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Class Actions

Updates submitted between January 1, 2019 and March 31, 2019

1960s

1970s

Otis W. Morrow, '73, Arkansas City, Kansas, has stepped down as Arkansas City's hospital attorney having served the South Central Kansas Medical Center for more than 43 years. He calls this transition part of a logical progression of scaling back on his work.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Pete L. Ramirez, '74, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, has been elected president of the Colorado chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is an invitation-only organization of 7,600 of the nation's premier plaintiff and defense trial lawyers. During his career he has tried more than 100 jury trials. 

Alan L. Rupe, '75, Wichita, has been recognized by Best Lawyers for outstanding work in litigation-labor and employment. Rupe, managing partner at Lewis Brisbois, was also recognized in civil rights law, employment-management, and litigation-municipal.

Stephen C. Funk, '77, El Dorado, Kansas recently retired from a 42-year career in the financial services industry, which included serving as President and COO of the Walnut Valley Bank & Trust Co., Partner in GTRUST Financial Partners, and Senior Vice President and Market Executive with The Bank of Oklahoma. Funk currently serves as President and CEO of The Graham Foundation, President of the Susan B. Allen Hospital Foundation, Director of the Greater Wichita Metro YMCA, Elder of Eastminster Presbyterian Church and Past President and Trustee of the Coutts Memorial Museum of Art.

James W. Gallagher, '77, Damariscotta, Maine, retired from Gallagher & Stein Attorneys at Law on December 31, 2018. His daughter, Jennifer Villeneuve will continue the practice.

William C. Rein, '77, Evanston, Wyoming, is the new superintendent of the Wyoming State Hospital. Rein has an extensive background working with both mental health patients and providers.

The Hon. Wilbert M. Warren, '77, Wichita, retired after 24 years on the bench. Warren was appointed district judge in 1995. He was in private practice for more than 18 years.

Teri L. Wood, '78, New York City, New York, has joined Jackson Lewis P.C. in the firm's New York City office as Of Counsel. Wood joins the law firm after more than two decades at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), serving for most of that time as chief global labor and employment counsel spanning more than 170 countries. Wood focuses her practice on international employment issues, corporate governance and investigations, workplace training, and restrictive covenants worldwide.

Mark A. Burghart, '79, Topeka, was named by Governor Laura Kelly as Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary. Burghart was a partner in the Topeka law firm of Alderson, Alderson, Conklin, Burghart, Crow & Slinkard LLC where he was responsible for litigation of state tax matters and an adjunct professor at the Washburn University Law School. He previously had been general counsel for the Kansas Department of Revenue for seven years.

1980s

The Hon. Timothy P. McCarthy, '82, Overland Park, Kansas, received the Distinguished Public Service Award from United Community Services of Johnson County for work on Veterans Treatment Court.

Barbara W. Rankin, '82, Topeka, was named as Assistant Insurance Commissioner of the State of Kansas.

Dennis C. Jones, '84, Topeka, was hired as Director of Anti-Fraud of the Kansas Insurance Department. Jones brings more than 30 years of legal experience, having previously served as a city attorney, county attorney, special prosecutor and most recently as assistant District Attorney for Shawnee County.

The Hon. John J. Kisner Jr., '84, Wichita, retired after more than 15 years on the bench. Before being appointed to the bench, he was special counsel for the Kansas Corporation Commission and assistant district attorney and then deputy district attorney for the 18th Judicial District.

Myall S. Hawkins, '85, Houston, Texas is now a partner at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP.

Christine Tamburini Ladner, '85, Kansas City, Missouri, has accepted a fellowship focusing on human trafficking. She will be an Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps fellow. There are approximately 46 EJWCVC fellowships placed at nonprofits across the U.S. Funded mostly by the D.O.J., these fellows focus on assisting survivors of human trafficking. Her host organization will be Legal Aid of Western Missouri. Christine prosecuted in Sedgwick County, Shawnee County, the Attorney General's Office and Saline County.

Keith A. Schraad, '87, Phoenix, Arizona, director of the Arizona Department of Insurance (ADOI), was appointed as interim director of the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions (AZDFI). Schraad will serve as director of both ADOI and AZDFI in anticipation of a potential consolidation between the agencies. Schraad has served as director of ADOI since February of 2018. Prior to his time at the department, he served as President of Online Insurance Corporation where he focused on streamlining customer service and improving government interfaces for insurance companies and healthcare professionals.

Susan B. Cunningham, '89, Topeka, was named senior vice president of regulatory and government affairs and general counsel at Kansas Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (KEPCo). Cunningham most recently was with the law firm Dentons US LLP. Cunningham has more than 28 years of experience in the electric utility industry, including General Counsel with the Kansas Corporation Commission. As senior vice president of regulatory and government affairs and general counsel, Cunningham will act as general counsel and be responsible for all legal functions and the oversight of regulatory and government affairs functions for KEPCo.

