Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed George E. Wolf of Kansas City as Circuit Court Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit, which covers Jackson County. Wolf will replace Judge Brent Powell, whom Governor Greitens appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court earlier this year.
George Wolf has more than 30 years of experience litigating complex civil cases as a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City. In 2000, Wolf obtained the top defense verdict in Missouri. He obtained his law degree from Northwestern University and his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri.
Wolf has been a leader in his firm. He has chaired the firm’s division of 200 general litigation attorneys for eight years and served four terms on the firm’s executive committee. In 2016, Wolf received the firm’s Mosaic Award in recognition of his efforts to advance diversity and inclusion at the firm.
For the past 10 years, Wolf has served on the Board of Commissioners for the Port Authority of Kansas City, Missouri, serving as the Board chair since 2012. Wolf also has served on the boards of the Downtown Council of Kansas City and the Kansas City Streetcar Transportation Development District, as well as in various leadership positions in Second Presbyterian Church. In 2015, Ingram’s recognized Wolf as one of the “50 Missourians You Should Know.”
“I am excited to appoint George Wolf to the Jackson County circuit bench,” Gov. Greitens said. “George has had a distinguished legal career in private practice and has been a leader both in his firm and in the Kansas City community. He will be an excellent addition to the Jackson County courts.”