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Tricia is one of two principals responsible for the family law practice at CHGO. She represents clients in all matters relating to family law, including dissolutions of marriage, legal separations, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, establishment of paternity and child custody and support, motions to modify, enforce and compel compliance with family law judgments, adult abuse and child abuse proceedings and appeals of family law matters.
On June 26, 2019, Tricia expanded and enhanced her practice by receiving her certification in mediation training through the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Adding mediation to her practice will allow her to better serve her clients and provide cost effective, solution oriented services to couples seeking resolution of their family law disputes.
Leadership Roles & Activities
- Member of the Board of Directors, Curtis, Heinz, Garrett, & O’Keefe (2015 to Present)
- Committee member, Missouri Bar Family Law Section Continued Legal Education Planning (2012-2015)
- Missouri Bar Family Law Section Executive Council – Southern District of Missouri (2011-2014)
- Various leadership roles in the Women’s Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis, including President (2005-2010)
- Former Chair of the Family & Juvenile Law Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (2003-2004)
Professional Contributions & Honors
- The Best Lawyers designation in America 2018 in the field of Family Law
- Certification as a Fellow in The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
- Recognized by the Political Science Chapter of the University of Missouri – St. Louis Alumni Association for outstanding achievement as a Distinguished Alumnus (2014)
- Recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers (2009-2012)
- Received the Award of Merit from the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Bar Association of Greater St. Louis (2004)
Presentations & Publication
- The American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys and The Missouri Bar – Presenter, Advanced Family Law Symposium: Advocacy & the Power of Persuasion, Presenting Child-Centered Parenting Plans – St. Louis and Kansas City (Spring 2019)
- Missouri Chapter of The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – Co-Presenter, The “Whats, Whens and Hows” of Presumption in Missouri Family Law, Part II – Presumptions in Child Support (Winter 2018)
- National Business Institute – Presenter, Divorce Cases From Start to Finish for Paralegals (Summer 2018)
- National Business Institute – Co-presenter, Discovering Hidden Assets in Divorce (Summer 2015)
- Missouri Bar Family Law Conference – Co-presenter, Child Support: What is it for? What does it include? How do you pay for it? (Summer 2014)
- Missouri Bar Small & Solo Firm Conference – Co-presenter, Getting “Divorced” When You’ve Never Been Married (Summer 2012)
- Missouri Bar Small & Solo Firm Conference – Co-presenter, Together Again in Bankruptcy After Divorce (Summer 2012)
- The Forgotten Victims of Domestic Violence, Missouri Bar Journal, vol. 54, no. 5, p. 231-235 (September-October 1998)
- University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Law, Juris Doctorate – May 1999
- University of Missouri-St. Louis, B.A. Political Science, Minor: Legal Studies, Certificate: Women and Gender Studies, Cum Laude – June 1995
- Sunday School Instructor for 4-5th graders at Webster Hills United Methodist Church
- Tricia routinely and passionately serves her religious community at Webster Hills United Methodist Church and in the Winter of 2019, she participated in a mission trip to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico to assist in rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
- Tricia is a member of the Missouri Lawyers Assistance Program (MOLAP) and is dedicated to assisting her colleagues and her clients navigate the pathways of mental illness and addiction.
- Inspired by a former client’s son’s struggles with Cystic Fibrosis and a passion to find a cure, Tricia participates in Xtreme hikes to raise money for the Gateway Chapter of CF. She hiked more than 30 miles in one day in the Ozark Mountain Range in the Fall of 2015 and is challenging herself again with another hike (15 miles) in Hawn State Park this Spring. Why does she hike? Because she can and so many afflicted with CF cannot. With the money raised, she is hoping those who cannot walk now have a chance to reach those heights in the future. Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. There is no cure. The average life expectancy for someone with CF is between 42- 50 years of age.
- Served for more than five years on the Executive Board of Lawyers for Kids (formerly known as, “Heritage House”), an organization dedicated to providing a safe environment for high conflict families to exchange custody of their children