Joel P. Fahnestock Circuit Judge

Joel Fahnestock

Substantially MEETS overall judicial performance standards.

Position: Circuit judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit

Evaluation year: 2022


Hon. Joel Fahnestock was appointed to the bench in 2009 and is circuit judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit. Fahnestock’s judicial assignments include civil, criminal, and domestic rotations.

Fahnestock was assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office; assistant prosecuting attorney for Jackson County; associate for Rouse, Hendricks, German, May and Shank, as well as Shank, Laue & Hamilton; and law clerk for U.S. district judge Scott O. Wright. Fahnestock graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and was admitted to The Missouri Bar in 1994.

Fahnestock is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Federal Bar Western District of Missouri, and Missouri Circuit Judges’ Association.