Neodesha High School 1976, Independence Community College, Associate of Arts 1978, University of Kansas, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration 1980, University of Kansas School of Law, Juris Doctor 1983.
Administrative Partner-Depew Law Firm, 1983-Present. I practice with my brother in our family law firm founded by our father in 1953. Although I have a general practice, my primary practice areas are all aspects of Family Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Corporate, Municipal and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). My ADR practice areas include, mediation, arbitration, Domestic Case Management, Special Master, and Dispute Resolution Conference services.
Leadership Kansas, Class of 1995 & Life Member of Leadership Kansas Alumni Association Co-Founder & President of Neodesha Alumni Assn. Scholarship Fund Co-Founder & past Director of Neodesha Educational Foundation Trustee & Secretary of Philip D. Griffith Family Foundation Managing Trustee of Reece Charitable Trust, 2005-present Neodesha Chamber of Commerce Director, 1989-1995 & Past President Cub Scout Pack 30 Cubmaster, 2001-2007 Neodesha United Methodist Church member & have served on numerous committees over the years Neodesha Lions Club member & past treasurer Secretary & board member of Neodesha Community Foundation Neodesha Economic Development Board Member Life member of Kansas Alumni Association Kansas Honors Program County Coordinator for over 20 years
Member, Wilson County, SEK, 31st Judicial District, Kansas Bar Association, American Bar Association Appointed by Kansas Supreme Court to Kansas Board of Discipline of Attorneys, 1999-Present. I serve on about 4-6 Attorney Disciplinary Hearing Panels a year. One of 20 attorneys statewide appointed to this board Elected to Kansas Bar Association (KBA) Board of Governors in 2005 Elected Secretary/Treasurer of KBA in 2010 Elected Vice-President of KBA in 2011 Elected President-Elect of KBA in 2012 President of KBA in June, 2013 President of KBA Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section 2004-2005 Chairman of KBA Appellate Selection Committee Member of ADR Section Executive Committee since 2000 Member of KBA Family Law and Real Estate, Probate & Trust Sections Member of KBA Nominating Committee Member of KBA CLE Committee Member of KBA Annual Meeting Planning Committee Member of KBA Ethics Advisory Committee Member of KBA/KBF Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) Grant Committee Member of KBA Case Management Committee State ADR Committee Rep. for 31st Judicial District KBA Domestic Mediation Training, 1993 KBA Civil Mediation Training, 1995 KBA Negotiation & Settlement Strategies Training, 1997 Basic & Advanced Domestic Case Management Training, 2000 Case Management Best Practices Training, 2010 Presenter at Washburn Case Management Conference in 2011 Kansas Supreme Court Approved Mediator, 1997-Present Approved Domestic Case Manager in 11th, 14th & 31st Judicial Districts Approved for and conduct Dispute Resolution Conferences services in 13th Judicial District Appointed by several judges in several judicial districts as a Guardian Ad-Litem for children in a number of cases Appointed by Judge Lorentz to Professional Negligence Screening Panel to act as Chairman in several 31st Judicial District cases Appointed by several judges as Special Master in numerous cases in 14th Judicial District-Ranging from domestic to Oil & Gas and corporate disputes Approved CLE presenter on topic of practical Ethics for attorneys Kansas Bar Foundation (KBF) Fellow Assistant Neodesha City Attorney City Attorney of Buffalo, Kansas
Nominated by 31st Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission for District Judge Position-2005
Nominated by Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission For Kansas Court of Appeals Position-2012
Unified School District 461 School Board member 1985-1999, 2009-present. Vice President 4 years, President 4 years Member of Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) Board of Directors,1995-1999. Region 3 Regional V.P. Elected President-Elect of KASB in 2011 President of KASB 2012-2013 Member of National School Boards Association Federal Relations Network, 1996-1999, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. This consists of traveling to Washington, D.C. each year to lobby Kansas Senators & Representatives on public education matters. Also have testified before Kansas legislative committees on public education issues as a member of KASB’s Governmental Relations Network Past speaker at KASB conventions & seminars on School Law and Negotiations issues Member of KASB School Finance Committee, 2010 Former member of Kansas School Attorneys Association & past member of its Board of Directors KASB-KASA Model Superintendent’s Contract Committee Kansas Education Excellence Grant Selection Committee, 1999 Kansas Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, 1998-2001 USD 461 Volunteer of the Year Award, 2000 Member of North Lawn School Site Council 2006-2009