Perry County Other Information


Judge Michael E. Gardner

Common Pleas Courthouse
44 North Lorimier
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 335-2802

  • Graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School
  • University of Missouri (B.A., 2001)
  • University of Missouri School of Law (2004)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Lead Articles Editor, Missouri Law Review
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr., Supreme Court of Missouri (2004-2005)
  • Private law practice (2005-2014)
  • Married to the former Kristi Hillman. They have three children.

Memberships
  • Missouri Board of Law Examiners (2013-present)
  • Board of Governors of The Missouri Bar (2012-2014)
  • Young Lawyers' Section Council (2010-2014)
  • Shawnee District Membership Chair, Boy Scouts of America
  • Knights of Columbus, Fr. Marquette Council
  • Cape West Rotary Club
  • St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau


Judge Benjamin F. Lewis


Common Pleas Courthouse
44 North Lorimier
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 335-2802

  • Born in Cape Girardeau, March 17, 1955.
  • Graduate of Southeast Missouri State University (B.A., 1977)
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City (J.D., 1980)
  • Law Clerk, 16th Circuit, 1980-1981
  • Private law practice, 1981-1990
  • Associate Circuit Judge, 1991-1994
  • Member, Layton & Lewis, L.L.C., 1995-2004
  • Married to Debra K. Scholl July 5, 1986

Memberships
  • Southeast Missouri Hospital Board of Trustees
  • President, Hanover Lutheran Church
  • Past-President, 32nd Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • Past-President, Cape Girardeau Lions Club
  • Past District Chairman, Shawnee District, B.S.A., Award of Merit, Silver Beaver Award

  • Elected circuit judge, November 2, 2004.