Biographical Information

John D. Kershman is a Partner at Stange Law Firm, PC over the Missouri offices. Mr. Kershman is licensed to practice in Missouri including the U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, and U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri. John has focused his practice exclusively on family law and represents clients in a wide variety of family law cases including divorce, child support, child custody, prenuptial agreements, paternity, family access motions, and a many other domestic relations matters.


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Admission Dates & Jurisdictions

  • Missouri – 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit – 2007
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri – 2004
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri – 2007


  • Washington University School of Law – J.D., 2004
  • Webster University – M.A., Business Management, 1995
  • Saint John’s University – B.S., Economics & Political Science, 1990

Professional Experience

  • Missouri Public Defender, Intern
  • Washington University’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, Student Attorney, September 1, 2003 – December 31, 2003
  • Brown & James Law Firm, P.C., Senior Associate Attorney, September 1, 2004 – March 31, 2009
  • Washington University Law School, Adjunct Professor of Law – Coach of the National Appellate Advocacy Team, November 1, 2007 – Present

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers – 2010 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers – 2011 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers – 2012 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers – 2013 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers – 2014 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars
  • Lead Counsel Rated for Divorce/Family Law – 2014 Lead Counsel
  • AVVO Superb 10.0/10.0 Rating, 2014 – 2015
  • Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015

Professional Associations

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Mediator
  • Collaborative Law Attorney

Speaking Engagements

  • NBI National Webcast: E-Discovery in Divorce, National Business Institute (4/28/15)
  • Telephone Seminar: Adoptions and Name Changes, Missouri Bar (4/15/15)