Judge Paul Wilson was appointed to the Supreme Court of Missouri in 2012. Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, Judge Wilson served as circuit judge in Cole County from January-December of 2010 and as Assistant Attorney General from 1996-2008. From 1994 to 1996 and again from 2011 to 2012, Judge Wilson was in private practice. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Drury College and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.
Judge Wilson is a member of The Missouri Bar and of the United States Supreme Court, and is a past member of the Cole County Bar Association and the Boone County Bar Association. He is also an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City.
Judge Wilson received the Ray Marvin Award from the executive committee of the National Association of Attorneys General in 2002.
Attorneys who responded to survey questions rated Judge Wilson on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 representing “Strongly Disagree” and 5 representing “Strongly Agree.” He received his highest marks for: punctuality (4.28); attentiveness to the arguments of all parties in oral argument (4.17); writing opinions that follow an applicable standard of review for the case (4.12); and attentiveness to the differing opinions of colleagues during oral argument (4.11). Responders described Judge Wilson as diligent, thoughtful, intelligent, conscientious, fair and respectful.
The committee also reviewed Judge Wilson’s written opinions. Those opinions are well-reasoned and follow Missouri law.