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John Fenley

Family Attorney at Saint Louis, MO

5.0   8 reviews

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John R. Fenley practices in the areas of Family Law and Criminal Defense. He received his Bachelor's degree in communication and political science from DePauw University and his law degree from St. Louis University. While in law school Mr. Fenley served as a staff member and editor for the St. Louis University Law Journal. He also interned with the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, and was a law clerk with Robert Hamilton and Jennifer Piper for over a year as well as spending time as a law clerk with insurance defense firm Hennessey & Roach.

Mr. Fenley is admitted to practice in Missouri State Courts and is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the St. Louis County Bar Association. He is also actively involved in the local community. Mr. Fenley regularly volunteers with Join Hands East St. Louis and is also a board member for the local DePauw University Alumni Association. Mr. Fenley practices in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, Jefferson County, St. Charles, Franklin, and Warren Counties.

Licensed for 11 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2012
Updated 10/11/2022
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 08/08/2016

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

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John Fenley
2016 S. Big Bend
Saint Louis, MO, 63117

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Posted by Shaun | August 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personable and Effective
For our family law case John Fenley was great. Cool under pressure and knowledgeable, making you comfortable with his representation. One thing that stands out was that he did not sell me on false promises as other attorneys sometimes do. I highly reccomend for his effective and ethical involvement. Thank you Mr. Fenley
Posted by Andrew | June 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Couldn’t be happier
Mr. Fenley made me feel extremely comfortable and put me at ease in a hurry. As a person that can be a bit on the high maintenance side, he did everything in his powers to make things right, and was an extremely understanding, professional, and laid back. I highly recommend his services for all your legal needs.
Posted by Mike | October 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If we had only hired John FIRST!
John is the man! My wife and I have hired John for all our legal services, but originally as our family court attorney. He was so real and professional and honest and knowledgeable, basically the opposite of our prior attorneys. It was such a relief to have one less worry. He has made himself probably too available to us, and I can’t thank him enough for actually caring! I’ve never stood before a judge and had them tell me that I need to thank my attorney and tell me 3 more times that I must have an excellent lawyer and how lucky I was and to thank him. Don’t waste your time and money somewhere else .
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Posted by Hamza | July 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
extremely professional
Mr. Fenley was extraordinarily patient, professional, and diligent in his handling of my divorce case. He was focused and deliberate when discussing legal strategy, but also friendly and understanding when it came to dealing with the more personal side of family law.
Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and Professional Attorney
My husband and I hired John Fenley to handle a Step-Parent adoption and terminate the rights of the biological father. John was very knowledgeable and most importantly, very compassionate to our needs. It was a very lengthy battle and there were many road blocks; however, John kept us on the right path. He was very responsive to our needs, always communicated in a very timely manner and it was evident that he truly cared about our family situation. In the end, it was a much needed, wonderful outcome. I would highly recommend John to anyone going through a custody situation.
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Posted by Jude | October 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Fair, Great Integrity and Communication!
Our family needed advice on how to handle an estate, and we were going up against a BIG bank. The person we were dealing with at the bank seemed to have something against us from the start - like he had a chip on his shoulder. He misinterpreted the trust document, and we decided not to lay down and take it. I did a lot of research on law firms in the St. Louis area, and found great reviews for RHP. Most of the firms I called wanted to talk about money right away. I found that RHP was more interested in finding out if it was a good fit. We found their fees to be SO much more fair than anyone else we spoke to. John Fenley is the attorney that we worked with - and we couldn't be more pleased. He has been so informative, and acted in our best interest. If you want an objective, fair, and well-informed legal team - this is the best I could find. By the way, John was able to avoid major legal fees, and the bank agreed with his/our interpretation of the trust doc. So we didn't have to create an estate, and avoided costly probate expenses. You can imagine what a relief this is to our family. Thank you John. I wish you continued success! Your integrity and fairness in our matters will not be forgotten.
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Posted by Tim | August 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
John Fenley, a lawyer you can trust.
John Fenley represented my interests in the most important event of my life; I trusted him with the future of my family. He was easy to work with, his team kept open lines of communication, and I never felt lost or confused. Litigation can be a nerve wrecking experience, but with John I always felt at ease. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Modification of Parenting Plan
After a consultation with John Fenley I felt confident in knowing he could guide me in the right direction not only looking from my perspective but an overall. He always had my best interest in mind and never told me something I just wanted to hear. He listened to my concerns and was very honest with his responses. In the end process we came to the agreement together it was best not to modify my parenting plan. This was not something Mr. Fenley pushed me towards but together we reviewed all aspects of my concerns. I was very pleased with the outcome and followed every piece of advice he gave me to along the way. Many times Mr. Fenley responded after hours via email when I had major concerns which I have never had any other attorney do. He contacted me when needed and returned calls in a timely manner. I would recommend Mr. Fenley. He is an honest attorney who will actually listen and go over key points of a case. I have asked Mr. Fenley to keep my file for the future if needed as I will return for legal consultation or representation. He is one to be trusted. Thank you
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Reinker, Hamilton & Piper LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate
  • Kruse, Reinker & Hamilton LLC
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Hennessey & Roach, PC
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Kruse, Reinker & Hamilton, LLC
  • 2009 - 2010
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Education

  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • DePauw University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Legal Cases

  • Theodore Barden v. Jill Barden
  • Remanded to Trial Court for Further Proceedings
  • Theodore Barden v. Jill Barden
  • Case Successfully Remanded to Trial Judge

Associations

  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • DePauw University Regional Alumni Association
  • President
  • 2012 - Present
  • St. Louis County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Missouri State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Join Hands East St. Louis
  • Volunteer
  • 2009 - Present
  • DePauw University Regional Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Best Law Firms for Family Law in St. Louis
  • US News and World Report
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Law Firms for Family Law in St. Louis
  • US News and World Report
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Law Firms for Criminal Defense
  • Expertise
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
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Publications

  • Saint Louis University School of Law, Law Review
  • Editor
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"John is an excellent family law attorney and is very respected among his peers."
Family Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with John on several different matters as both an opposing counsel and as guardian ad litem. John has always been very professional, is obviously very knowledgeable about our area of law, and is very timely--both in court and with responses to inquiries. He is a pleasure to work with, and I would feel comfortable referring a family member or friend to him."
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"John is a very good attorney who is reasonable when it comes to settlement terms, but knows when he needs to fight for his clients. I often refer cases to Mr. Fenley and his firm when I am conflicted out. I do not give out endorsements lightly, but wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Fenley."

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Saint Louis Family Lawyer John Fenley
John Fenley
Family Attorney
Saint Louis, MO
Licensed for 11 years