May/June 2006 issue

New Judge for E.D. Missouri: Charles (Sketch) Rendlen III


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit chose Charles (Sketch) Rendlen III to become a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. He was sworn in on May 23, and his investiture ceremony will take place on July 28. He fills the vacancy left by Judge James Barta who retired on January 31, 2006.

Charles E. Rendlen was born in 1950. He graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree from William Jewell College in 1972. He received his law degree in 1976 from the University of Missouri - Columbia, where he also did graduate work in Economics and Accounting.

After graduating from law school, he joined the Rendlen Law Firm in Hannibal, Missouri, a practice his family founded in 1901. There he focused on bankruptcy, real estate, alternative dispute resolution, health law, and workers’ compensation.

In June of 2003, he was appointed U.S. Trustee for Missouri, where he has served until this appointment to the federal bench. At the time of his appointment he and his wife, Susie, were living in Columbia, Missouri. They recently relocated to St. Louis. Welcome, Judge Rendlen!