May/June 2012
New District Judge for Western District of Missouri: Brian C. Wimes

On Monday, April 23, 2012, the Senate confirmed Brian C. Wimes as a U.S. District Judge for the Western and Eastern Districts of Missouri. He fills the vacancy left by Judge Nanette K. Laughrey, who took senior status in August 2011. Judge Wimes was sworn in on April 30.


Judge Wimes was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in 1990 and his law degree from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1994. Prior to law school he taught in the Kansas City, Missouri, school system. From 1994 to 1995 he worked as an Attorney Advisor in the litigation branch of the Bureau of Prisons at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. From 1995 to 2001 he served as an Assistant Prosecutor for Jackson County, Missouri, where he went on to serve as a Drug Court Commissioner until 2007.


In 2007 he was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, where he served until his appointment to the federal bench. In addition to his legal work, he is a former member of the board of directors for Hope House Domestic Violence Shelter and the Mental Health Association of the Heartland. He also volunteered for four years with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City.