John J. Riley
John J. Riley served as a Circuit Judge for the State of Missouri in the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, City of St. Louis, from 1995 until his retirement in 2017. He was appointed to the Bench in 1995 by then-Governor Mel Carnahan and was the Presiding Judge for the Twenty-Second Circuit in 2005 and 2006. He was retained in office by the voters 5 times prior to his retirement in 2017.
John grew up, and continues to reside, in the Shaw Neighborhood of The City where he is an active community member. He received both his undergraduate Degree and Law Degree from Saint Louis University. Prior to serving as a Judge, John engaged in the general practice of law as a partner with Barnes, Schwendinger, Riley and O’Reilly. He served as municipal judge for the City of Wilbur Park and the City of Blackjack. Before completing law school, he worked as a casualty claims adjuster.
He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U. S. Army in 1997 after serving 26 years as a Military Police officer.