Raymond W. Gruender

2006 Distinguished Young Alumni Award

GruenderRaymond728.jpgThe Honorable Raymond W. Gruender, B.S.B.A. '84, M.B.A. '87, J.D. '87, has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit since June 2004.  From May 2001 until May 2004, Judge Gruender served as the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, overseeing 60 assistant United States attorneys.  He was selected to serve on the Attorney General Advisory Committee.  Previously, as an assistant United States attorney, he prosecuted fraud and public corruption matters.  Judge Gruender spent nine years in private practice, first as an associate at Lewis, Rice & Fingersh and later as a partner at Thompson Coburn.  He represented plaintiffs and defendants in an array of civil and criminal matters. 

While in law school, he served on the Washington University Law Quarterly and was a member of the Order of the Coif.  He is a member of the School of Law's National Council.  Active in civic affairs, Judge Gruender was both president and member of the Board of Directors of A.L.I.V.E., which is dedicated to eliminating domestic violence and to serving its victims.  He currently serves on the allocations committee of the St. Louis Variety Club, from which he received the 2003 Have a Heart, Lend a Hand volunteer award.  Judge Gruender also is a past director of the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis. 

He resides within a block of Washington University with his wife, Judy, and his two Dalmatians. 

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