Amy S. Lemley

Amy S. Lemley



1551 N Waterfront Pkwy #100
Wichita, KS 67206

T: 316.291.9584
F: 866.346.2026

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Ms. Lemley focuses on complex litigation and the defense of professionals. Amy has defended hundreds of personal injury and medical negligence cases and tried more than seventy jury trials as lead counsel. She has represented many health care clients in the course of peer review investigations. She accepts carefully selected plaintiff’s cases, and recently prevailed against an insurance company which had wrongfully denied a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist’s disability claim after he sustained multiple cerebral vascular dissections. She was selected for the inaugural edition of the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™ and has Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest “AV” rating for lawyers. She was the first woman attorney in Kansas to be named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® list and The Best Lawyers in America© as a leading lawyer in Medical Malpractice Law Defense and Personal Injury Defense Litigation in the United States. In 2015, Benchmark Litigation named Ms. Lemley a "Local Litigation Star" and one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the United States, and in 2014 she was recognized as a Top 50 Missouri & Kansas Women Super Lawyer®. Her peer memberships include the American Board of Trial Advocates, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, and the Defense Research Institute.


  • University of Texas (J.D., 1982)
    International Law Journal
  • Texas Tech University (B.A., 1978)
    With Honors
  • Clarendon Junior College (A.S., 1975)


  • Kansas (1982)
  • Texas (1982)
Community Involvement
  • Kansas Legal Services, Board of Directors
  • YWCA, past Board of Directors
  • The Wichita Fellowship Club, past Board of Directors
  • Wichita Dog Training Club
  • Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas, past Chair
  • Prairie Quilt Guild
  • Wildlife Federation’s Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat
  • American Heart Association, past Board Member
Relevant Experience
  • Defense Counsel in Elder v. Herlocker, judgment for the defendant attorney in a legal malpractice action
  • Defense and counter-claimant’s counsel in a breach of fiduciary duty case in Graham v. Herring, (petition for review pending)
  • Plaintiff’s counsel in Thompson v. Union Security Insurance Co., obtaining judgment for a disabled CRNA against the ERISA plan that wrongfully denied his benefits
  • Counsel for the hospital in Mercy Regional Health Center, Inc., v. Brinegar, obtaining attorneys’ fees against an attorney for violations of Rule 11
  • Defense counsel in McCabe v. Hoch, obtaining an award of attorneys’ fees
  • Defense counsel in Williams v. Lawton, a medical negligence case involving jury misconduct which ultimately resulted in dismissal of the plaintiff’s case and no payment in settlement
  • Defense counsel in Walker v. Regehr, a jury trial defense verdict upheld on appeal in an alleged medical negligence case involving the death of a sixteen year old
  • Defense counsel in Silva v. St. Anne Catholic School, a case involving a suit by students against a private school which resulted in judgment in favor of the school
  • Brooks v. Lyon County, a case involving medical care provided to an inmate in a county jail
  • Plaintiff’s Counsel in Wichita Clinic, P.A. v. Armored Services, Inc. Judgment for clinic with an award of attorney’s fees for the loss of a bank deposit by Armored Services.
  • Defense counsel in Bradley v. Val-Mejias, 379 F. 3d 892 (10th Cir. 2004). Summary Judgment on the statute of limitations, upheld by the 10th Circuit on both fraudulent concealment and alleged medical negligence.
  • Defense counsel in Haley v. Yoon, Kansas’ longest medical negligence trial; jury verdict in favor of obstetrical anesthesiologist in alleged birth injury case with brain injured child.
  • Defense counsel in Lawrence v. Bammel, jury verdict in favor of physician in flesh-eating bacteria case.
  • Defense counsel in Siemers v. Schlicher, jury verdict in favor of physician in alleged failure to diagnose malignant melanoma case.
  • Defense counsel in Wheeler v. Shellito, jury verdict in favor of surgeon in post-surgical complication case.
  • Defense counsel in Akright v. Nachtigall, jury verdict in favor of physician in case involving brain injury from spinal meningitis in an infant.
  • Defense counsel in Wedel v. Woods, jury verdict in favor of surgeon in case involving a laparoscopic injury to the abdominal aorta.
  • Defense counsel in Hall v. State Farm, a coverage case in which the jury found plaintiff made a fraudulent insurance claim.
  • Defense counsel in Knight v. Meyers, obtaining summary judgment for a lawyer in a legal malpractice case.
Professional Memberships, Affiliations, and Honors
  • Wichita Business Journal, Women in Business Honoree 2017
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys® , Lifetime Achievement Member
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow; member of the Attorney-Client Relationships Committee, 2016-2017
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 1993-2018
  • Top 50 Women Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer , 2006, 2011 -2016
  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® List , 2005-2007, 2010-2017 (a Thomson Reuters business)
  • Named by Benchmark Litigation 2012 - 2015 as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the United States
  • Named by Benchmark Litigation - Local Litigation Star, 2014: General Commercial, 2013, 2015 & 2018: General Commercial and Personal Injury; 2016: General Commercial, Personal Injury, Product Liability, and Securities
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers Inaugural 2011 edition
  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association Ag Law Newsletter Editor, Fellow
  • Wichita Bar Association
  • Kansas Legal Services board member
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel Board of Directors 2005
  • American Board of Trial Advocates Advocate, State Chair 2004-2005
  • Client Protection Fund Commission Chair, appointed by the Kansas Supreme Court
  • Defense Research Institute 2006 DRI State Liaison for the Med Mal/Healthcare Section
  • International Association of Defense Counsel


  • In the Courtroom (Kansas Bar Association)
  • Physician Concerns: Medical Staff Membership and Privileges; On-Call and Coverage Issues including EMTALA and Joint Commission; and KS Board of Healing Arts Enforcement Activities (Foulston Siefkin Kansas Health Law Institute)


  • Ethical Issues with Electronic Evidence and Metadata Mining (Foulston Siefkin Ethics Seminar for Corporate Counsel)


  • A Career In The Courtroom (Defense Research Institute, DRIs Commission on Women as Defense Trial Counsel)
  • Mid-America Deposition Skills Program (National Institute for Trial Advocacy)


  • Expert Witnesses (Litigation All Stars, Kansas Bar Association)