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Honorable Mary E. Christopher  
District Court Judges
Title: Division Eight
Phone: (785) 251-6340

Judge Mary E. ChristopherThe Honorable Mary E. Christopher was sworn in as Judge of the Third Judicial District on February 16, 2018. Prior to taking the bench, Ms. Christopher was a partner at Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, LLP, where she represented clients in state and federal court, during agency investigations, licensure issues, disciplinary hearings, U.S. military proceedings, and through the appeal process. Ms. Christopher represented individuals and businesses in a variety of matters, including civil litigation; appellate practice; premises liability, property (inverse condemnation); agency/administrative law; health care law; medical malpractice; fair hearings; screening panels; compliance; insurance appeals; and risk management issues. She also served as Staff Attorney at the Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund, and 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 is a member of the Topeka Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, Sam A. Crow American Inn of Courts, Kansas Women Attorneys Association, and Women Attorneys Association of Topeka. Ms. Christopher is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Greater Topeka. She previously served as Chair of the Board of Let’s Help, Inc., and President of the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka, Inc. In addition, Ms. Christopher has served on the Kansas Bar Foundation Board and as a KALAP volunteer. 

She has given presentations on professionalism; EMTALA requirements; medical records charting; and case law update. 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; HIPPA requirements and others. 

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