Mary J. Browning

Ms. Mary J. Browning specializes in family law. She has a unique combination of litigation experience along with an understanding of the government agencies and systems that direct family and child welfare. Mary is committed and diligent. Mary could be described as a courageous attorney possessing both integrity and tenacity.


Ms. Mary J. Browning is a passionate advocate for the children and families of Mid-Missouri. Ms. Browning has served on several committees, including the Children’s Justice Task Force, the Boone County Child Fatality Review Panel, the Boone County Interagency on Child Abuse & Neglect. She is a former Chair of the State Child Fatality Panel. She has also been involved in drafting legislation for Missouri’s compliance with the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) and some provisions of Title IV-E of the Social Security Act (foster care).  She is an active member of her church community.

Mary J Browning
Bar Admissions

Missouri Bar Association
Admitted October 9, 1987
Cole County Bar


Juris Doctorate Degree
University of Missouri, Columbia
May 1987

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
University of Missouri, Columbia
May 1984


Sole Practitioner, Mary J. Browning Law Firm focusing in family law, August 2003 to Present
Associate Director/Change Agent, Department of Social Services, June 2001 to August 2003
General Counsel, Department of Social Services, June 1996 to February 2003
Director of Legal Services, Department of Social Services, June 1997 to June 2001
Deputy Director, Division of Legal Services (Litigation Section), Department of Social Services, October 1993 to June 1996
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Boone County Prosecutor’s Office, September 1990 to October 1993
Assistant General Counsel, Department of Revenue, November 1988 to September 1990
Staff Attorney, Department of Social Services, March 1987 to September 1988