Kirk C. Stange Esq.

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Founding Partner
Location:
Clayton, Missouri
Phone:
855-805-0595
Fax:
314-963-9191
Email:

When you're faced with a family law matter and need help, you need an attorney that will always have your best interests in mind. Kirk Stange fights for his clients in every step of their family law case.  Kirk uses his vast experience and knowledge of family law in your case. You can trust that Kirk will tell you what you need to know and listen when you need someone to listen. Kirk has years of experience in family law as well as being a trained mediator, collaborative attorney and guardian ad litem. Using these skills, Kirk can guide you through any family law matter.

In 2007, Kirk founded Stange Law Firm, PC with his wife Paola and has worked diligently to grow the firm to what it is today.  In addition to practicing law, Kirk spends time educating attorneys and other law professionals at CLE Seminars through the National Business Institute, the Missouri Bar and other organizations.  He has even spoken at the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Omaha, Nebraska on social media evidence for lawyers and judges.  Further, Kirk is part of the 2016 and 2017 Emory University School of Law Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques where he serves as an adjunct professor in the role of a trial skills instructor.

Kirk earned his Juris Doctor form the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law and furthered his education by graduating from the ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute in 2006. He is now licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Through his dedication to clients and their family law cases, Kirk has been recognized for numerous awards including:

  • Super Lawyers - 2016 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers for Family Law
  • Super Lawyers - 2015 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers for Family Law
  • Super Lawyers - 2014 and 2013 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars for Family Law
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys - America's Top 100 LLC - 2017
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney in Missouri - National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA), 2014 - Present
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - The National Trial Lawyers 2014 - Present
  • AVVO Superb 10.0/10.0 Rating, 2013 - Present
  • Lead Counsel Rated For Divorce/Family Law - Lead Counsel, 2014 -Present
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys in Missouri for Client Satisfaction - American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2014 - Present
  • Top 100 Family Lawyers in Missouri - The American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA), 2015-Present
  • American Jurist Institute - 2016 Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Missouri, 2016
  • National Academy of Jurisprudence - Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for Missouri, 2015 - Present
  • The National Advocates - Top 100 Lawyers, Matrimonial and Family Law, 2015 - Present
  • Top 40 Under 40 Missouri Family Lawyers - The American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA), 2014 - Present
  • National Council of American Executives - Top Ranked U.S. Executives, 2014
  • Rue Ratings' - Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member
  • Top American Lawyers - Lifetime Charter Member
  • The American Legal Institute - America's Top Attorneys, 2016
  • The Lawyers of Distinction - 2016

To show for his experience more, Kirk authored a chapter in a book through Thomson Reuters (Aspatore Publishing) in 2012 titled: Strategies for Military Family Law: Leading Lawyers on Navigating Family Law in the Armed Forces (Inside the Minds).  Kirk published a full-length book through Thomson Reuters (Aspatore Publishing) in 2014 titled: Prenuptial Agreements Line by Line. Further, in 2015, Kirk authored another chapter in a book through Thomson Reuters (Aspatore Published) titled: Strategies for Illinois Family Law: Leading Lawyers on Leveraging Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiating Alimony and Child Support, and Managing Client Expectations (Inside the Minds).  

Kirk also enjoys spending time volunteering for the community.  Kirk is on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Collaborative Family Law Association. Kirk is also on the National Leadership Council at Maryville University. He also serves on the advisory council for Kids Rock Cancer, a music program for children with cancer through Maryville University. For his service to the community, Kirk, along with his wife, Paola, received the 2015 Making a Difference Award from Old Newsboys and the 2016 Golden Plate Award. Old Newsboys is a non-profit organization that has raised millions of dollars for hundreds of area children's charities.

When he is not at work, Kirk enjoys spending time with his wife/partner, Paola, and their children.  Kirk also attends church, and is a member, at The Journey Tower Grove.  In his free time, Kirk also enjoys riding his boat on Carlyle Lake, playing indoor soccer, watching Cardinals' baseball, St. Louis Blues' hockey or St. Louis FC and Ambush soccer.  Additionally Kirk enjoys listening to Americana music (rock merged with folk, country and blues) and plays various musical instruments, including bass guitar and violin, and used to play in several local bands.

