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James R. Piedimonte

Child custody Attorney at Independence, MO

4.7   19 reviews

Licensed for 39 years

About James

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ONE OF THE MOST EXPERIENCED FAMILY LAW ATTORNEYS IN JACKSON COUNTY, MISSOURI.

   I have been practicing in family law for over 35 years, that includes divorces, custody disputes, paternity declarations, modifications of custody, visitation and child support, Adult and Child Abuse Protection , Gurdian Ad Litem appointments, mediation, and adoptions.  I have represented clients in civil contempt cases.  I have appellate experience in family court issues.  I also represent clients in municpal court traffic violations and DWI. I represent families, sometimes several generations of families.  They come to me for help.  I give them guidance.

"Mr. Piedimonte was crucial in getting me through my entire court process for modification of custody and parenting plan. He and his staff were kind and quick to respond to every email, call, and every question I had (and I had lots!) I would recommend this attorney and office to take care of your needs and really guide you through the legal process with great care and wisdom. I am truly thankful for all of their assistance!"- Ashley 

"I engaged the services of James Piedimonte to help me with a modification of child custody and support. He listened and explained the process to me, taking into consideration my needs, wants and made recommendations based on his experience with the judge and court. The rates were very reasonable, they had prompt communication, and I was able to do most of the subsequent communication through email. His staff is responsive and empathetic. He has an extensive knowledge of Jackson County, Missouri and other local attorneys. I would highly recommend his services for any domestic legal needs. A+"- Shay

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Licensed for 39 years
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 1983
Updated 01/01/2023

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

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2015
Powerful and Gifted Attorney
I needed James to review a contract before I signed. He found things that I did not even think of. His reponse was quick but thourough. What a peace of mind having an attorney that is so experienced (over 30 years) and trustworthy! He is very informative and genuine. He has helped me in the past and I find him to be able to help me in all areas of my family law needs.
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Man of integrity
My experience with Mr. Piedimonte is excellent due to his consultation manner. I found his urging to give sound and fair instruction helps keep emotions from causing additional hardship. He also does extensive research that achieve positive results.
Posted by Bill | January 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
I was pleased with the rate charges. Divorcing and starting over costs. Jim kept the fees to only what we had to do--no padding or adding, so I didn't go bankrupt. He did what he said he'd do and kept me apprised of changes as they occurred. I'm very pleased and divorced.
Posted by Zachary | August 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing service, Amazing Performance
Mr. Piediemonte went above and beyond when it came to my dissolution. He assured me all will be taken care of and at no time did he give me any reason of doubt. Would recommend him 1000x across.
Posted by Aaron | January 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best in Jackson County Missouri
Mr. Piedimonte was very kind and understanding. He and his staff are very knowledgeable and thorough. They helped me through a tough situation that had its own unique twists. Within no time I had full custody of my daughter and have never regretted hitting him.
Posted by Andy | November 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fair and professional legal advisor
Mr. Piedimonte was extremely helpful in my dissolution of marriage, child custody case. He displayed professionalism, courtesy and understanding with each situation. He was very straightforward with each step in the process, which made things much easier for me as the petitioner. Together, we were able to achieve all our goals in the case, and I can not be more satisfied with both he and his office. Thank you again, Andrew
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Posted by Cherue | October 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Recommend
Mr. Piedimont and his staff were always responsive and empathetic to ALL of my concerns in a timely manner.
Posted by Jenette | July 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney!!!
Mr. Piedimonte is a wonderful attorney! I can't praise him and his team enough for all of their efforts attending to my legal matters. He is very professional, organized and detailed. With his support, I was able to win my legal battle in court. I highly recommend him!!!
Posted by Chris | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Compassionate and Thorough
James and his entire team were wonderful to work with. They handled my divorce with compassion and were always professional. They kept my best interest in mind at all times and were completely honest about the entire process. Their recommendations resulted in a settlement that was fair and balanced for all concerned. They have a great work ethic and I would definitely recommend them as an excellent team and wonderful, kind people. If I could give them 6 stars I would!
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Posted by Lisa | June 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce Jan 15 2015
Mr. Piedimonte was a referral from a friend. In the end I ended up with more than I thought, and was very pleased with the whole process from the billing to keeping me informed. I felt like my unique case ( I had a diagnoses of brain cancer after starting the proceedings) was handled like I was a person not just a number. Julie, his secretary was my go to person with all my silly questions and she was always kind and patient with me. I was pleased with the services that I received.
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Posted by Nash | June 1, 2016
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Custody donedone right
James was not only professional and polite at all times with me, he was understanding of my needs and wants as a father seeking the best for his child. While the case was long and nasty, James was reasonable and helped meme see reason when times were toughest. He fought hard for justice and saw the case through. Throughout andand in retrospect, I couldn't be happier to have James Piedimonte on my side.
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Posted by Brian | May 31, 2016
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Best attorney I have hired.
James is an awesome attorney. He has helped me with traffic issues and a divorce. James has also been truthful and straight to the point when advising me. I will continue to use James's services should the need arise. I would recommend James to anyone seeking the services he provides!
Posted by Tyrone | May 31, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
James R. Piedimonte
I highly recommend James Piedimonte for attorney services. He is dedicated to his clients and highly experienced. He prepared me from the first visit all the way to the court date. I can't say enough good things about him and his staff. He definitely turned a bad situation into GOOD for me and my family.
Posted by Mike | May 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Phenominal
Both Mr. Piedimonte and his staff are beyond description. They helped me through one of the most traumatic times in my life with grace and calm resolve. His commitment to taking the higher path literally set the forge which shaped e through my divorce. They are family to me and there is a special shout out to Julee!!
Posted by Samantha | May 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing....
I have used James Piedimonte numerous times. He has helped me with so much. He has made tough situation alot easier to get through. I would use him again and I recommend him to everyone that I know for any type of issue that I know he can take care of.
Posted by Chad | May 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One great attorney!
James handled my; divorce as well as a motion to modify custody of my 2 children. He is also handling my middle daughters adoption, we have always been very pleased with the outcomes in our cases. He's very honest and let's you know what to expect along the way. He truly has his clients best interest at heart!
Posted by VANCE L ROOKS | May 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Just what my grandson needed
James took really good care of our family and got done what we needed. The only thing that bothered me was the 70 dollar continuance fee I had to pay for his family emergency and when I questioned it I was basically told sorry that's the way it is.
Posted by Luke | May 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional
Was polite and quick to respond to any issue that came up.
Posted by Eric | October 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
All about the money
Hired James after firing my previous attorney for having no spine. At first the initial meeting went very well leaving his office I felt good that we were on the same page and that he understood that I wanted to fight in court only for court to come in for him to literally has agreed to everything the other side wanted. The guy took my deposit and basically was like sorry but that’s just how court works.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 175-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • James Piedimonte, A Professional Corporation
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Piedimonte & Associates, P.C.
  • 2001 - 2009
  • President
  • Piedimonte, A Professional Corporation
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • Piedimonte & Piedimonte, P.C.
  • 1983 - 1997
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Education

