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Michael W. Noble, 51

Circuit Judge, 22nd Judicial Circuit, St. Louis

michael-nobleLaw school: Saint Louis University

For his 50th birthday Judge Michael Noble hiked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim in a single day. Likewise, in his professional role, he has worked diligently to help attorneys surmount the chasms and challenges in their own legal careers by inspiring and mentoring others.

A West Point graduate, he worked in a nuclear weapons detachment coordinating NATO exercises with an Italian brigade before commanding a company of 200 as a captain in the Army Reserve. After graduating law school he worked at Armstrong Teasdale before accepting a job as a Missouri assistant public defender and, later, a drug court commissioner.

In 2013, he was named an associate circuit judge and, two years later, a circuit judge. He is on the faculty of Webster and Emory universities as well as the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. He also assists the Missouri Supreme Court’s Alternate Treatment Courts Committee.

“Judge Noble’s efforts have earned him the respect and gratitude of his superiors, peers, fellow attorneys, the public and his students,” write his nominators.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

My favorite moment as a member of the bench would have to be the first time I presided over a Drug Court graduation. I listened as a graduate, who just a mere 11 months earlier was trapped in his drug addiction, stood up and thanked the police officer who arrested him and the taxpayers who funded the program for saving his life. At that moment, I was overcome with a sense of pride and a feeling of hope.

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

If I am not at work, you can find me fly fishing on a quiet Ozark stream trying to outsmart a finicky brown trout.