Scott C. Trout has more than 30 years of litigation experience and focuses his practice exclusively in family law. Scott’s experience includes extensive work in matrimonial litigation involving child support, spousal support, paternity, property division, complex financial issues, real estate, business interests, and valuation disputes, as well as considerable experience in high-conflict child custody cases. He previously was the CEO of the largest family law firm in the United States.

Scott Trout

Managing Partner

Expertise in Mediation:

With a strong background in mediation, I offer a collaborative approach to resolving disputes, helping you reach amicable settlements while minimizing conflict.

About Scott Trout


Licensed to practice law in Missouri, Illinois, and Georgia

My Journey

Scott has been recognized as one of the leading attorneys in the family law area. He has excellent courtroom presence and is well respected by judges, opposing counsel, and most importantly, his clients. Scott has appeared in all three District Appellate Courts in the State of Missouri, the Missouri Supreme Court, the 5th District Appellate Court in Illinois, as well as the 7th Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals.

"Most children are confused, afraid, hurt, sad, angry, and anxious when they sense or are told about their parents' divorce," he said. "Interestingly, these are the same emotions that their parents often experience during the divorce process.”

He currently sits on the Board of Advisors for Tau Kappa Epsilon, Kappa Nu Chapter in Kansas City, MO, was previously an Executive Board Member for Lawyers for Kids in St. Louis, Missouri, an organization ensuring the safety of children in high-conflict custody disputes, and previously served as the Board President of WCCA in Town and Country, Missouri.

Scott has been recognized by his peers for his professional accomplishments by being previously named a Super Lawyer in Family Law by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers. He was named to The National Advocates Top 100 List, recognizing the Top 100 attorneys in Missouri who serve individuals and families.

He has frequently appeared on national media outlets discussing various issues on divorce, including appearing on The Dr. Phil TV Show about Social Networking and Divorce. He is a prominent speaker and has instructed fellow attorneys in Missouri on numerous Family Law topics. He was named to the St. Louis Business Journal's list of Who's Who in law and joined a panel of family law experts for the Business Journal to discuss various aspects of the divorce process.

Scott has appeared on numerous national radio shows commenting on the role of Facebook and social media, religion, custody, shared parenting, inflation and divorce, division of assets, the biggest mistakes made in divorce, child support, and spousal support. He is the author of several articles, including, "The Role of the Child and Fighting for Custody" and "Drafting Settlement and Separation Agreements." He was quoted in an article by Men's Health Magazine about the 10 most common causes of divorce and wrote an op-ed regarding recent child custody legislation for the American Bar Association's GPSolo eReport.

In addition to his divorce practice, Scott has experience in appellate practice, having briefed and argued appeals throughout all Missouri appellate courts.


Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO. - BSBA Finance Economics/Philosophy - 1990
St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO - J.D. - 1993

Community Involvment

Missouri Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Why Choose Scott Trout?

At Besserman Law, we understand that family law issues can be emotionally challenging and legally complex. That's why I'm committed to providing you with personalized, attentive service. Whether you're dealing with divorce, custody disputes, adoption, or child support issues, I will stand by your side, offering the guidance and support you need.

Expertise in Mediation

In addition to my extensive legal experience, I have a strong background in mediation. Mediation is a key component of my practice, as it provides a collaborative and non-adversarial approach to resolving disputes. I have successfully guided many clients through mediation processes, helping them reach amicable settlements without the need for prolonged court battles. My mediation experience enables me to:
Facilitate constructive communication between parties.
Encourage mutual understanding and compromise.
Develop creative solutions that meet the needs of all involved.
Save time and reduce the emotional and financial strain associated with litigation.
By incorporating mediation into my practice, I help clients achieve favorable outcomes while preserving relationships and minimizing conflict.

Are You Looking for a Family Law or Divorce Lawyer?

Scott C. Trout brings a wealth of experience and dedication to each case, ensuring that you receive the best possible representation during one of the most challenging times in your life. Whether you are dealing with complex financial issues, high-conflict custody battles, or need expert guidance through your divorce process, Scott's extensive experience and compassionate approach will provide the support you need. Trust in his proven track record and respected reputation to help you navigate your family law matters with confidence and peace of mind. Reach out today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards securing your future.
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What Sets Us Apart?

Experience You Can Trust:

With over 30 years in the legal field, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to your case. My background includes handling a wide range of family law matters, ensuring that you're in capable hands.

Comprehensive Services:

From divorce and custody to adoption and paternity, I cover all aspects of family law. My goal is to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your unique situation.

Client-Centered Approach:

Your needs and concerns are my top priority. I believe in open communication and will keep you informed every step of the way, making sure you understand your options and feel confident in the decisions you make.

Let's Work Together.

Navigating family law issues can be overwhelming, but you don't have to do it alone. At Besserman Law, we're here to help you through every step of the process. Let me put my expertise and dedication to work for you, ensuring that you receive the compassionate and effective representation you deserve.

Facing family or divorce issues?

At Besserman Law, we understand that family and divorce matters can be challenging and emotionally draining. Our experienced team is here to provide you with compassionate, professional legal support every step of the way.
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