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Honorable David E. Bruns
Judge of the Court of Appeals 2011-

Hon David E. Bruns

David E. Bruns was born September 17, 1959, in Kansas City, Kansas. He received an associate of arts degree in pre-law from Kansas City Kansas Community College in 1979, a bachelor of science in education from the University of Kansas in 1981, and a juris doctorate from the Washburn University School of Law in 1984. While in law school, he served as the Notes Editor for the Washburn Law Journal and as Chief Law Clerk for the District Court of Shawnee County, Kansas.

Upon admission to the practice of law in 1984, he joined the Topeka law firm of Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer, LLP, where he became a partner in 1989. In private practice, he primarily handled litigation and health law cases in the state and federal courts of Kansas and Missouri. In 1995, he received the Pro Bono Award from the Legal Aid Society of Topeka in recognition of his donation of legal services to low-income and elderly clients.

In September 1999, Governor Bill Graves appointed him to serve as judge of the District Court of Shawnee County, Kansas. Judge Bruns was subsequently retained in office by the voters of Shawnee County in 2000, 2004 and 2008. As a trial court judge, he presided over a variety of cases, including the first grand jury convened in Shawnee County in more than 10 years and a multistate class action lawsuit involving one of the largest management-led buyouts in corporate history.

On April 15, 2011, Governor Sam Brownback appointed him to serve on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Judge Bruns was retained in office by the voters of Kansas in the 2012 and 2016 general elections. Since joining the appellate court in June 2011, Judge Bruns has authored nearly 600 opinions. Moreover, he has served on three-judge panels that have decided over 1,800 cases. In addition, Judge Bruns serves as the presiding judge on the motions panel, which handles approximately 11,000 motions annually.

Judge Bruns has served as an adjunct professor at both the Washburn University School of Business and the Washburn University School of Law. At the law school, he has taught Complex Litigation and Procedure as well as Pretrial Advocacy. In addition, he frequently makes presentations on various legal issues to professional and civic groups. Over the years, Judge Bruns has been active in numerous professional, civic, and community activities at the local, state, national, and international levels.

In 2004, Judge Bruns received the Americanism Award from the American Legion for his work in organizing the Topeka-Shawnee County Youth Court. He is a past president of Optimist International and is the author of a book on the history of the nonprofit youth organization. He currently serves as the presiding officer of the board of directors of the Kansas District Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, and as a member of the Board of Editors of the Kansas Bar Journal. He also continues to be active in the Topeka and Kansas City communities.

Judge Bruns and his wife, Shawn, have been married for more than 35 years. They have two adult children, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters.

Opinions authored by Judge David E. Bruns:

  • 119536 -- In re W.L.
  • 118095 -- State v. BNSF Railway Co.
  • 117903 -- EagleMed v. Travelers Insurance
  • 117139 -- Ross-Williams v. Bennett
  • 117020 -- Hutson v. Mosier
  • 116500 -- Huffman v. City of Maize
  • 116307 -- Corvias Military Living, LLC v. Ventamatic, LTD.
  • 116244 -- State v. Niehaus
  • 115674 -- Clayton v. University of Kansas Hosp. Auth.
  • 114897 -- State v. Lundberg
  • 114404 -- Heartland Presbytery v. The Presbyterian Church of Stanley, Inc.
  • 113986 -- Hansa Center for Optimum Health v. State
  • 113098 -- Yeasin v. University of Kansas
  • 112333 -- State v. Hayden
  • 112038 -- Quidachay v. Kansas Dept. of Corrections
  • 111987 -- Apodaca v. Willmore
  • 111066 -- MFA Enterprises, Inc. v. Delange
  • 110350 -- State v. Glover
  • 110309 -– In re Tax Protest of Barker
  • 109388 -- Stanley v. Sullivan
  • 108758 -- Smith v. Oliver Heights
  • 108345 -- Alliance Platforms, Inc. v. Behrens
  • 108116 -- In re Tax Exemption Application of TransCanada Keystone Pipeline.
  • 107666 -- Wichita Terminal Ass'n v. F.Y.G. Investments, Inc. (Original Opinion Filed May 31, 2013)
  • 107666 -- Wichita Terminal Ass'n v. F.Y.G. Investments, Inc. (Modified Opinion Filed July 2, 2013)
  • 107191 -- Hall v. Knoll Building Maintenance, Inc.
  • 106828 -- State v. Sanchez
  • 106325 -- In re Adoption of C.A.T.
  • 106181 -- Purdum v. Purdum, et al. (concurring)
  • 106083 -– State v. James
  • 104965 -- Swafford v. McKune
  • 104940 -- City of Wichita v. Molitor
  • 104859 -- Church of God in Christ, Inc v. Board of Trustees
  • 104839 -- State v. Smith
  • 104835 -- Daggett v. Board of Public Utilities (concurring)
  • 104412 -- Chriestenson v. Russell Stover Candies
  • 104274 -- In re Care & Treatment of Twilleger
  • 101954 -- State v. Hamon