Leigh Joy Carson
Leigh Joy Carson
Clients often choose Leigh Joy Carson as their family lawyer because of her reputation as an aggressive, experienced attorney who cares for her clients. Her approach also guides The Carson Law Firm, whose lawyers are committed to giving their clients sound legal advice rather than simply telling them what they would like to hear.
Carson explains, “Once clients know where they stand in the legal system, they can make informed decisions that allow them to move forward in life.”
Carson, a Chicago native, decided while attending the Saint Louis University School of Law that St. Louis was the place she’d like to call home. In 1986, after graduating, Carson accepted a prestigious clerkship with Judge Carl R. Gaertner of the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals.
“Judge Gaertner was an extraordinary jurist,” Carson recalls. “One of the most important lessons I learning during my two-year clerkship is that the law isn’t just about legal arguments — decisions affect people’s lives.”
After her clerkship ended, Carson joined Bryan Cave, the largest law firm in St. Louis, as an associate. There, she says, “they teach you how to provide clients excellent legal representation.”
Having laid down a strong foundation early in her legal career, Carson moved to Love Lacks & Paule, a boutique firm with a strong family law practice. Once exposed to the practice area of family law — her first such case involved registering a divorce in St. Louis that had been obtained in Japan — Carson knew that it was the field for her.
But Carson had inherited a strong entrepreneurial streak , and in 1995 she established her own firm in Clayton. In the 16 years since she has enjoyed a thriving practice, representing spouses and parents, as well as numerous children through guardian ad litem appointments.
Those varied legal experiences on all sides of family law cases give her clients a distinct advantage. “I understand the strengths and weaknesses of my client’s case,” Carson says. “Using that knowledge, I can guide them to the best outcome possible.”
In addition, her firm’s focus on family law matters — divorce, child support, child custody, adoptions, guardianships and other domestic matters — require Carson to be well versed in established law and on top of the latest decisions coming out of the Missouri courts and aware of new statutes being passed by the Missouri Legislature. Clients can relax in the knowledge that this is not someone who is just learning the law.
To promote her practice and give back to the profession, Carson regularly shares her experience at legal seminars and conferences for lawyers and judges. Her guest articles have appeared in numerous publications.
Carson is proud of her firm’s reputation for excellence. “After 20 years of practice focused primarily on family law, I know how to help my clients think their way out of a problem. I often meet people during some of the worst times of their lives and help them move ahead.”
Saint Louis University School of Law, juris doctor, cum laude, 1986
Ripon College, bachelor of arts, cum laude, 1983
Carson has spoken at continuing legal education seminars sponsored by:
University of Missouri–Kansas City
University of Missouri–Columbia
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
National Business Institute
Land of Lincoln Bar Foundation
Volunteer and Board Memberships
- Caring for Kids, past board member
St. Louis County courthouse accessibility ad hoc committee
Kids in the Middle, past board member
Friends of Heritage House, past board member
- Ellisville Parks Board, past member