ST. LOUIS (Oct. 1, 2018) — Judge Rex M. Burlison, whose docket this year has included several high-profile and complex civil cases and the pretrial criminal case of former Gov. Eric Greitens, has received the annual Chief Justice’s Circuit Judicial Excellence Award.
Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Zel M. Fiscer presented the award during a breakfast session of the joint annual meeting of The Missouri Bar and the Judicial Conference of Missouri September 27, 2018, at the Hilton St. Louis Ballpark Hotel.
In his remarks, Fischer cited Burlison’s management of several civil cases involving women who allege that they developed ovarian cancer after using talc-based baby powder manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. In addition, he noted that the former governor had asked to waive his right to a jury and have Burlison alone adjudicate criminal charges against him. Burlison denied the motion. Prosecutors dismissed the charges during jury selection for the trial.
Burlison, 64, was appointed to the 22nd Judicial Circuit bench on August 9, 2011, by Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon.
After graduating from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1979, he was in private law practice from 1980 until 2000.
From 1991 until March of 2000, Judge Burlison served five terms as an elected alderman for the City of Cottleville, Mo.
In March of 2000, he was appointed an Associate Circuit Judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit by Gov. Mel Carnahan.
In 2001, Burlison was appointed chief counsel of the Eastern District of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. He served in that capacity until 2009, when Gov. Nixon appointed him director of the Office of the Governor, Eastern Region.