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67 Foulston Siefkin LLP Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers® Lists

August 20, 2020

A total of 67 Foulston Siefkin attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 Editions of The Best Lawyers in America© and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, including 13 honored as “Lawyer of the Year” in a specific practice area and city. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is a well-known reference work which uses peer feedback to develop lawyer rankings. Attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers® are reviewed by their peers based on professional experience and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing. Only one lawyer in each practice area and location is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year," based on peer-review assessments. This designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity. In its inaugural edition, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognizes lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their professional excellence.

The following 13 Foulston attorneys were recognized as the Best Lawyers® 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in these cities and practice areas:

Kansas City, Kansas

Topeka, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas

The following 56 Foulston attorneys were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in these practice areas (some were previously mentioned as a “Lawyer of the Year”):

  • Stanley G. Andeel – Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
  • James M. Armstrong – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Litigation - Antitrust, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), and Litigation – Securities
  • Kevin J. Arnel – Nonprofit / Charities Law, Tax Law
  • Gary L. Ayers – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, Litigation – Health Care, Trade Secrets Law
  • Brooke Bennett Aziere – Health Care Law
  • Donald D. Berner – Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Matthew W. Bish – Elder Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Vaughn Burkholder - Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
  • Boyd A. Byers – Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Wendell F. Cowan – Employment Law – Management, Insurance Law, Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Jeff P. DeGraffenreid – Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Holly A. Dyer – Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Tara Eberline – Employment Law - Management
  • Charles P. Efflandt - Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental
  • Jack M. Epps - Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Real Estate Law
  • Jay F. Fowler – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Municipal, Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Cyd Gilman – Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Jeremy L. Graber – Corporate Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Douglas L. Hanisch – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Charles R. Hay – Health Care Law
  • Wyatt A. Hoch – Arbitration, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction Law
  • Christopher M. Hurst – Tax Law
  • Jeffery A. Jordan – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Bankruptcy, Litigation - Construction
  • Jason P. Lacey – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Litigation - ERISA
  • Amy S. Lemley – Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • William P. Matthews – Copyright Law, Trademark Law
  • Scott C. Nehrbass – Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Real Estate, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Andrew J. Nolan – Tax Law, Corporate Law
  • Michael J. Norton – Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation - Insurance, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • James D. Oliver – Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Litigation - Antitrust, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Litigation – Securities, Mining Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Timothy P. O’Sullivan – Elder Law, Trusts and Estates
  • John C. Peck – Natural Resources Law, Water Law
  • James P. Rankin – Administrative / Regulatory Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Government Relations Practice, Litigation - ERISA
  • Larry G. Rapp – Corporate Law, Equipment Finance Law
  • Forrest T. Rhodes, Jr.  – Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • David E. Rogers – Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Anthony F. Rupp – Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Municipal, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Municipal Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Teresa L. Shulda – Employment Law - Management
  • Robert Smith – Real Estate Law
  • Harvey R. Sorensen – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Tax Law, Venture Capital Law
  • Kyle J. Steadman – Insurance Law, Litigation - Insurance, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Mikel L. Stout – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Matthew D. Stromberg – Commercial Litigation
  • Todd N. Tedesco – Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Litigation - Patent
  • Thomas L. Theis – Health Care Law, Mediation, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • David M. Traster – Energy Law, Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental, Water Law
  • Patricia Voth Blankenship – Real Estate Law
  • Darrell L. Warta – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • C. Edward Watson – Employment Law - Management
  • Shannon D. Wead – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Stewart T. Weaver – Elder Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Craig W. West – Insurance Law, Litigation - Insurance, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Rachel Wetta – Litigation - Insurance
  • William R. Wood II – Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Franchise Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Project Finance Law, Real Estate Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Charles J. Woodin – Energy Law, Mining Law, Natural Resources Law
  • Issaku Yamaashi – Mergers and Acquisitions Law

The following 11 Foulston attorneys were selected for inclusion in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in these practice areas:

View Foulston’s full profile on Best Lawyers® here.

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As the largest law firm based in Kansas, with offices in Topeka, Kansas City, and Wichita, Foulston Siefkin LLP provides legal services to a broad range of clients — from large national and international corporations to small businesses to individuals. Foulston’s lawyers are consistently recognized as among the leading lawyers in the United States. For more than a hundred years, Foulston’s lawyers have provided counsel in a wide range of practice areas, including civil and complex litigation, tax, business matters, employment and labor, and healthcare. For more information, contact Tammy Allen, chief marketing officer, at 316.291.9572, tallen@foulston.com; or visit fsk.herrmanneasyedit.com.