Lawrence Mooney

Hon. Lawrence E. Mooney (Ret.)

JAMS Arbitrator, Mediator, Neutral Evaluator, Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Lauren Smith
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Hon. Lawrence E. Mooney (Ret.) joins JAMS in St. Louis following over 21 years of distinguished service as a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, including a term as chief judge. 

From 2015 to his retirement, Judge Mooney served as his court’s settlement judge, screening all civil matters filed with the court in an effort to find opportunities for settlement prior to adjudication. Judge Mooney won consistent praise from both the court and litigants for his ability to identify alternatives to litigation and to work with parties to settle dozens of matters set for appeal.

Believing that it is never too late for settlement, Judge Mooney excels at helping even firmly entrenched parties find fresh avenues for agreement.           

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Former settlement judge for the Missouri Court of Appeals, with a recognized track record of working with parties to settle live litigation
  • Consistently praised on the bench for his timely, high-quality work product and fair treatment of parties; sat by designation on the Supreme Court of Missouri
  • Served as chair of the Judicial Finance Commission, a body established by the Missouri Legislature to resolve budget disputes between judicial circuits and counties
  • Community leader with decades of service to economic development and the arts in the St. Louis metropolitan region

Representative Matters

  • Blanks v. Fluor Corporation, 450 S.W.3d 308 (Mo. App. E.D. 2014): Reviewed a $358-million verdict in a 180-page opinion, affirming in part and reversing and remanding in part
  • Mello v. Davis, 182 S.W.3d 622 (Mo. App. E.D. 2005): Reversed an award of attorneys’ fees, employing both legal principles and humor in reaching its conclusion
  • Missouri Soybean Association v. The Missouri Clean Water Commission, 102 S.W.3d 10 (Mo. banc 2003)
  • While sitting as a special judge on the Supreme Court of Missouri, authored the majority opinion, which affirmed and modified the dismissal of a challenge to the Missouri Clean Water Commission’s decision designating the Mississippi and Missouri rivers as impaired waterways
  • At JAMS, handled a billing dispute arbitration between a hospital and an insurance company.
  • Honoree, Missouri Lawyers Media ICON, 2021
  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • Legal Pioneer, Bar of Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL), 2021
  • Hall of Fame, Order of the Fleur de Lis, St. Louis University Law School, 2020
  • President’s Award, Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference, 2014
  • Warren Welliver Award, Missouri Lawyers’ Assistance Program, 2014
  • Human Rights Award, Outlaw (LGBTQ+ Student Organization), 2003
  • Jurist in Residence, St. Louis University School of Law, 2003
  • Member of the Board, Metropolitan Employment and Training Center, 2000–2003
  • Member of the Board, Buzz Westfall Charitable Foundation, 2004–2012
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Laumeier Sculpture Park, 2001–2012; Secretary, 2008–2012
  • Member of the Board, National Conference for Community and Justice, St. Louis, 2001–2008
  • President, Food Outreach, 1996–1998; Member of the Board, 1995–2001
  • Board Member, The Leadership Center of Greater St. Louis, 1994–1996
  • Member, Community Action to Prevent Violence Steering Committee, 1994–1996
  • President, St. Louis Film Office, 1995–1997; Member of the Board, 1995–1998
  • Member, Criminal Justice Review Committee, 21st Judicial Circuit, 1993–1998
  • Member, World of Difference Institute Advisory Board, Anti-Defamation League, 1998
  • Director, St. Louis Community Partnership, 1998
  • Graduate, Leadership St. Louis, 1992–1993
  • Member, Regional Health Care Task force, 1992
  • Member of the Board, Tennessee Williams Festival, St. Louis, 2015—present
  • Member of the Board, Valley Farm Dairy Company, 1979–1990
  • Member:
    • American Bar Association
    • Missouri Bar Association
    • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
    • Lawyers’ Association of St. Louis
    • St. Louis County Bar Association
    • Lawyers for Equality


  • Missouri, 1974
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 1977
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1978
  • Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, 1998–2019
    • Chief Judge, 2002–2003
    • Chair, Judicial Finance Commission, 2003–2019
    • Member, Treatment Courts Coordinating Commission, 2002–2019
    • Settlement Judge, 2015–2019
    • Member, Committee on Practice and Procedure in Municipal Division Cases, 2016–2019
    • Member, Missouri Circuit Realignment Task Force, 2017–2019
  • Executive Assistant to County Executive Buzz Westfall, 1991–1998
  • Harvard University, Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, 1991
  • First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, St. Louis County, 1979–1990
  • Associate; Padberg McSweeney, Slater, Merz & Reid; 1978–1979
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, St. Louis County, 1975–1977
  • J.D., St. Louis University School of Law, 1974
  • A.B., History, St. Louis University, 1971

Counsel Comments

    • "Judge Mooney is one of the most well-known and well-liked judges to have ever served on the Court of Appeals…Out of all his work here at the Court I would like to single out one particularly important contribution. For years, Judge Mooney has served as the settlement judge. His tireless efforts and steady hand have resulted in dozens of cases being resolved by agreement of the parties prior to opinion. For that and all his other service, the judges of the Eastern District will be forever grateful."

      - Chief Judge Colleen M. Dolan
      Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, July 10, 2019 [PRESS RELEASE]

    • "He did a wonderful job and I will be using him exclusively for any future mediations."
    • "Thank you for your tremendous work in helping us get the matter resolved. My clients and I truly appreciate your assistance."
    • "Thank you for the great job you did in bringing this case to resolution. My clients were extremely impressed with your handling of the matter and asked that I convey their thanks to you."



Practice Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Business & Commercial
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Estates/Probate/Trusts
  • Governmental/Public Agency
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Pharmaceuticals/Mass Tort
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate & Real Property
  • Special Master/Discovery Referee
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