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
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.
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.