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Class Actions 2016

Updates submitted between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016


Tom H. Foulds, '51, Edmonds, Washington, received the Gerhard Letzing Public Justice Award from the Washington State Association for Justice. After 48 years of practicing law in Washington state, he closed his office on December 31, 2015.


Jack Focht, '60, Wichita, received the Kansas Appleseed Champion of Justice Award for his hard work and dedication.

Jerry E. Norton, '62, River Forest, Illinois, was elected to a three-year term on the Kansas Wesleyan University Board of Trustees.

John R. Hamilton, '65, Topeka, a partner at Hamilton, Laughlin, Barker, Johnson & Jones, has been named to The Best Lawyers in America for 2017. Hamilton was honored in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law.

The Honorable Gary R. House, '65, Independence, Kansas, retired as district judge after serving eight years.  House will reopen his private law practice in Sedan and practice primarily in Montgomery, Chautauqua and Elk counties.


The Honorable Glenn D. Schiffner, '70, Colby, Kansas, retired as Chief Judge of the Western Kansas 15th Judicial District.

The Honorable Benjamin L. Burgess, '72, Wichita, received the 2016 Wichita Bar Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Professor Linda D. Elrod, '72, Topeka, received the Women Attorneys Association Justice Kay McFarland Award.

Pedro L. Irigonegaray, '73, Topeka, has become a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Otis W. Morrow, '73, Arkansas City, Kansas, was recognized with a Kansas Bar Association Professionalism Award. The Award is given to an attorney who has practiced law for over 10 years who, by his or her conduct, honesty, integrity, and courtesy, best exemplifies, represents, and encourages other lawyers to follow the highest standards of the legal profession.

The Honorable Harold E. Flaigle, '74, Wichita, retired after more than 30 years serving as a municipal court and district court judge. Before he was a district judge, Flaigle served as a municipal court judge and as a small claims judge. He also served in the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office and had a private law practice.

Col. Charles. R. Rayl (RET), '75, Strong City, Kansas, retired from the practice of law on September 16, 2015 after 40 years and 4 days.  The Fifth Judicial District Court hosted a reception in the Chase County Courthouse, the oldest courthouse in Kansas.

Daryl V. Craft, '77, Lawrence, Kansas, executive vice president at BOK Financial Private Bank, has been named to the 2016 class of Leadership Kansas. Leadership Kansas is one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership programs in the country.

William C. Rein, '77, Larned, Kansas, was appointed superintendent of Larned State Hospital. Rein previously served as the agency's chief counsel and was most recently the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services' commissioner of Behavioral Health Services, a position which includes oversight of hospital operations as well as administration of the state's behavioral health programs.

Bradley A. Bergman, '78, Overland Park, Kansas, was named one of Ingram's 250 Most Powerful Business Leaders in the Kansas City area.

The Honorable Ricklin R. Pierce, '78, Garden City, Kansas, has been appointed a district judge for the Kansas 25th Judicial District.

Frank J. Ross Jr., '78, Kansas City, Missouri, was named one of Ingram's 250 Most Powerful Business Leaders in the Kansas City area.

Paul T. Maricle, '79, Denver, Colorado, was installed as the new German honorary consul for Colorado in a small ceremony at the Consulate General in Los Angeles. As honorary consul, Maricle will be responsible for helping to encourage networking between Colorado and Germany, facilitating business opportunities and cultural exchange. In addition, he will offer assistance to U.S. and German citizens in some legal and consular issues related to Germany; though he is not authorized to provide all services, such as issuing visas.


Joe Cosgrove, Jr. '80, Austin, Texas, has founded The Joe Cosgrove Law Firm PLLC and JEC Legislative & Regulatory Consulting LLC. He is also serving as president of Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas.

Frederick J. Greenbaum, '80, Kansas City, Missouri, was named one of Ingram's 250 Most Powerful Business Leaders in the Kansas City area.

