I came to a career in law a little bit later than most. I didn’t grow up saying I wanted to be an attorney like a lot of my colleagues. I wanted to be a psychologist and help people. I didn’t have any attorneys in my family – most of my family didn’t attend college. Looking back now, a legal career was always there. I negotiated my first “contract” with my parents my senior year in high school when I presented them a detailed PowerPoint presentation as to why I should no longer be required to have a curfew. In fifth grade, I won an award for Most Questions Asked. Some people would call kids like me “spirited.” Looking back now, it was clear that becoming an attorney was unavoidable.
I am a native St. Louisan. I was raised in the southwest St. Louis suburb of Fenton and lived there until college. While most St. Louisans do not leave, my family has all relocated and I don’t have many relatives here anymore. My husband, Will James, and I currently live in Sunset Hills. Will is the Principal Percussionist with the St. Louis Symphony and I enjoy attending concerts to watch him and his colleagues play. We have two young children who keep us on our toes and who charm everyone they meet. When I am not lawyer-ing or mom-ing, I enjoy gardening, working out, reading, and drinking Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Obviously not all at the same time.
I have always wanted to help people. Originally, that journey led me to a career in social work after college. I graduated with a psychology/sociology degree and worked as a social worker for three years prior to starting law school. I had a caseload of abused and neglected children who were wards of the state. I enjoyed advocating for my clients through the juvenile court system but I was missing something in that role.I missed writing, analysis, and research. I also was frustrated easily by a broken system. I applied to law school with the intention of practicing family law, a rarity among law students as most strive for careers with big law firms in tall buildings. I’ve never practiced any other type of law and have always considered it my calling.
Divorce, Child Custody, Spousal and Child Support
Business Valuation in Divorces
High Net Worth Divorces
Complex Asset Divorces
Family Law Mediator
Saint Louis University School of Law, Juris Doctor (2005)
Fontbonne University, Bachelor of Arts (1999), magna cum laude
Kids In the Middle – Board of Directors (2019-present)
Foundry Art Center – Board of Directors (2010-2017), Secretary (2011-2015)
St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association (2009-2015)
In addition to her formal academic training, Ms. Jones received extensive and specialized training in trial advocacy at the Houston Family Law Trial Institute from experts across the United States. Ms. Jones also attended the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Associate Institute in 2006 and 2007.
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