•  J.D. from St. Louis University cum laude in 1976
  • B.S. from Loyola University in Chicago
  • Mediation training with Association of Attorney Mediators and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1994
  • USA&M Mediator Training, 2008
Hon. Joan Burger


Judge Burger served as a Circuit Judge for the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit for thirteen years (1995-2008).  Before becoming a judge, she practiced law for nineteen years; first as a prosecutor in the city of St. Louis for four years, then as a solo practitioner in the general practice of law. Judge Burger served as a hearing officer for the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners 1980-1994. In 2011, Governor Jay Nixon appointed her as Chair of the St. Louis Board of Elections, where she served for five years. Judge Burger’s practice included representing plaintiffs and defendants in several jurisdictions in the St. Louis area. Judge Burger is a mediator in St. Louis and the surrounding counties.


  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • Women Lawyers Association, Past President
  • Missouri Bar
  • Leadership St. Louis
  • Member of the Board of Directors for Arch-City Defenders
  • Member of Board of Directors, Monsanto YMCA
  • O’Fallon Park YMCA Board
  • Tutor with Oasis
  • Board of Directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Board of Directors of St. Louis Forum
  • United Way Admissions Committee and Venture Grant Committee