St. Louis County Courts Division 16

Circuit Judge

Courtroom: 281
Floor: 2 North
Court Reporter:
Brenda Wade
Mike Thompson
Phone: 314-615-1541
Fax: 314-615-5783

Virginia Lay

Family Court

Virginia W. Lay was appointed Associate Circuit Judge on April 1, 2019 and Circuit Judge on November 5, 2021 by Governor Michael L. Parson. She received her B.A., with honors in American Studies and English from Columbia University in 1990 and her law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1993. From 1993-1997, Judge Lay served as an Assistant Circuit Attorney in St. Louis. She was an Assistant Prosecutor for Jackson County, Missouri in Kansas City, after which she handled civil and criminal cases on behalf of the Attorney General for the State of Missouri. Judge Lay was in private practice from 2002-2017, handling a diverse civil defense caseload, including employment and municipal matters. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law, teaching Civil Pretrial through Settlement. From 2012-2019, Judge Lay served as a Special Assistant Circuit Attorney, handling white collar cases for the Missouri Division of Employment Security. Judge Lay serves on the Executive Board and chairs the Governance Committee of Unleashing Potential. She is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and its Criminal Practice and Procedure Committee, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Women Lawyers' Association of Greater St. Louis and the St. Louis County Bar Association. Judge Lay lives in St. Louis County with her family. Division 16 uses Webex for any SPECIFICALLY set remote hearings. Webex can be accessed at all phone app stores and at Any remote hearing shall be accessed by: ; Meeting Number: 146 052 7013 Dial in: 1-408-418-9388 Access code: 146052 7013 Or simply click the link: