Sherer Law Offices Team
Barbara L. Sherer
Barbara has been practicing law in the St. Louis Metro East area for over 30 years. She concentrates her practice in domestic litigation, real estate law, and general civil practice.
Barb received both her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. During law school, she volunteered with Legal Services, served as a research assistant to Professors Roy Simon and Susan Appleton, and worked at a personal injury law firm.
After receiving her law degree, Barb was a stay-at-home parent for a year, returning to the legal field in 1989 as a law clerk to the Honorable Kent Karohl on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. After completing her judicial clerkship, Barb worked as an associate at Lucco, Brown, and Mudge in Edwardsville, Illinois, followed by an appointment to the Madison County State’s Attorney Office as lead attorney in both the Child Support Enforcement and Anti-Domestic Violence Divisions.
Barb opened her own practice in Edwardsville, Illinois 26 years ago, in April, 1993, with a focus on family law. In addition to handling all aspects of family law, Barb has a high success rate with her appellate work and working with clients in relocation actions.
Barb volunteers at several philanthropic organizations in the community, including being a member of the board of the Edwardsville Arts Center.
Sherer Law Offices has grown from a single room in a client’s office in 1993 to four locations with five attorneys and support staff. Barb is proud to offer legal services not only for family law, but also criminal defense, real estate, general civil litigation, and probate work. Barb has expanded the firm and services offered in order to address the full scope of her clients’ needs.
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.
M. Caitlin Embrich
Caitlin Embrich is a Junior Partner licensed to practice law in Illinois.
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 Mediator in 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
Sarah Sherer-Kohlburn is a Junior Partner, currently licensed to practice law in Illinois, Missouri and New York and in the Southern District of Illinois.
Ms. Sherer-Kohlburn graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington University School of Law. During law school she was a member of the National Moot Court team as well as the Managing Editor and an Editor in Chief of the Washington University Law Review. Ms. Sherer-Kohlburn was a Dean’s Scholar and received the Judge Amandus Brackman Moot Court Award for appellate advocacy. During law school, Sarah worked as an intern in the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office and as a law clerk at a civil law firm in St. Louis, MO.
Sarah received her B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she obtained a double major in Religion and Women’s Studies, graduating with a Thesis with Distinction.
Following law school, Sarah clerked for the Honorable Tucker L. Melancon in the Eastern District of New York. She then worked as a litigation associate attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York, practicing primarily civil litigation. Prior to joining Sherer Law Offices, Sarah worked on behalf of defendants in criminal cases as an attorney at the St. Louis City Public Defender’s Office. During this time, she tried more than a dozen jury cases. Sarah currently focuses her practice on criminal defense work, representing clients at all stages of criminal proceedings.
Sarah enjoys being involved in her community. She is one of the coaches of the Washington University Moot Court team and is a member of a legal mentoring and development group, the Inns of Court.
Brittany Elliott is an associate attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois.
Brittany received her J.D. from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, graduating in the Spring of 2014. During her time in law school, Brittany was awarded Dean’s List Honors as well as a CALI award for the top grade in Worker’s Compensation. Brittany completed her undergraduate education at Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science.
While attending law school, Brittany worked at the One Place Family Justice Center in Montgomery Alabama, assisting victims of domestic violence. Brittany also interned at a firm focusing primarily on worker’s compensation and personal injury in the Metro East area.
Following law school, Brittany worked as a court appointed guardian ad litem and public defender in Franklin County, Illinois. She then joined Drew Law Group, where she practiced family law and civil litigation.
Brittany has recently relocated with her husband to Edwardsville, and looks forward to serving the surrounding communities.
Jenifer Peck is an associate attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois.
Jenifer received her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law, graduating in the Spring of 2017. Jenifer completed her undergraduate education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in Special Education.
While attending law school, Jenifer worked at the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office in the juvenile, traffic, and felony divisions. Jenifer also worked as a Faculty Fellow alongside Professor Roger Goldman researching issues of law enforcement certification and misconduct. Following law school, Jenifer worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in St. Clair County, Illinois. While there, Jenifer worked in the child support and felony divisions.
Jenifer lives with her husband and three daughters in O’Fallon, Illinois.
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, son and daughter, family, and friends.
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.
MaKenzie joined Sherer Law Offices in May of 2018. She is a full-time paralegal, working primarily on domestic relations cases.
MaKenzie graduated from Southwestern Illinois College with her degree in Paralegal Studies in 2015. Prior to joining Sherer Law Offices, MaKenzie worked at Flint Law Firm, LLC in Edwardsville, Illinois as a Litigation Paralegal.
Outside of work, MaKenzie enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Kathryn initially joined Sherer Law Offices in August of 2018 and returned in November of 2019 after a few months away. She is a full-time paralegal, working primarily on domestic relations cases.
Kathryn graduated from Yavapai College with her degree in Paralegal Studies in 2017. Prior to joining Sherer Law Offices, Kathryn worked at Flint Law Firm in Edwardsville as a Litigation Paralegal.
Kathryn grew up primarily in Northern Arizona and relocated to Edwardsville in 2017. When she’s not at work, Kathryn enjoys hiking, taking her bike out on the trails, and spending time with her dog.
Law school clerk
Erin Busse joined Sherer Law Offices in March of 2019. She is currently a law school clerk, assisting primarily with legal research and writing projects.
Erin completed her undergraduate degree at Loyola University of New Orleans where she earned a double-major in Psychology and English Writing. While at Loyola, she worked full-time as the Assistant the Office of the Dean at Loyola College of Law.
Erin now attends Saint Louis University School of Law and is working toward her Juris Doctorate degree. She grew up in the St. Louis area, and plans to practice family law after obtaining her degree. When not at work or school, Erin enjoys cooking, spending time with her grandparents, and painting.
BILLING COORDINATOR/LEGAL ASSISTANT
Brittany Powell is the Billing Coordinator and one of the Legal Assistants at Sherer Law Offices. She began working at Sherer Law Offices in May 2020.
Brittany studied at Lewis and Clark College. Prior to working at Sherer Law Offices, she was a Legal Secretary handling primarily Personal Injury and Criminal files. Currently, she is in charge of managing client billing and working with clients regarding their accounts.
Outside of work, Brittany enjoys spending time outdoors with her daughter and animals.
Candace joined Sherer Law Offices in May of 2020. She is the Receptionist and a Legal Assistant, working primarily on domestic relations cases.
Candace is currently completing her legal studies degree from St. Louis Community College. Prior to joining Sherer Law Offices, Candace was a legal assistant at Jenkins & Kling, P.C. in Clayton, Missouri where she gained experience in criminal defense, civil litigation & bankruptcy.
When not at work, Candace enjoys the outdoors, graphic design, and spending time with her husband, children & friends!