Judge Bryce Abbott was sworn in as a Municipal Court Judge on January 13, 2003. Judge Abbott practiced law in Wichita from 1983 until he was sworn in as District Judge on March 1, 2001. After becoming a District Judge, he served in the Criminal Department and Family Law Department. During his first nine months on the bench, Judge Abbott presided over 24 jury trials and 10 bench trials in the criminal department. Since becoming a judge, he has completed General Jurisdiction course work and Traffic Law course work at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. As a Municipal Court Judge, he hears traffic and DUI cases.
He has been elected to membership to the International Association of Defense Counsel and was twice elected by the attorneys of Sedgwick County to represent them as a member of the Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors. He has also served as the Chairman of the Kansas Bar Association Ethics and Grievance Committee that investigates ethics complaints filed against attorneys. As a member of the Wichita Bar Association Ethics and Grievance Committee, he has investigated several high profile complaints that have resulted in serious disciplinary sanctions against the attorneys involved. He also served as a member of the Kansas Bar Association Bench and Bar Committee. He presently serves by Kansas Supreme Court Appointment on the Impaired Judges Assistance Committee.
Before becoming a Judge, Bryce Abbott served as a Judge Pro tem in the 18th Judicial District on several occasions. His duties included serving as Presiding Civil Judge and Presiding Probate Judge. Bryce Abbott served as a Special Administrative Law Judge for the Kansas Division of Workers Compensation. He also served as a Pro tem Member of the Kansas Workers Compensation Appeals Board.
Judge Abbott was primarily involved in the defense of individuals and companies in litigation while in private practice. His practice areas include the representation of employers, manufacturers, doctors, lawyers, accountants, surveyors and real estate brokers and sales persons. Bryce has also represented divorce clients and individuals seeking recovery for injuries suffered at work and in automobile accidents. He has lectured lawyers and non-lawyers on a variety of topics including product liability, workers compensation, brain injury cases, ethics, automobile accident cases, and insurance coverage.
Bryce Abbott has served as a volunteer member of his homeowners association, a member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas Children's Service League and as a member of the Wichita Advisory Board of the Kansas Children's Service League. For the past few summers Bryce has been active as an assistant baseball coach in west Wichita. He presently service as the Community Chair of the White Buffalo District of the Boy Scouts and on the Executive Council of the Quivira Council for the Boy Scouts.