The Honorable Janet M. Hormberg, '80, Belleville, Illinois, is an associate judge of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit.

The Honorable Glenn R. Braun, '81, Hays, Kansas, has become chief judge of the 23rd Judicial District for a two-year term.

Elizabeth A. Carson, '82, Wichita, has opened Carson Law, LLC.

Daniel L. Doyle, '82, Kansas City, recently established the firm of Doyle & Associates LLC in Kansas City, Kan. The firm specializes in workers compensation and retaliation against those seeking workers compensation benefits. Previously, Doyle was a partner at Sanders Warren & Russell LLP in Overland Park, Kan.

Kim T. Parker, '82, Wichita, received a 2016 Wichita Bar Association's President's Awar and received the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Honorable Jeffrey D. Dewey, '84, Wichita, was appointed as a judge in the 18th Judicial District Court of Kansas in Sedgwick County.

Wm. Scott Hesse, '84, Topeka, has been named Maple Hill city attorney.

Gary A. Norton, '84, Des Moines, Iowa, was recognized by the firm for 30 years of service to Whitfield & Eddy. Gary is a member attorney, chair of the Environmental Law Practice Group, and past chair of the firm's Business and Banking Practice Group.

The Honorable Daniel D. Creitz, '85, Iola, Kansas, was reappointed as chief judge of the 31st Judicial District of Kansas in Allen County.

Christine M.T. Ladner, '85, Salina, Kansas, has joined the Saline County Attorney's Office.

Calvin D. Rider, '85, Wichita, is the school attorney for USD 394, Rose Hill.

The Honorable Evelyn Z. Wilson, '85, Topeka, received the Topeka Bar Association's Honorable E. Newton Vickers Professionalism Award. Hon. Evelyn Wilson is chief judge for the Third Judicial District in Shawnee County.  Prior to her appointment to the bench in 2004, Judge Wilson spent 19 years in private practice, including as a partner in Wright, Henson, Clark and Baker (formerly Davis, Wright, Unrein, Hummer and McCallister).  Judge Wilson serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Bethany College, and also is an active member of numerous law-related organizations, including the American Judges Association, and the American, Kansas and Topeka Bar Associations. She served as TBA president from 2004 to 2005.

Daniel B. Bailey, '87, Westminister, Colorado, is the SVP legal affairs and general counsel for AxisPoint Health.

Melissa L. Ness, '87, Topeka, president and founder of Connections Unlimited, Inc., was elected to Baker University’s Board of Trustees.

Colonel Julia D. Rivera, '87, Coppell, Texas, retired from JAG after 28 years.

Natalie Camacho Mendoza, '89, Boise, Idaho, received the Mary Helen Moore 2016 Ambassador of the Year Award from Philanthropy Northwest, Seattle, Washington.  The award recognizes an individual or organization who has demonstrated remarkable leadership and made personal contributions - beyond financial support - that benefit the entire Philanthropy Northwest network that includes donors committed to advancing the practice of philanthropy in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Natalie was also elected to join the Board of Directors of the Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation. Their mission is to provide financing and consulting services that transform the lives of individuals and strengthen community prosperity.

Mark R. Maloney, '89, Wichita, has joined Hinkle Law Firm LLC.


Randy D. Gordon, '91, Dallas, Texas, was recognized in the annual "Chambers USA Americas Leading Lawyers for Business" publication.

Marshall S. Honeyman, '91, Overland Park, Kansas, has joined Erise IP.

Timothy E. Keck, '91, Topeka, was named secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Keck served as interim secretary for the state’s aging and disability department since January.

Michael W. Riley, '91, Topeka, has joined BOK Financial as senior vice president and personal trust team leader. Riley will manage the Topeka office, leading a team of seven experienced trust officers and support staff. Additionally, he will be responsible for managing key relationships in the Topeka market, and will direct the sales and marketing efforts while maintaining compliance oversight. Riley has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry, working directly with high net worth individuals, families, and businesses to manage and preserve their wealth.

