Practice Area - Civil Trial Practice

Bumps in the road may be unavoidable, but when they occur, it is important to act quickly and wisely to protect your reputation and the assets you have worked to build.

Litigation can be daunting. Our clients feel secure knowing that our firm has stood for more than 130 years. Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer, LLP knows civil litigation with experience in law practices before state, multi-district and federal courts throughout Kansas and the Midwest.

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Corporate, Commercial and Business Litigation

Our litigators provide litigation counsel, advice, and support to prominent local and regional companies. To meet the needs of each client, our litigation practice draws from a large pool of attorneys to provide the talent needed at an appropriate, cost-effective level of staffing. We are experienced in a wide variety of substantive areas, including:

  • Antitrust and trade regulation
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Labor and employment
  • Products liability
  • Professional liability
  • Public utility regulation
  • Securities
  • Transportation
  • White collar crime

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: N. Larry Bork, Timothy A. Shultz, Nathan D. Leadstrom, Mary E. Christopher, Lisa M. Brown, Sarah A. Morse, Cynthia J. SheppeardDavid P. O’Neal, Patricia E. Riley, Wesley A. Weathers, and Arthur E. Palmer.

Employment Litigation and Discrimination Litigation

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: Timothy A. Shultz, Arthur E. Palmer, Nathan D. Leadstrom, Mary E. Christopher, Lisa M. Brown, Sarah A. MorsePatricia E. RileyCynthia J. Sheppeard and Wesley A. Weathers

Banking Liability Defense

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: Timothy A Shultz and Lisa M. Brown

Professional Liability Defense

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: N. Larry Bork, Timothy A. Shultz, Nathan D. Leadstrom, Mary E. Christopher, Sarah A. Morse, Arthur E. Palmer,  Lisa M. Brown Cynthia J. Sheppeard, and David P. O’Neal.

Chiropractic Defense

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: Cynthia J. Sheppeard.

Medical Malpractice Defense

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: N. Larry Bork, Timothy A. Shultz, Nathan D. Leadstrom, Mary E. Christopher, Lisa M. Brown, Sarah A. Morse, Cynthia J. SheppeardDavid P. O’Neal, and Arthur E. Palmer

Insurance Law and Defense

The firm has been a leader in insurance defense litigation for over 35 years. The firm has experience in defense of automobile, homeowners, commercial & business, primary & excess coverage issues, health & medical plans, property, and life insurance matters. In addition to the firm’s experienced trial lawyers regarding insurance defense and insurance coverage issues, Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer, LLP, has attorneys with actual insurance company experience including a former Assistant General Counsel for a physician-owned liability insurer. The firm also includes an attorney who served as Adjunct Professor of Insurance Law at Washburn University School of Law and has represented insured in courts throughout Kansas and western Missouri. The firm appears before the Kansas Insurance Department and provides analysis of regulatory and licensing issues in the insurance industry. Our principal services cover the following areas:

Insurance Regulation:

  • Company Licensing Issues
  • Health care practice of individuals, corporations, laboratories, & medical care facilities
  • Company Policy Manuals
  • Multi-State Licensing Issues
  • Policy Form Review & Analysis negligence claims
  • Company Compliance Programs
  • Regulatory Agency Representation

Insurance Litigation:

  • Company Licensing Issues
  • Health Care Practice of Individuals, Corporations, Laboratories, & Medical Care Facilities
  • Company Policy Manuals
  • Multi-State Licensing Issues
  • Policy Form Review & Analysis Negligence Claims
  • Company Compliance Programs
  • Regulatory Agency Representation

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: N. Larry Bork, Timothy A. Shultz, Nathan D. Leadstrom, Mary E. Christopher, Lisa M. Brown, Sarah A. Morse, Cynthia J. SheppeardDavid P. O’Neal, Wesley A. Weathers, and Arthur E. Palmer.

Creditor’s Rights

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: N. Larry Bork, Timothy A. Shultz, Nathan D. Leadstrom and Richard J. Raimond

Real Estate Issues

With more than 130 years of legal experience and an unparalleled reputation, Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer, LLP help clients resolve disputes, achieve their objectives and gain a competitive advantage in the real estate industry. Our real estate litigation practice group, working with our colleagues in complementary practices, is well-positioned to assist with any issues and disputes that arise during any phase of a real estate venture or project.
Representing Commercial, Industrial/Residential Real Property, Developers, Lenders, Contractors, Architects, Owners and Buyers.

