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Honorable Mary E. Christopher  
District Court Judges
Title: Division Eight
Phone: (785) 251-4026

Judge Mary E. ChristopherMary E. Christopher joined Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, LLP in 2008 and became a partner with the firm in January 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Christopher served the Board of Governors at the Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund as Staff Attorney in 2006 and 2007. Prior to that, Ms. Christopher served as Research Attorney for the Honorable Bob Abbott at the Kansas Supreme Court. Ms. Christopher received her Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law in 2001. During law school she was a President’s Scholar, served as Editor of the Washburn Law Journal and worked for the Appellate Reporter’s Office. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Kansas State University in 1982, with induction into the Phi Beta Kappa honors organization. 

Ms. Christopher’s primary areas of practice include civil litigation; appellate practice; property/environmental law; agency/administrative law; health care industry law; medical malpractice defense; fair hearing processes; and insurance and risk management issues. Ms. Christopher has represented individuals and businesses in a variety of matters, including premises liability, personal injury, property (inverse condemnation), licensure matters, screening panels, compliance, contract review, prisoner lawsuits, slander claims and negotiation of business purchase. 

Ms. Christopher has given presentations on Professionalism; EMTALA requirements; and medical records charting. Ms. Christopher presented an annual case law update CLE at the Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund defense counsel seminar from 2008 through 2015. Ms. Christopher has authored many articles including: Gambling with Settlement Proceeds: Confidentiality after Amos v. Commissioner, 77 J. Kan. Bar Assoc. 4, Apr. 2008; Liquidated Damages – When is the Claimant Entitled to Prejudgment Interest?, 73 J. Kan. Bar Assoc. 14, May 2004; and Note: Time to Bite the Bullet: A Look at State Implementation of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) Under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act, 40 Washburn Law Journal 480, 2001. She has also authored a number of articles for Greater Kansas MD News on topics including International Physicians; Refusal to Vaccinate; HIPAA requirements; and others. 
Ms. Christopher is a member of the Topeka Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, Sam A. Crow American Inn of Courts, Kansas Women Attorneys Association, Women Attorneys Association of Topeka, Kansas Hospital Association, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, and has served as a KALAP volunteer. She has been Board Chair of Let’s Help, Inc., and President of the Board of the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka, Inc. Ms. Christopher has served as liaison to the Kansas Bar Foundation Board and is a member of the Board of Kansas Legal Services. She is a KALAP volunteer and chairs the medical-legal committee of the Topeka Bar Association. Ms. Christopher is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Greater Topeka, and completed additional board leadership training through Washburn University. 

Ms. Christopher has represented individuals, businesses and professionals including EMT’s, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and physicians. Ms. Christopher has worked with Kansas hospitals on a variety of issues, including development of policies and procedures to meet regulatory requirements; plans of correction; physician/mid-level contracts, and other issues arising from state and federal law. Ms. Christopher has represented clients in state and federal court, during agency investigations, disciplinary hearings, and through the appeal process, including a hearing and appeal under U.S. military regulations. 

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