08 Judge Gary M. Gaertner

Judge Gary M. Gaertner Jr.
Judge Gary M. Gaertner, Jr.

Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District

Dates of Judicial Service:

  • Appointed in 2000 as Circuit Judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit of Missouri; Retained in 2002 and 2008;
  • Served as Probate Judge 2008-09 for the 21st Judicial Circuit of Missouri;
  • Appointed in 2009 to Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, retained in 2012 for a 12-year term expiring December 31, 2024.


  • Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, Saint Louis University School of Law, 1990
  • B.S., Economics, Magna Cum Laude, Honors Program, Saint Louis University, 1987

Prior Employment:

  • U.S. Department of Justice-U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Federal Prosecutor; Chair, Insurance Fraud Task Force, 1995-2000
  • St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office, Assistant State Prosecutor, 1992-1995
  • Bryan Cave, Associate, Attorney, 1990-1992
  • Stifel Nicolaus & Co., Registered Stockbroker, 1987-1988

Professional Memberships:

  • The Missouri Bar
  • The Illinois Bar
  • St. Louis County Bar Association
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Lawyers Association of St. Louis
  • The American Bar Association

Civic and Charitable Activities:

  • Board Member and Secretary, The Crusade Against Crime, Medal of Valor
  • The Missouri Bar, Legislative Review Subcommittee
  • Member, Catholic Church

Awards and honors:

  • The Benjamin F. Edwards III Memorial Award, Matthews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club, 2013
  • Served as a Special Judge for the Missouri Supreme Court, March 1, 2005 and December 16, 2009
  • Boys and Girls Town of Missouri, Board of Directors 2000-2009
  • St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, 2001
  • Council Member, Young Lawyers Division of the Missouri Bar, 1998-2001
  • The John C. Shepherd Professionalism Award, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 1999
  • Special Achievement Award, U.S. Attorney’s Office, 1997
  • Awarded Membership, Alpha Sigma Nu Scholastic Society, SLU Law School, 1990
  • Awarded Childress Scholastic Fellowship, SLU Law School, 1987-90
  • Awarded Thomas J. White Family Fellowship For Public Service, 1988-1990
  • Member, Saint Louis University Law Review, 1988-89

Additional information:

  • Born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Married with seven children