Klenda runs 34.494 miles in 6 hour ultramarathon



Congratulations to KA member Greg Klenda who completed a 6 hour ultramarathon race on Saturday, November 15th. The 2nd annual KUS 6/12/24 Hour Run was held at Buffalo Park in west Wichita, sponsored by the Kansas Ultrarunners’ Society. The goal of the race was to see how many miles one could run in 6, 12, or 24 hours. Despite the cold temperature and brutal Kansas wind, Klenda completed 34.494 miles and placed 5th overall. Way to make us …

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Morris Named Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year in Bankruptcy Litigation



Peer-review publication Best Lawyers® has named Klenda Austerman partner J. Michael Morris Lawyer of the Year in the bankruptcy litigation practice area.  The Wichita Business Journal hosted a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency on September 29, 2014 to honor Morris and other top Wichita attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers®. Morris has significant experience litigating complex matters in personal and corporate bankruptcy cases on behalf of creditors, debtors and trustees.  He has served as a private …

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Firm Tradition of Charity Continues



Klenda Austerman attorneys and employees raised $1,889.05 this year in their annual fundraising drive to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wichita and The MS Society.  The firm encouraged donations by relaxing its dress code to allow jeans and t-shirts supporting the wearer’s favorite college sports team on designated days, in return for a small charitable donation.  The firm then donated all of the funds raised as part of its participation in the Bowl For …

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2014 Wichita Wild Wind Cross Country Festival



Klenda Austerman congratulates all of the runners who participated in the 2014 Wild Wind Cross Country Festival! Truly a fantastic event! View (unofficial) race results here: North – All Results 2014 Disclaimer: The attached is a copy of the unofficial results from the event.  For official results and times, please contact the organization hosting the event.

Klenda Attorney Jeffrey Peier Recipient of Fort Hays State University Alumni Achievement Award



This October managing member Jeffrey Peier will receive the Fort Hays State University Alumni Association’s highest honor: the Alumni Achievement Award. As noted in FHSU Magazine, this award was established in 1959 and recognizes those “who have made outstanding and unselfish contributions in service to their community, state or nation as citizens, in chosen career fields or through philanthropic work.” Peier is an exemplary member of our community and well deserving of this esteemed award.  …

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McElgunn and Helm presented with 2014 WBA President’s Award



Klenda Austerman partners Christopher McElgunn and Chasity Helm are 2014 recipients of the Wichita Bar Association (“WBA”) President’s Award, presented at the WBA’s Installation and Awards dinner held June 19, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency. The President’s Award is given for outstanding and exceptional service to the WBA that goes above and beyond normal expectations of bar membership.  Recipients also demonstrate high ethical standards and are well-respected by their peers. Both McElgunn and Helm are …

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Change Your Beneficiary Designations, or Forever Hold Your Peace



Klenda Austerman attorney Michael L. Baumberger recently won an appeal to the Kansas Court of Appeals on a case involving a dispute over 401k proceeds.  Bryon Funk listed his wife as the beneficiary of his 401k proceeds.  The Funks divorced seven years later.  Mr. Funk passed away 14 years later having never changed his beneficiary designation.  Mr. Funk’s sister claimed the 401k proceeds should not go to the ex-wife because the 401k was awarded to …

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Peier Featured in “Good Deeds” Section of Wichita Eagle



Klenda Austerman Partner Jeff Peier was recognized in the Wichita Eagle this week for his 30 years of dedicated service to the Wichita Multiple Sclerosis Society. A link to the article can be found here. In addition to the MS Society, Mr. Peier also does charity work for the Wichita Aero Club, the Fort Hays State University Foundation, and Doc’s Friends, where he helps restore a historic B-29 Superfortress. If you would like to contact …

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Klenda Austerman Attorneys Succesfully Defend $55 Million Civil Rights Claim



Nationally recognized attorney Geoffrey Fieger sought $55 million in damages against two companies and several of their employees who provided medical care at the Sedgwick County jail under an independent contractor arrangement. Inmate Terry Bruner died from a brain stem herniation caused by bacterial meningitis relating to his liver disease. Fieger brought the action, alleging our clients acted with deliberate indifference in denying or delaying medical care in violation of Bruner’s civil rights.  Klenda Austerman …

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