Judge Mark A. Styles, Jr. was appointed to the bench as Circuit Judge on July 26, 2016 by Governor Jay Nixon.
Mark A. Styles, Jr. was first appointed to the bench as Deputy Probate Commissioner on October 3, 2014 by Circuit Judge Kathleen A. Forsyth of the Probate Division. At the time of his appointment, Commissioner Styles was a senior associate attorney with the Hardwick Law Firm. His practice included handling decedents’ and guardianship and conservatorship estates. He was appointed by the Court to serve as counsel for respondents and other parties to matters pending before the Court. His background also includes working for the Public Administrator’s Office of Jackson County where he handled conservatorship and decedent estates dealing with complex real property, probate, Medicare/Medicaid compliance, and constitutional and contractual issues.
Judge Styles received a Juris Doctorate degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas in 2004. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2001.