Cover Stories

Clients First: Stange Law Firm

Selecting an attorney is a lot like choosing a life partner. In both cases, it’s important to find someone who understands your unique needs, cares about your success and works to protect your interests. Stange Law Firm applies these ideals daily to its client relationships, according to Jillian Wood, recently named managing partner. It’s her job to oversee legal and administrative matters at the firm, which has offices in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas—and she says client service is always at the heart of those efforts.

The Saint Louis University School of Law graduate concentrates her practice in family law and is based out of the firm’s Clayton office. She helps clients navigate the waters of divorce, child custody and other family matters that often can seem complicated and overwhelming.

Wood has been at Stange since 2012 and is licensed to practice in all three states served by the firm. She originally planned to become a doctor, but an interest in health law ultimately provided a segue into a legal career. In fact, Wood found that her innate desire to improve people’s lives dovetailed smoothly into the practice of law. “Professionalism is very important to me, not only in my interactions with clients, but also in terms of working with other attorneys and family law judges in various communities,” she says.

She has been recognized as an Illinois Rising Star and Missouri Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, and has been asked to speak at continuing education conferences by organizations like the National Business Institute and MyLawCLE. “I enjoy the opportunity to share the experiences and knowledge I’ve gained with others who may be new to the practice of family law, or who want to expand their knowledge,” she says. She also serves on the board of directors for the South-Central Illinois Collaborative Family Law Association.

Wood notes that the cases she enjoys most are ones in which she can help clients and families heal from divorce or child custody disputes. “People who go through these life-changing events can get stuck in them and have a hard time moving on,” she notes. “It’s very rewarding to see that the work we put in can help them get past their very raw emotions and work with the other party for the betterment of their new family structure.”

She adds, “It’s important for every potential and current client to know that we care about them and want to help them to the best of our ability. I treat the practice of law as a true profession that doesn’t stop at 5 p.m. I love that I can help people and be a guide through a very difficult and intimidating process in their lives.”

Note: The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Jillian A. Wood is responsible for this content. Her principal place of business is 120 S. Central Ave., Ste. 450, in Clayton. Pictured on the cover: Jillian A. Wood, John D. Kershman, Paola A. Stange, Kirk C. Stange, Kelly M. Davidzuk. For more information, call 855.805.0595 or visit

Cover design by Julie Streiler
Cover photo courtesy of Stange Law Firm.

Pictured above: Stange Law Firm managing partner Jillian Wood.