Susan L. Ward

Susan L. Ward

Attorney & Founder
Location:
Clayton, Missouri
Phone:
314-783-9400
Fax:
314-783-9404
Email:

Susan L. Ward is the founder of the Law Offices of Susan L Ward L.L.C., concentrating in the area of family law. She is admitted to practice in both Missouri and Illinois. Mrs. Ward graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1988, and the St. Louis University School of Law in 1991. She is rated AV by the Martindale Hubbell legal directory, the highest designation awarded by that publication. She is Post-Chair of the 1500 member Young Lawyers Division of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, also serving on that body's Board of Governors. She is Secretary of the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Bar Foundation, the charitable branch of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. She is also a member of the St. Louis County Bar Association. Mrs. Ward is a member of the Family Law Sections of the Missouri Bar, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Mrs. Ward is a member of the Women Lawyers' Association, and has recently served on their board. She is a graduate of the ABA sponsored Family Law Advocacy Institute, held each year for one week at the University of Houston. She has lectured for the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, The National Business Institute, and the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation on trial procedure, practice, and family law topics. She has also authored a two-part article for "The Young Lawyer," a publication of the Young Lawyers' Division of the American Bar Association and numerous columns for the St. Louis Lawyer. In 1999, Mrs. Ward received the St. Louis County Bar Association's "Outstanding Young Lawyer" award.

Family Law
Child Custody
Divorce
Domestic Violence

Year Joined Firm

  • 2002

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Domestic Relations
  • Legal Separation
  • Paternity
  • Child Custody and Support
  • Defense of Criminal Non-Support Matters
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Partition Suits
  • Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1991
  • Illinois, 1992

Education

  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1991
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
    • B.S. - 1988
    • Major: Business Administration/Marketing

Published Works

  • "Tying the Knot: The Controversy Surrounding Same Sex Marriage", Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, July, 2004
  • "Roadmap to Missouri Dissolution Proceedings", National Business Institute, May 13, 2004
  • "The Taxpayer Reform Act of 1997", The Young Lawyer, ABA Young Lawyer's Division, February, 1998
  • "More on the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997", The Young Lawyer, ABA Young Lawyer's Division, March, 1998
  • Competition Problem and Materials for State High School Mock Trial Competition (Editor), 2003, 2004
  • Competition Problem and Materials for National High School Mock Trial Competition (Co-Author), May, 1999

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer, Trial Procedure, Practice and Family Law Topics, American Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Trial Procedure, Practice and Family Law Topics, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Lecturer, Trial Procedure, Practice and Family Law Topics, National Business Institute
  • Lecturer, Trial Procedure, Practice and Family Law Topics, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
  • Lecturer, "Tying the Knot: The Controversy Surrounding Same Sex Marriage", Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2004
  • Lecturer, "Roadmap to Missouri Dissolution Proceedings", National Business Institute, May 13, 2004
  • Lecturer, Competition Problem, Materials, and Rules Overview, Missouri High School Mock Trial Institute, Spring Annually, Webster University
  • Interview, "Parental Responsibility Act", Channel 2 (FOX) segment by Jill Farmer, June 18, 1997
  • Lecturer, "Direct and Cross Examination", Missouri High School Mock Trial Institute, 1997
  • Lecturer/Demonstration, Mock Trial Training for SLIP Interns, University of Missouri--St. Louis, July 24, 1997
  • Demonstration, "Direct Exam of a Non-Party Witness", Land of Lincoln Trial Advocacy Training, 1997 - Present
  • Lecturer, "Mock Trial Preparation & Procedures", "Kids in Court Program" Ames VPAC School, February 9, 1998

Honors and Awards

  • Roy F. Essen Memorial Award for Outstanding Young Lawyer, St. Louis County Bar Association, 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Post-Chair, Young Lawyers Division
  • St. Louis County Bar Association, Member
  • The Missouri Bar, Family Law Section, Member
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Family Law Section, Member
  • Women Lawyers' Association, Member
  • Women Lawyers' Association, Past Board Member
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Advocacy Institute, Graduate
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Member and Delegate to House of Delegates, 1998 - 2003
  • American Bar Association, Vice-Chair, Tax Law Planning Board, 1998 - 1999
  • Missouri Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • St. Louis Bar Foundation, Secretary, Board of Directors, 2004 - 2005
  • St. Louis Bar Foundation, Member at Large/Bar Liaison, Board of Directors, 2002 - 2004
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Executive Committee, 2002 - 2003
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Board of Governors, 2001 - Present
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Budget Committee, 2001 - Present
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Young Lawyers Division, Division Chair, 2002 - 2003
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Young Lawyers Division, Executive Committee, 1997 - 2004
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Young Lawyers Division, Chair, John Shepherd Professionalism Committee, 2001 - 2002
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Young Lawyers Division, Chair, Law Week Committee, 2001 - 2002
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Young Lawyers Division, ABA Representative, 1998 - 2001
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Young Lawyers Division, Chair, Social Committee, 1996 - 1998
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Young Lawyers Division, Member, Membership Committee, 1998 - 2000
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Young Lawyers Division, Adult & Child Abuse Committee, 1993 - 1996
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Young Lawyers Division, Representative, Project Outreach (Peer Mediation Project), 1996 - Present
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Family and Juvenile Law Committee, 1995 - Present
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Fee Dispute Committee, 1997 - Present
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Co-Chair, Bench and Bar Conference, 1999 - 2002
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Domestic Relations CLE Coordinator, Bench and Bar Conference Committee, 1998
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Law Related Education Committee, 1995 - Present
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Chair -- Mock Trial, 2003 - Present
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, National High School Mock Trial Fundraising Committee, 1999
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Mock Trial Judge and Evaluator, 1994 - Present
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Speakers Bureau
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Call a Lawyer Service
  • Women Lawyers Association, Secretary, Board, 2000 - 2001
  • Women Lawyers Association, Member at Large, Board, 1997 - 2000
  • Women Lawyers Association, Co-Chair, Holiday Party/Silent Charity Auction, 1997 - 1999
  • St. Louis County Family Court, Supervised Visitation and Exchange Committee

Past Employment Positions

  • Zerman & Mogerman, L.L.C., St. Louis, Missouri, Partner, 1991 - 2002

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyers, Legal Advocates for Abused Women (LAAW)