Lisa S Van Amburg Missouri Court of Appeals - Eastern District


The Appellate Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee recommends that Judge Lisa S. Van Amburg BE RETAINED.

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Judge Lisa S. Van Amburg was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals in 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Washington University and her law degree from Saint Louis University.

Before her appointment to the Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri, Judge Van Amburg served as a circuit judge in the 22nd Judicial Circuit (City of Louis) from 2003-2012.  Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was in private practice at several different law firms.

Judge Van Amburg is not currently formally engaged in civic, charitable or religious activities.

Her activities in the legal community include membership in the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Lawyers Association of St. Louis, and the American Bar Association. She is an adjunct professor at the Washington University School of Law and an occasional lecturer and panelist at the Saint Louis University School of Law. She completed a New Appellate Judges course at New York University and an Advanced Appellate Judicial Skills course at the National Judicial College.


On The Missouri Bar’s 2014 Appellate Court Evaluation Survey, attorneys who responded to survey questions rated Judge Van Amburg on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 representing “Strongly Disagree” and 5 representing “Strongly Agree.”

Judge Van Amburg received her highest scores for: being punctual for proceedings (4.48); being attentive to the arguments of all parties during oral argument (4.44); being attentive to the differing opinions of colleagues during oral argument (4.33); writing opinions that are clear (4.21)’ and writing opinions that adequately explain the basis of the court’s decision (4.20). Judge Van Amburg was not rated below a 4.00 in any category.

The committee also reviewed opinions written by Judge Van Amburg. Those opinions appeared to be in accordance with constitutional and statutory law. Her opinions, whether majority or dissenting opinions, describe in detail the legal basis for her opinions.