Barbara L. Sherer, Attorneysherer-law-firm-110

Barbara has been practicing law in the St. Louis Metro East area for over 25 years, concentrating in the area of family law, real estate law, criminal defense and general civil practice.

She completed both her undergraduate degree and Juris Doctorate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. During law school, she clerked on the Court of Appeals in Eastern Missouri and worked at a personal injury law firm.

After graduating, she worked at the Law Firm of Lucco, Brown, and Mudge in Edwardsville, Illinois. Additionally, Barbara was the lead attorney in the Domestic Violence/Child Support Enforcement Unit of the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office for over 2 years.

Barbara opened her own practice in Edwardsville, Illinois in April, 1993. Her practice encompasses being in-house-counsel for Abstracts and Titles, a position she has held for almost 25 years.

Barbara has one daughter who practices in the area of criminal defense in St. Louis, MO. In addition, she volunteers at several philanthropic organizations and is active in her congregation.

While Barbara projects a confident and assertive attitude in the courtroom, her instinctual approach in cases is to attempt a settlement. Her many years of experience have taught her that parties are infinitely happier if they make the decision about the resolution of a case themselves instead of having a Judge decide.


sherer-law-firm-130Kristen Strieker, Managing Associate Attorney

Kristen Strieker is an associate attorney, currently licensed to practice law in Illinois & Missouri.

Ms. Strieker graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Louis University, earning a Bachelor of Arts. While attending SLU, Ms. Strieker was a Dean’s Scholar, and she received the AEJMC Lawrence R. Campbell Research Award for co-authoring a legal research paper published in 2009.

Kristen received her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. During law school, she worked as a Rule 13 Extern for Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry in St. Louis where she represented low-income clients in a variety of family law cases.

Following her admission to the Illinois bar, Kristen worked as an associate attorney for Stange Law Firm, P.C. in Edwardsville practicing family law.

Kristen currently represents clients in various areas of civil litigation, but she has concentrated much of her practice in divorce, legal separation, child custody and paternity, modification, contempt, child support, and adoption cases. Kristen is also a Certified Guardian Ad Litem, as well as a Certified Mediator for the State Of Illinois.

Kristen is married, and she lives with her husband and their two children in Glen Carbon, Illinois.



M. Caitlin Embrich, Associate Attorney

Caitlin Embrich is an associate attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois & Missouri.

Ms. Embrich graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Louis University in 2007, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. While attending SLU, Caitlin worked at Anheuser-Busch and Wachovia Securities and was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Caitlin received her J.D. & MBA (cum laude) from Creighton University in 2010. During law school, she worked as an intern for the Federal Public Defender’s Office and the Douglas County, Nebraska Pretrial Release Program. In these positions, Caitlin worked with criminal offenders to obtain early release from incarceration and assisted offenders with work placement after release.

Following her admission to the Illinois bar, Caitlin worked as an associate attorney for The Law Offices of Susan Parnell Wilson in Belleville concentrating her practice on family law and estate work. Caitlin has represented clients in Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Randolph and Clinton counties.

Caitlin currently represents clients in various areas of civil litigation, but she has concentrated much of her practice on family law issues, probate, will and power of attorney preparation, and evictions. Caitlin is also a Certified Mediator for the State of Illinois.

Caitlin is married, and she lives with her husband and son and daughter in Swansea, Illinois. She is an active member of the Junior Service Club of St. Clair County and has served on the board of directors.


Tara Hannon, Associate Attorneysherer-law-firm-136

Tara Hannon is an associate attorney, currently licensed to practice law in Illinois.

Tara graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois Springfield in December 2013 with a degree in Communications and minors in Criminal Justice and Women and Gender Studies. While attending UIS, Tara was the President of Lamda Pi Eta, an honors communication organization.

Tara received her Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law.  During her time in law school, Tara actually began her legal career as a law clerk for Sherer Law Offices, and was actively involved as a student at SLU Law,  having served as an executive board member of Phi Delta Phi.

Tara is engaged and lives with her fiancé in Columbia, Illinois.



Katie Koebbe, Managing Paralegal

Katie has been the lead paralegal and office manager for Barb since April 2009.

Katie graduated from Southwestern Illinois College with a degree in Paralegal Studies.

Katie assists in all phases of litigation, from inception through discovery and trial. She assists with document examination and management, drafting of pleadings, deposition preparation and trial preparation.

Beyond the office doors, Katie loves to spend time with her husband, young son, family and friends.



Bryttany Buenger, Paralegalsherer-law-firm-145

Bryttany is a full-time paralegal at Sherer Law Offices, and she started with the firm in January 2014.  She has focused much of her experience in domestic relations litigation, real estate and title work, as well as general civil litigation.  Bryttany has worked in the legal field since 2011, and she also has extensive experience helping manage her family’s local business.

As a paralegal, Bryttany is primarily responsible for alll stages of a client’s case, beginning from the initial intake through trial preparation and execution of post-trial documents, such as Qualified Domestic Relations orders and deeds.  Bryttany is also responsible for general case management, client correspondence, and assisting the attorneys with document drafting.  Bryttany has also been assisting the attorneys with the firm’s real estate clients for the past three years.


Bryttany graduated from Edwardsville High School, and she continues to reside in the Edwardsville area.  When she’s not at work, Bryttany is an avid equestrian and enjoys participating in competitions and also running her own equine business.


Erin Hischier, Paralegal

Erin joined Sherer Law Offices in March of 2017, and she is currently a full-time paralegal, working primarily on domestic relations cases and also probate, civil, and real estate work.

Erin graduated from Lewis & Clark with her degree in Paralegal Studies in 2017. Prior to joining Sherer Law Offices, Erin worked at Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen in Edwardsville as a docket clerk.  While she and her husband lived in Missouri, Erin also was the dedicated legal secretary for a partner/shareholder at a general litigation firm in Washington, MO, where Erin gained her initial experience in domestic relations litigation.

Erin grew up in Edwardsville, and she still currently resides in town with her husband, their dog Jersey, and their cat Sugar Bear.  Outside of work, Erin enjoys spending time with her family and taking Jersey to the dog park.