W. Robert Alderson, Jr.
Bob received a B.A. degree from the University of Kansas, where he also attended graduate school. He received his J.D. degree in 1967 from Washburn University School of Law, where he was a member of the Washburn Law Journal Board of Editors. Bob is admitted to practice before the Bars of the U. S. District Court for the District of Kansas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and the State of Kansas. He is a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA), serving as President from 1999-2000. He received TLA’s Distinguished Service Award in 1993, and in 2008, he was presented the Association’s highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. Bob also is a member of the American Bar Association; Kansas Bar Association, which awarded him the Outstanding Service Award in 1992; Topeka Bar Association; and Canadian Transport Lawyers’ Association, having served on its Board of Directors in 2001-2002.
Bob was the recipient of the Citation for Distinguished Service from the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinances in 1976, and the Award for Public Service, presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation in 1980. He is the co-author of Vernon’s Kansas Statutes Annotated, General Corporation Code, West Publishing Company (1975), and co-author, with Mark Burghart, of Chapter 4, “Operating Problems,” Kansas Corporation Law and Practice, Kansas Bar Association (1998). He is a frequent presenter at seminars and continuing legal education programs on transportation issues, law office management, legal ethics and corporation law for various organizations, including the Kansas Bar Association, Topeka Bar Association, Transportation Lawyers Association, Transportation Law Institute and Washburn Law Institute.
Alan F. Alderson
Alan is an A-V rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, evidencing the highest national peer rating for legal ability and ethical standards. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas; a Juris Doctor degree from Washburn University School of Law; and a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Alan is admitted to practice in the State of Kansas and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, U.S. Court of Claims and the U.S. Tax Court. He is a member of the Topeka Bar Association (TBA) and the Kansas Bar Association (KBA). Prior to entering private practice, Alan served as General Counsel for the Kansas Department of Revenue (1979-1983).
Alan has committed considerable time to the service of
the legal profession. He served three four-year terms
on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 3rd Judicial
District. He has been on the Shawnee County Family Law
Guidelines Committee for many years, and is Chairman of
the TBA’s Family Law Committee. Alan is a past President
of the TBA, and he previously served as Chairman of the
TBA’s Professional Ethics and Grievance Committee. He is
a trained mediator and has been a presenter at numerous
continuing legal education seminars. Alan served
as Chairman of the KBA's Fee Dispute Resolution Committee
for several years. Both the TBA and KBA have recognized
Alan for his service to the legal profession. The TBA awarded
him its Pro Bono Award on two, separate occasions, and
the KBA presented Alan with its Pro Bono Award in 2004
and, again, in 2008. In 2001, Alan was the recipient of
TBA’s Professionalism Award.
Joseph M. Weiler
Joe received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Economics from the University of Nebraska. He received his law degree in 1986 from Washburn University School of Law, where he was President of the Moot Court Council. He has been an adjunct professor at Washburn University Law School and was named Adjunct Professor of the Year in 1998. Joe has served as the Secretary of the Conference of Freight Counsel and is a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association, the Kansas Bar Association and the Topeka Bar Association. He, also, is a member of the Topeka Area Bankruptcy Council and the Topeka Bar Association Family Law Committee.
Joe is licensed to practice before the state and federal
courts in Kansas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth
Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He practices
in the areas of motor carrier and transportation law, business
law, bankruptcy, freight claims, family law, personal injury
and civil litigation. He is a frequent presenter of seminars
and continuing legal education programs on motor carrier
and other transportation issues for such groups as the
Transportation Lawyers Association, the Kansas Motor Carriers
Association, the Topeka and Wichita Traffic Clubs and the
Conference of Freight Counsel.
Darin M. Conklin
Darin received his B.A. degree in Accounting from Washburn University in 1988. Thereafter, he attended Washburn University School of Law, graduating with honors in 1991. Darin is admitted to practice before the Bars of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, and the State of Kansas. He is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and Topeka Bar Association (TBA). Darin associated with the firm in 1987 as a law clerk, and continued with the firm as an attorney upon graduation from law school in 1991. In 1995, Darin received the TBA’s Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award, and in 1996 he became a partner with the firm.
Darin’s practice currently emphasizes business and administrative
law. Darin actively practices before numerous administrative
agencies, including the Kansas Department of Labor, Kansas
Department of Agriculture, Alcoholic Beverage Control Division
of the Kansas Department of Revenue, Kansas Board of Pharmacy,
Kansas Board of Cosmetology and the Kansas Department of
Health and Environment. In addition, Darin is actively
and extensively involved in the workers’ compensation arena,
representing employers, insurance companies, individuals
and the Kansas Workers Compensation Fund in the litigation
of claims before the Division of Workers’ Compensation,
the Appeals Board and the appellate courts. Darin also
devotes substantial time to the representation of claims
in matters involving asset transfers, contracts, antitrust
concerns and business formations.
Mark A. Burghart
is a graduate of the University of Kansas. He earned
his law degree in 1979 from the Washburn University School
of Law and his Masters of Laws in Taxation degree from
the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1984. He is
rated A-V by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest peer
rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Mark served
as General Counsel for the Kansas Department of Revenue
for seven years prior to joining the Firm. He is admitted
to practice before the United States Tax Court and U.S.
