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66 Foulston Siefkin LLP Attorneys Named to 2023 Best Lawyers® Lists

September 21, 2022

A total of 66 Foulston Siefkin attorneys have been recognized in the 2023 Editions of The Best Lawyers in America© and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, including 7 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 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. Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognizes lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their professional excellence.

The following 7 Foulston attorneys were recognized as the Best Lawyers® 2023 "Lawyer of the Year" in these cities and practice areas:

Kansas City, Kansas

Topeka, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas

The following 54 Foulston attorneys were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2023 in these practice areas and geographic locations (some were previously mentioned as a “Lawyer of the Year”): 

Kansas City, Kansas

  • Daniel Buller – Commercial Litigation
  • Vaughn Burkholder – Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
  • Tara Eberline – Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Litigation – Municipal
  • Jack M. Epps – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Leisure and Hospitality Law, Real Estate Law
  • Scott C. Nehrbass – Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - ERISA, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Real Estate, 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
  • John C. Peck – Natural Resources Law, Water Law
  • Tony F. Rupp – Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Litigation - Municipal, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Municipal Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Matthew D. Stromberg – Commercial Litigation
  • Issaku Yamaashi – Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Jim Zakoura – Energy Law (recognized under his previous firm name, Smithyman & Zakoura, Chartered)

Topeka, Kansas

  • Jeremy L. Graber – Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Corporate Law, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Charles R. Hay – Health Care Law
  • James P. Rankin – Administrative / Regulatory Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Government Relations Practice, Litigation - ERISA

Wichita, Kansas

  • 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, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Health Care Law, Litigation - Health Care, Qui Tam Law, 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
  • Boyd A. Byers – Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation – ERISA, Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Jeff P. DeGraffenreid – Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Holly A. Dyer – Commercial Litigation, Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Charles P. Efflandt – Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental
  • Jay F. Fowler – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Municipal, Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Douglas L. Hanisch – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Wyatt A. Hoch – Arbitration, Construction Law, Litigation - Construction Law
  • Christopher M. Hurst – Tax Law
  • Jeffery A. Jordan – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Bankruptcy, Litigation – Construction
  • Jason P. Lacey – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Litigation – ERISA, Tax Law
  • Amy S. Lemley – Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • William P. Matthews – Copyright Law, Franchise Law, Information Technology Law, Trademark Law
  • Corey L. Moomaw – Trusts and Estates
  • Andrew J. Nolan – Business Organizations (Including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Tax Law
  • Michael J. Norton – Commercial Litigation, Copyright Law, Insurance Law, Litigation – Insurance, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Timothy P. O’Sullivan – Elder Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Larry G. Rapp – Corporate Law, Equipment Finance Law
  • Forrest T. Rhodes, Jr.  – Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • David E. Rogers – Arbitration, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Teresa L. Shulda – Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Robert Smith – Real Estate Law
  • Harvey R. Sorensen – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Tax Law, Venture Capital Law
  • Kyle J. Steadman – Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation - Insurance, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Mikel L. Stout – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigatio – Construction, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 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, II – 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, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • 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

The following 11 Foulston attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in these practice areas and geographic locations:

Kansas City, Kansas

  • David R. Green – Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction
  • Nancy Musick – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Sarah Otto – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Privacy and Data Security
  • Alex W. Schulte – Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Sarah E. Stula – Appellate Practice, Civil Rights Law, Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Eric Turner – Appellate Practice, Civil Rights Law, Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Amanda M. Wilwert – Administrative/Regulatory, Corporate Governance and Compliance, Health Care Law, Privacy and Data Security

Wichita, Kansas

  • Trent R. Byquist – Banking and Finance Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Clayton J. Kaiser – Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Health Care Law
  • Robert J. McFadden – Energy Law, Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law
  • A. Nicole Rose – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

As the largest law firm based in Kansas, with offices in Kansas City, Topeka, and Wichita, Foulston Siefkin LLP provides legal services to a broad range of clients — from large national and international corporations to closely held businesses and individuals. Foulston’s lawyers are consistently recognized as among the leading lawyers in the United States. For more than 100 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 www.foulston.com.