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Leigh Joy Carson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Clayton, MO

4.5   8 reviews
  • State Years
    Missouri - MO 36 years
    Illinois - IL 37 years
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About Leigh

Learn Leigh’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    I handle divorces for people of all ages, but an increasing numbers involve "silver divorces" - people married more than 25 years.

    36 years

  2. Child custody
    40%
    I have handled all kinds of child custody matters, including disputes between biological and non-biological parents, international custody cases and termination of parental rights.

    36 years

  3. Alimony
    5%
    Maintenance (what alimony or spousal support is called in Missouri) is not commonly awarded in Missouri, but I have gotten maintenance from someone who was unemployed at the time of the divorce (and had been for several months). I have also defended and prosecuted motions to modify seeking to increase or decrease maintenance.

    36 years

  4. Child support
    5%
    I have worked with clients to establish child support, to modify child support and to collect child support. I have also assisted clients with collecting monies owed for medical bills, extracurricular activities and college.

    36 years

Our family attorneys are knowledgeable, aggressive and compassionate.  But we refuse to “tell you what you want to hear” simply to obtain or keep your business.  You need honest information and advice to make decisions based on the facts for a St. Louis divorce, the law, and the probabilities of the outcome you wish.  We will estimate the costs of various options with you before proceeding, as we understand that financial limitations are a reality in many family law situations.

 

The Carson Law Firm understands that to effectively serve you in your St. louis divorce or child custody case, we must provide a vast network of professionals in the St. Louis area and beyond.  Professionals like counselors, coaches, custody evaluators, accountants, business valuators and appraisers may be needed as we work through your case.  Sometimes our clients already have a relationship with these partners, and other times we help them select an appropriate person for their unique situation.

Location

Leigh Joy Carson
7710 Carondelet
Suite 105
Clayton, MO, 63105

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Reviews

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Posted by Tom | May 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Leigh Carson
Leigh did a very good job on my domestic matter. She knew the law well and was effective in dealing with the opposing counsel. I enthusiastically recommend her to others with similar issues.
Posted by Phillip | May 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Strong Legal Mind, Professional, exceptional legal service.
I have consulted Leigh Joy many times for her expertise on family law issues and appellate work. I retained Leigh Joy to write an appellate brief on behalf of my client. She was thorough, recognized the issues and her brief was well written and timely. I have also referred clients to her and recommended to the court that she be appointed to arbitrate specific issues in a family law matter. She was appointed and timely conducted the Arbitration and issued a well reasoned and accepted Decision. I can, without hesitation, recommend Ms. Carson for your legal problems in Family law or appellate work.
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Posted by Denise | May 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Couldn't think of anyone better for the job!
There is not enough words to describe the treatment I received during such a hard time of my life. Leigh and her staff were very thorough and professional. I felt at ease with my decision in hiring her. She gave me great legal advise and was empathetic with my emotions. This is such a hard time for everyone involved and I feel that I couldn't have chosen a better attorney. She is a wonderful person and great attorney getting her point across. Many thanks to all involved!
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Posted by Dan | January 29, 2016
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Experienced, Professional, Trustworthy
I was referred to Leigh Joy through a business associate who had previously engaged her services for his divorce. I found her to be very professional, always answered my questions in a timely manner, was easy to get in touch with, and told me the straight scoop regarding what I could expect. I would recommend her as well as her associates (Pam and Nikki) to anyone needing no nonsense professional divorce representation.
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Posted by Dan | January 3, 2016
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Very happy client
Leigh is understanding and I found her quite easy to work with. My case was handled very efficiently. I know I got the best representation possible.
Posted by Matt Laiben | December 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome lawyer
I have been represented by Leigh for my divorce and now mediation. She is an amazing lawyer and person. We have became like family. She pulls no punches. If she needs to say something to me she doesn't sugar coat it. She will step up to the plate for you and you can trust her at all times. If you retain her just remember don't lie or hide anything. She will tell you as it is and do the same! It will benefit you both. I also have four children that love to visit her. But so you know it's not just Leigh. You will also get Pam aka Pammy her office manager. Very sweet lady and such a pleasure to have when you can't get Leigh. My experience has been a good one. I would recommend this firm to anyone. If I could post a picture I would. My 4 kids and Leigh on her scooter. Don't let her scooter fool you she is still a bulldog in the court room. She has a record for me this a big winner. Thanks Carson law firm
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
she's a shark!
This is my second divorce. I have interviewed 4 attorneys before choosing Leigh to represent me. And boy , was it the right choice!! To tell you the truth, she scared me slightly at first interview, because she wasn't blowing smoke up my ..., like the other 3 attorneys did. She told me what could happen realistically, and i went with my gut instinct. She got me WAY more than I expected! She protected me and treated me very kindly and with alot of empathy! I will absolutely use Leigh Joy Carson's services in the future!
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Posted by SK | August 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I made a paymetn on Friday. and she's withdrawing on Monday.
It was just last Friday that she sent me an email asking me to make a payment so that she can prepare for a trial. so I made the payment Friday night. It's Monday today that she sent me another email. I thought it was a thank-you note for my payment. No. It was about that she is withdrawing from my case and suggesting me to hire a lawyer who shares her office and her paralegal. In the email, she was literally trashing my case and placing all the blame on me. I have all the proof against the points she was trying to make in her email. and Most importantly, there was no change in term of the situation between before and after she entered in my case. I had explained to her everything about my case during the initial consultation. i also personally delivered a summary of my case and about two thousands of supporting documents to her office. In addition, I was diligently and promptly corresponding with her and her paralegal. They charged me $1,500 for the frequent correspondence (for just one month). and Now she's complaining there has been problem in terms of communication.
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Response from Leigh Carson August 7, 2019
I am truly sorry that Mr. Kim is upset. He asked me before I fired him if I could somehow save him money and I heard that as a request to either lower my hourly rate or not bill for my time, and I was not willing to do either. In order to begin preparing for trial, I asked him to pay his balance due, part of which was close to 30 days past due. He charged the next installment of his retainer and I promptly refunded the unearned portion of that payment. After he made that payment, I spent part of Sunday afternoon thinking about preparing for trial (time that was not charged to him and it became clear to me that he had expectations of an outcome that I felt was unrealistic and I could not deliver. In case he had an issue with my sex, I referred him to a respected male colleague. I feel that I competently represented Mr. Kim and I wish him and his children the best of luck.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • The Carson Law Firm
  • 1995 - Present
  • Associate
  • Love, Lacks & Paule
  • 1989 - 1995
  • Associate
  • Bryan Cave McPheeters & McRoberts
  • 1987 - 1989
  • Clerk
  • Missouri Court Of Appeals Eastern District
  • 1986 - 1987
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Education

  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Ripon College
  • AB
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • confidential
  • client got exactly what she wanted
  • confidential
  • client got exactly what she wanted

Associations

  • Missouri Bar
  • MEMBER
  • 1987 - Present
  • Friends of Heritage House
  • Vice President and Court Liason
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Kids in the Middle
  • Board Member
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Ellisville Parks Board
  • Board Member
  • 1995 - 1995
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Honors and Awards

  • Order of the Woolsack
  • St. Louis University School of Law
  • 1986
  • Book Award Real Property II
  • St. Louis University
  • 1983

Publications

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Power of Words
  • 2008
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • International Child Kidnapping: A primer
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • How to Try a Divorce Case
  • Direct Examination
  • 2013
  • How to Try a Divorce Case
  • Cross examination
  • 2012
  • 2011 How to Try a Divorce Case: Mock Trial
  • Trial Preparation
  • 2011
  • 16th Annual Small and Solo Firm Conference
  • Effective Settlement Conferences
  • 2011
  • 2008 Spring Risk Management Conferennce
  • Ethical Marketing
  • 2008
  • 2008 Getting Your Law Practice on Track
  • Ethical Marketing
  • 2008
  • 2008 Family Law Conference
  • Being a GAL
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (24)
Given (26)
Endorse Leigh
Child custody Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Leigh is extremally knowledgeable in all areas of domestic relations especially regarding dissolution and child custody issues. Ms. Carson is one of the very few attorneys that has any knowledge of foreign child custody issues and is an aggressive advocate on behalf of he clients."
Child custody Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have sought Leigh's opinion on matters of custody in domestic matters many times. She has the ability to avoid the morass of unimportant details and identify the truly consequential issues of family law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Debt and lending agreements Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Leigh Joy Carson. She is compassionate and works hard for her clients. As opposing counsel, I found her to be reasonable in settlement negotiations and easy to work with overall."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Leigh Carson for many years as a fellow solo and small firm practitioner in Missouri. She is very knowledgable in the area of Family Law and I readily endorse her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leigh is a leader in the family law community and an active member of the Missouri Bar Association. She is always willing to help out a fellow attorney. I have referred several clients to Leigh who were extremely pleased with her services."
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.I have collaborated with Leigh on a number of matters over the last 30 years and I never cease to be impressed with her integrity and expertise and ability to analyze a client’s legal options and choices. She is a very skilled litigation attorney with vast experience. Unlike many attorneys who talk about trying cases but have rarely if ever seen the inside of a courtroom, Leigh has tried many, probably 1000s, of cases. She speaks from experiences fighting for her clients “in the trenches”. She will work on your case as if it were her own."
Family Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known leigh for over 20 years. she is an exceptionally bright attorney who is well spoken and writes well. she is a great resource to me when I have complex legal issues. I would recommend her in all family law matters, especially if they have complex legal issues."
Family Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Leigh as the opposition and together on matters. Leigh is very knowledgeable about the law and if she does not know the answer, will do whatever is necessary to find it. She is tough and fights hard for her clients. Leigh regularly speaks at seminars for lawyers and is highly respected."
Family Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Leigh is well respected in the legal community. She works diligently for her clients to achieve the best results."
Family Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked on cases with Leigh Carson as the opposing attorney, as well as attended seminars where she has presented on various family law topics. She is experienced in the area of family law and fights for her clients."
Family Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Leigh is an amazing attorney. At your first meeting with her, you know she is working on your goals. She is well liked by judges, other attorneys and support staff. She always delivers positive results. As one of her clients loves to say, "She is a shark!""
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Ms. Carson on an number of cases, and we have been able to reach a good settlement in all of them. Having a reasonable and logical attorney on the other side like Ms. Carson saves the client's money, and doesn't make what is already a very emotional situation drag out unnecessarily."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Leigh is both a consummate professional and litigator. She actively advocates for her clients and she is reasonable when it comes to negotiations. She is highly intelligent and knows the law and she is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"She is a long time lawyer in this area with great expertise. She also fights tenaciously for her clients and I would recommend her."
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Leigh Joy Carson is extremely knowledgeable - not just in pertinent family law matters - but in all aspects of putting on the best possible case for her clients. She is a vocal advocate for her clients in and out of the courtroom."
Family Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is exceptionally strong on both the law and her passion for the needs of her clients."
Family Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Ms. Carson and would recommend her to anyone. She passionately represents her clients and their interests."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Carson is an experienced family law litigator with over 25 years experience. She is highly respected by attorneys and Judges alike. She is a frequent contributor to legal publications and active member of the bar. I would highly recommend Leigh Joy Carson to anyone faces serious family law litigation."
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Clayton Divorce and separation Lawyer Leigh Joy Carson
Leigh Joy Carson
Divorce and separation Attorney
Clayton, MO
Licensed for 37 years