Gov. Jay Nixon today appointed St. Louis attorney and Creve Coeur Municipal Judge Joseph L. Walsh III as a Circuit Judge for the 21st Circuit, which includes all of St. Louis County. The position became available after the retirement of the Honorable Larry L. Kendrick from the bench.
"Judge Walsh brings to the bench a strong combination of experience in litigation as an attorney and in judicial matters as a Municipal Judge," Gov. Nixon said. "That experience will enable him to ably serve the people of St. Louis County."
Joseph Walsh has been in private practice in St. Louis for 24 years, including the last 15 years as a solo practitioner, handling general civil trials and appeals. In addition to his private practice, he has served as Municipal Judge for the city of Creve Coeur since 2003, and previously was Municipal Judge for the city of Frontenac. In his private practice, he performed pro bono legal services for indigent clients in the St. Louis area for several years through both the St. Patrick Center and Guardian Angel Settlement.
A Missouri native, Judge Walsh received his law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, in 1984. He practiced law with a Houston law firm before moving to Missouri in 1986. Judge Walsh has been active in Creve Coeur civic organizations and in his church parish.
Judge Walsh was one of three applicants submitted to the Governor for consideration by the Twenty-first Judicial Circuit Commission under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan.
The appointment of Joseph Walsh is the second appointment of a circuit judge in St. Louis County made by Gov. Nixon this week. On Wednesday (May 12), the Governor named Associate Circuit Judge Douglas R. Beach as a circuit judge of the 21st Circuit.