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About the Attorneys

Suzan Ponder-Bates has been an attorney for more than 25 years.  She was identified by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys as one of the Top 100 Family Lawyers for 2017.  Suzan has received similar recognition from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.  She is a prior law clerk for the Missouri Court of Appeals, past President of the Jefferson County Bar Association, and a former member of the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board for the State of Missouri.  Suzan has been recognized by the Missouri Bar Association and the Jefferson County Bar Association for her pro bono legal work for indigent individuals. She is a 2016 recipient of the Gerald R. Ortbals Outstanding Law Practice Award from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.  She is a trained mediator and Guardian ad Litem.


Suzan has appeared in courts in multiple Missouri counties.  She has argued cases before the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District and the Missouri Supreme Court.


Nathan B. Stewart (former Circuit Judge)


A lifelong resident of Jefferson County, Nathan began practicing law in Hillsboro in 1992, after graduating from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.  Nathan was engaged in the general practice of law until 1999 when he was appointed to the Jefferson County Courts as the County’s first Family Court Commissioner. Nathan’s time on the bench stretched from 1999 through 2016, over which time he was elected to be an Associate Circuit Judge and then a Circuit Judge.  During those 18 years, Nathan handled nearly every kind of case possible.  He has developed his legal knowledge and abilities in many areas of the law during his extensive experience as an attorney and Judge


Upon joining Ponder-Bates Stewart Law Offices in 2017, Nathan broadened the base of practice for the firm.  While performing divorces, adoptions, juvenile cases, guardianships and many other family-law related casework, he also has returned to his General Practice roots.  Nathan works with clients whose needs vary from landlord-tenant to estate planning or personal injuries to automobile accidents.  He also represents clients in real estate matters, traffic tickets, and will meet with folks to discuss any type of matter for which they may need advice.


Nathan believes in giving back to the community that he lives and works in.  He volunteers for many events and organizations and belongs to Sons of Amvets, the Elks, Hillsboro Community Civic Club/Jefferson County Fair, and he sits on the Board of Directors for Jefferson County Community Partnership.


Please call Nathan if you have questions about any legal matter.  If he can’t help you, he will refer you to someone who can.

Nathan B. Stewart Suzan Ponder-Bates