Meet the Attorneys at Marler Law Partners

Our team is comprised of real, down-to-earth people who are easy to talk to, but at the same time are fierce advocates, bringing a wealth of knowledge for all your legal needs.

Sara L. Marler

After completing her undergraduate degree at Maryville University – St. Louis, law school took Sara Marler to Boston. She attended New England University Law School, where she graduated cum laude and Top 10% of her class. It was Sara’s sense of hometown and community that brought her back to Missouri.

A respected attorney once told her “Caring makes this job hard, but caring is what makes you good at what you do,” and she’s kept those impactful words with her over the years. Sara is a compassionate advocate, having been the voice of children, victims of abuse, and people that are simply trying to hold on to what’s most dear to them. Within that compassion is a skilled, very capable attorney who will be exactly what’s needed in the courtroom.

Sara is the Managing Partner of Marler Law Partners. While she has the ability and does work on many of the varying cases through the firm, she lends a majority of her expertise to Family Law cases.

When she is not practicing law, Sara can be found trying to keep up with her three children.

Ramona A. Gau

Ramona Gau graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hannibal LaGrange University. It was actually a very specific, negative incident during her time that helped her make
the decision between being a police officer and being a lawyer. Seeking to live out the concept her dear Mother instilled in her, that if “you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life”, Ramona went on to the University of Missouri- Columbia Law School. There she had the distinguished honor of placing in the Moot Court Top 10.

Because she understands that attorneys typically meet people going through especially hard times, she lives by the Golden Rule, to treat others the way you want to be treated.

As a Criminal Defense Attorney, one advantage Ramona has is her time spent as a prosecuting attorney. This gives her the unique understanding and insight of how the prosecutor may build their case, making her a formidable opponent.

When she’s not practicing law, she’s enjoying her family; most notably cheering on her two daughters as they play basketball.

Denise Gabel

After growing up in in south St. Louis County, Missouri, Denise Gabel received both her undergraduate and J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After law school, Denise served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Phelps County Missouri, then joined the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. In her fourteen years in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Denise handled a large variety of cases across the state of Missouri, eventually serving as a leader in the state’s Child Support Unit for five years before joining the Governmental Affairs Section as Deputy Chief Counsel.

After a successful career in public service, Denise is ready to use her expertise to help everyday people get the legal help they need for their families. With ten years of experience working with the Missouri Family Support Division, she can help you navigate the child support system with confidence.

Through the years, Denise has put her dedication to helping families to good use. Since 2012, she has served on the Supreme Court of Missouri’s Committee on Access to the Family Courts. She is also the chairperson for the Forms Subcommittee, which writes the domestic relations forms which are used by all self-represented litigants in Missouri.

When Denise isn’t practicing law, Denise enjoys spending time with her family and baking.

Erica Kentch-Herbek

A Saint Louis University School of Law (which she entered as a Dean’s Scholar) graduate, Erica has provided outstanding counsel to clients in personal injury, business and real estate matters, probate issues, traffic violations and the full spectrum of family law matters.

Erica is a lifelong resident of the Jefferson County area and in addition to her J.D., holds a B.A. in Psychology and Liberal Studies from Maryville University and an M.A. in Education from Missouri Baptist University. Prior to entering law school, Erica taught on the high school level for three years.

After graduating from law school, Erica launched her legal career at an established law firm in Hillsboro, Missouri. When she isn’t practicing law, Erica enjoys watching her daughter play volleyball, traveling, reading and horseback riding.

Kristi Flint

Kristi Flint is a smart and tireless advocate for her clients.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Texas Tech University in 1997 and earned her Juris Doctorate in 2003 from Saint Louis University School of Law.

Kristi brings extensive trial experience to the Firm, with 10 years as a domestic violence prosecuting attorney in both Missouri and Illinois and over 50 criminal jury trials.

Kristi has a reputation in the legal community for being a relentless force in her pursuit of justice; likewise, her clients benefit greatly from Kristi’s extensive knowledge and tenacity.  She has worked extensively in both Missouri and Illinois courts. In addition to her work advocating for clients, Kristi provides expert legal analysis to local news stations and newspapers.

When not working, Kristi enjoys spending time traveling with her daughter, hunting, and fishing.

Linda Freeman

Born and raised in Eureka, Missouri, Linda Freeman returned home to the St. Louis area after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia to attend law school at Washington University.  Linda was immediately drawn to the most vulnerable in the legal system and began her career at the Public Defender’s office fighting for children in the juvenile justice system.  That path led her several places, spending time as a criminal defense attorney and a prosecutor, advocating passionately for clients as well as victims.  That passion has extended into her fight for her family law clients, combining her fierce advocacy with her desire to protect the most vulnerable.

Linda’s understanding of the difficult and complicated situations her clients are facing as well as her compassion allows her to effectively represent her clients through what is often an incredibly difficult and emotional process.

With 15 years of courtroom experience, including jury trials, motion hearings and everything in between, Linda’s knowledge of the judicial system and litigation talents make her a powerful force in the courtroom.

When she’s not practicing law, you’ll most likely find her trying to keep up with her two teenage daughters or exploring the culinary scene in the St. Louis area.

Amy Harms

Growing up in a military family, Amy Harms moved every few years and gained invaluable knowledge of and care for people from all walks of life. She lived in Colorado, Georgia, Texas, New Jersey, Vermont, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Florida, earning her B.S. from Florida State University before settling down in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2012 to attend Saint Louis University School of Law as an 1843 Scholar. She received her J.D. in May 2015 and became a member of the Missouri Bar that September.

Amy assists clients with family law matters, aware that family– whether biological, legal, or chosen– is an essential part of everyone’s life. Her goal is always to have open, honest communication with clients about what they’re experiencing and how she can best help clients to address and resolve their concerns. Amy has extensive experience working with clients whose cases involve sensitive considerations like domestic and sexual violence, addiction, and mental health struggles, intentionally focusing her practice on these special cases. She understands how important it is for clients to feel seen and heard by their attorneys, the judges presiding over their cases, and the other parties, including the Guardian ad Litem, if one is assigned, and she is ready to help clients tell their stories in the way and to the extent that each individual client is comfortable.

In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her spouse, their young child, and their cat, fixing up their Victorian brick home, and getting to Forest Park and its many attractions with her family as often as possible.

Cayla Sinamon

Cayla Sinamon has been the right-hand to Sara Marler since 2012. She started her legal career with Marler Law Partners as a Paralegal and that role evolved into becoming the Firm’s Practice Manager. She is responsible for managing payroll, overseeing client invoicing, and supervising all non-attorney staff members. She also manages opening and closing of all new client files, oversees client payments, handles Human Resources and developing and maintaining firm processes and procedures. She works in conjunction with the Front Office Legal Assistant to ensure that any and all client and vendor concerns are dealt with in a timely manner.

Cayla graduated from Jefferson College in 2010 with an Associate of Art’s Degree with an emphasis in Criminal Justice and from Hickey College in 2012 with an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies. She is also a certified Notary Public for the State of Missouri.

Cayla has lived in the St. Louis area her entire life and now resides in Fenton, Missouri with her husband and sons. She enjoys camping and traveling with her family—especially to Tennessee where she actually met and married her husband.

Cayla said that she “likes working for Marler Law Partners because it feels like being part of a family—there is always someone to talk to or bounce ideas off of and you get to help fight for people during the worst times of their lives. Everyone that works here is great and we truly enjoy spending time with one another. I also like how my job has developed over the years and continues to develop. There are always new challenges and projects to work on and every day is truly different from the one before.”

Brenda Eckhoff

Brenda joined Marler Law Partners in October 2016 and works in our Farmington office. She is an experienced Paralegal who was worked extensively in the legal field during her professional career over the last thirty-six years. Brenda’s role is integral in supporting her assigned attorneys with all of their cases. She drafts pleadings and motions, files them with the court, notifies clients of upcoming court dates/deadlines and keeps client’s apprised of all pertinent case information. Brenda has extensive contact with clients, attorneys, and court staff. Brenda’s nickname is the “Judge Maker” because she has worked for many attorneys who have gone on to become Judges namely the Honorable Patricia Riehl, the Honorable Katherine Hardy-Senkel, and the Honorable Scott Schrum.

Brenda is a certified Notary Public for the State of Missouri.

Brenda began her legal career with Brunson Hollingsworth and Patricia Riehl in 1985. Brenda loves to assist and engage with clients and she takes pride in getting to know clients and teaming up with them through their difficult times.

Brenda lives in Old Mines, Missouri and has been on various Boards over the years, such as the Kingston K14 School Board and the Great Mines Health Center Board. She has two adult children.

Dawn Yates

Dawn has been a member of Marler Law Partners since June 2019. Dawn brings a dynamic perspective to her role as Front Office Legal Assistant as she was once a client of Marler Law Partners. Dawn is the face of our firm—she is the first person our clients often meet and speak to over the phone—she handles our front desk at our Farmington office and also handles all of our intake calls for potential clients. She also opens all of our new client physical and virtual files, handles client invoicing and payments and is effectively the right-hand to our Practice Manager. Her hard-working mentality and positive attitude have helped her position advance quickly within the company and she truly helps keep all the balls in the air.

Dawn graduated from Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Missouri in 2018 with her Associates Degree in History. She is a certified Notary Public for the State of Missouri.

Dawn said that what she likes best about MLP is “We are all ready to help each other at any second of any day. We are one big team and everyone has each other’s backs. I enjoy the general attitude of the Firm and that we are all able to hangout and enjoy time together outside of work, but still able to work together and get things done during the workday.” When asked about the best part of her job Dawn said she “likes getting to interact with clients and help them in any way that I can, to get them through their hard times. I also enjoy the fast-paced environment and that every day is something new.”

Dawn is originally from O’Fallon, Missouri but currently lives in Cadet—a small town near Potosi, Missouri. She enjoys spending time with her family and her kids, traveling, and reading books.

Dianne Lee

Dianne joined Marler Law Partners in June 2022. She has worked in the legal field for over fifteen years focusing her career on high-conflict Family Law litigation. She has an extensive background in litigation support and is an asset to the MLP team. Dianne handles all calls for her assigned attorneys and serves as backup for new client intake. She is also responsible for drafting and filing correspondence and pleadings, general office administration, scheduling, and trial preparation.

Dianne began her legal career in 2006 as a file clerk while finishing college. One of the partners took Dianne under his wing and taught her about family law.  She says this is where her love of everything “family law” got started.

Dianne and her husband live on a mini farm in Bonne Terre and have eight kids, seven horses, six chickens, five grandchildren, four dogs, two cats, two pot-belly pigs, and one parakeet.

In her spare time, she barrel races and runs poles at local fun shows.  In 2021, she started competition cow sorting which is now her favorite thing to do in the whole world.

Amanda Diamond

Amanda earned her B.A. from University of Missouri-Columbia, Honors College, in
2011. She holds a Major in Psychology and Minor in Multi-Cultural Studies. She is
currently completing her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, at Maryville University St. Louis, with an additional training in vocational rehabilitation and disabilities.

Amanda is a former Middle School Teacher that shifted her focus to healthcare, where
she has spent nearly a decade. As a mental health care provider, she has experience
working with adults, adolescents, and their families, has been trained as a trauma-
informed provider, and is knowledgeable and understanding of working with disabilities.

As your Client Advocate, Amanda’s approach is to work alongside you. She creates a
safe space for you, allowing you to feel guided, supported, and empowered. You are
worthy of unconditional acceptance, regardless of your current struggles or personal
circumstances. Amanda will meet you where you are and understands that authentic
connection and compassionate care is a true catalyst for solution-focused change.


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