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Thomas E. Malone

Judge Thomas E. Malone

appointed 2003


Judge Thomas E. Malone, a Wichita native, received a bachelor's degree from Newman University in Wichita and a law degree from Washburn University School of Law. After a 12-year career in private practice in Wichita, he was elected a Sedgwick County district judge in 1990. He was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2003.


Current term

January 2023–January 2027

Appointed to court 2003


Judicial experience

2003-present, judge, Court of Appeals

October 2012-January 2017, chief judge, Court of Appeals

1991-2003, district judge, Sedgwick County, 18th Judicial District


Previous professional experience

1979-91, partner, Redmond & Nazar, Wichita, Kansas

Adjunct faculty member, Business Law, Newman University



Washburn University School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1979

  • Associate editor, Washburn Law Journal

Newman University, B.S. summa cum laude, 1976


Professional memberships and activities

American Bar Association

Kansas Bar Association

  • Board of Editors, KBA Journal, 2002-09

Wichita Bar Association

Kansas Association for Justice

Pattern Instructions in Kansas Advisory Committee, Kansas Judicial Council, 1999-2010

Kansas Board of Law Examiners, 2010-2013

Kansas Commission on Judicial Conduct, 2022-present


Awards and honors

Leon A. McNeill Distinguished Alumni Award, Newman University, 2014


Community, civic, and charitable activities

Topeka Public School District 501

  • Volunteer judge, We the People Program 

  • Volunteer reader, Williams Science and Fine Arts Magnet School

United Way of Greater Topeka Meals on Wheels volunteer driver

Kansas Department of Corrections Mentoring4Success Program


Additional information

Judge Malone and his wife, Anne, have three adult children.

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