Judge Lisa White Hardwick

Judge Lisa White Hardwick

Lisa White Hardwick

Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District

Dates of Judicial Service:

  • Appointed in January 2000 as a circuit judge in Jackson County (16th Judicial Circuit)
  • Appointed in May 2001 to the Court of Appeals; retained in office at the November 2002 general election and again at the November 2014 general election for a 12-year term expiring December 31, 2026
  • Served as chief judge 2010-2012


  • Bachelor of Journalism, 1982, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Juris Doctor, 1985, Harvard Law School


Prior Employment:

  • Joined the law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon in private law practice in 1985; was a firm partner from 1992 to 1999
  • Elected to the Jackson County Legislature, served from 1993-2000

Professional Memberships and Activities:
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Jackson County Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Association of Women Lawyers
  • Chairperson, Missouri Appellate Practice Committee
  • Ad Hoc Committee for Study of Rule 2, Judicial Conduct Code


Civic and Charitable Activities:

  • Member, St. James United Methodist Church
  • Board of Directors, Community Blood Bank
  • Board of Directors, Swope Community Enterprises
  • Board of Directors, Swope Health Services


Awards and Honors:

  • Up and Comers Award, Kansas City Business Journal
  • 40 Under 40 Award, Ingram's Magazine
  • Listed among the Lawyers of the Year for 2000 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • Woman of Courage Award, Delta Sigma Theta sorority


Additional Information:

  • Born in Kansas City, Missouri