Kris Savage, '91, Topeka, was named Best Lawyers' Topeka Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense: White Collar. Additionally, she was honored for her expertise in General Practice Criminal Defense.

Dennis P. Wetta, '91, Wichita, received a 2016 Wichita Bar Association's President's Award.

Professor Jeffrey D. Jackson, '92, Topeka, is interim director of Washburn Law’s Center for Excellence in Advocacy.

Ronald L. Schneider, '92, Topeka, has joined Scott, Quinlan, Willard, Barnes & Keeshan as an associate.

Channel P. Townsley, '92, Wichita, has joined O'Hara & O'Hara.

Michael L. Leyba, '93, Garden City, Kansas, was hired as a contract attorney with the Department of Children and Families Child Support Services Young Williams.

Wayne J. Chipman, '94, Springfield, Missouri, has been appointed to the position of executive vice president for advancement at Drury University.

Douglas T. Shima, '94, Topeka, has been appointed by The Kansas Supreme Court to be clerk of the appellate courts at the judicial center. Shima has served as the interim appellate clerk since the middle of January, and has been with the judicial branch since 1995.

Michelle E. Bowman, '96, Council Grove, Kansas, was appointed as Kansas State Bank Commissioner.

Stephanie K. Dawkins, '96, Geneva, Illinois, is the city administrator for the City of Geneva.  Dawkins has worked as Geneva's assistant city administrator and director of administrative services since 2008. Dawkins has been responsible for all city operations in the finance, human resources, and information technologies divisions.

The Hon. Rhonda K. Mason, '96, Olathe, Kansas, was appointed as Johnson County's first African-American judge.  Kansas court officials said she is only the second African-American woman to be named a judge in the state.

Chris L. Patterson, '96, American Fork, Utah, was appointed as C.O.O. of ForeverGreen Worldwide Corporation.

The Hon. Brad Urrutia, '96, Austin Texas, has been elected Judge of the 450th Judicial District Court of Travis County, Austin, Texas. The 450th is a court of general jurisdiction focusing on felony criminal matters. Prior to running for the 450th, Urrutia was in private practice specializing in criminal defense. As a defense lawyer, he tried over 100 felony trials including six capital murder cases. His term begins in January 2017. 

Tricia M. Oldridge, '97, Wichita, is with the Sedgwick County Conflicts Office.

David A. Bohm, '98, Raleigh, North Carolina, is the director of development at Campbell Law School.

Maj. Gen. Victor J. Braden, '98, Topeka, is the deputy commanding general of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth. Braden received command of the 35th Infantry Division of the Kansas National Guard. Braden is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and numerous other awards and decorations. As a civilian, Braden is the deputy Kansas attorney general in charge of the Criminal Litigation Division.

The Honorable Kevin N. Berens, '99, Saint Francis, Kansas, was named chief judge of the Western Kansas 15th Judicial District. District 15 includes Cheyenne, Logan, Sheridan, Sherman, Rawlins, Thomas, and Wallace counties. 

Candace M. Gayoso, '99, Baxter Springs, Kansas, was named Galena's new city attorney. Gayoso is also the city attorney for Weir, Kan., and the municipal court judge in Arcadia, Kan. She is an adjunct professor at Missouri Southern State University.


Thomas E. Beall, '00, Topeka, serves as acting U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas. Beall will be in charge of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Kansas, which comprises approximately 50 assistant U.S. attorneys and 50 support staff members working in offices in Topeka; Kansas City, Kan.; and Wichita.

Shelley H. King, '00, Lawrence, Kansas, is now Corporate Counsel for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas in Topeka.

Michael L. Baumberger, '01, Wichita, was named partner at Klenda Austerman LLC.

Jay Sizemore, '01, Wichita, has joined Brad Pistotnik Law, PA.

