May 26, 2010
Thomas Fincham also serves as municipal judge for several area communities
Gov. Nixon appoints Northland attorney as associate circuit judge in Platte County
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon today appointed Thomas C. Fincham, of Parkville, as an Associate Circuit Judge of the Sixth Circuit (Platte County). Fincham will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Daniel M. Czamanske.
"Tom Fincham has extensive experience in trying cases in many areas of both civil and criminal law," Gov. Nixon said. "That, combined with his work as a municipal judge for several years, will help him to ably serve on the bench in Platte County."
Fincham, a1981 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, has practiced law in the Kansas City area for almost 30 years and currently is a partner in the Gladstone firm of Fincham and Salmon. His experience has included arguing cases before the Missouri Supreme Court and the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. In addition to his private practice, Fincham serves as an appointed municipal judge for the communities of Ferrelview, Oakview, Platte Woods, Richmond and Riverside, and formerly was a municipal judge for the city of Lawson.
Fincham sits on the board of directors for Northland Alternative Service Program, a not-for-profit organization which coordinates community service time for defendants who are placed on probation or diversion. From 1992 to 1997, he served as an adjunct professor of law teaching trial advocacy at the UMKC School of Law.
Thomas Fincham was one of three applicants submitted to the Governor for consideration by the Sixth Circuit Judicial Commission under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan. Earlier this month, the Governor also named Dennis C. Eckold, of Kansas City, as an associate circuit judge for the Sixth Circuit.