Judge Thomas kelly Ryan

Judge RyanName:  Thomas Kelly Ryan

Year of Birth:  1960

Place of Birth:  Kansas City, Missouri

When Appointed:  September 24, 2008

By Whom Appointed:  Governor Kathleen Sebelius

City of Residence:  Shawnee


  • B.A. Journalism and Mass Communications - Creighton University 1981
  • J.D. - Washburn University School of Law 1985

Career History:

  • 1985 Assistant County Attorney, Lyon County, Kansas
  • 1985-1988 Assistant District Attorney, Johnson County, Kansas
  • 1988-2008 Private law practice; Gates, Biles, Shields & Ryan, P.A.
  • 1993-2005 City Prosecutor, Edgerton, Kansas
  • 2007-2008 Municipal Court Judge, Edgerton, Kansas
  • 2008 Assistant City Prosecutor, Fairway, Kansas


  • June 2009 Outstanding Service Award Kansas Bar Association

Civic and Professional Activities:

  • Johnson County Bar Association (President, Young Lawyers Section 1990) (Member, Family Law Section)
  • Johnson County Family Law Bench-Bar Committee
  • Fellow of Johnson County Bar Foundation
  • Kansas Bar Association (President, Family Law Section 2007-2008; Executive Committee member 2007-present) (Section Liaison for Continuing Legal Education 2000-2006)
  • Board of Directors, Johnson County Law Library (2009-present)
  • Kansas District Judges Association
  • American Judges Association
  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • More than 30 presentations at continuing legal education seminars (1993-present)