For over six decades, Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Sr. has maintained a distinguished career as a lawyer and judge trying and presiding over cases of enormous importance as well as those of modest consequence. Following a stint in the United States Navy from 1945-1946, Judge Limbaugh earned a Bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 1950 and a J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1951. Following his graduation, Judge Limbaugh joined his father, Rush H. Limbaugh, at The Limbaugh Firm where he maintained a general private practice from 1951-1983. During this time, Judge Limbaugh served as prosecuting attorney for Cape Girardeau County from 1955-1958 and as city attorney for Cape Girardeau from 1964-1968. He was a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates for four years and was elected President of the Missouri Bar in 1982.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan appointed Judge Limbaugh to the federal bench. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 18, 1983 and served simultaneously as a judge of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Missouri and of the United States District Court of the Western District of Missouri. During his time on the bench, Judge Limbaugh tried cases across five states and has set by designation with the fifth, eighth, and eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. After carrying a full load of cases for twenty-five years, Judge Limbaugh retired from the federal judiciary in 2008. Today, Judge Limbaugh serves as an experienced arbitrator and mediator in a wide variety of cases, where he lends his valuable legal expertise and experience with the court system to clients over the widest variety of cases. He also maintains a general practice, where he works in a wide variety of cases for clients seeking his expertise.