Michele M. O'Malley, '02, Kansas City, Missouri, has been named a partner in the firm of Stinson, Leonard, Street LLP. O'Malley is a real estate litigator with significant experience with judicial and non-judicial foreclosures of commercial and residential real estate, as well as condemnation actions, workouts, commercial landlord-tenant matters, easement enforcement, and sales contract disputes.

Jennifer Conkling Bates, '03, Topeka, has joined the Appellate Courts of Kansas as chief deputy clerk.

Teri C. Adam, '04, Phoenix, Arizona, has joined Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law as the director of employee relations.

Robin K. Carlson, '04, Kansas City, Missouri, was presented the Legal Aid of Western Missouri's Volunteer Attorney Project award at the 2016 Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association's 2016 Bench-Bar & Boardroom Conference. Carlson is a partner with Stinson Leonard Street.

Morgan B. Koon, '04, Wichita, was a recipient of the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award.

Tammie L. Lord, '05, Topeka, was promoted to the General Counsel, GHQ Legal Section, at the Kansas Highway Patrol.  As General Counsel, Lord will serve as the GHQ Legal Section Head and continue to primarily handle personnel and civil matters, as well as overseeing the Records Section.

Kimbra D. Caywood McCarthy, '05, San Jose, California, has been hired as assistant city manager for Redwood City, Calif. McCarthy will oversee Redwood City's newly formed administrative services department.

Meghan M. Houtsma, '05, Garden City, Kansas, was sworn in as a district magistrate judge in the 25th Judicial District of Kansas in Finney County.

Courtney H. Mikesic, '05, Kansas City, was elected as a judge in the 29th Judicial District of Kansas in Wyandotte County. She will leave her position as managing attorney for the Kansas City office of Kramer & Frank, P.C. to be sworn in January 2017.

Mandee L. Schauf, '05, Wichita, received a 2016 Wichita Bar Association's President's Award.

Lucas P. Bell, '06, Springfield, Illinois, has been named as executive vice president of Illinois Realtors.

Melissa L. Castillo, '06, Kansas City, Missouri, has joined U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), as deputy chief counsel of the Chicago Office of the Chief Counsel, Kansas City sub-office. Castillo leads the Planet and Worksite Enforcement teams and is the juvenile point of contact. She is also an adjunct professor of immigration law at Washburn Law.

Charles F. Kitt, '06, Topeka, Kansas, who left the Shawnee County District Attorney's office last year to become chief of prosecution for the city of Topeka, returned to the DA's office.

Brian J. Malone, '06, Saint Louis, Missouri, has joined the law firm of Lashly & Baer, P.C. in their government practice group.

Nicole M. Romine, '06, St. Francis, Kansas, has joined Cheyenne County as county attorney.

Megan K. Walawender, '06, Lenexa, Kansas, is now associate general counsel at The University of Kansas.

Michelle K. Moe Witte, '06, Wichita, is an associate with Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC, which was ranked among the state's top labor and employment litigation firms by Chambers USA.

Angel R. Zimmerman, '06, Topeka, was honored for her work and impact in the Topeka community as part of the Third Annual Women of Influence event sponsored by GO Topeka Entrepreneurial & Minority Business Development.

Kristen C. Kellems, '07, Provo, Utah, was hired as the Staff Attorney for Timpanogos Legal Center, a legal non-profit based in Provo, Utah, dedicated to serving the legal needs of low-income and senior individuals.

John Paul D. Washburn '07, Topeka, is the Topeka Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors treasurer. John Paul operates Washburn Law Office, LLC., and the Washburn Mediation Company, LLC.

Charlie Ault-Duell, '08, Salina, Kansas, was elected to a three-year term on the Kansas Wesleyan University Board of Trustees.

Monica S. Cameron, '08, Wichita, has merged her practice to form Cameron & Herrman, P.A.

Krystal M. Dalke, '08, Wichita, is working as a law clerk for The Honorable Carlos Murguia, Kansas City, Kansas. She is working remotely.

Lisa K. Garza, '08, Kansas City, Missouri, is project director for Legal Aid of Western Missouri's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. Prior to joining Legal Aid, she worked as a staff attorney for Kansas Legal Services from 2008 to 16.

Daniel E. Lawrence, '08, Wichita, received the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award.

Austin K. Parker, '08, Topeka, has joined the law firm of Fisher, Patterson, Sayler & Smith as an associate attorney in the firm's Topeka office. In addition to his practice, which focuses on civil litigation defense, Parker is the attorney for the Regional Economic Area Partnership of South Central Kansas; the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization; the National Aviation Grant Consortium; and the cities of Andale, Augusta, Clearwater, and Viola.

Eric M. Pauly, '08, Wichita, was named partner at Foulston Siefkin LLP.

The Hon. Shawn R. Showers, '08, Washington, Iowa, was appointed judge to the District Court in the 8A Judicial District.

Nicholas J. Zluticky, '08, Kansas City, Missouri, has been named a partner in Stinson Leonard Street. Zluticky is a member of the firm's bankruptcy and creditors' rights division.

Timothy M. Belsan, '09, Washington, D.C., was recently promoted to senior litigation counsel within the Department of Justice's Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation.  Belsan was also recognized as one of the Department's Outstanding Mentors for 2015.

Matthew W. Bish, '09, Wichita, was named partner at Foulston Siefkin LLP.

Samuel A. Green, '09, Topeka, is a partner in the law firm of Fisher, Patterson, Sayler & Smith, and focuses on civil litigation defense.

Danielle R. Hall, '09, Topeka, is now a Deputy Disciplinary Administrator with the Kansas Disciplinary Administrator's Office.

Rafael M. Mendez, '09, Bentonville, Arkansas, was elected to a three-year term on the Kansas Wesleyan University Board of Trustees.

Callie R. Pippin Raitinger, '09, Kansas City, is an associate attorney at Graves Garrett. Prior to joining Graves Garrett, Raitinger worked as an associate at Waits, Brownlee, Berger, Hoop, and Johnston. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable David M. Byrn, Circuit Court of Jackson County, Mo., for five years.

Justin R. Shinkle, '09, Wichita, was named partner at Foulston Siefkin LLP.

Ashley S. Turner, '09, Jefferson City, Missouri, is now with the United States Attorney's Office.


Daniel S. Heinz, '10, Lawrence, Kansas, has joined Crow & Associates, Leavenworth.

Michael C. McClure, '10, Boise, Idaho, has joined Brian Webb Legal.

Sean T. Pribyl, '10, Washington, D.C., has joined Blank Rome LLP as an associate in the firm's Maritime and International Trade group. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Pribyl served for close to six years as a U.S. Coast Guard officer and attorney. He also had an article on drones published in the Maritime Reporter, touted as “The World's Largest Circulation Marine Industry Publication.”

Lisa S. Tse, '10, Bellevue, Washington, has joined Advantage Legal Group.

Bryan L. Walker, '10, Washington, D.C., has joined the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

Samuel R. Foreman, '11, Wichita, is now with Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, L.L.C.

Ashley R. Holm, '11, Topeka, has joined Mize Houser & Company, a regional accounting firm, as a technical tax services staff analyst. Holm will focus on income tax preparation as well as property and sales tax consulting,

Hanh H. Vu-Peck, '11, Wichita, has joined the Sedgwick County Public Defender's Office.

Jonathan E. Voegeli, '11, Wichita, was presented with the top 10 under 40 award by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys.

Jack W. Arnold Jr., '12, San Jose, California, has joined Xilinx, Inc. as a global corporate compliance specialist. 

Josh, ’12, and Courtney Boehm, '12, Hillsboro, Kansas, have opened Cottonwood Law Group, an independent law firm.

Lisa M. Brown, '12, Topeka, is the Topeka Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors president-elect. Brown is an associate at Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, LLP.

