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Preeminently rated, delivering high-quality, cost-effective legal services to the St. Louis community since 1968

St. Louis General Civil Practice Firm Has Been Delivering High-Quality, Cost-Effective Legal Services for More Than 50 Years

Dearing Batten & Bauer LLC repeatedly has been voted as one of the Best Law Firms in St. Louis by Small Business Monthly, including in 2021, 2022, and 2023

Principal practice areas include estate planning and probate administration, real estate law, business law and civil litigation

Dearing Batten & Bauer LLC (formerly Dearing & Hartzog, L.C.) is a general civil practice law firm serving the St. Louis community since 1968. The firm’s attorneys have assisted thousands of individuals and businesses with a variety of legal issues. Dearing Batten & Bauer LLC is located in Clayton (St. Louis County), Missouri and represents clients throughout the St. Louis area. The professional staff of Dearing Batten & Bauer LLC  currently is composed  of three “principals,” Theodore D. Dearing, Deborah Carter Dearing, and Elaine M. Bauer.  Katie Wactor is the firm’s administrative assistant. Dearing Batten & Bauer LLC’s general civil practice includes, but is not limited to, the following areas of the law:

  • Wills, trusts and powers of attorney
  • Probate administration
  • Guardianships and conservatorships
  • Commercial and residential real estate
  • Business formation and business contracts
  • Buying and selling of small businesses
  • Business and other civil litigation
  • Probate and estate litigation

Clayton law firm with a solid reputation

Dearing Batten & Bauer LLC (formerly Dearing & Hartzog, L.C.) was established in 1968 by James E. Dearing, Jr. (1928-2001) and Robert L. Hartzog (1937-2015). The attorneys at Dearing Batten & Bauer LLC take great pride in delivering high-quality, cost-effective legal services.

Missouri attorneys able to assist at any stage of your business

The lawyers at Dearing Batten & Bauer LLC can help you regardless of the status of your business. They assist new business owners in choosing the appropriate entity, help with a wide variety of business agreements and issues related to the operation of existing businesses, and assist owners buying and selling businesses. If you have a business issue that requires the knowledge and skill of a lawyer you can trust, contact the attorneys at Dearing Batten & Bauer LLC

Contact a general civil practice firm with many years of experience

Contact a law firm with a reputation you can trust to represent you today. Call the offices of Dearing Batten & Bauer LLC in Clayton, Missouri at 314-863-2700 or contact the firm online.

The attorneys at Dearing Batten & Bauer LLC serve clients throughout St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and the greater St. Louis metro area.


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  • St. Louis County (Clayton) Office
    211 South Central Avenue
    Suite 200
    St. Louis, Missouri 63105
    Phone: 314-863-2700