Stange Law Firm, PC
120 S Central Ave Ste 450
Clayton, MO 63105-1730
(855) 805-0595 www.stangelawfirm.com
Paola Stange handles family law cases with knowledge and passion. She is a trained mediator, collaborative law attorney and guardian ad litem. Paola was one of five guardian at litems selected by St. Louis County Circuit Court Judges in 2011 to receive the Outstanding Volunteer Domestic Violence Guardian ad Litem Award.
Paola is a hard-working individual and with her husband and Founding Partner, Kirk, keeps Stange Law Firm, PC consistently growing. Paola received her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia and is licensed in Missouri and Georgia (inactive).
Paola has been recognized for numerous awards for her experience in family law:
Super Lawyers - Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars, 2013-2016 The American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA) - Top 40 under 40 Missouri Lawyers for Family Law, 2014 - Present AVVO Superb 10.0/10.0 Rating, 2013 - Present National Academy of Family Law Attorneys - Top 10 Missouri Family Law Attorney Under 40, 2014 - Present The National Trial Lawyers - Top 40 Under 40, 2014 - Present Lead Counsel - Lead Counsel Rated for Divorce/Family Law, 2014 - Present 10 Best Family Law Attorney in Missouri Under 40, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2014 -Present American Jurist Institute - 2016 Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Missouri, 2016 Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015 - Present The National Advocates - 2015 Top 40 under 40, 2015 Rue Ratings' -Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member Top American Lawyers - Lifetime Charter Member
Paola enjoys giving back to her community through volunteer work. Paola and Kirk received the 2016 Golden Plate Award from Old Newsboys as well as the 2015 Making a Difference Award. Old Newsboys is a non-profit organization that has raised millions of dollars for hundreds of St. Louis area children's charities. Additionally, Paola is on the Board of Directors for the Mid-County YMCA. The Mid-County YMCA focuses on offering programs and services that focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Further, Paola is part of the 2017 Emory University School of Law Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques where she serves as an adjunct professor in the role of a trial skills instructor.
Paola was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia when she was three and relocated to St. Louis, Missouri in 2007. Paola is fluent in both English and Spanish. She and Kirk are married and have two children
Paola, a former high school and college cheerleader, enjoys dancing and staying active. Incapable of sleeping late, even on the weekends, her family accuses her of being unable to sit still. Horseback riding and yoga are her favorite activities. Mrs. Stange recently returned to her cheerleading/gymnastic roots and is practicing acro-yoga skills at the local jams. When Paola does stop moving, she enjoys binge watching "Criminal Minds" or "The Vampire Diaries" on Netflix. She is also regular at her favorite Shell gas station where she gets her signature 44oz Polar Pop.
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Areas of Practice
Family Law Collaborative Family Law Mediation Guardian ad Litem Divorce Child Custody Paternity Child Support Grandparent Visitation
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia Juris Doctorate 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. Major: Biology
Commentator, Annual Law Update, Missouri Bar (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) Persuasive Presentation Skills for Lawyers (Commentator - 3/15/13 in St. Louis), Missouri Bar International Child Abduction Risk: Hague Convention and Enforcement, Drafting Appropriate Parenting Plans (Speaker - 12/6/13 in Clayton), Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis International Families: Dilemmas in child custody and visitation (August 2, 2014), Missouri Bar Family Law Conference A Paralegal's Guide: Divorce Cases from Start to Finish, Institute for Paralegal Education (11/5/2015 in St. Louis) Family Law and Same-Sex Marriages: Divorce, Custody, Support & Embryos ? Where It Stops ? Nobody Knows , Missouri Bar (1/11/17-1/13/17)
Honors and Awards
Super Lawyers - 2016 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars, 2016 Super Lawyers - 2015 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars, 2015 Super Lawyers - 2014 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars, 2014 Super Lawyers - 2013 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars, 2013 Outstanding DV Court Volunteer GAL Award, St. Louis County Circuit Court, 2011 The American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA) - Top 40 under 40 Missouri Lawyers for Family Law, 2014 - Present AVVO Superb 10.0/10.0 Rating National Academy of Family Law Attorneys - Top 10 Missouri Family Law Attorney Under 40, 2014 - Present The National Trial Lawyers - Top 40 Under 40, 2014 - Present Lead Counsel - Lead Counsel Rated for Divorce/Family Law, 2014 - Present American Institute of Family Law Attorneys - 10 Best Family Law Attorney in Missouri Under 40, 2014-Present The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Top One Percent, 2015 - Present The National Advocates - Top 40 Under 40 in Missouri, 2015 - Present Rue Ratings' - Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member American Institute of Family Law Attorneys - 10 Best for Client Satisfation Under 40, 2016 American Jurist Institute - 2016 Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Missouri, 2016 Top American Lawyers - Lifetime Charter Member The Lawyers of Distinction - 2016
Professional Associations and Memberships
St. Louis Collaborative Family Law Association, Member Mediator American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, Graduate, 2007 Adjunct Professor, Emory University School of Law, 2016 - Present
Pro Bono Activities
Volunteer Guardian ad Litem St. Louis County Circuit Court Rules Committee, 2010 Formerly on the Board of Directors, Kids in the Middle Making a Difference Award, Old Newsboys, 2015 Board of Directors for the Mid-County YMCA Gold Plate Award, Old Newsboys, 2016