1990s

Michael J. Kuckelman, '90, Overland Park, Kansas, was elected to a two-year term as the Republican State Chairman by the GOP State Committee.

Randy D. Gordon, '91, Dallas, Texas, is a partner in the firm of Barnes & Thornburg. Gordon was previously a director at Crowe & Dunlevy. Beyond his legal work, Gordon is an Executive Professor of Law at Texas A&M University, where he holds joint appointments in History and as Special Advisor to the Dean of the School of Innovation and Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.

Tessa K. Jacob, '92, Kansas City, Missouri, is now a partner with Husch Blackwell LLP. Jacob is a commercial litigator and the founder/co-leader of the firm's eDiscovery Solutions team. She represents clients in contentious, high-stakes litigation and government investigations with respect to electronic discovery issues. Jacob also works with clients to develop litigation preparedness policies and to assess processes and technology solutions related to eDiscovery and information governance.

Kimberly A. Rodebaugh, '92, Hutchinson, Kansas, has been appointed as a Senior Assistant District Attorney for Reno County. She previously was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Wichita. Rodebaugh will handle a general felony caseload, including violent person crimes.

Jonathan D. Beeker, '93, Richmond, Virginia, is now is now Senior Counsel, Brand Integrity for Altria Client Services

Colleen Jamison, '93, Tecumseh, Kansas, has opened Jamison Law, LLC. Her practice is in the area of public utility regulation.

Stephen W. Durrell, '95, Lawrence, Kansas, was appointed as interim Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery. Durrell has been chief counsel and assistant attorney general specializing in the Lottery since 2007.

Scott A. Liljegern, '99, Escondido, California, was named a 2019 California SuperLawyer.

2000s

Bryon L. Koepke, '00, Whippany, New Jersey, has joined Suburban Propane Partners L.P. as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Prior to joining the Partnership, Koepke spent seven years in the vehicle rental industry at Avis Budget Group, Inc., where he was senior vice president, chief securities counsel and assistant corporate secretary.

Wesley L. Ashton, '03, Council Bluffs, Iowa, is the new Black Hills Energy vice president of operations for Iowa Gas. Ashton joined the company in 2006 as the manager of government affairs for Colorado and Kansas. He became senior manager of public affairs for the company's Colorado utilities in 2011. His responsibilities supported the Colorado electric and natural gas utilities, as well as Black Hills Power Delivery and Exploration and Production divisions.

Justin A. Barrett, '04, Colby, Kansas, has been named by the Kansas Supreme Court to serve on a task force to improve the pre-trial detention process. Barrett is one of three attorneys designated to represent defense attorneys on the panel. The committee is charged with making recommendations to the Supreme Court on the fairest and most efficient way to modernize the pretrial process that will be best for defendants and adequate for the system.

Donald H. Snook, '04, Memphis, Tennessee, has accepted a position with FedEx as Senior Counsel - Litigation.

Nicholas D. Purifoy, '05, Kansas City, Missouri, is an assistant legal counsel for Missouri's 16th Judicial Circuit.

Jason T. Gray, '06, Washington, D.C., became a partner at Duncan & Allen. The firm focuses on energy law, regulation of public utilities and administrative law.

Brian J. Malone, '06, Saint Louis, Missouri, has been named shareholder at Lashly & Baer, P.C. Malone has been with the firm since 2016. He devotes his practice to assisting governmental bodies and public institutions in the St. Louis area.

Robin R. Anderson, '07, Merriam, Kansas, is now a law clerk for The Honorable Holly Teeter, US District Court of Kansas.

Shanelle E. Dupree, '07, Kansas City, Kansas, is now the regional director at Kansas Department for Children and Families. 

Laurel A. Klein Searles, '08, Topeka, was named Director of Unemployment Insurance. Searles joined Labor in 2012 as an Appeals Referee and became Chief of Appeals, leaving the agency to work for the Social Security Administration in 2018.

Dana L. Lauer, '07, Boston, Massachusetts, was promoted by Cordell & Cordell to Litigation Manager. Lauer has previously been recognized as a Massachusetts Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers.

Nanette C. Turner Kalcik, '08, Wichita, has joined Lewis Brisbois as a partner. Kalcik is experienced in nationwide complex litigation.

Timothy M. Belsan, '09, Washington, D.C., received the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division's Special Commendation Award, which is given in recognition of particularly outstanding acts of service that have materially contributed to the successful accomplishment of division objections.

Timothy M. Belsan, '09, Washington, D.C., has been promoted to Chief of the National Security & Affirmative Litigation Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Immigration Litigation.

