The Honorable Charles E. Atwell of the 16th Judicial Circuit retired from the bench earlier this month. After 16 years in the judiciary, Atwell joins Foland, Wickens, Eisfelder, Roper & Hofer, P.C. Most recently, Atwell served as the Presiding Judge for the Jackson County Circuit Court. During his judicial tenure, Atwell was recognized as the “Best Circuit Judge” by Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly in 2007 and appointed by The Missouri Supreme Court to serve on several committees during the tenure of his service.
Atwell has been a regular instructor at the Missouri Judicial College dealing with civil and criminal trial issues. He has been a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy since the early 1980s teaching extensively at the Midwest Regional in Chicago, Illinois and also at the National Sessions in Boulder, Colorado. He has also presented seminars at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Missouri Bar, Missouri Prosecutors Association, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. During his 16 years of service as Judge, Atwell tried a number of complex cases in such areas as securities fraud; products liability; commercial fraud and contract disputes; medical malpractice and antitrust. Atwell will now focus on mediation and arbitration work while also being involved in civil and criminal litigation and representation regarding corporate and business investigations.
Atwell is a graduate of the University of Kansas and University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Following his graduation, he worked in the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri and was a Partner in the law firm of Wyrsch, Atwell, Mirakian, Lee & Hobbs, P.C. before his appointment to the bench.