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

Areas of Practice

  • 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

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • Illinois

Education

  • 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

Classes/Seminars

  • Advanced Family Law (Non-Traditional Family Structures & Paternity Disputes, Contempt & Military Divorce, National Business Institute (3/11/11)
  • Handling Divorce Cases From Start To Finish (Exploring Custody, Visitation and Support Issues and Ethical Perils in Divorce Practice , National Business Institute (5/17/12)
  • Annual Law Update - Family Law, Missouri Bar (6/28/12 in St. Charles)
  • Divorce Law Guide from A to Z, National Business Institute (6/25/13) and (4/21/16)
  • Annual Law Update - Family Law, Missouri Bar (5/23/13 in St. Louis and 6/27/13 in St. Charles)
  • NBI National Webcast: Discovery Evidence and Divorce , National Business Institute (10/10/13, 6/10/14 and 2/4/16)
  • Advanced Family Law, National Business Institute (12/6/13)
  • NBI National Webcast: Juvenile Law, National Business Institute (4/22/14)
  • NBI National Audio Webcast: Smart Phone and Social Media Evidence in Divorce Litigation , National Business Institute (6/4/14)
  • Managing the Discovery Process: A Paralegal's Guide - Paralegal National Webcast, Institute for Paralegal Education (6/26/14 and 8/11/15)
  • Family Law Essentials: Negotiating and Drafting Settlement Agreements , Missouri Bar (3/14/14)
  • Discovery of Social Media Use and Other Electronic Evidence in Divorce: A Paralegal's Guide, Institute for Paralegal Education (6/23/14)
  • Annual Law Update - Family Law (5/22/14 in St. Louis and 06/27/14 in St. Charles), Missouri Bar
  • Smart Phone and Social Media Evidence for Lawyers and Judges, Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Omaha, Nebraska (8/7/14)
  • Discovery and Admission of Social Media and Electronic Evidence, Missouri Bar Family Law Conference (8/2/14)
  • NBI National Teleconference: Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Drafting, Negotiations, Disputes, National Business Institute (10/23/14)
  • NBI National Webcast: Dividing Trust Assets in Divorce, National Business Institute (9/22/14)
  • NBI National Teleconference: Smart Phone and Social Media Evidence in Divorce Litigation, National Business Institute (6/4/14, 12/2/14, 6/16/15, 1/26/16 and 7/12/16)
  • The Paralegals Guide to Managing E-Discovery, Institute for Paralegal Education (11/20/14)
  • Family Law Essentials: Negotiating and Drafting Settlement Agreements, Missouri Bar (3/13/15)
  • NBI National Webcast: Advanced issues in Divorce, National Business Institute (3/20/15)
  • IPE National Webcast: Out of State Discovery for Paralegals, Institute for Paralegal Education (4/7/15)
  • NBI National Webcast: Divorce Law from A to Z, National Business Institute (6/16/15)
  • Telephone Seminar: Adoptions and Name Changes, Missouri Bar (4/15/15)
  • Annual Law Update - Family Law, Missouri Bar (5/21/15 in St. Louis)
  • NBI National Teleconference: The Family Attorneys' Guide to DAPTs, National Business Institute (7/22/15)
  • Divorce Property Division and Trust Assets: Strategies for Attacking or Defending Trusts, Strafford Publications Webinar (6/17/15)
  • Social Media & Electronic Evidence: Discovery & Admission, Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference (6/13/15)
  • Annual Law Update - Family Law, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (6/26/15 in St. Louis)
  • Handling Ethical Issues in Family Law Practice for Paralegals, Half Moon Education (9/18/15)
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Drafting, Negotiations and Enforcement Disputes, Missouri Bar Family Law Conference (8/8/15)
  • A Paralegal's Guide: Divorce Cases from Start to Finish, Institute for Paralegal Education (11/5/2015 in St. Louis)
  • NBI National Webcast: Advanced Discovery in Divorce, National Business Institute (10/30/15)
  • NBI National Webcast: Family Law Boot Camp, National Business Institute (12/9/15 and 12/10/15)
  • Missouri Bar lex | Port Tech Ex: Social Media Evidence & Discovery and Admission, Missouri Bar (10/27/15)
  • NBI National Webcast: Handling Complex Family Law Issues (10/20/15 and 10/19/16)
  • Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques- Trial Skills Instructor, Emory University School of Law, 2016 - 2017
  • NBI Live Teleconference: Email Evidence in Divorce Litigation, National Business Institute (4/4/16)
  • Family Law Conference: Facebook Evidence in Divorce, Missouri Bar (8/4/16-8/6/16 in Branson, MO)
  • NBI National Teleconference: Dividing Businesses in Divorce, National Business Institute (4/25/16)
  • NBI National Teleconference: Family Law Litigation, National Business Institute (5/24/16)
  • NBI National Audio Webcast: Divorce Law: Top 5 Challenges, National Business Institute (5/17/16)
  • NBI National Webcast: Discovery and Evidence in Divorce, National Business Institute (2/4/16)
  • NBI National Webcast: Advanced Divorce Law, National Business Institute (2/23/16)
  • Annual Law Update - Family Law, Missouri Bar (5/26/16 in St. Louis and 6/24/16 in St. Charles)
  • Family Law Essentials: Negotiating and Drafting Settlement Agreements, Missouri Bar (4/1/16)
  • NBI National Webcast: Challenging Experts in Divorce, National Business Institute (4/14/16)
  • Family Law Practice Webinar Series on Property Division, Half Moon Education (8/25/16)
  • Law Practice Management Series, Telephone Seminar: How to Build and Manage Success, Missouri Bar (6/28/16)
  • Family Law and Same-Sex Marriages: Divorce, Custody, Support & Embryos ? Where It Stops ? Nobody Knows , Missouri Bar (1/11/17-1/13/17)
  • Live Video Broadcast: Smart Phone, E-Mail, Social Media and Electronic Evidence in Family Law Litigation, MyLawCLE (6/8/16)
  • NBI National Teleconference: Business Valuation in Divorce, National Business Institute (9/1/2016)
  • Divorce Property Division and Trust Assets: Strategies for Attacking or Defending Trusts, Strafford Publications (11/2/16)
  • Business Interests in Divorce Litigation, My Law CLE (10/06/16)
  • Smartphone, Text and Social Media Evidence in Family Law, National Business Institute (2/15/17)
  • Family Law: Navigating the Fundamentals, National Business Institute (10/28/16)
  • Email and Computer Evidence in Divorce, National Business Institute (3/09/17)
  • Divorce Property Division and Trust Assets, Clear Law Institute (2/21/17)
  • Prenuptial Agreements & Domestic Asset Protection Trusts: A General Overview of Both & the Differences, My Law CLE (2/3/17)
  • Deposition Strategies in Divorce and Custody Cases: Taking and Defending Depositions of Parties, Lay Witnesses and Experts , Strafford Publications (2/23/17)
  • Family Law Section - 2017 Annual Law Update, Missouri Bar (5/25/17 & 6/23/17)
  • Motions in Divorce , National Business Institute (7/25/17), July 25, 2017
  • Investigating Claims in the Digital Age, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (6/24/17)
  • Social Media and Electronic Evidence in Family Law , Clear Law Institute , August 22, 2017 - Present
  • Family Law From Start to Finish , National Business Institute , May 22, 2017 - Present
  • The Scales of Justice: Investigating Claims in a Digital Age, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys , June 22, 2017 - June 25, 2017

