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John Stephen Appelbaum

Family Attorney at Arnold, MO

4.8   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1986
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    John has been primarily practicing in the area of Family Law since 1995, dealing with Divorce, Custody, Apoptions and Guardianships.

    28 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Divorce and separation

  3. Child custody


I began my legal career, following Law School, as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.  During my 8 years as a Prosecutor, I handled the most serious felony matters including Murder, Assault, Rape, etc.  In 1995 I went into Private Practice where I began to emphasize work in other areas such as Personal Injury and Family Law.  Today my practice consists primarily of Family Law Matters, includind Divorce, Custody, Adoptions, and Guardianships.  Particularly in Divorce and Custody cases you need a strong advocate to help you obtain the best result as you navigate what may be the most emotional and traumatic period of time in your life.  My job is to help you do that.

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John S. Appelbaum Law Offices, LLC


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Posted by Mark | April 10, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
More than Satisfied
I switched attorneys in the middle of my divorce for reasons I will only share with a select few. I had a brief meeting with John, he took my case over and my stress ended. It was night and day difference! In a matter of 90 days, John had negotiated a settlement that blew my mind and was like 5% of the settlement the former attorney had pressed me to offer. I don't want to leave Carol out of the accolades. Most of my communication was through her. She is a great communicator and awesome with the details. I am impressed and beyond pleased; easy to work with and results oriented. This firm is the bomb!
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Posted by Doug Groom | July 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Could Not Be Happier!!
Mr. Appelbaum is the consummate professional in every way. We could not have been more satisfied with the result he was able to achieve for our family. Frankly, I found it quite inspiring to watch someone with such command of their craft do what he does with such skill and precision. You can tell he is well respected by his peers and the judge when he enters the courtroom, he knows his way around the place very well. Before our session started, I noticed another attorney asking John for his advice on one of the cases she was working on, he seemed all to happy to help. That is the experience you get with John. Carol his assistant is also very helpful and quick to respond to any questions or concerns you have as well. Overall an Excellent Experience for me, this is my GO TO GUY for legal matters from now on.
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Posted by Jamie | December 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!!!
My husband and I hired John in May of 2017. We were in the middle of a family court case and was having issues with the attorney I initially had hired. I was very pleased with John's character upon our first consultation, so I hired him. John worked diligently to familiarize himself on the details of my case. He worked extensively on our behalf, and remained dedicated to us and to our case, he never faltered. He was professional and very down to earth. John was personable and reasonable and kept us informed as needed. I highly recommend anyone going to John. I have found that the times I thought he wasn't doing anything, those are the times he was working the hardest. He always was prompt in any correspondence and always answered my questions. John is extremely knowledgeable. He maintains that knowledge and poise at all times. He is the calm in the storm, truly. Hiring John was the best thing we have ever done, because of him, we were able to avoid a trial and do what was in the best interest for us. There is no one that I trust more than John Appelbaum. He will fight for his client's best interest and for what is right and reasonable, always. I couldn't be any happier with our choice for an attorney and for the outcome of our case. We are eternally grateful for everything he did for us.
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great job on my municipal charges
John got 2 of 3 of the third degree assault charges dropped in Arnold Municipal court and I only paid one $24.50 court cost. He did it with no headaches on my first court date in about 15 minutes. I was very happy with the result. Only cost $700 to hire him which I think is quite reasonable for the services rendered.
Posted by Jessica | February 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you, John!
I hired John to represent me in my custody case for my daughter, John was very easy to talk to and work with. I was very pleased with the outcome of my case and that I was kept informed every step of the way. I would highly recommend John and would hire him again if I needed to.


  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Jefferson County District Court
  • 1987 - 1995


  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982


  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015

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Arnold Family Lawyer John Stephen Appelbaum
John Stephen Appelbaum
Family Attorney
Arnold, MO
Licensed for 36 years