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Simone A. Haberstock

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Richmond Heights, MO

Law Office of Simone A. Haberstock, L.L.C.
2016 S Big Bend Blvd
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
Phone: 314-934-2751
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Licensed in Missouri Since: 1991
Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Closely Held Business
Attorney Profile

Simone Haberstock is an attorney and the owner of the Law Offices of Simone A. Haberstock, L.L.C., in Richmond Heights, Missouri. Ms. Haberstock concentrates her practice on collaborative law and alternative dispute resolution in family law and divorce. She has over 30 years of legal experience serving clients in the St. Louis, Missouri, metropolitan area and throughout the surrounding counties. 

Over the years, Ms. Haberstock has helped many Missouri residents resolve their family-related legal matters by providing supportive and honest legal representation. She helps each client resolve their situation by setting goals and guiding them each step of the way toward the best possible outcome for their situation. 

Ms. Haberstock holds a master’s of law degree in dispute resolution from the University of Missouri School of Law and is a certified family court mediator and civil mediator. She has mediated over 500 cases.  She is also a certified public accountant, a distinction that allows her to help her clients understand and achieve their financial goals. 

Although litigation is not her main focus, Ms. Haberstock received trial practice training from the American Bar Association Trial Advocacy Institute. She earned her law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and obtained her license to practice law in Missouri in 1991. 

Outside of her law practice, Ms. Haberstock is a member of several bar associations and legal organizations, as well as a past president of the Missouri Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis presented her with various awards in past years and she has volunteered her time to several groups including Habitat for Humanity, the Girl Scouts and Confluence Missouri, Inc.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 40%Family Law
  • 10%Closely Held Business
Focus Areas

Mediation, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Selections

3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022

About Simone A. Haberstock

First Admitted: 1991, Missouri

Professional Webpage: https://haberstocklaw.com/about/

Newsletters

  • Discusses and summarizes research gathered on economics and financial events and how they have impacted parenting styles and approaches as well as increased conflict between parents., Ask the Experts, Attorneys, Mediators, Mental Health Providers, Judges

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant, passed examination, 1985
  • Rule 17 Civil Neutral/Mediator, 2003
  • Rule 88 Certified Family Court Mediator, 2003

Honors/Awards

  • For work and contribution in child advocacy, Young Lawyers Section Certificate of Recognition in Child Advocacy, American Bar Association, 1999
  • Video interview project archiving iconic, and historic past leaders of the Bar Association , President's Outstanding Service Award, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2005
  • Contribution in reviving the continuing education program., President's Outstanding Service Award, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2007
  • Bar association community outreach to children, Young Lawyers Award of Merit, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 1995
  • Service to the Young Lawyers Division, Young Lawyers Award of Merit, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 1998

Pro bono/Community Service

  • St. Louis Master Lawyers Preservation/Education Project, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2005
  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer -NOLA 2009, Crew leader- St. Louis 1999, 2009
  • Volunteer Special Prosecutor-Domestic Violence, St. Louis County Family Court 
  • Girl Scout Troop leader 1996-2009, 2009
  • Volunteer Mediator, Self-represented litigants for Confluence Missouri, Inc.

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • University of Missouri-School of Law, IRB approved research on Parenting Coordination in St. Louis County Family Court, 2013

Educational Background

  • University of Missouri School of Law, LLM-Dispute Resolution , 2013

Verdicts/Settlements

  • In re the Matter of MLA, a minor, ED 105751.  Unpublished opinion.   Represented Petitioner/Respondent for guardianship of a minor. Prevailed on all counts in appeal. , 2018
  • Kimberley Ann RUFFINO v. Salvatore M. RUFFINO III, 400 S.W.3d 851 (2013)- Represented Petitioner/Respondent. Prevailed on all counts of Appellant's appeal and Respondent's cross appeal arging that the trial court erred in its failure to identify retirement accounts from which Wife was to receive her share of retirement and its failure to indicate whether the amounts awarded should include earnings, losses, and appreciation., 2013

