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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Non-Competes and Strengthening Business Relationships



Strong, well-written non-compete contracts can strengthen your business relationships. Small businesses especially can face challenges when a business partner is unwilling to sign a non-compete.  Reluctance to sign a non-compete can result from a failure to understand what the purpose of the provision is, overly-complex or overly broad language, or a belief that signing it will put them out of business if the relationship goes poorly.  These problems can be avoided if a competent business …

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Dead & Pregnant: Wait, what?



Last December the country was captivated by a devastating tale of a husband and his expecting wife from Texas.   Erick Muñoz found his wife Marlise lifeless in their home and rushed her to the hospital.  Once there, the doctors told Erick his wife had likely suffered a pulmonary embolism.  They also informed him Marlise was expecting a child, and was fourteen weeks pregnant.  Prior to that conversation with the hospital, Marlise’s pregnancy was unknown to …

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Bob Kaplan Named Wichita Lawyer of the Year in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law



Bob Kaplan Named Wichita Lawyer of the Year in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law  The Wichita Business Journal named Bob Kaplan Lawyer of the Year in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law for 2013. Bob joined Klenda Austerman LLC as Of Counsel in May 2010 and specializes in real estate development, zoning, and condemnation law. In his spare time, Bob is likely rooting on the Wichita State Shocker’s or spending time with his twelve (soon to …

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Happy Thanksgiving from Klenda Austerman!



This week our firm celebrates an annual tradition as we host our festive Thanksgiving luncheon. We gather together each year for a pot luck meal of sorts, reserving time away from our busy schedules to reflect on and give thanks for our fortunes. It is this time that we are especially reminded of the many people who help us succeed and make our work life enjoyable throughout the year. With heartfelt sincerity we pass along …

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Catching (Wild)Fire – A Running Recap



On September 14th 2013 Klenda Austerman LLC sponsored a great local event—The Wild Wind XC (Cross Country) Festival.  The purpose of the Wild Wind XC Festival is to “provide a first-rate cross country race for aspiring and established athletes, while at the same time introducing young children to the sport of running.”  The organizers detail they feel that “a friendly, festive, energetic environment forms the best backdrop to accomplish these goals.” We were on hand …

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Peier Elected Vice Chair of Fort Hays State University Foundation



Klenda Austerman partner Jeffrey D. Peier was recently elected Vice Chair of the Fort Hays State University Foundation for the 2013-14 fiscal year at the Foundation’s annual meeting held on August 24.  Jeff also serves as Chair of the Foundation’s Investment Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.  Jeff holds two undergraduate degrees from Fort Hays State University [economics (B.A ‘80) and finance (B.S ‘80)].

The Right to Privacy as it Applies to the Smartphone Era



This summer Americans learned that the National Security Agency over the past several years has collected data on citizen’s internet searches and telephone calls.  With the cooperation of numerous telecommunications companies, the NSA monitored millions of Americans and gathered information including call metadata and call logs.   Widespread debate ensued over privacy rights and the reasonableness of the NSA’s intrusion, if any, upon those rights. Though the NSA focused its information collection efforts on the …

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