Circuit Judge W. Brent Powell was appointed by Governor Matt Blunt to the 16th Judicial Circuit in Jackson County, Missouri, and took the oath of office on February 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-Columbia School of Law in 1996. While in Law School, he was an editor for the Missouri Law Review and served as President of the Student Bar Association and a student law clerk for Missouri Supreme court Judge Elwood Thomas. 

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 US Attorney’s Office, he served as the Chief of the General Crimes Unit and Executive Assistant United States Attorney.