Category Archives: Law firms

DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers to move to former Palmers Grill space

WICHITA — A new business is opening in the former Palmers Grill space near K-96 and Webb Road where Fritz Co. Grille used to be.

Not surprisingly, it’s not a restaurant.

DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers has bought the building.

“We’ve been growing fast,” says Dustin DeVaughn, who founded the firm with Richard W. James in early 2012.

Their firm, which has 14 employees, including five lawyers, is now in 2,000 square feet a half mile east of Greenwich on Central.

The new space is about 7,500 square feet, and DeVaughn says the firm will be using the whole building.

“Oh, absolutely.”

He says the firm is adding another attorney and a couple of employees.

“We’re wanting to be in there and working before the beginning of the new year,” DeVaughn says.

Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

“We loved the visibility there on K-96,” DeVaughn says. “It’s a beautiful environment right there, and there’s going to be some exciting stuff happening out there.”

Brad Pistotnik sues brother and former firm

WICHITA — Attorney Brad Pistotnik, who earlier this month left the Affiliated Attorneys of Pistotnik Law Offices to start Brad Pistotnik Law, has sued his former practice in Sedgwick County District Court. The suit also names his brother, Brian, who Brad Pistotnik previously said he’s practiced law with “forever.”

“It’s a pretty boring suit,” says Chuck Millsap, Brad Pistotnik’s attorney. “It’s simply a statutory method of dissolving a 50-50 corporation.”

Neither Pistotnik returned a call for comment.

“There’s nothing particularly exciting about it other than they’re two brothers,” Millsap says. “It’s a corporate maneuver to dissolve a corporation … when you’ve got two 50-50 shareholders who have differing ideas about how to manage the company.”

So were those differing philosophies what led to the split?

“I’m not going to talk about that, and I don’t think they are either,” Millsap says.

In the suit, Brad Pistotnik says he’s still a half owner of the firm where his brother remains and that he and his brother “are unable to agree upon the desirability of dissolving the Corporation and the disposition of the corporate assets.”

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Brad Pistotnik breaks from brother to start his own law firm

WICHITA — There’s no question that Affiliated Attorneys of Pistotnik Law Offices is now one Pistotnik short, but why that is isn’t as clear.

Brothers Brad and Brian Pistotnik have been law partners “forever,” as Brad Pistotnik says, but he’s now left to start Brad Pistotnik Law.

“He just came in overnight on a Sunday and took all the client files and left,” Brian Pistotnik says. He says his brother “deleted our client database – the clients that had been working with him.”

“What’s going through his mind, I have no idea, but this was a surprise,” Brian Pistotnik says.

“Simply, I decided to get a new office location,” Brad Pistotnik says.

“I’ve always vigorously represented my clients, and I am trying to focus my practice in a more focused area of law.”

Pistotnik says he’s planning to continue focusing on a range of motor vehicle accidents.

“It’s a law practice that requires intensive litigation.”

He says his previous firm is a more general practice.

Brian Pistotnik says that’s not the case. He says he, too, focuses on accidents, although he says some of those are workers compensation cases.

Brad Pistotnik is still an owner in Pistotnik Law Offices with his brother.

“Well, for the present time I’m an owner there, but I’m slowly transitioning to the new firm,” he says.

The Pistotnik name – specifically Brad Pistotnik – is one of the most well known in Wichita law firms due to extensive advertising, which has been handled by Nashville-based Whitehardt. The agency specializes in advertising and consulting for law firms.

Which of the two Pistotnik firms has rights to use the agency is now at issue.

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Case, Moses & Zimmerman partners go separate ways; Moses & Pate LLC forms

WICHITA — Last month, Medical Development Management announced it will be moving into the 6,500-square-foot space that Case, Moses & Zimmerman occupies at the Garvey Center, and the law firm’s partners said they were exploring alternatives.

“Sometimes firms split up because there’s animosity,” Moses says. “That’s not the case here.”

Here’s what they’ve decided: Attorneys David Moses and Chris Pate are forming Moses & Pate LLC. Attorney Linda Priest, who is currently with Case, Moses & Zimmerman, is joining them in the approximately 2,300 square feet MDM currently occupies next door.

Bankruptcy attorney Bill Zimmerman is moving to Eron Law, a firm that has an emphasis in bankruptcy.

“It’s a perfect fit for Bill,” Moses says. “He’ll be continuing to provide his bankruptcy specialty.”

Attorney Mike Case, who has had the firm’s Kansas City office, will be of counsel with Moses & Pate as he transitions to retirement.

“He’ll be working towards retirement,” Moses says.

Attorney Susan Saidian is retiring as of April 11.

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Medical Development Management to expand at the Garvey Center

UPDATED — For the second time in less than a year, Medical Development Management is moving. It’ll be a much shorter trip this time around, though.

In July, the company moved from Kellogg and Rock Road to about 2,500 square feet at the O.W. Garvey Building at 200 W. Douglas.

MDM had an option to take some extra space for a total of 4,500 square feet. Instead, though, it’s now going to move next door into the 6,500 square feet that Case, Moses & Zimmerman currently occupies.

“It made more sense to do that,” says MDM president Joe Hlavacek.

“We were willing to work with them in allowing them to continue to grow,” says attorney David Moses. “It also affords us an opportunity to look at all of our alternatives.”

