Hon. Jon Sweeney
31st Judicial Circuit Court
Judge Sweeney is a retired circuit court judge for the 31st Judicial Circuit (Greene County), serving since his appointment as associate circuit judge in 1984 and his appointment as circuit judge in 1990. He served nine years as presiding judge. Judge Sweeney has tried over 300 jury trials. He served the judiciary of the state in a variety of committee positions.
Since retirement, he has conducted over 300 mediations and arbitrations as well as trial consultation and expert witness assignments. He has served on four cases as a special judge to the Supreme Court of Missouri and one for the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District. He is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals.
Judge Sweeney received the Spurgeon Smithson Award from The Missouri Bar in 2007. He also received the Judicial Excellence Award from the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Wall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Kansas Army ROTC.
Judge Sweeney was born in Pittsburg, Kansas and attended the University of Kansas for both his undergraduate and law degrees, where he was an editor of the Law Review. Between degrees, he was a First Lieutenant in the U. S. Army, serving one year in Vietnam.