Judge O'Grady, Council Bluffs, became a senior judge in 2015. He was appointed to the bench in 1995. He attended Creighton University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1977 and his law degree in 1980. He then went into private practice as well as serving as assistant Pottawattamie County attorney for five years. He is a member of the Iowa Bar and Iowa Judge's Associations.