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Stephen J. Bardol

Divorce and separation Attorney at Saint Louis, MO

4.8   13 reviews

About Stephen

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I met with my first client on the couch of my old apartment. The apartment was cheap and gross. I was just out of law school. I had graduated law school during one of the worst legal markets in history. Jobs were scarce and the ones that were available were not very good and did not allow me to get into the courtroom.

I always wanted to represent people with real problems, not review paperwork for businesses trying to add to the bottom line. I decided to start my own firm…in my gross apartment.

That client I met with ended up retaining me as his attorney. He had a custody case and wanted to fight for the right to beinvolved in his son’s life. He didn’t have much money, but I didn’t have much experience. It seemed like a fair deal.

What I did have was motivation and fearlessness. I worked my butt off trying to figure out what I was doing. I worked late every night. I woke up early every morning. I researched the case law. I developed mentors. I called law school friends to ask questions. I attended continuing education conferences.

It was hard. Hard is actually an understatement. Starting a firm from scratch is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Many attorneys that take that road don’t last a year in business. I’m not ashamed to admit a few tears along the way, a lot of frustration, and more awkward, young attorney moments than I can count.

I signed more clients. I made a name for myself. I started trying a lot of cases. You don’t become a good trial attorney sitting on the sidelines watching others practice law. I became very good through “trial and error.” Pun intended. I picked up an award or two. My practice has been built one brick at a time. I don’t tolerate mistakes. I research my cases. I return my clients’ phone calls. I work really hard.

Oh, and that first case I retained….it turned into a three day trial. And we won. My client now has joint custody of his son.

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Licensed for 12 years
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 09/21/2022

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

Contact Stephen

Bardol Law Firm, LLC
34 North Gore Avenue
Saint Louis, MO, 63119-2343

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A great experience working with Bardol law firm!
I had a great experience working with Stephen and his team with regards to a legal name change that was a bit complicated. They were very helpful, friendly, knowledgeable and most importantly totally honest and transparent about the entire process. And always available for my many questions. I stumbled upon them by chance (and many other STL law firms either refused help or simply didn’t respond). I would 100% use again and recommend to anyone in the STL area. A big thank you the team and hope this review will convince others!
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Posted by Katie B. | August 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Genuinely Cares
Super stupendous Steve should be his real name. Steve truly does care. I know it is crazy. Past experiences led me to believe that attorneys' main goals were to profit the most. However, Steve genuinely cares and did his due diligence to not only provide me with the best legal representation in my divorce/custody case, but also kept in mind my financial situation as a newly single mom and worked with me. Steve also returned emails within 24 hours and additionally followed up with phone calls when applicable. I hands down recommend Stephen Bardol!
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Posted by Josh | August 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
After 5 excruciating years of fighting for my daughter, Stephen was able to accomplish what no other attorney was able to. We were able to get a granted step parent adoption. He was very straight forward the whole time and was very informative with any questions that we had during the process. We were very satisfied with his services and would definetly recommend him for hire to anyone who needs a great attorney.
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Posted by Ann | July 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You, Steve Bardol, and the Bardol Law Firm!
I cannot thank Steve Bardol enough for helping our family! Steve is an outstanding attorney and a genuinely good person. He has a big heart! Steve welcomed me into the "Bardol Law Family" and provided me the support and encouragement I needed to help my children through an emotional process. Steve took over my case when my original attorney needed to make a transition. He was readily "up to speed" with everything because he had familiarized himself with my case well before my original attorney made her transition. He is a very organized and professional attorney! Steve made it his mission to get to know our children as individuals, and as siblings. He knew their unique strengths and challenges, wants and needs. He knew that our children were at different "emotional places" at this time in their lives due to their individual experiences. Steve worked closely with our Guardian ad Litem to come up with a family arrangement that was in the best interest of our children individually, and as siblings. Throughout the whole court process, I felt comfortable sharing all of my thoughts and feelings with Steve. I am a highly emotional person ( I cry a lot!). Steve was such a good listener, and he understood that my tears were the "tears of a Mother" who just wanted what was best for her children. Steve was very empathetic and understanding. I have nothing but highly positive things to say about Steve Bardol and the other wonderful people I worked with at the Bardol Law firm! So thank you, Steve, Katie and Julie for helping our family! Sincerely, Ann P.
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Posted by Jeff | February 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A True Professional / What A Relief
I hired Stephen after firing my previous attorney, Thomas Rolwing, for incompetency at it's highest level. I was immediately impressed with Stephen for his straight forward approach, knowledge of case law, organization, ability to answer all my questions and a feeling that my divorce case would be handled in a timely manner. Stephen would always return phone calls within 24 hours if not the same day. I couldn't have asked for anything more from Stephen including billing me for actual hours worked on my case. Stephen's legal assistant, Julie, was also very professional and helpful with my case. Always available to take my calls and answer questions I had for Stephen. I honestly feel it would be difficult to find a more qualified lawyer. I interviewed 4 attorneys after releasing my first attorney and although they might have done a reasonable job, none compared to Stephen. I can give a 5 star review as a client with no previous knowledge of Stephen and any future clients wanting a family lawyer will be very impressed. Thank you both, Stephen and Julie.
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Posted by John | May 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney - Not out to take your money
Steve did a great job and was very professional. He always gave me honest feedback and advised me numerous times not to go down emotional routes that would just force me to pay him more money and accomplish nothing. He knows the ins and outs of the process and was more interested in getting me to an agreement than making an extra buck off me by dragging things out. This is absolutely not what I would expect from an attorney in this field and of course is everyone's greatest fear. He was very reasonable in what he did charge me and I have zero regret picking Steve. If you're looking for someone who will give you honest answers (vs. the answer/promise you want to hear), will call you back, answer your emails, not waste your money, and whose assistants are also extremely helpful, Steve is your guy.
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Posted by Ali (St.Lunatics) | September 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The "Best"
I'm a rapper (St.Lunatics)..... My ex-wife and her attorney where (for lack of better word) screwing me over big time for 4yrs !!!!! ....... Long story short, I hired Super Man (Steve) and IT WAS OVER !!!! Their 4yr "pick on me" party ended in 3 months (which actually on two court visits)..... He is the GREATEST !!!! He's young , eager & not lazy like other excuse making attorney's!! Once again .... The BEST , GRRATEST & just a cool guy !!
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Posted by Amy | September 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience!
Stephen handled my divorce case professionally and quickly. He is an effective communicator, and made sure to walk me through every step of the process to ensure that I was up to speed on every detail of the court case. His prices are more than reasonable and he works around the clock to respond promptly to emails and phone calls. I would absolutely refer him to family and friends for legal advice or counsel.
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Posted by Colleen Browdy | August 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney!
Great attorney! Steve has been so helpful through my divorce. He was very quick to file all the paperwork and got everything finished a lot faster than i would have ever expected! I would recommend him to family and friends and will continue to use Steve in the future!
Posted by Joseph | January 1, 2015
Professional and Prompt
I have had the opportunity of retaining Mr. Bardol for multiple legal matters and I have been completely impressed by his promptness and complete command of the law and application of the law to my cases. He had a direct approach and truly listened to my concerns and issues, which was critical to the successful outcome of my legal matters. Mr. Bardol is a true professional and I would recommend his services to anyone seeking legal representation in the ares of family law and general litigation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2014
Fantastic lawyer
Steve handled a situation for me on behalf of my son one month ago. He was knowledgeable, trustworthy, and handled the entire situation without my son having to go to court. Steve took care of us with great satisfaction. I would and have recommended Steve to anyone who needs an attorney and who wants great results.
Posted by Britinie | June 24, 2014
Great Lawyer
Steve handled the adoption of my daughter last year. Everything went very smooth and Steve was great to deal with. I would absolutely use him again if I need to go back to Court for something.
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2014
Read before you choose!
Do you have children that you care for more than anything in this world? Do not expect those same feelings to be empathized with from someone who has no children. Would you get a tattoo from a tattoo artist who has no tattoos? Stephen Bardol represented me in my child's paternity custody case that lasted for over one year with numerous settlement conferences that resulted in very minute increases in time if any at all. I am asking for 50/50 custody for a child under the age of two. I found myself complying to multiple requests and defending myself from strategic bogus complaints and accussations from the opposing party after every settlement conference. All of these attempts designed to interfere with gaining any increase in time and to financially drain resources to fight against the resistance. Mr. Bardol's approach throughout my case has been as soft as his handshake. Being a very blessed individual and having the love I have for my child there will be no obstruction allowed to interfere with obtaining 50/50 custody God willing. None of my intentions to gain the amount of custody I am asking for is motivated by money. I truly want to be equal parent to my child and share those responsibilities equally with my child's mother dispite our seperation so my child can have a healthy and balanced upbringing. Unfortunately, after all the unsuccessful attempts from the settlement conferences and an unsuccessful trial here I am writing this review. Over one year of failure to obtain equality in my precious child's life and nearly ten thousand dollars later I have been granted a mere one overnight through the week and every other weekend along with shared holidays. This is what is suggested by the county courts of Clayton Missouri to be in my child's best interest and reason being "due to the light of the child's young age." Rather than building a foundation early in my child's life as being an equal parent as were my intentions the courts feel that having the mother be granted sole legal custody at this time and allow the child to become "comfortable and familiar" with the other parent. The other parent meaning me his father. I must state that I have never been out of my child's life and was consistently seeing my child everyday when I was allowed and only when I was allowed to at his mothers residence. Frequent contact is in the child's best interest is what you will hear the most. Frequent contact seems to be frequently granted to the mother. I will never give up for you my son! Love always and forever! Dad
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Bardol Law Firm, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Discovery Attorney
  • Williams Venker & Sanders, LLC
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Discover Attorney
  • Bryan Cave
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Legal Intern
  • St. Charles County Counselor's Office
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Trade Practice Consultant
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2007 - 2007
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Education

  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Saint Louis University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • State Ex Rel Franklin v. Burlison
  • Charges Reduced - 2nd Degree Child Molestation
  • Charges Reduced - Probation
  • Unlawful Possession / DWI
  • Probation and Treatment Program
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Associations

  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • St. Louis County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Webster Groves Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Missouri Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2014
  • Up and Coming Lawyer
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • 2014
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Communication Department Achievement Award
  • St. Louis University
  • 2006
  • Bright Flight Scholarship Recipient
  • Missouri Department of Education
  • 2002
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Webster BNI Meeting
  • Divorce Law in Missouri
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (27)
Family Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve is a steadfast advocate for his clients, and yet he keeps costs in check. I am always confident he will provide thorough representation to the people I refer."
Family Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Stephen is a great attorney to work with and is well respected by his peers in the community."
Family Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Steve and I were opposing attorneys in a family law case in St. Louis County. During the entire case he was professional, diligent, and exhaustive in his pursuit of justice for his clients. Since that date I've referred clients to Steve when I have a conflict of interest. Great guy and great lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is a great attorney for divorce and family law. I would recommend him to anyone."
Family Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Friend
"I regularly refer divorce and custody cases to Steve. He is an excellent trial attorney and very organized. His attention to detail is superb. I highly recommend Steve."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is a fine attorney and a good man. Family law is a very complicated and difficult area of practice, and clients need their attorney to be both caring, as well as talented. Steve is both."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Stephen. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve's breadth of knowledge in the field of family law is staggering and the results he provides for his clients show it. I would recommend him without reservation to anyone in need of a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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