Hlavacek says there are several ways the company is growing.

“Right now … the project that’s causing us to need more space is we … are in the process of developing a general acute care hospital in Kearney, Nebraska,” he says.

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Bob Martin to open Law Office of Robert G. Martin at the R.H. Garvey Building

WICHITA — Bob Martin has left McDonald, Tinker, Skaer, Quinn & Herrington to start his own law firm, but he hasn’t gone far.

His Law Office of Robert G. Martin officially opens Wednesday in almost 2,000 square feet on the fourth floor of the R.H. Garvey Building at 300 W. Douglas.

That’s one floor below McDonald, Tinker.

“It’s a chance for me to do more of my niche,” Martin says.

He’s been at McDonald, Tinker, where he’s been a director and shareholder, since 1987.

“I’m top of the letterhead, actually.”

He says the firm primarily focuses on litigation, and that’s not his specialty.

“I’ll never do criminal law in my life again,” Martin says. “The practice of law has become specialized.”

Martin will focus on estate planning and workers compensation defense work.

“Those are the only two areas I will be emphasizing going forward.”

Why?

“Because I enjoy ’em. I’m good at it.”

He says estate planning can be more pleasant than other types of legal work.

“We call this area of the law ‘happy law,’” Martin says. “You’re making people have a better outcome for their lives and their families and their possessions. You’re proactively preventing problems.”

In the workers comp arena, he says, “I’m trying to make the best of a difficult situation.”

Martin says by starting his own firm, he’ll have more resources.

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Law Offices of Eldon Boisseau returns to the O.W. Garvey building downtown

WICHITA — Eldon Boisseau has moved his Law Offices of Eldon Boisseau back to the O.W. Garvey building downtown at 200 W. Douglas.

“I actually started my legal practice in the top floor of this building more years ago than I want to talk about,” Boisseau says.

For the record, it was 1973.

Over the weekend, Boisseau moved into 2,546 square feet on the first floor, which brings the building to 100 percent occupancy.

The law office has been in about 2,000 square feet at River Park Place at 727 N. Waco along the Arkansas River.

“I’ve looked at that river for 30 years,” Boisseau says. “I don’t think it’s made me any money. … I just don’t need to look at that river anymore.”

Instead, he says he’s going to enjoy the high ceilings, open space and glass at his new office.

Larry Weber of Builders Inc. and Tony Utter of Utter Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

St. Louis-based Reeg Lawyers, which recently expanded to Wichita by sharing space with Boisseau, also is moving to the new space.

The Law Offices of Eldon Boisseau today is a two-lawyer firm, as it was when it began.

At one point, the firm had more than 150 employees in four cities before it split into other firms.

Boisseau says he doesn’t want to be that big again, but he is looking to expand.

“My plan is to grow, absolutely.”

Reeg Lawyers opens Wichita office

WICHITA — St. Louis-based Reeg Lawyers has expanded to Wichita.

“It just seemed to us that there’s a lot of opportunity out there,” Kurt Reeg says.

“I do a lot of work with farm and ag groups and trade associations,” he says. “I was just getting feedback from some of our clients that they thought there was a need for some more experienced legal talent out there that knew the ag industry.”

Reeg has practiced law for 32 years. His firm, which includes seven lawyers, is not quite nine years old.

Initially there will be two lawyers in the firm’s 2,900-square-foot Wichita office at River Park Place, which is at 727 N. Waco.

The practice will include agriculture and farm law, environmental law and alternative dispute resolution among other things.

Reeg, who opened the office Monday, also opened a third one in Center, Mo. He’s been looking to expand for a while.

“I only want to do that when it makes sense.”

He decided that offering his services to Wichitans makes sense because “they wanted more help, and we had help to offer.”

 

Martin & Churchill law office disbands

WICHITA — Thursday is Martin & Churchill’s last day in business.

The 60-year-old firm most recently has been in Wilson Estates Office Park near 21st and Rock.

Marvin Martin started the firm in 1951 and had various partners through the years, including Stan Churchill, who joined in 1963.

There have been six attorneys at the business most recently.

“The attorneys of Martin and Churchill have decided to move our practices to different law firms,” says attorney Don Hill. “We believe this was in the best interest of our clients, and we believe it was the right thing to do.”

Hill won’t elaborate, though he says it was a mutual decision.

“There is no dissension or disagreement among us,” he says. “This is all very amicable.”

Hill has joined Adams Jones.

Churchill will operate his practice, Churchill LLC, from his home.

Brad Murphree will have Murphree Law Office at 445 N. Waco.

Mike Kennalley is joining Stinson Morrison Hecker.

Jack Peggs is opening the Law Office of Jack Peggs at 111 S. Whittier.

Gary Jones, who worked for Martin & Churchill part time, will continue his Law Office of Gary Jones at 1919 N. Amidon.

Hill says Martin & Churchill has had a reputation for integrity and excellence during its decades in business.

“The individual attorneys will continue that in their new associations.”

You don’t say

Dan Monnat, dressing up as a child as his hero, the Lone Ranger.

Dan Monnat, dressing up as a child as his hero, the Lone Ranger.

“The Lone Ranger is a great myth . . .”

— Attorney Dan Monnat, quoted in a profile in this year’s Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in which he explains that teamwork is what wins cases