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Session explores the benefits of the structure of mediation in helping parents solve problems and begin to restructure their co-parenting relationship. The presentation also provides an understanding of how mediation connects with each parent's identity and role as a parent and how the autonomy and social connection reestablished and promoted through mediation helps the parties through conflict, towards resolution of their difference.. Practitioners will learn about adapting negotiation and communication strategies to help clients in mediation become more prepared and engaged in the mediation process. , Speaker, Understanding the Dynamics of Structure and Restructuring in Family Court Mediation and Parenting Coordination , Missouri Chapter of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Law, Mental Health, Court Administrators, 2022
  • Rule 17 Basic mediation training focused on community mediation skills, Lead Trainer, Basic (Core) Civil Mediation, Conflict Resolution Center- St. Louis, Lawyers, Nonprofit, Business, General Public, 2022
  • This program will explore the positive and negative aspects of public perception; how factors in the long studied area of procedural justice factor into family court; and strategies we can use in our practice and in our courts to improve perceptions and litigant satisfaction., Co-Presenter, Putting Our Best Inside Out: Improving the Optics of Family Law Practice, Missouri Bar Family Law Conference, Lawyers, 2021
  • There is a wide disconnect between the expectations of judicial system, a dispassionate and analytical institution, and the integrated needs of the litigants who use the system.  Legal professionals gain analytical intelligence through education but have not necessarily developed their emotional intelligence. The presentation will make recommendations to bridge that divide including further research and application of the Myers and Salovey model for emotional intelligence as a foundation for training and development of this neglected skill set., Co-Presenter, Growing Professional IQ with Emotional IQ, Missouri Bar/Missouri Lawyers Assistance Program Annual Conference, Attorneys, 2020
  • Overview of the mediation process used in Missouri workers compensation including perspectives on procedure, best practices and and understanding of why the mediation process can help resolve cases., Co-Presenter, How to Mediate Your Workers' Compensation Cases Without Getting Hurt!, Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference, Lawyers, 2021
  • Discussions about money—values, practices, and conflicts—present enormous challenges to co-parenting counselors and mediators. This session explores the conscious and subconscious economic and behavioral factors related to money that make mediators weep and co-parenting counselors pull their hair out., Co-Presenter, Mediation and Co-Parenting: The Cents and Nonsense in Financial Decision-Making, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts 58th Annual Conference, Law, Mental Health, Court Administrators, 2021
  • 40 Hour training for lawyers qualifying them for the family court neutral list in 12th Circuit Court of Missouri (Audrain, Montgomery, and Warren), Lead Trainer, Basic/Core (Rule 17) and Family Law Training for Mediators in the 12th Circuit Court of Missouri, Lawyers, 2021
  • This is an interactive class that provides theory as well as practical skills and includes active input from the participants and role-play opportunities. Coursework includes review of interest-based negotiation; nature and sources of conflict; communication skills; values and principles underlying mediation practice; impasse and challenges in mediation; mediation role play; Uniform Acts and Missouri Rules and statutes relevant to mediation.   The course prepares participants for community/neighbor to neighbor mediation and small claims/landlord tenant mediation., Trainer, Basic (Core) Civil Mediation, Conflict Resolution Center- St. Louis, Law, Mental Health, Business Leaders, Non Profit, 2021
  • Conciliation is a very old concept that can still apply in our practices.  Conciliation provides litigants with a process they need in court, or from alternate dispute resolution processes, to feel more satisfied with their experience. When selected and applied at strategic times, conciliation can also help courts , lawyers, and mediators help parties get past their emotions and become more focused on practical solutions.  This presentation will help you understand more about conciliation and how you can use it to help parties in litigation move towards resolution of their case., Co-Presenter, What’s that Extra “C” in AFCC- Using Conciliation in Your Cases , Missouri Chapter of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Law, Mental Health, Court Administrators, 2021
  • A primer and tips for lawyers drafting orders appointing parenting coordinators and interfacing with parenting coordinators appointed in St. Louis County Circuit Court , Speaker, Parenting Coordinators, St. Louis County Bar Association - Guardian ad Litem Training, Law, 2021
  • Identification and Understand of cultural differences which may affect a mediation and tools the mediator can employ to address the challenges posed by cultural differences., Presenter, At the Blind Intersection of Culture and Mediation, Association of Attorney Mediators- Missouri Chapter, 2020
  • All of us, including our clients, have been and continue to experience one of the most challenging years in recent history.   Although lawyers are trained to be rational and dispassionate, our ability to express and act with compassion offers many benefits to our clients and to ourselves, while also solidifying and expanding our business relationships.  This session will explore why compassion is important; how we can build our capacity and ability to be more compassionate; and, what we can offer to clients to meet their needs in this very difficult environment. , Plenary - Co Speaker, Compassionate Lawyering in Hard Times, Missouri Bar Family Law Conference, Attorneys, 2020
