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Patrick J. Connaghan

Of Counsel

"Given my background with the probate court, I bring a unique perspective that can help those navigating tough issues to find the most beneficial solutions.”


  • Missouri


J.D., cum laude, Saint Louis University School of Law, 1983

B.A., Philosophy, Cardinal Glennon College, 1975


Patrick Connaghan is a highly respected legal professional who previously served as the Probate Commissioner and Clerk of the Probate Division for the 22nd Judicial Circuit, which covers the City of St. Louis, from 2007 to 2022. In this role, he was responsible for administering and overseeing probate cases, including the management of trusts, estates, and guardianships, as well as hearing civil commitment cases involving mental health and addiction issues. He brings the deep knowledge and experience gained from his time at the probate court to help clients resolve issues in an effective manner and navigate difficult situations.

Before his appointment as Probate Commissioner, Patrick’s long and distinguished career in public service included 12 years as General Counsel for the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen. There, he was responsible for providing legal advice and representation to the board and its members, as well as drafting legislation and serving as a liaison to the city’s operating departments.

Professional Affiliations

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Past President of the Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Isabella Horton Grant Guardianship Award from the National College of Probate Judges, 2014
  • 2009 Fellow, Advanced Science and Technology Adjudicated Resource Project-ASTAR (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges President’s Award, 2011, 2016, and 2021

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