The St. Louis County Circuit Court is comprised of twenty-one (21) Circuit Judges, fourteen (14) Associate Circuit Judges and eight (8) Commissioners. Each judge and commissioner is assigned to a specific division, except for the Probate Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner.

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Honorable Ellen W. Dunne

Associate Circuit Judge, Division 39

Family Court and Juvenile

Ellen W. Dunne was appointed associate circuit judge in December, 2016, by Gov. Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1983, and her Juris Doctor cum laude from the Saint Louis University School of Law in 1990.

Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Dunne was engaged in the private practice of law, concentrating in general civil, commercial and employment litigation. She worked at the firm of Riezman & Blitz, P.C. from August 1985 to May 1998, and at the Padberg Law Firm and Lowenbaum Partnership from May 1998 to December 2000. From 2000 to 2017 she worked at Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C.

Judge Dunne is a member of the Catholic Church, the Missouri Bar, St. Louis County Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Women Lawyers' Association and Illinois Bar Association. She serves on the board of the Women Lawyers' Association, the Guardian Angel Settlement Association and is a volunteer at the USO of Missouri.

She lives in St. Louis County with her family.

Division 39 uses video technology for all matters including, settlement conferences, motion hearings and trials.

All video matters will be by WebEx and for the link to Division 39 click on the link contained in the box to the right of the screen. All matters in Division 39 may be accessed by the link.

For rules regarding video conferencing appearances and hearings in St. Louis County, please review Administrative Order 43

If parties and/or attorneys need to schedule a matter in Division 39 you may sign up by use of the acuity link or contact the Division 39 clerk at (314) 615-1539.

All matters will be heard via the Webex app. You and/or your attorney will be able to participate by using a laptop or computer with a webcam or your smart phone to access the hearing. You must use a device which will allow you to be visible to the court. Below is the information you will need to join the meeting. Before entering the meeting, you must type in your full name before you can join the hearing. Please join the hearing at least 5 minutes before the designated time in that the virtual hearing time slots are for a specific period of time. Please mute your microphone upon entry to the meeting.

Prior to the hearing, please be sure to download the Webex app, ensure that your video camera works, and rename your Webex username to your full name.

Webex Information:

You may join Division 39 proceedings by entering the Courtroom via Webex by:

* URL:
* Meeting Number: 146 840 8770 ( and "join" the meeting)
* Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388 (tolls apply); enter Meeting Number: 146 840 8770

Recording or creating images of any portion of Court proceedings is strictly prohibited by the Missouri Supreme Court, by Local Rule 9.5, and by standing Order of this Division.

Beginning March 15, 2021, Zoom is no longer being used for order of protection hearings. All order of protection cases are being heard remotely by Webex. You can access Webex by going to or downloading the Webex app on your smart phone or tablet.

As we transition between the two dockets of Division 39 and Division 20, Judge Dunne and Judge Donnelly would like you to know the following:

1. Judge Dunne will be keeping any cases that have post-trial motions.
2. Judge Donnelly will not try a case until there has been a pre-trial conference. If you have a trial setting any time between
March 2-April 10, you need to come in for a pre-trial conference. During the first two weeks of March, Judge Donnelly will be holding Settlement Pre-trial Conferences as follows:
1) March 2, 8:30-Noon and 1:30-4:00
2) March 3, 8:30-Noon and 1:30-4:00
3) March 4, 8:30-Noon and 1:30-4:00
4) March 9, 8:30-Noon and 1;30-4:00
5) March 11, 8:30-Noon and 1:30-4:00
6) March 13, 8:30-Noon
If you have a Settlement /Pre-trial Conference on one of the days listed, you should come in at your scheduled time. If you do not have a Settlement Conference scheduled but wish to see Judge Donnelly, you do NOT need to sign up, just come at a time convenient for all the attorneys on your case at the times listed above.
Please call the Clerk, Athalia Harrell, in Division 20 at 615-1520 or the Clerk, Sandy Lenzner, in Division 39 at 615-1539 if you have questions.

Thank you.

Courtroom: 102
Floor: 1 South
Allen Mitchell
Phone: 314-615-1539
Fax: 314-615-0141

WebEx Meeting Link:

Call in number:  1-408-418-9388  (tolls apply)
Meeting number:   146 840 8770

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