  • Money is the subject of, and frequently the source of, most of the disputes we mediate, yet, most of our mediation training does not help us understand how people actually process and make decisions about money.  We frequently assume that financial decisions are ultimately  guided by logic and math when, in fact, there are many other factors affecting such decisions.  This session will explore some of the factors that affect financial decision making and how mediators can help disputants make sense of the dollars and cents required to get the dispute resolved. , Speaker, Making Dollars and Sense out of Mediation, ADR Court-Certified Neutrals Webinar (US Federal Court), Attorneys, 2020
  • Overview of the considerations and design elements for a high conflict parenting court program., Speaker, Developing a Place in the Heart: Problem Solving Court for High Conflict Families , Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Conference in Washington D.C., 2018
  • Ethics and standards applied to Mediation practice., Co-Presenter, Ethics and Mediation, Missouri Bar Family Law Conference, Attorneys, 2018
  • Presented strategies based on strategic planning principles to support and provide a framework for problem-solving in collaborative practice., Co-presenter, Creating Vision: The Process of Intended Change, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Professionals, 2012
  • Presenting ethical models for limited scope representation., Co-Presenter, Ethics of Limited Scope Representation, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and Federal District Court/8th Circuit Court of Appeals, Attorneys, 2019
  • Defined Parallel parenting and explored applying strategies and court orders to disengage high conflict parents and provide safe space for children. , Co-presenter, Disengaging Too Engaged Parents, Missouri Bar Family Law Conference, Attorneys, 2019
  • Presentation of economic behavioral theory and cognitive bias and effect on decisions concerning money and finances, including strategies for mediators to apply when presented with impaired decision-making, Presenter, Making Cents of Money Decisions, Missouri Chapter of Association of Attorney Mediators, Mediators, 2019
  • Presentation of research on the effect of the economic environment on parenting styles and conflict between parents.  Recommendations made on how professionals can confront resulting conflict and help parents improve problem solving. , Co-presenter, What Money Tells us about Parenting and Co-Parenting, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Attorneys, Mediators, Mental Health Providers, Judges, 2019
  • This presentation explored the educational and procedural features that should be considered when the court is not authorized to appoint a parent coordinator, The workshop also attempted to answer these questions and more using the experience and a study of the St. Louis County Family Court Parenting Coordination program., Speaker/Researcher, The Path to the Wizard: Engaging Parents in Parenting Coordination When You Are Not in Oz, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Regional Conference, Kansas City, MO, 2013
  • This presentation explored the wide disconnect between the expectations of judicial system, a dispassionate and analytical institution, and the integrated needs of the litigants who use the system. Legal professionals gain analytical intelligence through education but have not necessarily developed their emotional intelligence. This presentation made recommendations to bridge that divide including further research and application of the Myers and Salovey model for emotional intelligence as a foundation for training and development of this neglected skill set., Speaker, Harmonizing Courts and Families: Growing Professional IQ with Emotional IQ, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Conference in Boston, MA, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Adjunct Professor-Mediation, Saint Louis University School of Law, 2022
  • Missouri Chapter of AFCC Parenting Coordination Symposium, co-chair, (develop statewide procedures, forms and approach to parenting coordination), 2014
  • Trainer (contractor), Conflict Resolution Center- St. Louis, Basic (Core) Mediation training for Community Mediators Jan 2021, 2021
  • Missouri Association of Family Law Advocates- Treasurer and Founding Board Member. Organization is comprised of professionals from many separate disciplines who are engaged in the family court system, and their supporters, organized to stand up for family centered policies and practices that support positive outcomes for families and children in that system, 2020
  • ABA Peer Mediation Training/Pilot Program-St. Louis City School District , 1997
  • Missouri Chapter of AFCC Exploratory Task Force on Court-Connected Therapy and Interventions, 2018
  • Lead Trainer, Mediation and Parenting Coordination Training, Confluence Missouri, Inc  (501c3) (2016-2021), 2021
  • Association of Missouri Mediators
  • Association of Attorney Mediators, Missouri Chapter
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • St. Louis County Family Court Oversight Committee, Mediation and Parenting Coordination
  • Missouri Bar, Family Law Conference Planning Committee
  • Board Member and Founder, Confluence Missouri, Inc., a non-profit company providing volunteer and sliding scale mediation services and mediation training.
  • Missouri Chapter of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Past-President 2018-2019)
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Office Location for Simone A. Haberstock

2016 S Big Bend Blvd
Richmond Heights, MO 63117

Phone: 314-934-2751

Last Updated: 6/6/2022

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