Ellen H Ribaudo 21st Judicial Circuit (St. Louis County)


The 21st Judicial Circuit Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee recommends that Judge Ellen H. Ribaudo BE RETAINED.


Associate Circuit Judge

Evaluation Year



Judge Ribaudo was appointed to the associate circuit bench in July 2009. This is her first retention election.

Judge Ribaudo earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton and law degree from St. Louis University School of Law, where she served as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Ribaudo had extensive experience in criminal law, having practiced with the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office and in private practice. Judge Ribaudo is a member of the Women Lawyers Association, The Lawyers’ Association of St. Louis, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.


Judge Ribaudo’s highest marks from the practicing bar are in the areas of maintaining proper order and courtroom decorum (4.61 out of 5) and demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench (4.57). The lowest scores received by the judge were in the areas of weighing all evidence fairly and impartially (4.30 out of 5), and stating reasons and consistently applying the substantive law when ruling on dispositive motions (4.30 out of 5).

Seven jurors responded to a juror survey, and all jurors responded positively.

The committee also reviewed an Order and Judgment written by Judge Ribaudo and found the ruling to be very well-reasoned, concise and consistent with case law cited therein.