Today Governor Laura Kelly appointed Krishnan “Chris” Jayaram, Overland Park, to the 10th Judicial District vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Thomas Foster. 

“As an attorney who has practiced law for over 20 years, Chris has not only an exceptional understanding of the law, but also a practical understanding of how the law affects our citizens and businesses,” Governor Kelly said. “Chris is dedicated to his community and to the legal profession, and I know he will make an excellent judge for Johnson County.”

Jayaram has been an attorney at Horn Aylward & Bandy LLC since 1999, focusing on complex business litigation and health care matters. He is a member of the Johnson County Bar Association and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and he is a Trustee for the Johnson County Bar Foundation. In addition to practicing law, he is a youth soccer coach for a local competitive soccer club, having previously coached all his children’s soccer teams.  He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1993 and earned his law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in 1997. He lives with his wife and three children in Overland Park.  

“I love my community and am ready to work every day to ensure the fairness and integrity of the judicial system.” Jayaram said. “The ability to efficiently and consistently communicate with those that come before the court is critical to ensuring not only that justice is administered, but also that members of the community know they have been heard. I am honored to be selected to serve the citizens of Johnson County as a District Court Judge.”

District court judges in the 10th Judicial District are appointed by the governor and selected from nominees chosen by a district nominating commission. Judges in nominating commission districts are subject to retention elections every four years.

The two other nominees selected by the district nominating commission were Jenifer Ashford (Olathe, District Magistrate Judge) and Vanessa Riebli (Section Chief, Johnson County District Attorney’s Office).