Chosen by his peers to be one of the "Best Lawyers in America" and recognized by St.... more
Chosen by his peers to be one of the "Best Lawyers in America" and recognized by St. Louis Magazine as one of the best in St. Louis in Family Law. A proud Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - an organization which accepts few applicants. Proclaimed as a "Super Lawyer" for the Missouri-Kansas area in the area of family law. My primary mission is to protect my clie... view profile
My law practice has been primarily a litigation practice in both state and federal... more
My law practice has been primarily a litigation practice in both state and federal courts. Since 1994 I have also developed an alternative dispute resolution practice primarily as a mediator. I have also served as an arbitrator, collaborative lawyer, special master and parent coordinator. My mediation experience includes family matters, employment law, personal injury, contract law and sta... view profile
After serving as a United States Army Officer from 1972 to 1976, I entered law... more
After serving as a United States Army Officer from 1972 to 1976, I entered law school at Mizzou, graduating in 1979. Since then, I've been practicing civil litigation law in the Kansas City area, although my cases have taken me around the country and beyond. My motto is simple - work hard, do good, and keep smiling!
I am an attorney and mediator with a private family law pratice and a Mediation... more
I am an attorney and mediator with a private family law pratice and a Mediation trainer.I have more than 20 years of experience in successfully completing thousands of mediations and have achieved a reputation as one of St. Louis top mediators, earning the moniker "The Divorce Whisperer".I've taught mediation at several Universities and have trained hundreds of judges, lawyers and mental health... view profile
The mediation process can help you resolve disputes without going to court. In a mediation proceeding, a neutral third party (a mediation lawyer or mediator) meets with you and the person you disagree with. Mediators are trained to find mediation solutions in legal disputes, including divorce mediation and business disagreement mediation. The mediator acts as a facilitator, helping you negotiate until a solution is found. Mediation is the most informal process for dispute resolution and is usually the least expensive method. The drawback is that, unlike an arbitrator in arbitration, the mediator does not make a final decision. So, unless the parties agree and enter into a settlement agreement, the mediation can end without the dispute being solved.