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers - 2016 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers for Family Law
  • Super Lawyers - 2015 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers for Family Law
  • Super Lawyers - 2013 and 2014 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars for Family Law
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA) - 2014 Top 40 under 40 Missouri Lawyers for Family Law
  • AVVO Superb 10.0/10.0 Rating
  • Lead Counsel Rated For Divorce/Family Law, Lead Counsel, 2014 - Present
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney in Missouri, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA), 2014 - Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2014 - Present
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys in Missouri for Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2014-Present
  • Top Ranked U.S. Executives, National Council of American Executives, 2014
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA) - Top 100 Family Lawyers in Missouri, 2015 - Present
  • National Academy of Jurisprudence - Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for Missouri, 2015 - Present
  • The National Advocates - Top 100 Lawyers, Matrimonial and Family Law, 2015-Present
  • Rue Ratings' - Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member
  • The American Legal Institute - America's Top Attorneys, 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

  • 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, Board of Directors
  • Mediator
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, Graduate, 2006
  • Collaborative Family Law Attorney
  • Adjunct Professor, Emory University School of Law, 2016 - Present
  • Global Collaborative Law Council, Associate Member
  • Maryville University National Leadership Council , Ambassador , March 1, 2017 - Present

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, Maryville University, 2013 - Present
  • Making a Difference Award, Old Newsboys, 2015
  • Gold Plate Award, Old Newsboys, 2016
  • National Leadership Council, Maryville University, 2017 - Present

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity