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Honorable Kathryn A. Gardner
Judge of the Court of Appeals 2015 -

Hon Kathryn A Gardner

Kathryn Ann Gardner was born in Sterling, Kansas in 1956. She graduated magna cum laude from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She then taught English and French at Washburn Rural High School for two years before attending the University of Kansas School of Law.

Judge Gardner was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Sam Brownback effective March 11, 2015.

Upon earning her juris doctorate in 1983, Judge Gardner began her legal career as a Research Attorney for the Honorable Joe Haley Swinehart of the Kansas Court of Appeals. She then served as an Assistant Attorney General before her husband's career took them to Wichita. There she served as chambers law clerk to the Honorable Sam A. Crow in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. She joined Martin, Pringle as an associate in 1988 and left as a partner in 2000 after twelve years of litigating employment discrimination and other cases in state and federal court. When her husband's job returned them to Topeka, where Judge Crow then sat, she rejoined him as chambers law clerk.

While a lawyer, Judge Gardner was active in numerous professional, civic, and community activities. She chaired the Kansas Bar Association's Law-Related Education Committee and Legal Issues Affecting the Elderly Committee. She served as Editor of Law Wise, a law-related resource for teachers and students, published by the Kansas Bar Association. She was an appointed member of the U.S. District Court Civil Justice Reform Act Committee and the U.S. District Court Federal Practice Handbook Committee. She presented many continuing legal education courses to attorneys and business leaders, served on the Wichita Bar Association Board of Governors, and served as vice-President on the Board of Directors for Cair Paravel Latin School. She is a past President and longtime Executive Committee member of the Sam A. Crow American Inn of Court. She has been an adjunct professor at the Washburn University School of Law where she taught Writing for Law Practice and Intensive Trial Advocacy. She has published articles in the Kansas Bar Association Journal, the National Inns of Court Bencher, and other publications.

Judge Gardner and her husband, Timothy Gardner, have been married for over 36 years and have three grown daughters and two grand-daughters. She is active in many community and church organizations in Topeka.

Opinions authored by Judge Kathryn Gardner:

  • 120824 -- State v. Daino
  • 120340 -- State v. Tearney
  • 120209 -- State v. Arrizabalaga (dissenting)
  • 120019 -- In re Marriage of Bahlmann
  • 119919 -- State v. Smith
  • 119797 -- In re M.S.
  • 119796 -- State v. N.R.
  • 119311 -- State v. Gonzalez
  • 118790 -- In re J.S.P.
  • 118695 -- Baker v. State
  • 118672 -- State v. Pollman
  • 118406 -- In re Marriage of Dean
  • 118334 -- Wells Fargo Vendor Financial Svcs. v. Nationwide Learning
  • 118287 -- In re Estate of Mouchague
  • 117736 -- Stephens v. Ainsworth
  • 117584 -- James Colborn Revocable Trust v. Hummon Corp.
  • 117518 -- Montgomery v. Saleh (dissenting)
  • 116883 -- Williams v. C-U-Out Bail Bonds
  • 116654 -- Ward v. Hahn
  • 116456 -- In re Estate of Field
  • 116095 -- Layle v. City of Mission Hills
  • 116034 -- In re Tax Appeal of Barker
  • 115887 -- State v. McAlister (concurring)
  • 115628 -- In re Estate of Moore
  • 115504 -- State v. Castillo
  • 115504 -- State v. Castillo
  • 115451 -- State v. Lamone (dissenting)
  • 115426 -- State v. Guein (dissenting)
  • 115235 -- State v. Wissing
  • 115227 -- State v. Claerhout
  • 114952 -- State v. One 1995 Chevrolet Caprice Classic/Impala SS
  • 114433 -- State v. Thomas (dissenting)
  • 114210 -- Arnold v. Foremost Insurance Co.
  • 114134 -- Rhodenbaugh v. Kansas Employment Sec. Bd. of Review
  • 113809 -- Smart v. BNSF Railway Co.
  • 113503 -- In re Care & Treatment of Emerson
  • 113283 -- Goldman v. University of Kansas
  • 113130 -- State v. Parry (dissenting)
  • 112153 -- Majors v. Hillebrand
  • 111897 -- State v. Toliver (dissenting)
  • 111769 -- Jahnke v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas