Brownback names Prairie Village attorney to Johnson County judicial opening

After a months-long application and interview process, Prairie Village resident Keven O’Grady learned recently that he has a new job: district court judge.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback officially announced Wednesday that he was appointing O’Grady to one of the two judicial openings in Johnson County. O’Grady was one of 11 lawyers from the county selected for initial interviews early this summer. A selection committee then forwarded his name along with three others to Brownback for the final decision. Brownback ultimately chose O’Grady for the 10th Judicial District seat vacated by retired judge Peter V. Ruddick.

O’Grady says he’s excited about the new endeavor — but does lament the fact that he’ll no longer be working with his colleagues at Ferree, Bunn, O’Grady & Rundberg, Chtd., where he has practiced since 1986 and is a shareholder.

“There was a flood of many, some conflicting, feelings when I was told,” O’Grady said of learning he had gotten the job. “I was happy, excited knowing that I would soon begin a new chapter in my legal career, humbled that I had been given such an honor, a little sad when realizing that I would no longer be working each day with my partners, colleagues and friends.”

O’Grady says it will take four to six weeks to transition out of his private practice, and he anticipates taking the bench around the first of October.