Alumni Fellows Past Recipients
2014 - Michael Kuckelman, '90
A native of Atchison and a resident of Olathe, Michael Kuckelman is a partner at Kuckelman Torline Kirkland and Lewis specializing in commercial and personal injury litigation.
Kuckelman previously worked as an attorney at Blackwell Sanders and was a member of the plaintiffs' executive committee appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to litigate the 9/11 World Trade Center litigation.
He is a member of the Kansas, Missouri, New York, U.S. Supreme Court and Supreme Court of England and Wales bars.
Kuckelman's community service includes the Catholic Education Foundation Board, Maur Hill Mount Academy prep school board of trustees and the Kansas ethics and grievance committee for Johnson County.
2013 - Michael Lennen, '74
Syracuse, Kan., native and Topeka resident Michael Lennen is of counsel at the Law Offices of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock and Kennedy, Chtd., a firm he has worked with for 20 years.
He previously worked as vice president of regulatory affairs at Westar, chairman of the Kansas Corporation Commission, secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue, administrative assistant to congresswoman Martha Keyes and as a law clerk.
Lennen’s extensive community service includes serving as president of the Topeka Symphony.
2012 - Bradley E. Haddock, '80
Bradley E. Haddock, '80, Wichita, Kansas, was honored as the Washburn University Alumni Fellow from the law school on October 26, 2012. Sponsored by the Washburn University deans and the Alumni Association, the Alumni Fellows program recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their career fields. The Alumni Fellows program brings successful alumni to campus to meet with students, faculty, and other alumni and share their expertise formally and informally in the classroom and other campus settings.
Haddock graduated cum laude from Washburn University School of Law in 1980. While in law school, he served as executive editor of the Washburn Law Journal. Haddock is the founder and chairman of Haddock Law Office in Wichita, Kan. He offers a wide-range of legal expertise and hands-on experience, as well as industry-specific legal and business knowledge. He formerly served as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Koch Chemical Technology Group in Wichita. During his distinguished career at Koch, Haddock served as lead counsel for several key businesses, including Koch's refining, chemicals, and asphalt businesses, and the group of 10 global manufacturing and engineering businesses that became KCTG. While at Koch, he led or significantly participated in more than 65 domestic and international acquisitions.
Haddock has served as a member of the board of directors of the American Arbitration Association since 2005 and was elected to a second four-year term at the AAA's 2009 annual meeting in New York City. He is also a qualified member of the American Arbitration Association's Roster of Neutrals and a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. During his tenure at Koch, Haddock was an active member of the Association of Corporate Counsel. He is also a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, American Bar Association, Christian Legal Society, Kansas Bar Association, Licensing Executives Society, and the Wichita Bar Association. He has received an AV (5.0 out of 5.0) rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer review rating available for legal expertise and ethics.
A lifelong member of the Boy Scouts of America ("BSA"), Haddock is a Distinguished Eagle Scout, served as Quivira Council President, and has been recognized by the National Council with its highest commendation, the Silver Buffalo Award, for his noteworthy and extraordinary volunteer service to youth.
2011 - George A. Barton, '77
George A. Barton, '77, Kansas City, Missouri, was honored as the Washburn University Alumni Fellow from the law school on October 27, 2011. Sponsored by the Washburn University deans and the Alumni Association, the Alumni Fellows program recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their career fields. The Alumni Fellows program brings successful alumni to campus to meet with students, faculty, and other alumni and share their expertise formally and informally in the classroom and other campus settings.
Barton graduated magna cum laude from Washburn University School of Law in 1977. Since that time he has been a practicing attorney in Kansas City, Mo., specializing in complex commercial litigation. Barton has had extensive experience in the preparation and trial of complex commercial lawsuits, including class action cases, antitrust cases, royalty underpayment cases, and breach of fiduciary duty cases, which have included complex litigation cases filed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, and Oklahoma.
During the past 15 years, Barton has devoted an extensive part of his practice to representing mineral interest owners in royalty underpayment cases against both coal producers and natural gas producers. Barton was lead counsel for 25 mineral owners in a royalty underpayment case recently tried in Yuma County District Court in Wray, Colo., which culminated in an important decision by the Colorado Supreme Court clarifying the contractual obligations of natural gas producers to calculate and pay royalties to mineral interest owners in the State of Colorado. Rogers v. Westerman Farm Co., 29 P.3d 887 (Colo. 2001). Barton has also successfully represented thousands of other oil, gas, and coal royalty owners in Colorado and nationally, including the successful trial and appeal of a substantial punitive damage verdict against a major coal company. Reis v. Peabody Coal Company, 997 S.W.2d 49 (Mo. App. E.D. 1999).
Barton is currently the sole shareholder of The Law Offices of George A. Barton, P.C., a three-person law firm in Kansas City, Mo., which specializes in complex civil litigation, primarily representing plaintiffs. Barton was a Visiting Advocate at Washburn Law in 2006.
2010 - Lynn R. Johnson, '70
Lynn R. Johnson, '70, Mission Hills, Kansas, was honored as the Washburn University Alumni Fellow from the law school on October 22, 2010. Sponsored by the Washburn University deans and the Alumni Association, the Alumni Fellows program recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their career fields. The Alumni Fellows program brings successful alumni to campus to meet with students, faculty, and other alumni and share their expertise formally and informally in the classroom and other campus settings.
