St. Louis County Courts Division 16
Assistant Presiding Judge
Floor: 4 North
Civil and Criminal
Michael D. Burton was appointed circuit judge on Feb. 16, 2004, by Gov. Bob Holden.
He received his B.A. in government from the University of Notre Dame in 1982, and his law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1985.
From 1985 until 1989, Judge Burton was as an assistant public defender for the Special Public Defender's Office, serving St. Louis and St. Louis County. He practiced law from 1989-1999 with the law firm of Margulis, Grant, Burton & Margulis, P.C. He was a guardian ad litem for the St. Louis County Family Court from 1995 to 1999, when he was appointed associate circuit judge.
From 2008-2012, Judge Burton served as the St. Louis County Family Court Administrative Judge, and chaired the St. Louis County Domestic and Family Violence Council. He currently is an alternative treatment court judge in St. Louis County's Drug, DWI and Mental Health courts. He chairs the Missouri Supreme Court's Commission on Battling Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence and the Criminal Justice Committee of St. Louis County Circuit Court.
Judge Burton is involved in numerous community and volunteer activities. He is the president of Join Hands ESL, Inc., in East St. Louis, and co-founder of its Boys Club and Teen Boys Club. He volunteered as a truancy court judge for the Ferguson-Florissant School District from 2000 to 2008. He is past president and co-founder of the Alumni Association for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, and served on its board of directors from 2003 to 2008. He was a parish council member and chairman of the St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church from 1998 to 2001, and was a mentor for the St. Louis Association for Retarded Citizens from 1991-2008.
In 2013, Judge Burton received the Spirit of Justice Award from the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; the Champion for Change Award from A Woman's Place, and the Community Superhero Award from Voices for Children/Court Appointed Special Advocates. In 2011, he received Washington University School of Law's Distinguished Young Alumnus Award and the first Ellen Cowell Leadership Award from the Missouri Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Judge Burton also received the Special Recognition Award from Legal Advocates for Abused Women (2009); Children's Advocacy Award from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (2007); St. Louis University School of Law's Clarence Darrow Award for Public Service (2006) and the Legacy Award (2005) from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri.
Judge Burton has been an adjunct professor of law at Washington University School of Law since 1997, and at St. Louis University Law School since 1992. He has been a judicial instructor at the Missouri Judicial College since 2000, and an adjunct judicial instructor at the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges since 2008.
He is a member of Mary Queen of Peace and St. Vincent DePaul Parishes. He belongs to the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the St. Louis County Bar Association.
Judge Burton lives in St. Louis County with his family.