St. Louis County Courts

St. Louis County Courts Division 5

Circuit Judge

Courtroom: 382
Floor: 3 North
Court Reporter:
Linda Nichols
Steve Schaper
Phone: 314-615-1505

Thea A. Sherry

Civil and Criminal

Judge Sherry was appointed a Circuit Judge on February 4, 2011 by Governor Jay Nixon. Prior to that, she served as an Associate Circuit Judge, having been appointed by Governor Mel Carnahan in 1998.

Judge Sherry is currently assigned to civil, equity and criminal matters. She previously served as the St. Louis County Family Court Administrative Judge.

Judge Sherry received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of California, Riverside, and her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Gerald M. Smith (ret.), Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, served as an assistant public defender in St. Louis County, and was engaged in the private practice of law until her appointment to the bench.

Judge Sherry is Chair of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, a judicial fellow at the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center (ASTAR), and an Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law. She also served as a judicial instructor at the Missouri Judicial College from 1999-2007. She previously served as a Member of the Supreme Court Family Court Committee (2000-2017), was chair of the St. Louis County Domestic and Family Violence Counsel, and volunteered as a truancy court judge for the Ritenour School District.

Judge Sherry is a recipient of the 2018 Women's Justice Award for public service.

In addition to her Missouri Bar membership, Judge Sherry is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the St. Louis County Bar Association, the Lawyers Association, and is a charter member of the Women Lawyers Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

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