Keith A. Birkes

Birkes, Keith A.Keith A. Birkes has been the executive director of The Missouri Bar since 1985, and served on The Missouri Bar’s staff for 10 years prior to becoming executive director. During his 37 years on the state bar staff, The Missouri Bar’s membership has nearly quadrupled, and the programs and activities offered by the organization have expanded correspondingly.

Throughout his tenure with The Missouri Bar, he has been an active member of the National Association of Bar Executives, having served on its board of directors and as its president. He has also been a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, and served as chair of that committee for two years.

His awards include: The Missouri Bar’s Wade F. Baker Award for significant contributions to the administration of justice in Missouri (1991); the 1995 Robert Ralston Chubb Award presented by Legal Services of Eastern Missouri for outstanding commitment and dedication to the goal of equal justice for all; the 1996 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law; The Missouri Bar President’s Award in 1998; the 1999 Spurgeon Smithson Award from the Missouri Bar Foundation for significant contributions to the administration of justice; the 2001 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Bolivar High School; the 2004 Bolton Award for Professional Excellence from the National Association of Bar Executives; and the 2005 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Central Methodist University.

Birkes is also a Fellow of the Missouri Bar Foundation and a sustaining member of the University of Missouri’s Jefferson Club.

“My very best friends are Missouri lawyers,” he said, “and I have been honored to serve my profession as executive director of The Missouri Bar for the last 27 years.”