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Deborah Carter Dearing

Deborah Carter Dearing,

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. 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) and was a partner there when she left to join her family’s small firm in early 1992. She has extensive experience in commercial real estate matters, including property acquisitions and sales, refinancings 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.

The small family firm with respect to which Deborah was a principal prior to joining Riezman Berger on 1/1/2024 was also honored as one of the Best Firms in St. Louis by Small Business Monthly in 2018, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate
  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning


Juris Doctorate
Washington University

Bachelor of Arts
Kentucky Wesleyan College


Order of the Coif; Editorial Board
Washington University Law Quarterly

Summa Cum Laude
Kentucky Wesleyan College

Member Alpha Chi Honor Society and Order of Oak & Ivy
Kentucky Wesleyan College


  • Missouri Bar
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbel

Civic & Charitable Involvement

Kentucky Wesleyan College
Board of Trustees (Executive Committee) (2014-present)

United Methodist Church
Board of Trustees of Missouri Annual Conference (2020-present)

Habitat for Humanity
Member of Board of Directors and General Counsel (2000-2006)
Chairperson of Law Committee (2006-2015)

Grace United Methodist Church
Chair of Missions & Community Ministry; Chancel Choir

Ready Readers Volunteer


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