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Magistrate Judge Gwynne E. Birzer

Wichita, KS
Honorable Gwynne E. Birzer
Magistrate Judge
United States District Court
401 N Market, Suite 322
Wichita, KS 67202


Years of Service: 2015-Present

The Honorable Gwynne E. Birzer, the sixth United States Magistrate Judge sitting in Wichita, Kansas, was appointed to the bench on July 1, 2015.  Judge Birzer was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas. She holds two degrees from Washburn University; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice received in 1989, and a law degree received in 1992.  

Following law school, Judge Birzer practiced law in Topeka, Kansas in the public sector as an assistant public defender, an assistant district attorney, and as an assistant attorney general, and in the private sector in her own firm. 

In 2004, Judge Birzer relocated to Wichita, Kansas where she worked at the Sedgwick County Public Defender’s Office handling felony criminal cases. In 2006, she joined Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, LLP where she specialized in medical malpractice defense litigation. In 2011, Judge Birzer became a partner and served in that capacity at the firm until her judicial appointment.  

She is an active member of the Wichita, Kansas, and American Bar Associations, and a Fellow of the American Bar Associations.






Courtroom Deputy
Amy L. Merseal

Law Clerks
Angela D. Coble

Rachel E Lomas

Guidelines & Orders


Courtroom Technology
This magistrate judge courtroom is equipped with a 3-channel recording system and can provide a record to attorneys and their clients upon request. Multi-channel IR headsets that facilitate assisted listening and interpreters of foreign languages are available in all courtrooms. Electronic evidence systems include: a document camera, DVD player, laptop video input from attorney tables and lectern; annotation capabilities from the Lectern and Witness stand; audio input available for laptop and other sources from the lectern and attorney tables; 19” monitors at each table and 42" or 50" LCD screens in front of the jury box and gallery for evidence viewing.
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