St. Louis County Courts

St. Louis County Courts
Division 6

Circuit Judge

Presiding Judge

Courtroom: 206
Floor: 2 South
Court Reporter:
Dana Bodenschatz
Carl Tebeau
Phone: 314-615-1506
Fax: 314-615-8280

Douglas R. Beach

Family Court

Douglas R. Beach was appointed circuit court judge in May 2010 by Gov. Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon.

Judge Beach received his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Central Connecticut State University, and his law degree from the New England School of Law in 1973.

He served in the U.S. Marines as a JAG officer and spent three years as a Special Courts Martial Judge. He rose to the rank of Lt. Col. in the Marine Corps Reserve before retiring in 2002.

Judge Beach was in private legal practice in St. Louis for 28 years, listed in the "Best Lawyers in America" from 1991 until his appointment as an associate circuit judge in 2005. He was one of the original incorporators of the City of Chesterfield, and served as its first city attorney from its incorporation in 1988 until he was appointed to the bench.

In 2010, he spearheaded a successful campaign to pass a $100 million county-wide bond issue for the construction of a new Family Court building and major renovation of the existing courthouse. The project was completed on time and under budget in 2017. Additionally, Judge Beach helped establish St. Louis County's first Veterans Treatment Court program in 2015, providing veterans alternatives to incarceration.

In 2017, Judge Beach was elected by his peers as Presiding Judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit. As such, he played a pivotal role in overseeing sweeping reform of the St. Louis County municipal court system, helping ensure that all citizens are treated fairly and equitably. Under Judge Beach's supervision, municipal courts were consolidated for greater efficiency, adopted new professional standards mandated by the Missouri Supreme Court and state law, and took part in comprehensive training for municipal officials, clerks, members of law enforcement, attorneys and judges.

Judge Beach is past president of the St. Louis County Bar Association, and a fellow and past president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a member of the Massachusetts and Missouri Bar associations as well as the Women Lawyers Association and the Hispanic Bar Association. He has served as co-chair of the Domestic Violence Council of St. Louis County, and traveled to Mexico for the U.S. State Department as part of a cultural exchange on issues involving domestic violence against women.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Children's Home Society, the program committee for Kids in the Middle and a certified matrimonial arbitrator. He is a frequent speaker on CLE programs on family law and municipal law, and taught business law at Washington University in St. Louis. Judge Beach is the author of two publications: "Trial Practice in Domestic Relations" and "Division of Marital Property in Missouri".

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