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Senior U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr.

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U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr.
Senior District Judge
Fernando J. Gaitan Jr.
  Born 1948 in Kansas City, KS

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U. S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on May 16, 1991, to a seat vacated by Russell G. Clark; Confirmed by the Senate on July 18, 1991, and received commission on August 2, 1991. Served as Chief Judge, 2007-2014. Assumed Senior Status January 3, 2014.

Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, B.S., 1970
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 1974

Professional Career:
Attorney, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, 1974-1980
Judge, Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri, 1980-1986
Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, 1986-1991

Contact Information

  Fernando J. Gaitan Jr., Senior District Judge 816-512-5630
  Marylynn Shawver, Judicial Assistant
Rhonda Enss, Courtroom Deputy
Gayle Wambolt, Court Reporter



Patricia Rosa, Career Law Clerk
Jo Powers, Career Law Clerk

*Please contact JA or CRD for assistance.
  Do not contact Law Clerks.
  Address: 400 E. 9th Street
Room 7552
Kansas City, MO 64106

  Courtroom: 7C    


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Scheduling & Trial Orders

The example Scheduling and Trial Order posted on the Court's website is for informational purposes only. The parties are not to submit Local Rule 16.1(d) information in the form of an order. The Court will issue its own Scheduling and Trial Order based on the Joint Proposed Discovery Plan filed by the parties.

Jury Instructions

View 8th Circuit Model Jury Instructions Site

Audio-Visual Equipment in Courtroom

Prior to trial, we urge all attorneys to schedule an appointment to test equipment. Visit our Courtroom Technology & Equipment page to view details regarding available technologies. For any additional requests or to view the equipment prior to a court hearing, please contact Rhonda Enss, Courtroom Deputy, at 816-512-5644.

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