Lynn Johnson is principal shareholder and president, Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman Chtd., Kansas City, Missouri. He joined the Kansas City, Kansas, law firm of Schnider, Shamberg & May immediately after graduation. The focus of his practice specializes in representing plaintiffs' significant and complicated personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states, but primarily practices in Kansas and Missouri.
As a student at Washburn University School of Law, Johnson was a member of the editorial board of the Washburn Law Journal, served on the executive council of the Washburn Student Bar Association, was a delegate to the American Bar Association, and treasurer and marshal of Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) legal fraternity.
Johnson is a life member of the Washburn Law School Alumni Association. He served as president, president-elect, and vice president of the board of governors, and was honored with the Washburn Law Distinguished Service Award in 2001. He served 1991-1999 as a trustee of the Washburn University Foundation. With his wife, Jacqueline Lovelace Johnson, he is a member of the Lincoln Society. Since 2006, Johnson has been a member of the board of advisors for the Center for Excellence in Advocacy. He established the Lynn R. Johnson Endowment Fund at Washburn Law in 1995.
Johnson currently is serving as chairman of the Kansas Association for Justice Foundation. For the past 25 years, he has been named to Best Lawyers in America and is listed in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers.
2009 - Paul Hoferer, '75
Washburn University School of Law alumnus Paul Hoferer, Topeka, Kansas, was honored as Washburn University Alumni Fellows on October 16, 2009. Sponsored by the Washburn University deans and the Alumni Association, the Alumni Fellows program recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their career fields. The Alumni Fellows program brings successful alumni to campus to meet with students, faculty, and other alumni and share their expertise formally and informally in the classroom and other campus settings.
Paul Hoferer, '75, Topeka, is of counsel with Lathrop & Gage, where he specializes in railroad litigation. He is the 2009 School of Law Alumni Fellow.
His legal career began in 1975 when he joined the Santa Fe Railway law department in Topeka. In 1989, he was promoted to general attorney for Kansas and then in 1994, was promoted to assistant general counsel. Hoferer was named assistant vice president-claims and litigation counsel following the merger of Burlington Northern Railroad and The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Co. in 1995. In 2000, he was promoted to general counsel and then served since 2002 as vice president and general counsel. In addition to supervising in-house counsel and the general claims department, Hoferer was responsible for nearly 3,000 lawsuits handled by more than 100 law firms throughout the United States and Canada. He retired in 2008 after 43 years of service, including 33 years in the law department.
He served 2002-2003 as president of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel. In 2005, he testified as railroad industry spokesperson before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee concerning asbestos legislation. A member of the Association of American Railroads, he served 2007-2008 as chairman of the Public Safety Working Group; 2006-2007 as chairman of the Punitive Damages Working Group; 1997-1998 as chairman of the AAR General Claims Conference; and he has served since 1979 as an AAR Claim Agents School Instructor.
Hoferer was honored in 2006 with the Recognition of Excellence Award from the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel. In 2000, he received the Paul C. Garrett Award for Meritorious Service to the AAR General Claims Conference. He serves on the Washburn University School of Law board of governors and with his wife, Jeanne (Smith) Hoferer, bba '80, is a member of the Lincoln Society.
2008 - Richard Hite, '53
Washburn University School of Law alumnus Richard Hite, Wichita, Kansas, was honored as a Washburn University Alumni Fellow on October 10, 2008. Sponsored by the Washburn University deans and the Alumni Association, the Alumni Fellows program recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their career fields.
Richard Hite, who received his juris doctor degree from Washburn Law in 1953, is a partner in the law firm of Hite, Fanning & Honeyman LLP. He specializes in business, commercial and oil and gas litigation and serves as counsel in arbitration and mediation and as an arbitrator and mediator.
Hite is chairman of the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission and a past president of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He also served as president of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel and was chairman of the bench and bar committee of the Wichita Bar Association; chairman of the litigation section and chairman of the legislative committee of the Kansas Bar Association; chairman of the House of Delegates select committee; and a State delegate of the American Bar Association. Since 1977, he has been a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, where he served as State chairman and as chairman of the Committee on Special Problems in the Administration of Justice. He also served as chairman of the boards of directors for Via Christi Health System, Via Christi Regional Medical Center and St. Francis Regional Medical Center.
His many honors include the Distinguished Alumni Award (2007) and Distinguished Service Award (1994) from the Washburn University School of Law; William Kahrs Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (2004); Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wichita Bar Association (2004); Phil Lewis Medal of Distinction from the Kansas Bar Association (1995); Howard Kline Distinguished Service Award from the Wichita Bar Association (1993); and Outstanding Service Awards from the Kansas Bar Association (1973, 1988).
He served as president the Washburn Law School Association board of governors, was active in the School of Law Campaign 2000 and is an emeriti trustee of the Washburn Endowment Association. As a student, he joined Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity.
Other 2008 Washburn University Alumni Fellow honorees are Barbara Davison (School of Business); Karla Hedquist (College of Arts and Sciences); Pamela Johnson-Betts (School of Applied Studies); Carol Lynch-Perry (School of Nursing); John McConnell (College of Arts and Sciences); and Kirk Romary (College of Arts and Sciences).