Ian M. Clark, '12, Wichita, has joined Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White, L.L.C.

Christopher J. Corwin, '12, Naples, Florida, is now Associate General Counsel at Arthrex, Inc.

Nicholas H. Jefferson, '12, Topeka, is an assistant city attorney - civil litigation, City of Topeka.

Joslyn M. Kusiak, '12, Independence, Kansas, has joined Kelly & Kusiak Law Office LLC.

Christopher M. Napolitano, '12, Kansas City, Missouri, has joined Ensz & Jester, P.C.

LeTiffany O. Obozele, '12, Topeka, is with the Kansas Attorney General's Office, Sexually Violent Predator Unit.

Jason Pollock, '12, Basehor, Kansas, is the 2016-17 Topeka Bar Associations Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors secretary. Pollock serves as a staff attorney for the Kansas Department of Transportation, dealing primarily with real property acquisitions and property related litigation.

Robert J. Rojas, '12, Kansas City, Missouri, is now with Littler Mendelson PC. Rojas spent the last four years as an attorney at Husch Blackwell. He has experience defending claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Hannah C. Schroller, '12, Holton, Kansas, is with the Jackson County Attorney's Office.

Kelly A. Navinsky-Ward, '12, Manhattan, Kansas, is now with the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Ted Davis, '13, Wichita, has joined DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers.

Joseph W. Frick, '13, Billings, Montana, is an associate at Tolliver Law Firm.

Kendra D. Hanson, ’13, Des Moines, Iowa, is an associate at Fredrikson & Byron.

Chandler L. Maxon, '13, Des Moines, Iowa, has joined Fredrikson & Byron.

Joshua T. Mortensen, '13, Kansas City, Missouri, accepted a position in Garmin International's legal department as corporate counsel. Mortensen is active in the Kansas City Marathon and Garmin Marathon committees.

Nickolas C. Templin, '13, Overland Park, Kansas, has joined Sanders Warren & Russell LLP as an associate.

Michael L. Fessinger, '14, Wichita, is with the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office.

Kelsey Fowler Floyd, '14, Wichita, is now with the City Attorney's Office.

Isabella Gichiri, '14, Wichita, has joined the Textron Aviation, Legal Department.

Zachary N. Green, '14, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is an associate at Jeff Diamond Law Firm.

Nicholas B. Kenney, '14, Kansas City, Missouri, has joined Husch, Blackwell, LLP.

Christopher W. Lyon, '14, Hays, Kansas, was selected to serve as prosecutor for Hays Municipal Court.

Robert J. Moody, '14, Wichita, received a 2016 Wichita Bar Association's President's Award.

Jenna E. Morgan, '14, Wichita, is now with the Sedgwick County Court Trustee's Office.

Megan M. Metzinger, '15, Lee's Summit, Missouri, has joined Stange Law Firm, PC.

Cecilia J. Nuby, '15, Kansas City, Missouri, is managing attorney of Cecilila Nuby & Associates, LLC.

Ben Carmichael, '16, Wichita, has joined Depew, Gillen, Rathbun & McInteer, LC.

Tori Chundak, '16, Topeka, has joined Tenopir & Huerter Law Firm.

Jorge M. De Hoyos, '16, Topeka, is a litigation manager at Kansas Counties Association Multiline Pool.

Victoria Lynn Eck Johnson, '16, Wichita, has joined the Law Office of Jennifer L. Stultz, LLC.

Nathaniel T. Martens, '16, Wichita, is an associate at Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, L.L.C.

Robert J. McFadden, '16, Wichita, has joined Foulston Siefkin LLP.

Jeffrey A. Norris, '16, Salina, Kansas, has joined the law firm of Clark, Mize & Linville, Chtd. Norris will practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, business law, and real estate.

Anastasia R. Willy, '16, Newton, Kansas, has joined CornerStone Law.

Daniel J. Wernert, '16, Wichita, has joined DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers.


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