Gov. Jay Nixon today announced the appointment of Christopher E. McGraugh (muh-GRAW) to serve as an Associate Circuit Judge on the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, which covers the City of St. Louis. He will fill a vacancy on the circuit created by the appointment of the Honorable Michael F. Stelzer as a Circuit Judge.
McGraugh is a principal with Leritz, Plunkert and Bruning, a St. Louis law firm he has been with since 1992. Prior to joining the firm, he was a public defender for five years, including serving as lead counsel for the capital litigation unit of the Eastern District of the Missouri State Public Defenders Office. McGraugh has served on the board of directors of the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry and also has served on other boards and committees through the Missouri Bar. He obtained both his undergraduate and his law degrees from Saint Louis University.
"Christopher McGraugh will bring skills and experience in both civil and criminal law to the bench in St. Louis, and I am pleased to appoint him from a panel of well-qualified nominees," Gov. Nixon said.
McGraugh was one of three applicants submitted to Gov. Nixon for consideration by the 22nd Circuit Judicial Commission under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.