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Theodore D. Dearing


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Theodore (“Ted”) Dearing has earned an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas

Civil litigation

  • Wills and trusts
  • Probate administration and litigation
  • Guardianships and conservatorships
  • Corporate law
  • Contracts


  • Missouri, 1982


  • Washington University, J.D. 1982 – Order of the Coif
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A. 1979 – Magna Cum Laude; Member Phi Beta Kappa

Associations & memberships

  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar

Biographical details

  • Born St. Louis Missouri
  • Adjunct Professor, Washington University, School of Law, 1984-1986

Although it is somewhat rare in today’s environment, Ted continues to maintain a “general civil practice” and does not specialize in any one particular area. After more than 30 years of practice, this enables him to identify and address many issues clients raise that a specialist might not recognize or be able to resolve. Ted assists both individuals and business clients with a wide variety of civil litigation and other legal issues. He has extensive experience in all aspects of estate administration, including probate estates, guardianships and conservatorships. He can also address general estate planning needs, including the drafting of trusts, wills and powers of attorney. A significant portion of his practice involves working with businesses in connection with their formation, review of contracts and other business issues.


  • Grace United Methodist Church (Chairperson – Board of Trustees)
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children, St. Louis (Chairman – Board of Governors, 2013-2014)
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.