History of the Federal Judiciary

  U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Missouri

   Judges of the Western District of Missouri
Gaitan, Fernando J. 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 on January 3, 2014.

Pittsburg State University, 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, Circuit Court of Missouri, Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, 1980-1986
Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, 1986-1991


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