Supreme Court as well as the state and federal courts of
Mark is co-author with Bob Alderson of Chapter 4, “Operating
Problems,” Kansas Corporation Law and Practice, Kansas
Bar Association (1998). He practices in the areas of tax,
corporate and business law, probate, estate planning and
appellate practice. He lectures frequently on state
tax issues. Mark is a member of the Topeka and Kansas Bar
Associations. He has previously served as Chair of the
Topeka Bar Association’s Probate Committee. Mark also
is an adjunct professor of law, teaching State and Local
Taxation at Washburn University School of Law.
Daniel W. Crow
Dan’s practice focuses on real estate law, general business law and probate. Dan graduated with honors from Washburn University School of Law in 1993 and is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Kansas. He also has been licensed to practice in Missouri since 1994. Dan is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and the Topeka Bar Association, where he previously served as Secretary and President.
Since 1980, Dan has maintained a Kansas Real Estate Broker’s
license and is very familiar with the real estate brokerage
business. Accordingly, Dan represents and consults with
numerous real estate brokers and agents in all aspects
of the brokerage business. He also represents individuals
and business owners of all sizes in a broad range of real
estate matters, including buying and selling property,
leases, title defects, easements, zoning, eminent domain
and all corresponding transactional disputes. He also represents
several contractors and sub-contractors and has experience
with construction litigation. Dan’s clients include numerous
Homeowner Associations which utilize Dan’s expertise and
experience in resolving various association issues, including
the need to create or revise their bylaws and restrictive
In addition to his general business and real estate practice,
Dan helps individuals and their families with their estate
planning (including preparation of wills, trusts and power
of attorney documents) and small estate and trust administration.
Michelle L. Slinkard
(Formerly Michelle L. Miller)
was born in Hays, Kansas, where she attended Fort Hays
State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1998. Michelle
joined the firm in 1999 as a law clerk. She clerked with
the firm until she graduated with Dean’s Honors from Washburn
University School of Law in 2001. She has been a partner
with the firm since 2004. Michelle is admitted to practice
before the state and federal courts of Kansas, and she
is a member of the Kansas Bar Association (KBA) and the
Topeka Bar Association (TBA). Michelle received the TBA’s
Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2005, after
serving as President of the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division.
She has been on the Board of Directors of the Women Attorneys
Association of Topeka and on the TBA’s
Board of Directors. She is currently serving a second term
on the Executive Board of the Sam A. Crow American Inns
of Court. Michelle also is on the Shawnee County Family
Law Committee, Shawnee County Guidelines Committee and
serves as a mentor in the TBA mentoring Program. Michelle’s
practice focuses on Family Law issues that include divorce,
child custody, child support, parenting time disputes,
and paternity. Her practice also includes adoptions, guardianships
Nick received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University and graduated from Washburn University School of Law with honors and a certificate in Natural Resources Law. Prior to attending law school, Nick practiced as a Civil Engineer for over six years, and he continues to maintain his Kansas Professional Engineering license. Nick began with the firm as a law clerk while attending law school and joined the firm as an associate upon being admitted to the Kansas Bar.
Nick’s practice emphasizes engineering related law, primarily in the areas of intellectual property and natural resources. Nick’s intellectual property practice includes copyrights, trademarks and patent work. His natural resources law practice includes environmental law, water law, oil & gas law and other land use issues. Nick also works on general civil matters, including business, construction, and tax issues.
Nick is currently licensed to practice before the state and federal courts of Kansas and he is currently seeking admittance to prosecute patents before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, Topeka Bar Association, and the Sam A. Crow American Inns of Court. Nick also serves as a member of the City of Topeka Planning Commission.
Thomas C. Henderson
Tom has been affiliated with the Firm since its inception in 1983 and is currently Of Counsel. He received his B.B.A. from Washburn University of Topeka in 1970 and his J.D. degree from Washburn’s School of Law in 1975. For 28 years Tom worked for the Kansas Department of Labor as an Administrative Law Judge and then as Chief of Appeals. In 2001, Tom received recognition on the National Registry of Who’s Who for his public service work. He retired from government service in 2005.
Tom’s practice is devoted exclusively to the probate area,
with an emphasis on mental health law. He serves as a guardian,
conservator, curator and payee for numerous disabled individuals,
most of whom are veterans. Tom is a member of the Topeka
Bar Association (TBA) and Kansas Bar Association (KBA),
actively serving as the Administrative and Government Law
Liaison to the KBA’s Legislative Committee while he was
employed by the State of Kansas, and he currently serves
on the TBA’s Probate and Elder Law Committees. In 2006,
Tom received the KBA’s Pro Bono Award.
Brian joined the firm Of Counsel in 1999. He received his law degree from Washburn University School of Law in 1985, and is admitted to practice in the State of Kansas, before the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Brian is a B-V rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell in the area of family law, with his practice centering primarily on divorce, custody, child support and visitation. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Safe Visit Program of Shawnee County since its inception in 1997, and has been active in the Family Law Committee of the Topeka Bar Association, most recently having chaired the subcommittee which revised the Shawnee County Guidelines pertaining to child issues in 2007. He also continues to actively represent his corporate clients and their diverse interests.
R Muir graduated with honors from Washburn University School
of Law in 2010. He received his undergraduate degree from
Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Before attending
law school he owned his own small business. Jared currently
has a general law practice. He is an avid cyclist, dedicated
family man and enjoys playing golf.