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Tana Sanchez Benner

Tana Benner is an attorney with Columbia Family Law Group, LLC. She has been working in family law matters exclusively for more than 7 years. She began her law practice by serving as the court-appointed guardian ad litem in child orders of protection cases, providing her with extensive experience in working with the legal issues involving children, particularly in cases of abuse and neglect. Supported by this solid foundation, she now focuses her practice in adoption law, custody cases, and guardian ad litem work, representing parents and children in cases of divorce, custody modification, child support, and guardianship cases in probate court.

In law school, she was a member of the Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review and was published in the journal for her note, "Waving Good-Bye to Environmental Laws." She was selected to participate in the Family Violence Clinic at the University of Missouri where she represented victims of domestic violence under the supervision of Professor Mary M. Beck. Currently, she is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Boone County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Women's Network through the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and Emerging Professionals in Columbia. She lives in Columbia with her husband Nicholas and their son Cohen.

Tana was recently accepted and is participating in Leadership Columbia 2014. This is a select group of 30 business leaders in the community who participate in a 6-month course through the Columbia Chamber of Commerce to learn more about their community. The topics include leadership, social services, education, government, transportation, and community service. She will be participating in this program through June of 2014. In May of 2014, Tana made national headlines when she successfully represented her client in the first same sex divorce case in Missouri history. Visit our blog to learn more about the case.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Adult Abuse
  • Custody Cases
  • Adoption Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • ABA-approved Paralegal Certificate, Denver Paralegal Institute

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 2010

Education

  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
    • J.D. - May, 2009
    • Law Review: Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review, Associate
    • Law Review: Waving Good-Bye to Environmental Laws, Law Review Note
  • University of Northern Colorado
    • B.A.
    • Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Missouri Bar Association, Member
  • Boone County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Birk & Birk in Jasper, Indiana, Legal Assistant
  • Indiana and Dague & Buck in Muncie, Indiana, Paralegal

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