Amanda McNelley, Counsel

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Biography

Amanda joined the firm in 2012 as counsel and brings with her 12 years of experience as a respected and sought-after Family Law attorney. Honing her skills at two smaller but venerated family law firms, Amanda specifically focuses on dissolutions of marriage involving high-net-worth asset divisions, modifications, high-conflict custody disputes, paternity actions, and also acts as a Guardian ad Litem in St. Louis County.

The Family Law landscape has dramatically changed in recent years with more women than men in the U.S. workforce and child custody increasingly being shared between wife and husband. Along with the continued passage of same-sex marriage state laws and civil union statues throughout the United States, the traditional definition of Family Law has broadened considerably, evidenced by same-sex couples needing dissolutions of marriage and assistance with custody resolution upon dissolution. “You have to be able to deal with the changing “family” and adapt your practice to be creative in order to help people through those rough times.”

But Amanda quickly notes that one of the principal concerns of Family Law remains unchanged. “Everyone wants to do what is best for their children. Litigants may have different definitions of what is best, but a good family law practitioner assists their client in meeting their needs reasonably, realistically, and with compassion.”

Amanda resides in Kirkwood with her husband and their three daughters. She is actively involved with St. Peter Parish & School and as a Girl Scout Leader. Free time means volleyball, softball and watching her daughters perform at Irish dance competitions.

Background

She is a member of the Missouri and Illinois Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Women’s Lawyers Association of St. Louis, and a Founding Board Member of Lawyers for Equality.

As an Americorps National Service Member, Amanda completed over 1,700 hours of community service in the St. Louis area mentoring and teaching inner-city youths in public schools and was director of the Eco-Corps summer camp.

In 2001 and 2002 Amanda represented the State of Kansas in Child in Need of Care and Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings in the Johnson County District Attorney’s office in Olathe, Kansas. She has also been selected to serve on the Board of Directors of Kids In The Middle, a non-profit organization, which provides counseling, education and support for children, parents and families during and after a divorce.

Services

Industries

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Successes

  • Martindale – BV Distinguished Rating
  • American Bar Association – Award for outstanding achievement in the field of employment laws, 2002.
  • Member in Good Standing – Missouri (2002) and Illinois Bar (2003)
  • Lectured on the topic of Family Law for the Missouri Bar.
  • Lawyers for Equality – Founding Board Member.

Amanda is often asked to lecture on Family Law matters for organizations and special groups.

Named Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer Rising Star since 2008.

Publications
Author, Family Law Deskbook, chapter 9, “Child Custody,” 2011.

BIOGRAPHY

Amanda recently joined the firm as counsel and brings with her 10 years of experience as a respected and sought-after Family Law attorney. Honing her skills at two smaller but venerated family law firms, Amanda specifically focuses on dissolutions of marriage involving high-net-worth asset divisions, modifications, high-conflict custody disputes, paternity actions, and also acts as a Guardian ad Litem in St. Louis County and St. Louis City.

The Family Law landscape has dramatically changed in recent years with more women than men in the U.S. workforce and child custody increasingly being shared between wife and husband. Along with the continued passage of same-sex marriage state laws and civil union statues throughout the United States, the traditional definition of Family Law has broadened considerably, evidenced by same-sex couples needing dissolutions of marriage and assistance with custody resolution upon dissolution. “You have to be able to deal with the changing “family” and adapt your practice to be creative in order to help people through those rough times.”

But Amanda quickly notes that one of the principal concerns of Family Law remains unchanged. “Everyone wants to do what is best for their children. Litigants may have different definitions of what is best, but a good family law practitioner assists their client in meeting their needs reasonably, realistically, and with compassion.”

Amanda resides in Kirkwood with her husband and their three daughters. She is actively involved with St. Peter Parish & School and as a Girl Scout Leader. Free time means volleyball, softball and watching her daughters perform at Irish dance competitions.

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