Several members of the Firm have substantial experience practicing before various administrative agencies, including the Division of Taxation of the Kansas Department of Revenue, Court of Tax Appeals, Kansas Corporation Commission, Division of Workers’ Compensation of the Department of Human Resources, Division of Alcoholic and Beverage Control of the Kansas Department of Revenue and the Kansas Real Estate Commission. The Firm’s location in Topeka makes it uniquely qualified to represent clients before the various administrative agencies of the State of Kansas. Attorneys in the Firm emphasizing this practice include Bob Alderson, Mark Burghart, Joe Weiler, Darin Conklin and Dan Crow. Darin also serves as General Counsel for the State Board of Accountancy.
Michelle’s adoption practice includes stepparent, independent,
agency, adult and contested adoptions. She has experience
representing the adoptive parent(s), stepparents, grandparents,
birth mothers, birth fathers and the individual being adopted.
The Firm has represented both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and a wide variety of bankruptcy-related matters, including stay relief, discharge and preference litigation, secured property disputes, bankruptcy-related fraud actions and others. The Firm has significant experience representing consumers and commercial debtors, as well as bank and general business creditors, both secured and unsecured. The Firm’s principal bankruptcy attorney is Joe Weiler. Joe has been involved in several complex cases dealing with motor carrier bankruptcy, farm bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy with complex discharge issues and public utility bankruptcy under Chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.
The Firm has the resources and experience to support
our clients through litigation, when necessary, including
business litigation, antitrust claims, insurance disputes,
transportation litigation (including freight claims and
truck safety and accident claims cases), employment litigation
(including workers’ compensation claims) and numerous
other areas where our clients need courtroom and litigation
assistance. The Firm litigates in both state and federal
courts and before arbitrators, and has experience with
both jury and court trials, complex multi-district litigation,
class actions and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy
court. Firm members regularly act as local counsel for
companies sued in Kansas, and can assist in-house or
corporate counsel with litigation in Kansas. The Firm’s
litigation efforts are handled primarily by Darin Conklin
and Joe Weiler.
Corporate & Business Law
A significant portion of the Firm’s practice involves the representation of corporations and other business entities, including limited liability companies and partnerships. The members of the Firm whose practices focus, to a great extent, on business and corporate law are Bob Alderson, Mark Burghart, Darin Conklin, Dan Crow and Joe Weiler. They are regularly engaged in the selection, formation and operation of business entities, and they represent clients in transactions involving tax, antitrust and bankruptcy issues.
The corporate and business law practitioners in the Firm
are recognized for their experience in these areas. Bob
and Mark are co-authors of Chapter 4 (“Operating Problems”)
of the Kansas Bar Association’s Kansas Corporation Law & Practice. Bob also is co-author of Vernon’s Kansas Statutes Annotated, General Corporation Code, and he previously chaired an ad hoc committee formed by the Kansas Bar Association to study the need for revising this Code.
A substantial portion of Mark’s practice involves the
representation of multi-state corporations and business
entities before the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals.
Darin assists clients in the organization and operation
of business entities which have been formed by health care
professionals or are otherwise involved in the health care
industry, and he represents business clients in various
federal, multi-district antitrust litigation.
While Joe maintains a general corporate and business law
practice, he emphasizes the representation of transportation
companies and the creation of contractual arrangements
which are available for the operation of transportation
Dan’s business practice generally focuses on issues involved
in the management and operation of homeowners associations
and other transactions involving the transfer of interests
in real estate.
To a great extent, the Firm’s corporate and business law practice has shaped its employment law practice, limiting this practice area to the representation of employers. The respective practices of Bob Alderson, Dan Crow and Darin Conklin include advising employer clients on employment matters, including the requirements of various federal and state laws dealing with employment issues involving wage and hour requirements and discrimination in employment. They also advise employer clients regarding the development of personnel policies which are consistent with requirements of applicable statutes, rules and regulations.
Estate Planning and Probate
The Firm’s estate planning practice includes the preparation of simple and complex wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts and related asset transfer documents, as well as tax planning for individuals and married couples who have exposure to both state and federal estate taxes. The Firm also has extensive experience in the administration of probate estates in counties across the State of Kansas. Firm attorneys specializing in these practice areas are Mark Burghart and Dan Crow.
Child Custody - A substantial portion of the Firm’s practice
involves seeking a modification of existing custody arrangements,
or defending against a modification proposed by another
parent. Alan Alderson has many years of experience and
is very knowledgeable about what judges look for in these
situations, and understands alternatives to litigation.
Joe Weiler, Michelle Slinkard and Brain Frost also are skilled
and experienced in these matters.
