Category Archives: Law firms

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.”


“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

Glaves Irby and Rhoads law firm to move to Market Centre at First and Market

WICHITA — The Glaves Irby and Rhoads law firm is taking a short jaunt from its current space at 120 S. Market to new space in Market Centre at First and Market.

“It was just kind of like buying a house to me personally,” says office manager Suzie Furse. “It just felt right.”

The firm is leaving Dennis Wilkie’s building, which is on the market.

“We’re the only ones left,” Furse says of occupying the space.

The firm will move Sept. 15 and have almost 2,600 square feet at Market Centre.

“I call it a one-stop shop,” Furse says.

She likes amenities like UPS and FedEx drop boxes on site.

“To me that was a huge advantage.”

Adam Clements of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group handled the deal.

“We were really pleased with Adam,” Furse says. “He’s quite the guy.”

Mark Lazzo to move his law firm to Landmark Office Park on the east side

WICHITA — Bankruptcy attorney Mark Lazzo is moving his firm from  Second and Market downtown to the east side.

“Parking’s difficult down here, and traffic’s difficult,” he says. “It’s more convenient for clients to be on the outskirts and be able to roll up doorside.”

His new space will be at Landmark Office Park at 3500 N. Rock Road.

“I need more room,” says Lazzo, who is a co-owner in the 3,700-square-foot building where he currently has 1,000 square feet.

His new space, where he’s moving next week, is 1,650 square feet.

Brent Stewart of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented Lazzo in the deal.

Calvin Klaassen of Utter Commercial Real Estate handled it for Landmark.

Lazzo says he’ll miss his friends in the building where he is now, and he’ll particularly miss the closeness of the courthouse.

“I’ve been downtown since I became an attorney 23 years ago,” he says. “It’ll be a change, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Former Pistotnik Law Offices bookkeeper indicted on federal charges

WICHITA — In September, Have You Heard? reported that Pistotnik Law Offices filed a civil suit in Sedgwick County District Court against former employee Vicki Olivarez and her husband, Severo Olivarez IV alleging fraudulent and negligent acts by the two.

Vicki Olivarez was a bookkeeper for the firm from July 2002 to Sept. 4.

Now, Vicki Olivarez has been indicted on federal charges of stealing more than $948,000 from September 2004 through September of this year by writing 441 checks to herself, her husband and cash.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, she’s charged with one count of bank fraud and 10 counts of forgery for allegedly signing Brian Pistotnik’s name on checks drawn from the firm’s account.

If Olivarez is convicted on the bank fraud charge, she would face a possible 30 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. On each of the forgery counts, she would face a maximum of 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

A woman who answered the phone at the law firm said no one wants to comment on the case. Olivarez could not be reached for comment.