A Blue Springs attorney is among the three persons nominated to fill a judicial vacancy on the 16th Circuit Jackson County Court.

David M. Byrn, an attorney in private practice at the firm Jeter Rains & Byrn, L.C., in Blue Springs, has been nominated for a judgeship being vacated by Judge Thomas C. Clark, who is retiring.

Byrn, an attorney in private practice for the last 27 years, was among 20 applicants. The position will be filled within 60 days, said Terence Lord, clerk of the Missouri Court of Appeals. A commission chaired by Chief Judge Thomas J. Newton selected the finalists; the commission includes attorney Tim E. Dollar, attorney Cindy Reams Martin, Byron G. Thompson and Anita L. Russell.

The two other nominees are Nimrod T. Chapel, Jr., a commissioner in the Administrative Hearing Commission in Jefferson City, and James M. Tobin, an attorney with Murphy & Tobin in Kansas City. In addition to his private practice, Tobin is a municipal judge in Lee’s Summit.

The nominations go to Gov. Matt Blunt. However, if the governor fails to make a selection within the next two months, the judicial commission will decide, Lord said.

Byrn has practiced law in the Blue Springs firm of Jeter, Rains and Byrn, L.C., since graduating from law school. His partners are Dave Jeter and Mark Rains. The practice is on the South Outer Road.

Byrn said he has mostly practiced business law and civil litigation but has a wide range of experience in other cases, including some criminal cases.

“In the 27 years I’ve done this, I’ve practiced almost every type of case there is,” he said.

“To me, having a broad background and a good depth of experience is really important when I go into court before a judge.”

Byrn said he’s hopeful about being selected.

“I feel like I could certainly do the job,” said Byrn. “I feel like I’ve got a good shot ... good qualifications, great experience and a desire to serve.”