Paola Stange

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.    Note: The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements.  

Areas of Practice

  Family Law  Collaborative Family Law  Mediation  Guardian ad Litem  Divorce  Child Custody  Paternity  Child Support  Grandparent Visitation  

Bar Admissions

  Georgia  Missouri  

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  

Classes/Seminars

  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  

Languages

  English  Spanish