Stange does stop moving, she enjoys watching "Criminal Minds," National Geographic or reality T.V. Mrs. Stange recently returned to her cheerleading roots. You can see her performances at the Vetta Soccer Dome kindergarten ISL games and the Men's Adult Soccer League games various times per week. She is also regular at her favorite Shell gas station where she gets her signature 44 oz. Polar Pop.

  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • Juris Doctorate - 2000
    • Honors: Honors: Member, Moot Court Society
    • Honors: Semi-Finalist, Oral Argument Competition
    • Honors: James C. Pratt Award for Best Brief Submitted by all Contestants
    • Honors: Member, Lamar Inn of Court
  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
    • B.S.
Bar Admissions
  • Missouri
  • Georgia
Professional Memberships and Associations
  • St. Louis Collaborative Family Law Association, Member
  • American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, Graduate, 2007
Honors and Awards
  • Outstanding DV Court Volunteer GAL Award, St. Louis County Circuit Court, 2011
  • Super Lawyers - 2013 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars, 2013
  • Super Lawyers - 2014 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars, 2014
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA) - 2014 Top 40 under 40 Missouri Lawyers for Family Law
  • AVVO Superb 10.0/10.0 Rating
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys - 2014 Top 10 Missouri Family Law Attorney Under 40, 2014
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 40 Under 40, 2014
  • Lead Counsel Rated for Divorce/Family Law - 2014 Lead Counsel
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorney in Missouri Under 40, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2014
Pro Bono Activities
  • Volunteer Guardian ad Litem
  • St. Louis County Circuit Cour Rules Committee, 2010
  • Formerly on the Board of Directors, Kids in the Middle
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

John D. Kershman Esq.

John Kershman is a Partner at Stange Law Firm, PC overseeing the Missouri offices for the firm.attorney john kershman Mr. Kershman has limited his practice to family law and represents clients in divorce, child custody, child support, paternity and other family law matters.

Prior to joining Stange Law Firm, PC, Mr. Kershman was a Managing Partner at Kershman, LLP where he focused in serving the unique needs of individuals, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Key areas of his services included litigation, commercial transactions and estate planning. Prior to that, Mr. Kershman worked as a Senior Associate Attorney for a local law firm where he focused primarily on civil defense litigation.

Mr. Kershman is an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law in their LLM program.

Mr. Kershman was born in St. Louis but raised in NYC. Returning to the area after undergraduate school, he resides in St. Charles with his wife and 2 children. When not enjoying the company of his other children, Beagles Howie & Butters, cat Jake, and bunny George, he enjoys playing golf, softball, and analyzing potential logical conclusions to a Game of Thrones.

  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO - J.D.
  • Webster University, St. Louis, MO - M.A. Business
  • St. John's University, B.S.
Bar Admissions
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
Professional Memberships and Associations:
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
Honors and Awards
  • Super Lawyers 2010-2014 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars

Jillian A. Wood Esq.

attorney nameJillian Wood is a Partner at Stange Law Firm, PC overseeing the Illinois offices of the firm. She has extensive experience in matters such as divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, motions to modify, appeals, contempt and other family law matters.

Ms. Wood obtained her B.S. in from Saint Louis University where she attended the University as a Presidential Scholar. She later returned to the University receiving a Juris Doctorate and Masters in Public Health. During law school, Ms. Wood served as an intern with the school's legal clinic assisting clients with child guardianship, child orders of protection, and special education advocacy. She has also served as a research assistant studying the areas of Constitutional Law and Supreme Court voting behavior.

Ms. Wood was Lead Counsel Rated for Divorce Law in 2014, which is a quality assurance tool established in 1997. To be eligible to be Lead Counsel Rated attorneys must demonstrate significant experience, peer endorsements and a clean discipline history.

On a personal note, Ms. Wood was adopted from Costa Rica when she was a baby and was raised in Carlinville, Illinois by her parents, who incidentally are both lawyers. She has one older brother, who is a lawyer, and one younger brother, who, and this should come as no surprise, is currently attending law school.

Jillian, a committed St. Louis City resident has lived in the Lafayette Square area for the past 10 years. In her spare time, she enjoys surfing YouTube for music videos with her husband Rob and step-daughter Lucie, and binge watching TV series on AMC and Netflix such as Breaking Bad, Merlin, Luther, That 70's Show and The Walking Dead. When not on the lookout for zombies, Ms. Wood can be found walking her sausage-like Jack Russell Terrier, Jesse, or grabbing a bite to eat at her favorite neighborhood restaurants, Sqwires and Planter's House.

  • St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO - J.D.
  • St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO - M.A. Public Health
  • St. John's University, B.S. Clinical Laboratory Science
Bar Admissions
  • Missouri
  • Illinois
Honors and Awards
  • Lead Counsel Rated for Divorce Law - 2014 Lead Counsel

Brentwood Office
1750 S Brentwood Blvd
St Louis, MO 63144
West County Office
16024 Manchester Rd #103
Ellisville, MO 63011
Jefferson County Office
16 Municipal Dr
Arnold, MO 63010
St. Charles Office
2268 Bluestone Dr
St Charles, MO 63303
Franklin County Office
5 S Oak St
Union, MO 63084
Lincoln County Office
20 Centerline Dr
Troy, MO 63379
St. Clair County (IL)
115 Lincoln Pl Ct #101
Belleville, IL 62221
Madison County (IL)
6 Club Centre Court Suite A
Edwardsville, IL 62025

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