August 2017

New Magistrate Judge for Western District of Missouri: Willie J. Epps, Jr.

Willie J. Epps, Jr. was recently selected to serve as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Missouri. He is located in Jefferson City and he began serving on the bench on July 17, 2017.
Judge Epps received his undergraduate degree with honors from Amherst College in 1992 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1995.
He began his legal career as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps. He concurrently served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for four years and went on to work as an Assistant Special Counsel for Senator John C. Danforth on the Waco Investigation.
Following that, he was named chief compliance officer at Charter Communications. For seven years he was a partner at the firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, Missouri. He then became a partner at Dowd Bennet in St. Louis. During this time his practice focused on personal injury, product liability, and federal criminal defense.
Prior to this appointment, Judge Epps was Associate General Counsel and Head of Litigation at Edward Jones in St. Louis. There he was responsible for all lawsuits, arbitrations, and complex disputes involving the firm and led a team of in-house litigators and investigators.
In addition to his legal practice, he has served on the Teaching Faculty for Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop since 2012. Also, he has served as general counsel, pro bono, for the Missouri State NAACP and has served on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri.