The Dangers of Winter Driving in Wichita



As cooler temperatures settle in and the snow begins to fall, the dangers of winter driving in Wichita make their annual appearance.  The two major traffic ways that bisect Wichita, Kellogg Avenue running east to west, and Interstate 135 running north to south, allow drivers to quickly travel across the city, but also pose a potential hazard.  Large sections of Kellogg Avenue and I-135, as well as smaller sections of K-96 to the north, are …

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Steed and Son Visit Moon Marble Factory



Recently Klenda Austerman attorney David W. Steed and his son, Nate, visited the Moon Marble Factory in Bonner Springs, Kansas with Nate’s Cub Scout Troop. Moon Marble Factory is a one of a kind place!  Moon Marble sells traditional toys and games, including metal trucks and wooden pick up sticks.  Adding to its uniqueness is an authentic glass working shop, where seasoned glass workers create custom handmade marbles. During their visit, Nate’s Troop learned the …

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Klenda Austerman to Participate in Upcoming Community Events



There are certain Wichita community events Klenda Austerman actively supports every year. As it has done for the last 5 years, Klenda Austerman will serve as the exclusive sponsor of the 6th Annual Friends University Lady Falcon Softball Invitational to be held March 1st and 2nd.  Klenda will also organize teams to participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake and the MS Walk 2013 taking place in April. If you would …

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Klenda Austerman Holiday Toy Drive



Over the holidays, Klenda Austerman’s attorneys and staff contributed to the Salvation Army’s effort to supply holiday gifts to young children. The firm collaboratively collected toys, including board games, stuffed animals, clothes, wagons, and a bicycle. After the items were collected, the Salvation Army distributed the toys to children through the Angel Tree and Toys for Tots programs.  Those at Klenda Austerman were delighted to spread the holiday spirit this season!

Chief Concern: Contracts and an Eye on the End



As most fans of the Kansas City Chiefs are now aware, the Chiefs have fired head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli after another disappointing season.  While many fans celebrated the transition to new leadership of the organization, most probably did not pay much attention to the steps that the Chiefs organization had to take to make that transition possible.   This provides a strong reminder of the importance of keeping an eye on …

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Peier to Speak at 2013 NBAA Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference



Jeffrey D. Peier will be a panelist at the 2013 NBAA Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference sponsored by the National Business Aviation Association being held in Bonita Springs, Florida, on February 7 – 8, 2013.  Peier will join H. Lee Rohde, III, President of Aviation Management Systems, Inc., in presenting “Use, Insurance, Maintenance and Return Conditions in Leases and Security Agreements.”  You may register for this aviation conference at the following web site:  …

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A DUI Lawyer Can Help You Avoid Your Own Personal “Fiscal Cliff”



The U.S. government has been in the midst of an ongoing conundrum commonly referred to as the “fiscal cliff”.  If images of the end of the popular film Thelma and Louise come to mind when you hear this phrase then you might not be far off.  While Congress and the President have reached an agreement, absent that, dramatic and potentially disastrous economic consequences could have resulted. Similarly, one who is charged with DUI faces his …

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Petraeus and Protecting Your Intellectual Property



Today’s small businesses can learn a lot from the Petraeus’ scandal when it comes to protecting their intellectual property assets.  Petraeus demonstrates the damage that can be done to an organization when valuable information is not adequately protected.  In entrepreneurial communities like Wichita, an ever increasing percentage of the value of businesses is tied up in intellectual property, or “IP”.  Unfortunately, many leave their IP without adequate protection, exposing themselves to potential damage from a …

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Littlest Victim Pays the Biggest Price in Wake of Tragic KC Murder-Suicide



Who will provide for Zoey; the littlest victim of the KC tragedy?  In light of the recent murder/suicide touching the lives of those connected with the Kansas City Chiefs, one may wonder how the smallest victim will be cared for in the years to come.   A typical source of financial support comes from the life insurance policies of the parents.  In this instance, the life insurance policies of Zoey’s mother (Kasandra Perkins) and father (Jovan …

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Free Speech, At-Will Employment, and the Double-Edged Sword of Social Media



Recently, a young woman named Lindsey Stone sparked a nationwide debate over free speech and appropriate use of social media.  In November of this year, Ms. Stone posted to her Facebook account a picture of herself raising her middle finger and pretending to yell at a sign posted near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery that states “Silence and Respect.”  The photograph soon went viral and national media outlets  picked up …

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