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Eric Turner

Eric Turner

Associate

Kansas City

32 Corporate Woods
9225 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 600
Overland Park, KS 66210-2000

T: 913.253.2176
F: 866.347.9614

eturner@foulston.com

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Before joining Foulston Siefkin as an associate on the firm’s northeast Kansas employment and general litigation team, Eric Turner spent 16 years as a journalist for Kansas newspapers – a career that built and honed the research skills, accuracy, speed, and writing abilities that now serve him and his clients so well as an attorney. A career path tailor-made for litigation took Eric from Washburn Law School into five years of clerking for three different state and federal judges at the trial and appellate levels. There, his experience behind the scenes gave him an inside view of how various judges evaluate information, make decisions, and run a courtroom. In his clerkships, Eric saw more trials in different courts than some litigators with many more years in practice. His experience included cases related to age discrimination, contract disputes, tax evasion, criminal matters, the interplay between federal and state law, and Social Security disability appeals.

At Foulston, Eric’s practice focuses primarily in three areas: employment and litigation, governmental liability, and commercial litigation and disputes. In early 2019, Eric was an active member of the Foulston trial team in a federal jury trial, in which the jury awarded Foulston’s client a $12.6 million verdict. Another large case Eric played a key role in involved age discrimination defense for a governmental entity. He is a frequent author and contributor to publications, including three years as co-author of the civil procedure chapter in the Kansas Bar Association’s Annual Survey of the Law. As the co-chair of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel amicus committee, Eric also writes for the KADC’s Kansas Defense Journal. Eric has also presented on employment issues and mentored law students through Washburn Law School and the Federal Bar Association.

Education

  • Washburn University (J.D., 2011)
    magna cum laude; Editor-in-Chief - Washburn Law Journal; Washburn Law Presidential Scholarship
  • Washburn University (B.A., 1992)
    summa cum laude

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas (2011)
  • Kansas (2011)
Community Involvement
  • Board of Elders, Christ Lutheran Church, Topeka, 2007-2013, 2015-present
  • Volunteer coach, League 42 baseball league, Wichita, 2015
  • Volunteer, Shawnee County Youth Court, 2009-2011
Relevant Experience
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Nancy L. Moritz, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (2015-16)
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Eric F. Melgren, U.S. District Court, Wichita (2013-15)
  • Research Attorney, Hon. Steve Leben, Kansas Court of Appeals (2011-13)
  • Law Clerk, Shawnee County District Court during Washburn Law School (2009-11)
Professional Memberships, Affiliations, and Honors
  • Kansas Bar Association Annual Survey Editorial Committee
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Earl E. O'Connor Inn of Court
Presentations

2019

  • Employment Law Mythbusters (Foulston Siefkin LLP, HR Training Series)
  • Ethical Issues in Workplace Investigations (Foulston Siefkin LLP, Corporate Counsel Series: Ethics 2019)
  • Anatomy of a Complaint: From Charge to Lawsuit (Foulston Siefkin LLP, HR Training Series) 
  • Fake News: Constitutional and Liability Considerations, and Do We Need to Fact-Check Benjamin Franklin? (Earl O’Connor Inn of Court)

2018

  • Back to the Basics: HR Topics from A-Z that Every HR Professional Should Know (Foulston Siefkin LLP, HR Training Series)‚Äč
  • How to Spot Fake News, Whatever That Means (Veterans’ Legal Association of Washburn)
Publications

2018