Managing Partner: Kevin J Arnel
Number of partners: 52
Number of other attorneys: 33
Foulston Siefkin LLP is the largest and one of the oldest law firms in Kansas, tracing its origins to 1919. Today, the firm has 85 attorneys and offices in Wichita, the state’s largest city; Topeka, the state’s capital; and Kansas City, a leading center for commerce in the Midwest. Foulston Siefkin is the only Kansas member of Lex Mundi, Employers Counsel Network and State Law Resources, and is one of two Kansas members of Geneva Group International.
Main Areas of Practice:
Administrative & Regulatory:
The firm represents companies before the Kansas Corporation Commission, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and many other agencies. The team helps clients resolve matters such as licensing, regulatory compliance disputes, and other problems arising from governmental regulations and procedures.
Foulston Siefkin attorneys have a reputation for incisive legal writing and determined advocacy. The firm has been counsel of record in more reported federal and state cases in Kansas than any other firm. The team includes a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
Banking, Financial Services & Bankruptcy:
Foulston Siefkin is experienced representing lenders, financial institutions, and other creditors in lending transactions, disputes, securities issues, loan enforcement, creditors’ rights, and bankruptcy litigation.
The firm handles a wide variety of commercial litigation, from the simple contract dispute to complex litigation, including class action, qui tam, and whitecollar criminal defense cases. Frequent areas of litigation practice include antitrust and trade regulation, bankruptcy & creditors’ rights, construction, employee benefits and ERISA, insurance coverage and defense, intellectual property, product liability, professional malpractice, real estate, trade secret and noncompete, trust and estates, and water rights. The litigation group includes seven members of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Foulston Siefkin attorneys assist contractors, architects, design industry professionals, builders, public institutions and company owners with a wide range of construction projects, from conception through completion and any dispute resolution.
Employment & Labor:
More than 20 employment law attorneys advise and represent employers in the full range of issues arising from the employer/employee relationship. The firm’s labor lawyers are experienced in responding to union organizing efforts, representing employers in unfair labor practice proceedings and negotiating collective bargaining agreements.
Foulston Siefkin attorneys understand the complex issues involved in the oil and gas, electric, ethanol, biofuel and biomass, wind and solar sectors, and provide services in the areas of exploration, financial and commercial transactions, purchase and sales, operational production issues, title matters, leasing, marketing, transportation, regulatory compliance, and litigation.
Environmental & Water Rights:
Foulston Siefkin is experienced in all areas of environ- mental law; related toxic tort litigation, regulatory and transactional areas, and water rights issues in Kansas. The firm’s attorneys have relationships with regulators and consultants on local, state, and national levels. The team includes a Charter Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
The firm has represented local, regional, and national franchisors, franchisees and franchise associations, includ- ing some of the best-known franchise names in the full range of franchise law issues.
The firm has experience representing a diverse range of business clients, ranging from industry-leading companies to private equity firms to sole proprietors, working with local, state, regional, national, and international transactions. This wide-ranging perspective allows the firm’s attorneys to deliver creative and resourceful solutions on business matters.
Health Care & Long Term Care:
The firm’s health law and long-term care practice groups are experienced in handling complex government regulations and investigations and are knowledgeable in Kansas, Missouri, and federal healthcare matters, including the Stark law, fraud and abuse, and tax laws. The health law team handles healthcare-specific issues such as compliance and physician/provider contracting as well as advising on transactions, real estate, and tax matters for healthcare entities and providers.
Foulston Siefkin’s insurance defense attorneys have decades of experience and one of the most active trial practices in the region, defending medical malpractice actions, product liability and personal injury claims.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
The firm’s depth and experience in the structuring, financ- ing and successful completion of acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and other business transactions offers a comprehensive resource for complex business transactions.
Foulston Siefkin’s real estate attorneys provide legal services on all types of real estate transactions. Real estate clients include developers, investors, lenders, borrowers, sellers, purchasers, landlords, tenants, landowners, businesses, and entrepreneurs. The team includes a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.
Taxation & Employee Benefits:
The team helps individuals and businesses interpret and apply the rules of ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, and state laws. Foulston Siefkin’s taxation services include representation before the IRS, Kansas Department of Revenue and other taxing authorities and agencies, includ- ing all matters of tax litigations. Seven team attorneys hold an LLM in taxation; four have been named Fellows of the American College of Tax Counsel.