Simone started her own law firm twenty years ago with a specific mission – to provide competent, strong legal representation that is affordable and supports the individual, not only in making the legal decisions required, but in moving through an often confusing and difficult transition. We know that our approach and our relationship with each client separates us from other lawyers. We try to understand who each client is; hear and identify their unique needs and concerns; and guide them in developing reasonable goals that can help us develop both a vision for the future and a framework for settlement or litigation. We will never give you cookie cutter answers or glitzy sales pitches. We believe our clients experience honest, personal service and that their concerns are never minimized. Cases are never passed to an associate or legal assistant and phone calls and email messages are always returned timely, usually the during the same day.
In order to accomplish that mission, Simone, a certified public accountant and a mediator, has pursued not only trial practice training at the esteemed ABA Trial Advocacy Institute, but has also invested hundreds of hours learning more about family systems and child development; high conflict families; domestic violence; negotiation and settlement advocacy; and mediation. She added financial planning tools to her practice several years ago to help clients develop a more concrete idea of how their financial options will affect their future.
She received the ABA Young Lawyers Certificate of Merit for her advocacy work for children. She has served for many years on the Missouri Bar Committee for the annual Family Law Conference. In September 2019, Simone concluded her role as President of the Missouri Chapter of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), an international organization with a mission to improve the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict and is now the immediate past president of the statewide chapter. She has presented at both the international AFCC and International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) conferences and regularly speaks both in the St. Louis area and in Missouri on topics related to family conflict; mediation; parenting coordination and financial decision-making in family matters.
Simone served for over ten years on the Board of Governors for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. She is a board member for Confluence Missouri, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing alternate dispute resolution and mediation training to professionals and free and low cost mediation services to litigants in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Simone has served as a trainer for other civil and family mediators as well as provided training in parenting coordination. She has participated in the development, design and implementation of several court-connected conflict resolution programs.
Simone was born and raised in St. Louis. When not in the office or pursuing professional activities, Simone enjoys spending time with family and her dog “Ruthie,” hiking, photography, reading and music.