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Deborah Carter Dearing has earned an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for her professionalism and ethics.

Deborah concentrates her practice in the real estate, business law and estate planning areas. In her early years of practice, Deborah was with the St. Louis law firm of Thompson & Mitchell (now known as Thompson Coburn). She was a partner there when she left to join Dearing & Hartzog on January 1, 1992. She has extensive experience in real estate matters, including property acquisitions and sales, refinancing and leasing. Deborah has worked with many businesses in connection with their formation, acquisitions and dispositions, mergers and reorganizations, and other general corporate and business matters. In addition to her real estate experience and her work with small businesses, Deborah also assists individuals with their estate planning needs, including the drafting of trusts, Wills and powers of attorney.

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

  • Missouri, 1983
  • Washington University, J.D. 1983 – Order of the Coif; Member, Editorial Board, Washington University Law Quarterly, 1982-1983
  • Kentucky Wesleyan College, B.A. 1979 – Summa Cum Laude
Associations & Memberships
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
Community Involvement
  • Kentucky Wesleyan College
    • Member of Board of Trustees (Executive Committee Member)
  • Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
    • Member of Board of Trustees
  • Habitat for Humanity, St. Louis
    • Past: Member of Board of Directors and General Counsel, 2000-2006
    • Present: Chairperson of Law Committee, 2006–
  • Grace United Methodist Church, St. Louis
    • Has served as Chairperson of Administrative Board, Lay Leader, Missions Team Chair, and in many other leadership positions
    • Sings in Chancel Choir