David M. Byrn was appointed by Governor Matt Blunt in September 2008 as Judge of Division 3 of the Jackson County Circuit Court. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Byrn practiced law for 27 years with the law firm of Jeter Rains & Byrn, LC.
While in the private practice of law, Judge Byrn handled a broad variety of legal matters. However, the primary emphasis of his legal practice was business, real estate, construction and commercial litigation. He also handled numerous business and real estate transactions.
Judge Byrn received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 1981. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa in 1978, graduating in only three years with dual majors. While in college and law school, Judge Byrn received multiple academic and leadership awards and actively participated in many extracuricular activities. Judge Byrn also completed mediation training prior to being appointed to the bench and was certified as a mediator of civil cases in Missouri.
Judge Byrn has been a member of many different professional associations including The Missouri Bar Association, The Metropolitan Kansas City Bar Association and the Eastern Jackson County Bar Association. He received the Community Service Award from the Eastern Jackson County Bar Association and special recognition from the Jackson County Circuit Court for his contributions to public forums regarding the Missouri judicial system and non-partisan court plan.
Judge Byrn has long been an active member of his community, donating time to serve on multiple city boards and commissions. He has also served his local school district in many ways including serving on financial advisory committees, judging debate tournaments, and speaking at career days. Judge Byrn has been a long time supporter of many different charities including Habitat for Humanity, Truman Neurological Center, Optimist Club, and the Boy Scouts. Judge Byrn is an ordained minister in the Community of Christ and has served in multiple administrative positions and on many different boards and commissions of his church. Judge Byrn and his wife are the proud parents of two daughters and two grandchildren.