  • Acquisitions and Dispositions Commercial Leases
  • Planned Unit Development Issues Contract Disputes and Issues
  • Zoning Issues Land Use & Permitting Issues
  • Taxation of Real Estate Real Estate Transaction Disputes
  • Commercial Leases
  • Land Use & Permitting Issues
  • Real Estate Transaction Disputes
  • Contract Disputes and Issues
  • Asset Purchase Agreements of Real Estate Companies
  • Environmental, Business and Licensing Issues

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: N. Larry Bork, Timothy A. Shultz, Nathan D. Leadstrom, Mary E. Christopher, Lisa M. Brown, and Sarah A. Morse.

Tax Matters

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: H. Philip Elwood and Miranda K. Carmona

Probate, Trust and Estate Litigation

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: Miranda K. Carmona

General Civil Litigation

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: N. Larry Bork, Timothy A. Shultz, Nathan D. Leadstrom, Mary E. Christopher, Lisa M. Brown, Sarah A. Morse, Cynthia J. Sheppeard, David P. O’Neal, Wesley A. Weathers, Arthur E. Palmer and Patrick M. Salsbury.

Appellate Practice

Our firm specializes in appellate practice and handles the process of appealing a final judgment. This may happen after a trial before a judge or jury, or after dismissal of a case upon disposition of a motion. An appeal is typically brought before an intermediate court of appeals and, if necessary, to a supreme court. Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer, LLP, is uniquely qualified to address appellate issues. Our attorneys include one former research attorney with the Kansas Supreme Court, one former research attorney with the Kansas Court of Appeals, and two former Assistant Attorneys General. Some of our unique experience inlcudes:

  • Appeals from State District Court to Kansas court of Appeals and Kansas Supreme Court
  • Numerous Briefs Filed in Appellate Courts as Amicus Curiae (Friend of Court)
  • Filed Briefs or Argued Appellate Issues in more than 150 Reported Appellate Cases at the State or Federal Level, as well as Numerous Unpublished Appellate Cases
  • Appeals from Federal District Court to Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and Other Federal Appellate Courts
  • Judicial Review of Agency Action from Agency Level to District Court and Appellate Courts

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: Timothy A. Shultz, Nathan D. Leadstrom, Mary E. Christopher, Lisa M. Brown, Sarah A. Morse, Cynthia J. Sheppeard, and David P. O’Neal.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

ADR services are available as an alternative to litigation or to resolve pending litigation with a trial on the merits, and are offered through our highly trained and experienced mediators at Goodell Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer LLP.

Services offered include:

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Neutral Case Evaluation

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: Timothy A. Shultz, Patricia E. RileyArthur E. Palmer and Patrick M. Salsbury

Toxic Tort and Environmental Law

Our litigators provide litigation counsel, advice, and support to prominent local, regional, and national companies and insurance carriers in the areas of toxic tort and environmental law. In addition to providing litigation defense, we also provide legal services for statutory and regulatory compliance, representation in response to administrative actions and regulatory investigations, risk management assessments, and review of proposed labeling and marketing material. We have over 30 years of experience in these areas, including the defense of toxic tort litigation in over 25 different states. Individual members of this practice group are admitted to practice law in essentially all states in this region of the country. To meet the specific needs of each client, our litigation practice group draws from a pool of attorneys with specialized talent and background needed for an appropriate, cost-effective level of staffing and we can offer experienced assistance in a wide variety of substantive areas, including matters involving:

  • Benzene
  • Diacetyl
  • Asbestos
  • Mixed Solvents
  • Surfacants
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • FIFRA Products
  • OSHA and Related State Agency Compliance
  • EPA Compliance
  • CERCLA Matters
  • Regulatory Compliance Regarding Product Packaging and Labeling

Our team of attorneys specializing in this area includes: N. Larry Bork, Sarah A. Morse, Cynthia J. Sheppeard and Wesley A. Weathers