John D. Kershman Esq.

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Clayton, Missouri

When you are looking for an experienced attorney who has the knowledge to help you with any family law case, look no further than John Kershman. He will use his experience with family law and training as a mediator and collaborative law attorney to provide you with the best possible options for your case.

John is a Partner who manages the Central Region of the firm in Missouri in Clayton, Ellisville, Union, Columbia, Springfield MO and the St. Louis City (by appointmently) office. He can be found practicing family law at the firm's Clayton location. Licensed to practice in Missouri, including the Eastern and Western Federal Districts and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, John can handle your case in all areas of family law.

Born in St. Louis but raised in New York City, John earned his law degree from Washington University Law School at which he is as an adjunct professor leading the National Civil Rights Appellate Advocacy Team to three national championships.

Recognized for his outstanding work, John was selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star by Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers for six consecutive years from 2010 to 2015. This award recognizes only the top 2.5 percent of up and coming lawyers in Missouri. In addition, John has been Lead Counsel Rated for Divorce/Family Law in 2014 after demonstrating significant experience, peer endorsements and a clean discipline history.  Most recently, John was selected as a Member of the Nation's Top One Percent by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel - Nation's Top Attorneys.  Further, John was named a Top 10 Family Law Attorney in Missouri by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys in 2016.  You can be confident you are hiring a lawyer whose work is award worthy.

When not teaching or practicing law, John enjoys spending time with his family, including Beagles Howie & Butters, cat Jake, and bunny George, playing golf and softball, and analyzing potential logical conclusions to the Game of Thrones.

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Areas of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Paternity
  • Guardianship
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Orders of Protection
  • Family Access Motions
  • Contempt
  • Motions to Modify
  • Domestic Relation Matters
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • Mediation

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


  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • JD
  • Webster University
    • MA Business
  • St. John's University
    • BS


  • Trial and Advocacy Faculty, Washington University Law
  • Adjunct Coach, National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Team
  • NBI National Webcast: E-Discovery in Divorce, National Business Institute (4/28/15)
  • Telephone Seminar: Adoptions and Name Changes, Missouri Bar (4/15/15)
  • NBI National Webcast: Family Law Boot Camp, National Business Institute (12/9/15 and 12/10/15)
  • CLE: ?My Ex Did What?!??: When Family, Tax, and Criminal Law Intersect, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (10/27/15)
  • NBI National Teleconference: Gray Divorce, National Business Institute (5/4/16)
  • NBI National Audio Webcast: Divorce Law: Top 5 Challenges, National Business Institute (5/17/16)
  • NBI National Webcast: Discovering Hidden Assets in Divorce, National Business Institute (8/5/16)
  • Family Law 101, National Business Institute (9/6/16)
  • Divorce Law From Start to Finish, National Business Institute (10/25/16)
  • Managing the Discovery Process: A Paralegal's Guide, National Business Institute (8/30/17)

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers - 2010 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars, 2010
  • Super Lawyers - 2011 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars, 2011
  • Super Lawyers - 2012 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars, 2012
  • Super Lawyers - 2013 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars, 2013
  • Super Lawyers - 2014 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars, 2014
  • Super Lawyers - 2015 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars, 2015
  • Lead Counsel Rated for Divorce/Family Law - Lead Counsel, 2014 - Present
  • AVVO Superb 10.0/10.0 Rating, 2014 - 2015
  • Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
  • The National Advocates - Top 100 Lawyers, Matrimonial and Family Law, 2015
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys - 10 Best Family Law Attorney in Missouri for Client Satisfaction, 2016
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys - Top 10 Family Law Attorney in the State of Missouri, 2016
  • Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Mediator
  • Collaborative Law Attorney, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Past Employment Positions

  • Missouri Public Defender, Intern
  • Washington University's Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, Student Attorney, September 1, 2003 - December 31, 2003
  • Brown & James Law Firm, P.C., Senior Associate Attorney, September 1, 2004 - March 31, 2009
  • Washington University Law School, Adjunct Professor of Law - Coach of the National Appellate Advocacy Team, November 1, 2007 - Present