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 Kansas and American Bar Associations.