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Deborah Carter Dearing

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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.

Practice areas


  • 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

Biographical details

  • Born Burkesville, KY

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.

Community involvement

  • Kentucky Wesleyan College
    • 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
    • Chairperson of Administrative Board
    • Served as Lay Leader and in various other leadership positions
The attorneys at Dearing & Hartzog, L.C. serve clients in Clayton and St. Louis City, Missouri & throughout St. Louis County and the greater St. Louis metro area.