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Senior MediatorThis mediator has at least 100 hours of mediation training, 500 hours of mediation experience, agrees to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribes to's required standards of mediation practice.Featured Member

Susan Amato

Susan’s practice now focuses exclusively on resolving family law matters outside of the courtroom, from simple non-contested matters to the most complex collaborative matters. Susan is a recognized trailblazer in mediation and collaborative law, on the forefront of introducing, developing and utilizing these methods in the St. Louis legal arena. She also has years of experience resolving family matters through litigation.

She has been named by Saint Louis Magazine and by U.S. News as a “Best Lawyer” in the areas of Collaborative Family Law and Family Law Mediation, and holds the Martindale Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rating for achieving the highest level of professional excellence.

Susan was the founding President of the Collaborative Family Law Association in St. Louis and has served as treasurer and on the board. She is an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Family Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution, is a member of and serves on the board of the Association for Missouri Mediators, is a member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals and of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Missouri and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She maintains membership in the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Women Lawyer’s Association.

Susan speaks regularly on mediation, collaborative law and family law issues.


Susan received her B.A. in 1980 from St. Lawrence University. Susan then earned her law degree in 1983 from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Areas Of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Online Family/Divorce

Additional Services

  • Collaborative Professional
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Representational Lawyer

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • AFCC - Assoc. of Family & Conciliation Courts
  • AMM - Assoc. of Missouri Mediators
  • IACP - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • AFM AP - ACR Acad. Family Mediators AP