St. Louis County Courts Division 16

Circuit Judge

Presiding Judge

Courtroom: 485
Floor: 4 North
Court Reporter:
Brenda Wade
Pete Bommarito
Phone: 314-615-1516
Fax: 314-615-7657

Michael Burton

Treatment Court

Michael D. Burton was appointed circuit judge on Feb. 16, 2004, by Gov. Bob Holden. He was appointed an associate circuit judge by Gov. Mel Carnahan on Apr. 19, 1999. He received his B.A. in government from the University of Notre Dame in 1982, and his law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1985. From 1985 until 1989, Judge Burton was an assistant public defender for the Special Public Defender's Office, serving St. Louis and St. Louis County. He practiced law from 1989-1999 with the law firm of Margulis, Grant, Burton & Margulis, P.C. He was a guardian ad litem for the St. Louis County Family Court from 1995 to 1999. The St. Louis County judges elected Judge Burton to be the Circuit's Presiding Judge in March, 2020 and again in October, 2020 (for a term that ends in December, 2022). From 2008-2012, Judge Burton served as the St. Louis County Family Court Administrative Judge. He chaired the St. Louis County Domestic and Family Violence Council from 2008 to 2012 and from 2015 to 2020. In 2016, Judge Burton became the Circuit's first full-time alternative treatment court judge, presiding over the Drug, DWI, Veteran and Mental Health courts. From 2016 to 2020, he chaired the Missouri Supreme Court's Commission on Battling Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence. Judge Burton is involved in numerous community and volunteer activities. In 1991, he and his wife started Join Hands, ESL, an organization that offers various programs to youth from East St. Louis, IL housing projects. Judge Burton has been the president and founder of the organization's Boys Club since 1991. He volunteered as a truancy court judge for the Ferguson-Florissant School District from 2000 to 2008. He is past president and co-founder of the Alumni Association for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, and served on its board of directors from 2003 to 2008. He was a parish council member and chairman of the St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church from 1998 to 2001, and was a mentor for the St. Louis Association for Retarded Citizens from 1991-2008. In 2018, the American Bar Association gave Judge Burton its Judith Kaye Award for Judicial Excellence (which recognizes one judge in the country who embodies the New York State's former chief judge's commitment to victims of domestic and sexual violence). In 2013, Judge Burton received the Spirit of Justice Award from the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; the Champion for Change Award from A Woman's Place, and the Community Superhero Award from Voices for Children/Court Appointed Special Advocates. In 2011, he received Washington University School of Law's Distinguished Young Alumnus Award and the first Ellen Cowell Leadership Award from the Missouri Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Judge Burton also received the Special Recognition Award from Legal Advocates for Abused Women (2009); Children's Advocacy Award from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (2007); St. Louis University School of Law's Clarence Darrow Award for Public Service (2006); the Legacy Award (2005) from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri; and the Missouri Bar's Tom Cochran Community Service Award (2004). Judge Burton has been an adjunct professor of law at Washington University School of Law since 1997 (teaching Evidence and Trial Advocacy), and at St. Louis University Law School since 1992 (teaching Trial Advocacy and Pre-Trial Practice). He has been a judicial instructor at the Missouri Judicial College since 2000, and an adjunct judicial instructor at the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges since 2008. He is a member of Mary Queen of Peace and St. Vincent DePaul Parishes. He belongs to the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the St. Louis County Bar Association. Judge Burton lives in Webster Groves with his family.

Division 16 uses video technology for all matters including, settlement conferences, motion hearings and trials. All video matters will be by WebEx and for the link to Division 16 click on the link contained in the box to the right of the screen. All matters in Division 16 may be accessed by the link. For rules regarding video conferencing appearances and hearings in St. Louis County, please review Administrative Order 43 If parties and/or attorneys need to schedule a matter in Division 16 you may sign up by use of the acuity link or contact the Division 16 clerk at (314) 615-1516. All matters will be heard via the Webex app. You and/or your attorney will be able to participate by using a laptop or computer with a webcam or your smart phone to access the hearing. You must use a device which will allow you to be visible to the court. Below is the information you will need to join the meeting. Before entering the meeting, you must type in your full name before you can join the hearing. Please join the hearing at least 5 minutes before the designated time in that the virtual hearing time slots are for a specific period of time. Please mute your microphone upon entry to the meeting. Prior to the hearing, please be sure to download the Webex app, ensure that your video camera works, and rename your Webex username to your full name. Webex Information: You may join Division 16 proceedings by entering the Courtroom via Webex by: * URL: or * Meeting Number: 146 052 7013 ( and "join" the meeting) or * Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388 (tolls apply); enter Meeting Number: 146 052 7013

RECORDING IS PROHIBITED Recording or creating images of any portion of Court proceedings is strictly prohibited by the Missouri Supreme Court, by Local Rule 9.5, and by standing Order of this Division.