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Board of Advisors

The Business and Transactional Law Center benefits from the experience, insight, and expertise of its board of advisors. The Board consists of successful business and transactional law experts and nationally-known business leaders. Board members help shape the direction of the Center and regularly share their expertise with students in Center programs.

Photograph: Terry Joe Anderson.

Terry Joe Anderson, '64

Senior Corporate Counsel (retired)
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Los Angeles, California

Anderson has a long history as an intellectual property and corporate acquisitions attorney. He was instrumental in securing many acquisitions for Northrup Grumman Corporation. Prior to joining Northrup Grumman Corporation, he performed intellectual property work for Xerox in New York.

Photograph: Mert Buckley.

Mert F. Buckley, '77

Adam Jones Law Firm
Wichita, Kansas

Buckley has negotiated and closed transactions for clients acquiring, selling, or leasing many types of properties, including office, multi-family, industrial, and retail properties. His experience ranges from hotels, shopping centers, medical offices, wind farms, and churches to doughnut shops, office buildings, and a country club and golf course. Learn more.

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William 'Bill' Bunten, '56

President (retired)
INTRUST Bank, N.A (formerly The First National Bank)
Wichita, Kansas

Bunten was president of INTRUST Bank, N.A (formerly The First National Bank), Wichita, Kansas, from 1982 until his retirement in 1996. His previous banking positions were: executive vice president, United Central Bank, Des Moines, Iowa (1979-1982); president, Merchants National Bank (1967-1979); and vice president of National Bank of Detroit (1957-1967).

Photograph: Frank Caro.

Frank A. Caro, '83

Shareholder
Polsinelli PC
Kansas City, Missouri

Caro has been representing clients in the electric, gas, and telecommunications industries for more than 25 years, assisting in structuring complex business, regulatory, and legislative solutions. He also represents clients before the Missouri Public Service Commission and the Kansas Corporation Commission on various matters involving certification proceedings, mergers and acquisitions, rate tariff applications, generic rulemaking proceedings, and complaints. Learn more.

Photograph: David Fenley.

David A. Fenley, '79

Counsel
Dentons
Kansas City, Missouri

Fenley has more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate development and financing incentives. He has negotiated financing structures that enabled state and local tax incentive programs to operate with financial products offered by lending institutions. Learn more.

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Natalie G. Haag, '85

Executive Vice President-General Counsel
Capitol Federal Bank
Topeka, Kansas

Haag has also served as associate general counsel/director of governmental affairs for the Security Benefit Corporation and as general counsel to the governor of the State of Kansas. Learn more.

Photograph: Paul Hoferer.

Paul Hoferer, '75

Vice President and General Counsel (retired)
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
Fort Worth, Texas

In addition to supervising in-house counsel and the General Claims Department at BNSF, Hoferer was responsible for nearly 3,000 lawsuits handled by over 100 law firms throughout the United States and Canada. Learn more.

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Deena Hyson Bailey, '97

Senior Employment & Labor Attorney
Cargill, Incorporated
Wichita, Kansas

Bailey advises clients on a variety of issues, including immigration compliance, wage and hour, discrimination and harassment, investigations, FMLA, ADAAA, OFCCP audits, and legislative priorities.

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Michael Manning, '69

Partner
Stinson Leonard Street
Phoenix, Arizona

Manning was recognized by the National Law Journal in its triennial selection of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America." In addition to his regional and national litigation successes, he has significant international experience in connection with construction contracts, technology exchange contracts, royalty agreements, distributor agreements, and sales agreements in Norway, Great Britain, France, the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. Manning was honored as a Washburn University Alumni Fellow in October 2008.

Photograph: David Martin.

David K. Martin, '84

Faculty
University of Houston Downtown
Marilyn Davies College of Business
Houston, Texas

Martin most recently served at Contract Land Staff as senior vice president of special projects and led the firm’s special projects as well as the Midland, Texas office. His background includes extensive land and Right of Way experience. He has served as corporate counsel for Koch Industries and as vice president and general counsel for Mid-Louisiana Gas Company.

Photograph: Marcos Mendoza.

Marcos Antonio Mendoza, '89

Assistant Director for Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Texas Association of School Boards, Inc.
Austin, Texas

Mendoza specializes in insurance contract interpretation and legal risk analysis for governmental entities. He has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry with State Farm Insurance, in private practice, and in his present position. Mendoza also is a Scholar in Residence and adjunct lecturer in law at the University of Connecticut School of Law's Insurance Law Center. Learn more.

Photograph: Suneetra Nickle.

Suneetra N. Mickle, '06

Vice President, Government and Community Relations
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
Topeka, Kansas

Mickle is responsible for federal administration and congressional relations, state administration and legislative relations, and regulatory relations involving the Kansas Insurance Department and other agencies. In addition, she has a leadership role in maintaining the company's position as a good corporate citizen through corporate giving, volunteerism, community partnerships, and initiatives that improve the health of Kansans.

Photograph: William 'Ed' Nichols. William "Ed" Nichols, '72

Counsel
NexFuels, Inc.& T-Rex Oil, Inc.
Denver, Colorado

Nichols conducts significant international work including business acquisitions and transactions. He has served as corporate counsel, director, officer, and executive committee member of several public and private companies; General Environmental Corporation; and Three Forks, Inc. where he served as chief executive officer. He currently serves as a consultant and in-house counsel for SetNet Global, Ltd., a financial transaction processing company located in the United Kingdom. He also serves as managing director of Nichols and Company, LLC, a management consulting firm.

Photograph: Frank Ross.

Frank J. Ross, Jr., '78

Business Department Chair
Polsinelli PC
Kansas City, Missouri

Ross has dedicated his professional career to representing a diverse mix of organizations, ranging from some of the nation's largest corporations to closely-held and family-owned enterprises. He has led the growth of the Polsinelli Business Department from 30 attorneys in 1998 to more than 375 professionals now. Learn more.

Photograph: Theodore Roth. Theodore D. Roth, '76
President and Head of Investment Banking
ROTH Capital Partners, LLC
Newport Beach, California

Roth currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center and the Board of the San Diego Sports Commission. Learn more.

Photograph: Teri Wood. Teri Wilford Wood, '78

Associate General Counsel
Internation Business Machines (IBM) Corporation
Bronxville, New York


Wood has built high performance global teams of employment, labor, immigration, ERISA, pension, and executive compensation lawyers to deliver critical and creative solutions to business and human resources problems worldwide while meeting compliance, data privacy and corporate governance concerns. Learn more.

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