FINNEY COUNTY, Kansas - Governor Mark Parkinson has appointed Wendel W. Wurst of Garden City as a district judge of Kansas’ 25th Judicial District.
“Wendel brings to the bench a depth and variety of experience practicing law, as well as a thorough understanding of the legal needs of rural Kansans,” said Parkinson. “He will serve the people of the 25th judicial district with honor.”
Born and raised in Sterling, Wurst began clerking while in law school at the University of Kansas. In 1980, Wurst began his career as an attorney at the Calihan Law Firm in Garden City, where he has remained a top attorney for nearly three decades. In this role, Wurst has practiced a diverse portfolio including insurance defense, personal injury, workers’ compensation, criminal law and domestic litigation.
Active in his community, Wurst has served on the advisory board of the Kansas Rural Legal Services and the St. Mary School Board, among several other community organizations. Currently, Wurst is a member of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel and sits on the St. Catherine Hospital Board of Directors.
Wurst and wife, Rhonda, have three grown children and are the proud grandparents of a one year-old grandson.