Paola A. Stange, Esq.

Practice Areas

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

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Georgia (inactive)

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

Paola A. Stange, Esq.

Founding Partner

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, including:

  • Super Lawyers – Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars for Family Law, 2013 – 2019
 
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.  In Spring of 2020, it was announced that Paola and Kirk would serve as co-chairs for Old Newsboys for 2020-21. Old Newsboys is a non-profit organization that has raised millions of dollars for hundreds of St. Louis area children’s charities.  Additionally, Paola prevsioulsy on the Board of Directors for the Mid-County YMCA and on the Board of Trustees for Endangered Wolf Center. 
 

Further, Paola was part of the 2017 Emory University School of Law Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques where she served as an adjunct professor in the role of a trial skills instructor. In 2019, Paola was nominated and received an invitation to serve as a member on the Emory Law Alumni Board.

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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Classes/Seminars

 
  • The Ethics of Social Media and Electronic Discovery, CLE by the SEA (3/8/18)
  • Family Law and Same-Sex Marriages: Divorce, Custody, Support & Embryos? Where It Stops? Nobody Knows, Missouri Bar (1/11/17-1/13/17)
  • A Paralegal’s Guide: Divorce Cases from Start to Finish, Institute for Paralegal Education (11/5/2015 in St. Louis)
  • Commentator, Annual Law Update, Missouri Bar (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015)
  • International Families: Dilemmas in child custody and visitation (August 2, 2014), Missouri Bar Family Law Conference
  • International Child Abduction Risk: Hague Convention and Enforcement, Drafting Appropriate Parenting Plans (Speaker – 12/6/13 in Clayton), Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, – December 6, 2013
  • Persuasive Presentation Skills for Lawyers (Commentator – 3/15/13 in St. Louis), Missouri Bar, – March 15, 2013

 

Honors and Awards

 

  • Super Lawyers – Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars for Family Law, 2013 – 2019
  • Outstanding DV Court Volunteer GAL Award, St. Louis County Circuit Court, 2011 
  • AVVO Superb 10.0/10.0 Rating
  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Lead Counsel – Lead Counsel Rated for Divorce/Family Law
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys – 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Top One Percent
  • The National Advocates – Top 100
  • Rue Ratings’ – Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member
  • Top American Lawyers – Lifetime Charter Member
  • The Lawyers of Distinction 
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys – Top 10 Missouri Family Law Attorney in Eastern Missouri

 

Professional Associations and Memberships

 

  • Mediator
  • American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, Graduate, 2007
  • Adjunct Professor, Emory University School of Law, 2016 – Present
  • Missouri Collaborative Institute, Member, 2017 – Present
  • Emory Law Alumni Board, Member, September 1, 2019 – Present

 

Pro Bono Activities / Community Involvement

 

  • 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
  • Former Board of Directors for the Mid-County YMCA, 2016 – 2019
  • Gold Plate Award, Old Newsboys, 2016
  • Former Board of Trustee’s for the Endangered Wolf Center, 2017 – 2019
  • Board of Directors (Treasurer) for Old Newsboys, 2018 – Present
  • Co-chair at Old Newsboys, 2020-21

 

Languages

 

  • English
  • Spanish

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