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Ann E. Bauer

Divorce and separation Attorney at St. Louis (Clayton), MO

4.6   9 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1994
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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About Ann

Learn Ann’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

  2. Mediation
    I mediate and I represent clients who are in mediation. I also work in the settlement area called collaborative practice, which is an out of court settlement process with each person having legal counsel during the negotiations.

  3. Family
    I litigate in all areas of family law, including divorce, maintenance (alimony), custody, child support, step parent adoptions, adoption, relocation,and modification of existing orders, This includes high asset divorce and complicated custody issues.

  4. Marriage and prenuptials


The effects of a decision in your family case can be long lasting and should be made with the best advice and information available. Family law is complex and ever evolving. I am committed to keeping my knowledge current in order to best advise clients and protect their interests. The choice of an attorney in a family case is extremely important. The relationship with your family lawyer is not at arms length. You and your attorney need to form a close partnership. I work with my clients to develop solutions to problems and to help my clients understand their choices and options. I want to work within each client’s specific goals and objectives. 

More about Ann

Ann Bauer is a founding member of The Center for Family Law. Ann attended law school after more than 15 years working with parents and children in early childhood education. She practices exclusively in the area of family law. She is a certified family law Mediator and trained in collaborative law, as a Guardian ad Litem, and as a Parenting Coordinator.

Ann was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has lived in Chicago and Dallas. She moved to St. Louis in 1983 and currently resides in St. Louis with her husband. She is the parent of two adult children and two grandchildren. When she is not in the office, you can find her testing out a new recipe in her kitchen while marathon-listening to a new true crime podcast.


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The Center for Family Law
The Center for Family Law
820 South Main Street
Suite 208
Saint Charles, MO, 63301
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4.6 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Jen | April 27, 2023
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Great lawyer and team - highly recommend
I hired Ann to handle my divorce and she and her team were great to work with. They were personable, efficient and professional. I had a million questions and they were patient and answered my questions clearly and thoroughly. They made a difficult process as easy as possible. I would highly recommend Ann and her team to anyone needing a skilled attorney.
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Posted by Melissa | February 18, 2023
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Highly Recommended
Ann Bauer and her team were amazing through my entire divorce process. They were extremely professional, supportive, sympathetic and helpful from day one. Ann was always available to answer any and all questions even during non business hours. I would recommend them a hundred times over.
Posted by Kim | August 5, 2020
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Professional, Personal, Huge help during COVID!
Ann Bauer was exactly the attorney I needed to get through my divorce settlement. She was professional and sympathetic and helped me immensely through the process. She understood my spouse that I was was separating from and was able to streamline the process (about 3.5 months total). I would highly recommend Ann Bauer and her team for anyone looking for a dedicated attorney that cares about her clients. We still keep in touch over email and she has provided guidance multiple times in the two years after my divorce was finalized, in particular with the COVID pandemic and the aspects of co-parenting that may not have been specifically covered with our parenting plan.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2020
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Do Yourself A Favor: Hire Ann
Ann Bauer and the entire team were wonderful to work with during the most difficult season of my life. Not only is she highly competent and effective, but she is also a very personable, extremely kind and caring human being. I recommend Ann strongly. You will be glad you sought out her professional services.
Posted by Mark | December 11, 2019
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Highly Recommend
I highly recommend Ann. She is very professional with the right mix of professionalism, kindness, and compassion. Ann was always available to answer any of my questions or address my concerns through this difficult process.
Posted by Emily | November 10, 2019
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Very experienced and thoughtful
Ann Bauer is a wonderful attorney to work with. She is very thoughtful and skilled. She always communicated with me in a very timely manner. Ann is also very witty and funny. Going through a divorce, especially with custody issues, is very difficult. Ann’s humor was actually very helpful from time to time. I was very lucky to have Ann as my attorneys.
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Posted by Pam | August 7, 2019
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Warrior Lawyer
When you find yourself in a situation and you are out of your league, need someone with expertise that you don’t possess and/or you are in the fight of your life, you need someone smart. Good. Patient. Tolerant. Brilliant. Strategically-minded. Open-minded, willing to listen, learn and teach. Ann Bauer is just this attorney. Though I came to her confused and scared, she and her brilliant team empowered me as I fought in a legal battle I had never planned. As I watched and listened and ASKED A MILLION questions, Ann and her team were grounded, logical and explained the workings of the law. Ann fought in her gracious way for what was right. Choosing a legal team is not to be taken lightly. An assembled team of strong, smart, brave women proved to be more worthy than I could have dreamed or hoped for. Ann’s years of experience, compassion and her focus on the ultimate outcome worked to my benefit. She remains calm, yet strong in every situation. And when I needed to laugh, she knew how to lighten the mood. Ann’s team taught me to be strong, to stand up for myself and to ask for what I wanted could be done quietly, with grace…and a cape. We became Warriors together. They had their shields ready, their bracelets on, their capes at the ready and their boots ON THE GROUND….one step at a time. I wouldn’t be where I am today without A., H., P., and their entire team who worked tirelessly. For that, I will be forever grateful and will continue to wear my cape proudly, with MY boots on the ground (while I continue to reach for the stars).
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Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2017
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From the moment I initially met with Ann she assured me that she would help me through each step of the divorce process. Although I didn't want the divorce she explained to me that once she got me across the bridge and I looked back that I would realize that it was for the best. My first thought was that's crazy and I'll never be okay with this but she was right. It is okay. She fought for me and my children and had our best interest at heart. Ann understood my emotions and my rights and worked a delicate balance for both. We had a very difficult attorney on the other side of the case and Ann was amazing at handling his demeanor and his personality throughout the entire process. Whenever it came time she wasn't afraid to stop the nonsense and interpret the law. She cared about me and my kids as people and wanted to set us up for success moving forward. Every conversation I had with her put me at ease and made me feel so much better. Ann made the worst experience in my life a very endurable situation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2018
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Weak on Strategy and High on Price
I don't like to give bad reviews to professionals but I feel compelled to share my deep disappointment in Ann. You will find her extremely personable and willing to listen initially. That trait led me to hire her. Much to my chagrin, I found Ann weak in her ability to provide thoughtful strategy and mastery of the more complex legal situations. She and her staff have very high hourly rates and I quickly accumulated $7,000+ in fees through emails, copies of documents, and consultations that failed to be useful. I learned that being skilled in offering strategy is extremely important and Ann did not seem to possess this legal skill set. Ann offers lots of personality and empathy (hopefully real) but what I needed was knowledge in what the law says and a strategy in negotiating with opposing counsel. Ann seemed minimally prepared when she came into our consultation sessions. After I terminated with Ann and found another attorney, it was clear to me what was missing. I needed to know what the law said and I needed an attorney who knows negotiation and strategy. Unfortunately, I had to face my terror alone and was afraid to pick of the phone or computer because I knew "any" interaction would incur hundreds of dollars in legal fees.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Center for Family Law
  • 2014 - Present


