Gaertner appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals
Missouri: Governor Jay Nixon has appointed Gary Gaertner Jr. to the Missouri Court of Appeals. Gaertner is filling the seat opened by Judge Booker T. Shaw when he retired. He was one of three candidates nominated by the Missouri Appellate Judicial Commission to fill the vacancy.
Nixon said of the appointment:
"Judge Gaertner has proven his judicial ability over the past nine years, sitting on the Circuit Court of the state's largest county and ably presiding over trials that were often complex, difficult and high-profile. He also brings several years' experience as a successful federal and state prosecutor to the appellate bench. I am confident Judge Gaertner will be an asset to the Eastern District Court of Appeals, and I am pleased to select him to serve on this Court."
Gaertner graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1990 with his law degree. He graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Business in 1987 with a degree in economics. Gaertner was an associate with the law firm of Bryan Cave until he joined the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office in 1992. He was with the Circuit Attorney's Office until 1995 as an assistant prosecutor. After that, Gaertner worked for the United States Department of Justice as an assistant U.S. attorney for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Gaertner entered the judiciary in July of 2000 when he joined the 21st Judicial Circuit for St. Louis County. He presided over the St. Louis County probate court from January 2008 until his elevation to the Missouri Court of Appeals in 2009.