Alex Flores Named Member at Klenda Austerman



Klenda Austerman law firm is pleased to announce that Alex Flores named member effective 1/1/2020. Alex has been with the firm since 2013, practicing in the areas of civil litigation, divorce and family law. “Alex has already proven himself invaluable to our firm,” says Chris Vinduska, Klenda Austerman member. “He has demonstrated excellence in legal writing, in oral advocacy and in his zealous pursuit of the best result for our clients. He is an extraordinary …

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U.S. Farm Bankruptcies Spike



U.S. Farm Bankruptcies Spike Amid Trade War, New Debt Cap by Alex Wolf for Bloomberg Law Eric Lomas’ work helping financially distressed farmers has been picking up. Farmers make up only a portion of the Wichita, Kansas-based bankruptcy attorney’s work. But demand for his services in Chapter 12 filings, a specific area of bankruptcy law mostly for family farming, has accelerated as consecutive years of a farm economy downturn has hit Midwest farmers especially hard. …

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2019 Super Lawyers



Five Klenda Austerman attorneys have been selected by their legal community peers for inclusion in the 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list for Missouri and Kansas. This is Gary Austerman’s 14th consecutive year recognized as a top-rated attorney in medical malpractice defense. Mike Morris has been selected as a top-rated bankruptcy attorney 12 times since 2006. Dave Steed has been selected as a top-rated professional liability defense attorney for the 5th consecutive year. Super …

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FMCSA-Regulated Employers Must Register for Clearinghouse



FMCSA-regulated employers have some new regulations thanks to a wreckless driver in New Hampshire. On June 21, 2019, the driver of a 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck pulling a trailer in Randolph, New Hampshire hit a group of 10 motorcyclists, killing 7. The driver had prior arrest records for drunken driving in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. At the time of the accident he was driving for work. Records from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration …

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Klenda Austerman Law Firm Welcomes Joe Dempewolf



Klenda Austerman law firm Wichita, Kansas welcomes Joe Dempewolf as Associate. Joe practice areas include civil litigation, commercial litigation, insurance defense and employment law. Joe received his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law and his B.S. in Business from Emporia State University. As a litigator, Joe believes that alternative dispute resolution can be a valuable and cost-effective tool. Through negotiation and mediation, Joe works to resolve matters outside of litigation. When it is apparent …

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Klenda Austerman Law Firm Welcomes Ethan McInteer



Klenda Austerman law firm Wichita, Kansas welcomes Ethan McInteer as Associate. Ethan’s practice focuses on business, aviation law. A majority of his law practice is focused on finance and regulatory compliance as it relates to the aviation industry. Ethan received his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law and his B.A. in Political Science from Kansas State University. At Klenda Austerman Ethan McInteer is dedicated to maximizing client interests through diligent representation. With expertise spanning …

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Klenda Austerman Law Firm Welcomes Lauren Wright



Klenda Austerman law firm Wichita, Kansas welcomes Lauren Wright as Associate. Lauren is a seasoned oil and gas litigation attorney. A former military brat who considers Wichita home, Lauren received her J.D. from Washburn University School of Law and her B.S. from Fayetteville State University. Lauren worked directly with local, state, and federal agencies on issues relating to environmental concerns and compliance with local, state, and federal rules and regulations in the areas of energy …

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Use Protection



Cohabitation in Kansas and throughout the United States is an increasingly popular alternative to marriage. With these numbers on the rise, it is easy to assume the law has you covered should separation or death occur. A vast number of unmarried couples are finding the opposite to be true and left with a financial mess in the process. How can you protect yourself if you are in a civil partnership? The solution is simple: make …

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Val Wachtel – What I Have Learned



By Chasity Helm | Originally published in July 2019 Bar-o-Meter | https://www.wichitabar.org “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Chapter 3, To Kill a Mockingbird The year was 1962. A young man with sisters, raised by a single mom, and like me, an upbringing we refer to in our adult lives as “growing up poor.” Impressionable, …

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Kansas Chapter 12 Farm Bankruptcy on the Rise



With ongoing trade disputes and a depressed farm economy, debt relief for farmers has been a hot topic. As farming and ranching operations have increased in size, farmers have taken on more debt in their operations. To allow for increased debt relief for farmers, Congress recently introduced the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019. The bill aims to increase access to Chapter 12 bankruptcy by raising the Chapter 12 debt limit to $10 million, from …

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