  • Washington University School of Law
  • JD
  • N/A


  • Assistance League of St. Louis
  • Advisory Board
  • 2019 - Present
  • YWCA of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • St. Louis County Domestic Violence Council
  • Member at Large
  • 2018 - Present
  • St. Louis Mediation & Parenting Coordination Oversight Committee
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2012 - Present
  • St. Louis Collaborative Family Law Association
  • Member, Board Member & President
  • 2002 - Present
  • Missouri Bar, Family Law Section
  • Executive Council (1999-2011) & Chair 2003-05
  • 1996 - Present
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Family & Juvenile Law Committee
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 50 Women in Missouri & Kansas SuperLawyers 2014-2019
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Family Law Practitioner of the Year, Roger P. Krumm Award
  • Missouri Bar
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • Missouri Bar
  • 2012
  • Volunteer Lawyer
  • Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Missouri Bar Family Law Conference
  • Now What? Meeting for the Initial Divorce Consultation
  • 2019
  • MO Bar Family Law Conference 2019
  • Cross Examination of Experts
  • 2019
  • Advanced Family Law Symposium: Advocacy & the Power of Persuasion
  • Creative Settlement Strategies When Maintenance is Not Taxable
  • 2019
  • The Missouri Bar Annual Meeting
  • Impact of New Tax Law on Family Law Cases
  • 2018
  • Family Law Symposium
  • Managing a Family Law Practice
  • 2017
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Fall Conference
  • Sexual Abuse Allegations in Custody Cases
  • 2012
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ann Bauer, her associates, and all of her staff are knowledgeable, professional, and efficient. I endorse Ann, and I am confident when I send referrals to her office."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ann has a lot of experience, is looked up to by other lawyers and is treated with respect in the courtroom. She values collaborative approaches to solving clients' problems but will also fight hard for what she believes in. I especially appreciate Ann's commitment to pro bono work and her service to the community."
Family Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my privilege to endorse Ann Bauer as an excellent lawyer and community advocate. I have known Ann for over 15 years and would recommend her for any family law matter. She is straightforward, consistent and caring. She is an amazing attorney and anyone would be lucky to have her represent them."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ann is a highly experienced attorney and very professional."
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St. Louis (Clayton) Divorce and separation Lawyer Ann E. Bauer
Ann E. Bauer
Divorce and separation Attorney
St. Louis (Clayton), MO
Licensed for 29 years
Virtual consultation available