Brett A. Flachsbarth, '09, Topeka, serves as the Deputy Secretary for the Kansas Department of Labor. His appointment is effective immediately. Flachsbarth joined KDOL in 2005 as a member of the agency legal team, became the Chief of the Office of Unemployment Insurance Appeals in 2011 and was promoted to Director of the Unemployment Insurance Division in January 2013.

The Hon. Daniel D. Gilligan, '09, Hutchinson, Kansas, has been named as District Magistrate Judge for the 27th District. Gilligan was previously a Reno County prosecutor. 

Dustin L. Grant, '09, Egllin AFB, Florida, is the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at the 96 Test Wing Legal Office.

The Hon. Christine M. Larson, '09, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was appointed as the associate district judge for Cimarron County, Oklahoma. Larson was previously a partner at Sharp McQueen, P.A. in Liberal, Kansas.

Justin L. McFarland, '09, Topeka is now General Counsel of the Kansas Insurance Department. McFarland formerly was Deputy General Counsel and Labor Market Information Director in the Kansas Department of Labor.

Kevin W. Mechtley, '09, Overland Park, Kansas, was named to the board of directors of the National Association of Fixed Annuities. Mechtley has been in the middle of insurance industry efforts related to the Labor Department's fiduciary rule, the Securities and Exchange Commission's advice reform proposal and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' revision of its annuity suitability rule.

2010s

Sean T. Pribyl, '10, Norway, has joined Gard AS as Senior Claims Executive, Lawyer (Charters & Traders Defence Claims).

Lisa S. Tse, '10, Bellevue, Washington, has opened the Law Office of Lisa S. Tse.

The Hon. Courtney D. Boehm, '12, Hillsboro, Kansas, was appointed as a district judge in the 8th District. Boehm currently served as Marion County Attorney and had a private practice with Cottonwood Law Group,

LeTiffany Obozele, '12, Lawrence, Kansas, has joined the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

Will Lawrence, '13, Topeka, was named Chief of Staff for the Kansas Governor's Office. Lawrence has provided counsel to Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, for the past two years.

Matthew A. Spahn, '13, Wichita, is now a Partner at Martin, Pringle Attorneys at Law.

Nickolas C. Templin, '13, Kansas City, Missouri, is now with Schmitt Law Firm, LLC.

Travis L. Cook, '14, Wichita, is now with Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC., Legal Department.

Steven E. Iverson, '14, Council Grove, Kansas, has opened Iverson Law Office. Iverson's practice will include estate planning, probate and trust administration, special needs planning, elder law/Medicaid, Medicaid crisis planning, veterans benefits and appeals, succession planning for farmers and ranchers and more.

Jennifer L. Harper, '15, Wellington, Kansas, assumed the position of Assistant District Attorney for the 27th Judicial District. She had previously been a Deputy Sumner County Attorney. She is currently handling the juvenile, child in need of care, and care and treatment (substance abuse/mental illness) caseload.

Blair W. Loving, '16, Garden City, Kansas, joined the law firm of Hope, Mills, Bolin, Collins & Ramsey as a Partner.

Ryan A. Laudermilk, '17, Kansas City, Missouri, is now a staff attorney in the domestic unit at Legal Aid of Western Missouri. 

Stryder D. Montgomery, '17, Dighton, Kansas, is the new district manager of the Lane County Conservation District.

Joseph R. Aker, '18, Abilene, Kansas, has joined the Cottonwood Law Group.

Sarah C. Anderson, '18, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is an assistant trial attorney for the Bernalillo County District Attorney.

William C. Dauster, '18, Raymore, Missouri, is now an associate at Carter Law Office.

Christopher M. Helt, '18, Kansas City, Missouri, has joined Lewis Rice, as an associate practicing in the Litigation Department. Chris advises clients on matters relating to commercial and civil litigation. He has experience in state contract law, employment, bankruptcy, firearms, and appellate procedure.

Matthew J. Wiebe, '18, Holland, Michigan, has joined Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge. Wiebe was a legal intern at Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge and also interned at the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

Kristen N. Zacharias, '18, Topeka, has joined the law firm of Newbery, Ungerer & Hickert LLP as an associate attorney practicing in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, commercial real estate law, business law and tax planning. Before becoming an associate attorney, she worked as a law clerk for the firm.

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Recent Notifications

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Pete L. Ramirez, '74, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, has been elected president of the Colorado chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). 

Susan B. Cunningham, '89, Topeka, was named senior vice president of regulatory and government affairs and general counsel at Kansas Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (KEPCo).

Timothy M. Belsan, '09, Washington, D.C., received the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division's Special Commendation Award, which is given in recognition of particularly outstanding acts of service that have materially contributed to the successful accomplishment of division objections.