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.

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 married, and she lives with her husband and their son 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.


sherer-law-firm-153Katie 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 joined the firm in 2014, and she is currently a full-time paralegal. Bryttany is actively pursuing her degree in Paralegal Studies from Lewis & Clark Community College, and she has been working in the legal field since 2011.






Tia Krueger, Paralegalsherer-law-firm-123

Tia graduated from Lewis and Clark in 2010 with an associates degree in Paralegal Studies. She then was offered a paralegal position with the Macoupin County State’s Attorney’s Office, where she worked for 5 years. Tia is also married and has a daughter named Sadie.







Tara Hannon, Law Clerksherer-law-firm-136

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 is currently a third year law student at Saint Louis University, and she is expected to graduate with her Juris Doctor in May, 2017 prior to sitting for the July 2017 Illinois Bar Exam. At SLU Law, Tara was previously a executive board member of Phi Delta Phi. Tara has been working with Sherer Law Offices as a law clerk since August 2015, focusing much on her time assisting with domestic relations litigation cases and appellate work.

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


Ashley Runde, Law Clerk

Ashley is currently in her final year of law school at Saint Louis University School of Law and is expected to graduate in May 2017 with her Juris Doctor.  Ashley also attended Saint Louis University for her undergraduate studies, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

Following graduation from law school, she plans to sit for the Illinois Bar Exam in July 2017. At SLU Law, Ashley is an editor on the Saint Louis University Law Journal. She also recently completed an externship with Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry where she represented low income clients in domestic relations cases, focusing primarily on divorce, custody, and child support matters. Ashley began working for Sherer Law Offices as a Law Clerk in December 2016.

Ashley is married and lives with her husband in Columbia, Illinois


Paige Sparks, Law Clerk

Paige graduated Cum Laude from Lindenwood University in 2015 with a degree in Public Administration and a degree in Political Science. She is currently finishing up her first year at Saint Louis University School of Law, and she is expecting to graduate with her Juris Doctor in 2019. While in law school, Paige participates in Street Law, Criminal Law Society, and the Women’s Law Student Association. Among her personal hobbies, Paige enjoys riding her horse.


Elaine Szedlar, Legal Assistant

Elaine graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelors degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology and a minor in Human Resources Management.  She is currently pursuing an associates degree paralegal studies at Lewis and Clark College.

Elaine is from St. Louis, Missouri and has lived in Edwardsville with her husband and 2 children for 15 years.