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Senior Judge Kathryn H. Vratil

Kansas City, KS
Honorable Kathryn H. Vratil
Senior Judge
United States District Court
500 State Avenue, Suite 529
Kansas City, KS 66101


Years of Service: 1992-Present
Appointed By: George H.W. Bush

Judge Kathryn H. Vratil is the twenty third judge and the first woman named to the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. Judge Vratil served as  law clerk to Judge Earl O'Connor from 1975 to 1978 and it was his seat to which she was appointed when he took senior status in 1992. Judge Vratil holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she was a member of the Kansas Law Review Board of Editors and the Order of the Coif, a scholastic honor society. Her legal experience includes 14 years of private practice and a partnership with Lathrop & Norquist where she specialized in commercial and business litigation. She also served as Municipal Judge for the City of Prairie Village, Kansas.  She is a member of the American Bar Association Federal, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and former president of the Earl E. O'Connor Inn of Court.  Judge Vratil was the district's Chief Judge from January 2008  to April 2014.

Court Reporter
Kim Greiner

Law Clerks
Angela D. Gupta

Brett R. Gordon

Nick Schnell

Courtroom Technology
Electronic evidence system including: a document camera, DVD/VCR combo, 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; multi-channel IR headsets that facilitate assisted listening and interpreters of foreign languages; 42” monitors at either side of the jury box and 19” monitors at each table for evidence viewing.
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