  • Collaborative Law Institute Chip Rose
  • Collaborative Law
  • 2007
  • Washington University in St. Louis Robert Benjamin
  • Mediation Training
  • 1998
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Graceland College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981
  • Pembroke Country Day School
  • High School
  • 1977
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Legal Cases

  • Slavens v. Slavens
  • Verdict for the mother.
  • Wilson v. Cramer
  • Attorney for Respondents won at the trial level. Did not represent on appeal.
  • Sage Harrison vs. Pepsi Corp
  • Settlement for Plaintiff
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Associations

  • Panel of Attorneys ARAG North America Inc.
  • Memeber
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Eastern Jackson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Western DIstrict of Missouri Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Panel of Attorney Union Plus
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Heartland Mediators Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Missouri
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Clay County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2007
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2013
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Jackson County Family Court Child Custody Mediator
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Association of Mediators
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2013
  • Park Universtiy
  • Adjunct Professor
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Communcity of Christ S. Crysler Congregation
  • Pastor
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Cub Master/Boy Scout Leader
  • 1995 - 1999
  • Soccer Association of Independence
  • Attorney Member
  • 1990 - 1995
  • Vatterott College
  • Advisory Board Member
  • 1986 - 1989
  • Salvation Army
  • Advisory Board Member
  • 1985 - 1988
  • Panel of Attorneys Hope House
  • Chairman
  • 1983 - 1988
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • A+ rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • President's Award for Outstanding Contribution
  • Eastern Jackson County Bar Association
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Morning Show with David Bryan
  • Ask a Lawyer
  • 1999
  • Morning Show with David Bryan
  • Ask a Lawyer
  • 1998
  • Workshops
  • Elder Law: Estate Planning
  • 1988
  • Training Sessions
  • Adult Abuse Protection Orders
  • 1986
  • Training Sessions
  • Adult Abuse
  • 1985
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse James
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"James Piedimonte is a smart, knowledgeable and committed adversary that I highly respect as a fellow member of the bar."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Jim since we were in law school together. Class of 1983. He is a fine lawyer and knows how to get things done."
Family Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been fortunate enough to get to know and work with Mr. Piedimonte over the past few years. He has a tremendous reputation in the legal community, and it is one of compassion, practicality, and integrity. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation
Child custody
DUI and DWI
Independence Child custody Lawyer James R. Piedimonte
James R. Piedimonte
Child custody Attorney
Independence, MO
Licensed for 39 years