2001 Distinguished Young Alumni Award
Audrey Fleissig, JD ’80, is a United States district judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. Before her appointment to the bench, Fleissig was the first woman to hold the post of United States attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. As the United States attorney, she formed a regional Computer Crimes Task Force and served a leadership role in numerous community-based programs focused on reducing violent crime and addressing the issues of hate crimes and neighborhood revitalization.
Engaged in the practice of law for more than 20 years, Fleissig graduated magna cum laude in 1976 from Carleton College in 1976 and in 1980 from Washington University School of Law, where she served as a member of the Washington University Law Quarterly and was elected to the Order of the Coif. As a third-year student she also clerked for Judge Edward Filippine, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. From 1991 to 1999 Fleissig served as assistant United States attorney, where she prosecuted criminal white-collar cases. She was the head of the bankruptcy fraud coordination group and a member of the National Bankruptcy Fraud Working Group.
Before joining the office of the United States attorney, Fleissig practiced for 11 years with the St. Louis firm of Peper, Martin, Jensen, Maichel and Hetlage. As a partner in litigation at the firm, she concentrated in business, commercial and bankruptcy litigation, school law, and class actions, primarily in the federal courts. She has been a speaker at numerous programs on trial practice, appellate practice, and bankruptcy fraud. Fleissig has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, president of the Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis, and a member appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court and the Missouri Bar to the Gender and Justice Implementation Committee.
An adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law since 1991, Fleissig teaches Pretrial Practice & Procedure and Trial Advocacy. She is married and has two children, Matthew, age 12, and Rachel, age 15.