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John J. Riley
Of Counsel

John J. Riley served as a Circuit Judge for the State of Missouri in the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, City of St. Louis, from 1995 until his retirement in 2017. He was appointed to the Bench in 1995 by then-Governor Mel Carnahan and was the Presiding Judge for the Twenty-Second Circuit in 2005 and 2006. He was retained in office by the voters 5 times prior to his retirement in 2017.

John grew up, and continues to reside, in the Shaw Neighborhood of The City where he is an active community member. He received both his undergraduate Degree and Law Degree from Saint Louis University. Prior to serving as a Judge, John engaged in the general practice of law as a partner with Barnes, Schwendinger, Riley and O’Reilly. He served as municipal judge for the City of Wilbur Park and the City of Blackjack. Before completing law school, he worked as a casualty claims adjuster.

He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U. S. Army Reserve in 1997 after serving 26 years as a Military Police officer.


St. Louis Univeristy

Bachelor of Arts

St. Louis University School of Law

Juris Doctorate



Awards and Honors

  • Circuit Judge, 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri (City of St. Louis) 1995-2017 (Retired)

  • Presiding Judge, 22nd Judicial Circuit 2005 and 2006

  • Member, Missouri Judicial Finance Commission 2010 – 2015

  • Member, Editorial Board 2007 Missouri Trial Judges Bench Book/Criminal

  • Member, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

  • Certified Mediator

  • Member, FBI St. Louis Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association

  • Member, Army Reserve Officers Association

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