Lori Dougherty-Bichsel hired as Topeka’s new Municipal Court judge

The city of Topeka Wednesday announced Lori Dougherty-Bichsel, a former state litigator, will serve as Topeka Municipal Court administrative judge. (LinkedIn)

Lori Dougherty-Bichsel, a former state litigator, will lead the Topeka Municipal Court as administrative judge, the city announced Wednesday.


Dougherty-Bichsel will join the city court Oct. 23 at a salary of $104,000. In a city news release, she said she would continue to build a positive connection between the community and the Municipal Court.

“Working with the local community has been a life-long passion; serving as the administrative Municipal Court judge is a remarkable opportunity to take that passion to the next level,” she said in the statement.

She comes to the city from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services where she managed litigation as the head litigator. There her legal practice focused on general civil litigation, mental health law, employment law and constitutional law. In 2013, she successfully argued an employment discrimination case in front of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

She began her career as assistant District Attorney for the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted felony and misdemeanor traffic cases. She has also worked for Shawnee County, City of Maple Hill as an Interim City Attorney, Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, city of Topeka, and Simpson, Logback, Lynch, Norris, P.A.

Dougherty-Bichsel received a political science degree form the University of Arizona in 2002 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas in 2006. This is her first judgeship.

She replaces Jason Geier, who Gov. Sam Brownback appointed to the Shawnee County District Court in August.



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