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Kim Lavone Kirn

Mediation Attorney at Saint Louis, MO

5.0   7 reviews
  • State Years
    Missouri - MO 37 years
    Illinois - IL 38 years
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1987
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1985
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kim

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Practice areas
  1. Mediation

    19 years, 200 cases

  2. Arbitration

    19 years, 100 cases

MEDIATION/ARBITRATION:  While I love the practice of law, I see how litigation causes havoc in the lives of people involved in a lawsuit as well as major disruption in any organization named in a lawsuit.  Even the winners in litigation are sometimes unhappy with the time and expense involved with a lawsuit, much less the losers in the case.  Back in 2006, after 20 years of representing mostly defendants, I wondered whether there was a better way to resolve disputes.  I can tell you now--there is--alternative dispute resolution (ADR) which includes arbitration and mediation.  I have moved my practice to focus exclusively on ADR and I truly enjoy what I do.  That in turn, means I do an excellent job for the people and attorneys who hire me.  With respect to arbitrations, I have arbitrated million dollar claims and can offer quick turn-around and resolute attention to the dispute.


In mediation, I have turned seemingly intractable parties around, brought them to the table and found a solution that everyone can live with.  I would be pleased to bring my calm demeanor, professionalism and the wisdom I have gained through hundreds of mediations to your dispute.  I have mediated real estate, employment, intellectual property, licensing, leasing and commercial disputes and am proud to boast that I mediated the first mortgage foreclosure cases in Madison County and St. Louis County pursuant to the mediation programs put in place to combat the foreclosure crisis. 



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Kim Lavone Kirn
500 North Broadway
Saint Louis, MO, 63102

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Posted by Sher | July 17, 2013
Excellent attorney
Kim kept me informed at all times. She is very compassionate, knowledgeable and understanding. She completed the task at hand in a very timely and professional manner.
Posted by Rick | March 20, 2013
Kim did a fantastic job during all levels of the before, during and folowup of the mediation process. I would highlet recommend Kim in the future.
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2013
Kim Kirn - An attorney that you can trust
Kim Kirn represented me in an employment case. I found her to be extremely helpful. She led me through a very difficult time, continually explaining to me each step in the process. I felt very comfortable with her approach and looked to her for expertise and advice. I would highly recommend to others.
Posted by Nicole | July 14, 2011
Would definitely recommend to a friend!
We used Kim's services in a mediation case. Kim was very kind, warm, and understanding. She listened attentively as we explained our "side" of the case. We felt very comfortable sharing our story with her. She was a breath of fresh air in a very stressful sitiuation. Kim helped both us & the other party to reach an agreement when it orginally looked like neither side would budge. She was very patient and dedicated to help both parties to come to a resolution. I would definitely recommend Kim to a friend.
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Posted by Veronica | July 14, 2011
Excellent Mediator
I am an employment lawyer and Kim Kirn has acted as mediator in several of my cases. In each case, Kim was very knowledgeable about the law and developed a good rapport with my clients. This was critical to success of the mediation. She explained the process and discussed the strenths and weaknesses of the case with my clients in a way that was easily understood and (most importantly) objective. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Ed | November 23, 2010
Top Mediator
Kim gets it done! Mediation is tedious and easy to abandon--everybody can consider they have done their "duty" by just showing up. Kim has the insight to find the points to encourage resolution. Many mediators try to merely "talk down" what a party considers strong points. Kim has that skill, but adds the ability to find the positive points people want to accomplish. She also has the patience to "out wait" a reluctant participant and let them research additional information the feel they need.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2010
Mediation much better than expected!
Kim was assigned by the EEOC to mediate a claim against my prior employer. She was very professional, warm and courteous, asked a lot of questions to understand my side, and started the mediation with a very clear set of guidelines for both sides to follow. Her stated goal was to have the case resolved, and she offered to do anything to bridge the two sides. At times when one side would stall, she would work with the other to find something else to keep the conversation going. My lawyer representing me was very impressed with her and at the end of the day, both sides had reached an agreement that was very satisfactory. I'm not a lawyer, but I walked away with the distinct impression that she had deep knowledge of the psychology of the lawyer of each side, very intuitive, and honed in on many subtle areas that turned out to be important. Definitely would choose her again if I ever needed a mediation!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Mediator/Arbitrator
  • US Arbitration & Mediation-Midwest
  • 2007 - Present
  • Lawyer
  • 2007 - Present


  • Notre Dame Law School
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Non-Compete Clause
  • Client was able to change jobs without restriction


  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Kimmell Leadership Award
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • 2004


  • Newsletter published by Greater Gateway Association of Realtors
  • When Home Inspections Go Wrong
  • 2011
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Saint Louis Mediation Lawyer Kim Lavone Kirn
Kim Lavone Kirn
Mediation Attorney
Saint Louis, MO
Licensed for 38 years