Paola Arzu Stange Esq.

E-mail MePaola Arzu Stange Esq.

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

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

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