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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The Importance of Collecting Delinquent and Unpaid Accounts for Medium and Small Businesses



Everyone knows that one of the primary goals of any business is to generate profits.  The typical business cannot afford to operate “in the red” for long periods, if at all.  Though statistics vary, in general, roughly fifty percent (50%) of small businesses fail in their first five years of operation.[1]  At the end of ten years, that number increases to between 80% and 96%.[2]  Regardless of the exact statistics, it is clear that to …

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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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Klenda Austerman Runners Cross the Finish Line at Prairie Fire Once Again



The Klenda Austerman runners were at it again. For the sixth time, Klenda Austerman sponsored the Prairie Fire Marathon Race Series.   The Prairie Fire Marathon continues to be a popular event in Wichita, with this year’s event boasting a total of 2,200 participants from 24 states and over 280 communities. This year’s Spring race was particularly special as it was held on May 4th, which is known by Star Wars fans worldwide as National Star Wars …

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