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Mediator, arbitrator, special master

Michael David

Of Counsel in St. Louis

The Honorable Michael David is a former Circuit Judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit in Missouri with more than forty years of experience. Judge David offers mediation services spanning all areas of dispute except divorce and child custody. This work is an extension of his years of courtroom experience, as well as his interest in promoting the benefits of alternative dispute resolution. He also offers litigation consultation services.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge David tried numerous jury trials during his time as an assistant public defender and, later, while in private practice. At the same time he was practicing with his firm, he also served as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives. While in the House, Judge David served on various committees and chaired the House Committee on Municipal Corporations. In 1989, during his fourth term in office, he was appointed by the Governor to be an Associate Circuit Judge, and then a Circuit Judge less than four years later. Judge David presided over many of the Circuit’s lengthy and more complex cases and served as the Circuit’s Presiding Judge from 2003-2004 after serving as the President of Missouri’s Circuit Judge’s Association (2000-2001).

Since re-entering private practice, the breadth and depth of Judge David’s experience has given him a unique perspective in his current work as a mediator, arbitrator, special master, and trial consultant and he applies that perspective on behalf of clients.


  • Missouri


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1977
  • The National Judicial College, University of Nevado-Reno, 1990, 1991, 2004
    •  Courses in General Jurisdiction (2) and Mediation techniques (1)
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis, B.S.B.A., magna cum laude, 1973

Memberships & Activities

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Lawyers Association of St. Louis
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Circuit Judges Association
    • Secretary-Treasurer, 1998-99
    • President, 1999-2000
  • Missouri House of Representatives, (1983-1989)
    • Municipal Corporations Committee, Chair
    • Judiciary Committee, Member
    • Banks & Financial Institutions, Member
    • Commerce Committee, Member
    • Civil & Criminal Justice Committee, Member
  • The Theodore McMillian Inns of Court, Master and Executive Committee Member

Awards & Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, St. Louis Metropolitan Area, 2021-present
    • Mediation (2021-present)
  • Missouri Lawyers Media ICON Award, 2022


  • Qualified Neutral, State of Missouri 21st and 22nd Judicial Circuit and Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Community Involvement

  • "Motion for Kids" - Annual Participant - for disadvantaged children in foster care