Former federal judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Sr. is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group.

During his distinguished legal career, Stephen has presided over, ruled on and been involved in virtually every aspect of federal law and issues associated with complex business litigation, including antitrust, class action, intellectual property, personal injury, product liability and securities matters. He provides strategic counseling to clients throughout the United States in trial strategy, case assessment, advice regarding jury selection and assessing the value of cases.

Stephen serves as a mentor to the firm’s associates, overseeing preparation of negotiation strategies and trial techniques.


  • University of Missouri School of Law  (J.D., 1951)
  • Southeast Missouri State University  (B.A., 1950)


  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • The Missouri Bar (President, 1982-1983)
  • American Bar Association (House of Delegates, 1987-1991)
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Missouri Supreme Court Rules Committee (1970-1980)
  • American Law Institute (Lifetime Member)
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Federal Arbitration Inc. (Participating Arbitrator) 
  • St. Louis Bar Foundation (President, 2013-2015)


  • The Best Lawyers in America®; Commercial Litigation (1983, 2015-present)
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly ICON Award (2018)
  • Recipient, The William L. Weiss Award, awarded by the Board of Governors of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (June 2012)
  • Recipient, American Inns of Court’s 2010 Professionalism Award for the Eighth Circuit, presented at the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference (August 2010)


From 1983 to 2008, Stephen served as a U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. Prior to being appointed by president Ronald Reagan in 1983, he was in private law practice and served as a prosecuting attorney for Cape Girardeau County, Mo. and city attorney for Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Prior to his legal career, he served in the U.S. Navy and served for one and a half years at the end of World War II.