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 good business …

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Peier Honored by Wichita Medical Research and Education Foundation



Klenda Austerman Member Jeffrey D. Peier has been selected as one of the Wichita Medical Research and Education Foundation’s “Jiggs” Nelson Quality of Life Award winners for 2013.  The award was presented at the Wichita Medical Research and Education Foundation’s annual dinner meeting on April 17, 2013. The “Jiggs” Nelson Quality of Life Award is presented to someone who has served either as a health care provider or in a volunteer capacity, and, who by …

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Shocker Pride at Klenda Austerman



A year removed from Wichita State University’s last Final Four appearance in 1965, a young Gary Austerman joined the WSU basketball team.  Although the transition from being a center in high school to a guard at WSU didn’t take, Gary still enjoyed the experience and treasures the memories.  Today, Gary is one of the managing partners at Klenda Austerman and actively participates in the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization (SASO) at WSU.  Please join Gary and …

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No Money “Mo” Problems in Mo-Town



On April 1, 2013, a federal bankruptcy judge approved the bankruptcy petition of Stockton, California, allowing the city to proceed under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code.  Stockton made history by becoming the largest U.S. city by population to file for bankruptcy, but it may eventually cede this title to another city that is also grappling with its financial woes:  Detroit, Michigan. Detroit has been especially hard-hit by the recession and declining industry, losing approximately …

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Member Scott Eads Runs a Qualifying Time for Boston Marathon!



Klenda Austerman’s Member Scott Eads not only goes great distances for clients, but he also travels the roads as one of the firm’s top distance runners and triathlete. On March 3, 2013, Scott torched the Little Rock Marathon 26.2 mile course with a 2014 Boston Marathon qualifying time of 3:24.47, which is a per mile pace of 7:49.  At age 52, Scott finished 5th out of 146 men in his age group.  Scott’s 17 year …

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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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