W. Brent Powell 16th Judicial Circuit (Jackson County)


100% of the Committee voted Judge Powell substantially MEETS overall judicial performance standards.

21 Committee members voted “MEETS”
0 Committee members voted “DOES NOT MEET”


Circuit Judge

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Circuit Judge W. Brent Powell was appointed to the 16th Judicial Circuit in Jackson County and took the oath of office Feb. 15, 2008.

Judge Powell is a native of Springfield, Missouri. He completed his undergraduate degree at William Jewell College, and received his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1996.

Following law school, Judge Powell began his legal career at Lathrop & Gage in Kansas City, Missouri. In the fall of 1997, he took a position as an assistant prosecutor in the Platte County Prosecutor’s office. In 2001, he began working as an assistant United States attorney in the Kansas City office. During his tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he served as the chief of the General Crimes Unit and executive assistant United States attorney.

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Survey Results

2016 Lawyer Survey Results – Judge Powell

2016 Jurors Survey Results – Judge Powell

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Family law cases have been removed to protect the privacy rights of the parties involved.

Past Year Evaluations: 2010