David M. Traster
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Wichita Office
1551 N. Waterfront Parkway
Suite 100
Wichita, KS 67206-4466
T: 316.291.9725
F: 866.347.3138
dtraster@foulston.com
Practice Areas
Environmental Law
Water Rights
Commercial & Complex Litigation
Energy
Oil, Gas & Minerals
Agribusiness
Administrative/Regulatory
Native American Law
Education
Washburn University, J.D., (1981)
Oral Roberts University, B.A., (1978)
Admissions
  • Kansas (1981)
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David M. Traster, Special Counsel


Mr. Traster works with clients on a wide range of environmental, water rights and natural resource challenges. He handles administrative matters before the Division of Water Resources of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the U.S. EPA. His practice includes litigation and the facilitation of transactions where water and environmental resource issues are of concern. Mr. Traster enjoys Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest "AV" rating for lawyers and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® and the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® list. In 2013, he was named the Wichita Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America®.
Professional Memberships, Affiliations, and Honors
  • The Best Lawyers in America® "Lawyer of the Year" Named Wichita Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America® for 2013
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Energy Law, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, and Water Law, 2003-2016 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC)
  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® List, 2005, 2006 (a Thomson Reuters business)
  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association – President, Agricultural Law Section; Past President, Administrative Law Section
  • Wichita Bar Association
  • Wesley E. Brown American Inn of Court
Community Involvement
  • Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Resources Committee, Chairman
  • Leadership Kansas, Class of 1996

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  • Mr. Traster works with numerous clients with water supply issues and concerns. He helps clients acquire, preserve and change existing water rights, create new water rights and handles water rights enforcement proceedings.

  • Mr. Traster is a successful litigator and has negotiated numerous PRP allocation agreements and consent orders at superfund or superfund-type sites in Kansas and Nebraska. He has expertise with all of the major federal environmental statutes and their state counterparts, including CERCLA, RCRA, the CWA, the CAA, the SDWA and other statutes. He is presently working on several matters involving radium contamination.

  • Mr. Traster was the principle draftsman and strategist for passage of the 1995 Kansas Drycleaner Environmental Response Act. He worked on behalf of the Kansas Drycleaner’s to create a regulatory program and a cleanup fund for historic solvent releases from drycleaner facilities. He has successfully worked on several other legislative efforts as well.

Concannon, Traster & Concannon, Hugoton, Kansas, General Litigation Practice, 1981-1986
Hiatt & Traster, Topeka, Kansas, General Litigation Practice, 1987-1988
General Counsel, Kansas Department of Health & Environment (“KDHE”), 1988-1990
Assistant Secretary and General Counsel, KDHE, 1990-1991


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2014
  • Kansas Water Law – Strategies for Dealing with Increasing Demand and Dwindling Supplies (The University of Kansas, 64th Annual Environmental Engineering Conference)
  • Kansas Water Law (Annual Ellis County Bar Association, Gene F. Anderson Memorial CLE)
  • Attaining the 50 year Vision: What are the Roles of Government, Industry and Agriculture? What Partnerships and Opportunities Exist? (REAP, Regional Water Conference)
  • The Endangered Species Act-Lesser Prairie Chickens and other dangerous critters (Kansas Bar Association, KBA Agricultural Law CLE, Manhattan, Kansas)
2009
  • Water 101: Water Rights in Kansas (REAP, Regional Water Conference)
2008
  • Oxford Style Debate: Use of Market or Regulatory Mechanisms for Distribution of Water Resources (Kansas Water Office Water and Energy Conference, Wichita and Hays, Kansas)
  • Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions (Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers, Wichita, Kansas)
  • Water Rights Basics: Understanding How Your Client May - Get One, Change One, Use One, Lose One (Wichita Bar Association Real Estate Seminar, Wichita, Kansas)
2007
  • The Nuts & Bolts of Obtaining New Water Rights and Changing the Use of Existing Water Rights in Kansas (Lorman Conference, Water Rights Sales and Transfers in Kansas, Wichita, Kansas)

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2014
  • Kansas Case Law Update
    -KBA Agricultural Law Section
1996
  • Clean Air Act
    -Kansas Environmental Law Handbook
  • Underground Storage Tanks
    -Kansas Environmental Law Handbook
  • The Clean Air Act
    -Kansas Environmental Law Handbook
  • Underground Storage Tanks
    -Kansas Environmental Law Handbook
  • Kansas Environmental Law Handbook
    -Co-Editor. Kansas Bar Association
1993
  • Environmental Law
    -Complex Choices: Economic Development and Environmental Quality
1992
  • The Kansas Storage Tank Act
    -Journal of the Kansas Bar Association

Issue Alerts

2014
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