Paola A. Stange

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, 2013-2017
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 and the Endangered Wolf Center. The Mid-County YMCA focuses on offering programs and services that focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. The Endangered Wolf Center was founded more than four decades ago to focus on the recovery of the endangered wolf population so that they can be returned to their native habitats.  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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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

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, 2016 - Present
Gold Plate Award, Old Newsboys, 2016
Board of Directors for the Endangered Wolf Center , 2017 - Present

Education:

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

Bar Admissions:

Georgia

Missouri

Honors and Achievements:

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

Speaking Engagements:

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)

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120 South Central Avenue Suite 450, Clayton, MO 63105

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Clayton 63105 MO US
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