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The POWER List 2023: William Ray Price Jr.

William Ray Price Jr. Armstrong Teasdale, St. Louis

William Ray Price Jr. left the Missouri Supreme Court after more than 20 years as a judge to open his appellate practice at Armstrong Teasdale in 2012.

Appointed by then-Gov. Jay Ashcroft to the high court in 1991, Price served as chief justice twice.

Price won a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that favored his client, C.R. Bard, in a long-standing product liability suit over alleged injuries from pelvic-mesh devices. The ruling determined that a state law allowing witness impeachment for past criminal convictions does not extend to corporations.

In 2022, he also represented Jefferson County 9-1-1 Dispatch in its suit against a sales tax statute limiting revenue to emergency services that only affects the county before the Missouri Supreme Court. The court determined that the case wasn’t ripe for an appeal until the trial judge has ruled on all the ways the law is allegedly unconstitutional.

Price earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University in 1978.

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