Michelle Brenwald is a Wichita attorney and member at Klenda Austerman LLC. Her representation of clients is diverse. Michelle works on both plaintiff and defendant litigation, focusing on all types of dispute resolution including negotiations, mediations and the filing and defending of lawsuits. She manages both business clientele and individuals, representing them in everything from large complex commercial lawsuits to smaller employment, contractual and tort based disputes. Michelle focuses on offering cost-effective service, combined with aggressive litigation, to provide her clients the resolutions they seek. Her curiosity helps her approach each case in an investigative matter – investigating and evaluating, then re-investigating and re-evaluating until a final resolution has been made.
Michelle represents plaintiffs and defendants seeking a personal injury lawyer due to injuries sustained from the negligence of others. She helps clients process what can be an insurance nightmare after being involved in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. She provides case evaluations of liability and damages, thoroughly reviewing the injuries and losses, liability, and financial availability of a defendant, and prepares cases for jury trial if the defendant refuses to offer a fair settlement.
Individuals and businesses, from oil and gas to construction to small retailers, turn to Michelle for her dogged work ethic and steadfast personality. Her employment law practice focuses on litigation and arbitration matters involving a variety of claims, including claims concerning age, sex, race, national origin, disability, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, breach of contract, defamation, non-compete agreements, and other employment law matters. She regularly represents employers in negotiations and proceedings with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Kansas Human Rights Commission.
Michelle’s vast experience with wrongful termination suits has made her a go-to source for preventative employment law. She frequently prepares employee handbooks, employment agreements and employment-related policies; and counsels employers on various issues concerning hiring, disciplining and terminating employees.
Over the years, Michelle has acquired an in-depth appreciation of issues arising in construction-related disputes. She assists general contractors, subcontractors and other professionals in filing mechanic’s liens and breach of contract suits to ensure payment for services rendered under their contracts.
Michelle spends her time out of the office balancing the life of a working mother of two with an often intense marathon training schedule. She and her husband Robin travel around the United States supporting their kids’ love of soccer, cross country and dance. Their family lives by the chant, “we’re strong, we’re smart, we finish what we start.”
In addition to giving sound legal advice, she is our resident expert on Walt Disney World, Orlando. She can tell you what restaurant is a must-visit (The Land), what time is best to ride Toy Story Mania (get a fast pass or go as soon as the park opens), who has the best fireworks show (Epcot Center) and where is the best place spot the princesses (Akershus Royal Banquet Hall).