Managing Partner: Kevin J Arnel
Number of partners: 57 Number of other attorneys: 28
Foulston Siefkin LLP is the largest and one of the oldest law firms in Kansas, tracing its origins to 1919. Today, the firm has 88 attorneys and has 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 Racing and Gaming Commission, and other agencies.
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.
Commercial & Complex Litigation:
The firm handles every variety of commercial litigation from the simple contract dispute to complex litigation, including class action, qui tam, and white-collar criminal defense cases. The litigation group includes six members of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Foulston Siefkin attorneys assist construction industry clients 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 environmental 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, including 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 & Senior Care:
The firm’s health law and senior care practice groups are experienced in handling complex government regulations and investigations and are knowledgeable in Kansas and federal healthcare matters, including the Stark law, fraud and abuse, and tax laws.
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, financing 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, including all matters of tax litigations. Eight team attorneys hold an LL.M in taxation.
The firm represents a broad range of clients, including major financial institutions, corporations, public utilities, insurance companies, healthcare providers, manufacturers, franchisors and franchisees, agricultural and natural-resource producers and processors, professional entities, construction companies and contractors, and service providers. Clients include American Adoptions, Athene USA, Bank of America, N.A., The Boeing Company, Bombardier Aerospace Learjet, Cargill Incorporated, Cargill Protein, Catholic Diocese of Wichita, City of Overland Park, Cobalt Boats, The Coleman Company, Inc., Commerce Bank, Cox Communications, Delta Dental of Kansas, Inc., EDF Renewable Energy, Envision, Inc., Freddy’s Frozen Custard, LLC, Hays Medical Center, Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation, ICM, Inc., Intrust Bank, KCAMP, Kansas Health Foundation, Koch Industries, Inc., Larksfield Place, Meritrust Credit Union, NueHealth Systems, Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Inc., The IMA Financial Group, Inc., TransPacific Oil Corp., University of Kansas, Via Christi Health System, Viega LLC, Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, Wichita State University, and WoodSpring Suites.