Child Support - The Firm routinely represents parents
in seeking or defending against modifications of child
support. Alan Alderson, Joe Weiler, Michelle Slinkard and
Brian Frost all represent clients in matters involving
child support issues. They are knowledgeable of the latest
rules, guidelines and case law, and provide good results
for their clients.
Divorce - The Firm represents both petitioners and respondents
in divorce, separate maintenance and annulment cases.
From simple, agreed divorces to complex cases involving
significant assets (including businesses) and custody
issues, the Firm has substantial experience in properly
advising clients to reach agreement or litigate for a
good result. Alan Alderson, Joe Weiler, Michelle Slinkard
and Brian Frost handle these matters. All of these attorneys
work in conjunction with skilled paralegals to provide
clients with a knowledgeable, affordable connection to
Paternity - Several members of the Firm have substantial
experience in issues involving determination of parentage,
custody, child support and visitation in paternity cases.
The firm represents both mothers and fathers in paternity
cases. Alan Alderson, Joe Weiler, Michelle Slinkard and
Brian Frost have years of experience in these matters,
and they are able to skillfully guide their clients through
the maze of issues involved in paternity cases.
Premarital and Postmarital Agreements - Mark Burghart’s
practice includes drafting premarital and postmarital
agreements for his clients, as well as reviewing drafts
of these agreements presented for his clients’ consideration.
He has considerable knowledge and experience regarding
the issues involved in these agreements.
Visitation - The Firm handles a great number of cases
involving child visitation rights of parents. Several
Firm members are very knowledgeable about these issues
and have participated in the development of Shawnee County
Family Law Guidelines. Alan Alderson, Joe Weiler, Michelle
Slinkard and Brian Frost frequently represent clients on
Guardianships and Conservatorships
Michelle Slinkard is the primary attorney at the Firm that handles Guardianships and Conservatorships. Her practice focuses on voluntary Guardianships and Conservatorships for children and adults.
Since its inception, the Firm has afforded its clients the opportunity for representation before the Kansas Legislature. Normally, legislative representation is available only to clients of the Firm who utilize the Firm’s legal services in other practice areas. On selected occasions, however, the Firm has represented clients whose only interest is legislative representation of relatively narrow, limited interests.
Currently, Bob Alderson is the member of the Firm whose
practice includes significant lobbying activities. To
a lesser extent, Mark Burghart and Darin Conklin also
are involved in lobbying activities.
The Firm is well prepared to assist in virtually every aspect of its clients’ real estate needs, assisting them in nearly all types of real estate transactions, whether residential or commercial. The Firm is regularly involved in residential and commercial real estate sales, from preliminary negotiations to closing, including real estate transfers included in business asset purchases, mergers or other acquisitions. In addition, the Firm is able to provide legal services in connection with boundary disputes, easement grants, construction contracts, title disputes and condemnation litigation. Dan Crow’s practice focuses on these real estate matters, and Bob Alderson and Joe Weiler also include various real estate transactions in their respective practices. Dan serves as General Counsel for numerous homeowners’ associations, and he provides guidance regarding the creation, implementation and enforcement of restrictive covenants.
Mark Burghart’s tax practice concentrates on tax disputes with the Kansas Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service, as well as representation of clients before the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals on state income and sales tax issues and property valuation matters. Mark has considerable experience on state tax issues, having served as General Counsel to the Kansas Department of Revenue for nearly eight years prior to joining the Firm.
The Firm has extensive experience in the transportation industry, representing a wide variety of transportation entities. The Firm’s transportation clients include common and contract carriers, private carriers, shippers, brokers, logistics companies, railroad companies, freight forwarders, transportation consultants and insurance companies. The Firm has collective experience of over 50 years in representing clients in transportation matters. The primary attorneys specializing in transportation are Bob Alderson and Joe Weiler. Bob and Joe regularly engage in all aspects of transportation law, from forming transportation entities through their day-to-day operations, including regulatory compliance involving the securing of necessary operating authorities from state and federal administrative agencies and safety compliance. They also advise clients in business structuring and business contracts and transactions, transportation litigation, insurance, labor and employment, truck accident litigation, taxation, mergers and acquisitions, workers’ compensation, owner-operator issues, logistics, leasing arrangements for both drivers and equipment, bus and taxi-cab related matters, short-line railroad real estate and business issues, private fleet operations and a variety of other transportation-related matters.
Darin Conklin presently manages the firm’s workers’
compensation practice. Over the course of the preceding
seventeen years, Darin has had occasion to practice before
the Kansas Department of Labor in venues throughout the
State of Kansas on behalf of employers, employees, insurance
carriers and the Kansas Workers’ Compensation Fund. In
so doing, he has garnered a wealth of experience in evaluating
and litigating claims, and is, therefore, able to efficiently
and effectively address the issues that face businesses
and individuals in the workplace.