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
||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.