Practice Areas
Family Law

Joseph Kodner has practiced family law since 2005 and focuses his practice on complex asset divorces, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, modification, paternity, and contempt cases, as well as related appeals. He also drafts highly technical projects, including prenuptial agreements, appellate briefs, summary judgment and legal memoranda.

Joe has spoken and written on a variety of legal topics, both locally and statewide, including at the Missouri Bar Annual Meeting and the Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference. His topics have included the impact of trusts in family law cases, collection strategies, and case law / statutory updates.

In addition to his other publications, he recently co-authored an informational book about divorce law for lay people, entitled A Guide to Divorce in Missouri: Simple Answers to Complex Questions (Addicus Books 2017).

Joe is licensed to practice in both Missouri and Kansas, and is an avid guitar player and collector. He is married to Holly Kodner, and they are the parents of two daughters.


Washington University in St. Louis, J.D., 2003;

  •  Most Outstanding Note of 2003, Global Studies Law Review

Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., East Asian Studies and Anthropology, 1999;

  • Phi Beta Kappa
Community Involvement
  • St. Louis County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Best Lawyers – “The Best Lawyers in America” – Family Law (2020-present)
  • Super Lawyers – “Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars” (2008-2012, 2015-2016)
Publications & Presentations
  • Co-author, “A Guide to Divorce in Missouri “(Addicus Books, 2017)
  • Co-author, Chapter 27 – Conflicts of Law (Missouri Bar Family Law Deskbook, 2012, 2016)
  • Presenter, Missouri Bar Annual Meeting:
    • 2018 – Planning for the Unplannable – Tips for Prenups and Marital Agreements
    • 2017 – Case Law Update for Family Law
    • 2014 – Trusts in Divorce Cases
  • Presenter, Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference:
    • 2012 – Maintenance Issues Facing Divorcing Clients
    • 2010 – Yours, Mine, Ours, & Theirs: Remarriage, Blended Families, and the Impact of the Reconfigured Family on Estate and Trust Issues