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Associates in Dispute Resolution, LLC
212 S.W. 8th Ave., Suite 102
Topeka, KS 66603
District of Kansas:
Bar #8105 (-)
Western District of Missouri
Received initial 40-hour mediation training(s) in 1986 and 40 hours arbitration training in 1989. In 1989, as Chair of the Topeka Bar Associationï¿½s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, established the first Kansas Court-Annexed Arbitration Panel ï¿½Topeka Early Settlement.ï¿½ Served as first Director and Mediation Coordinator of Midland Mediation & Settlement Services, providing mediation and arbitration services to individuals throughout the State of Kansas and western Missouri. Under his direction, Midland Mediation & Settlement Services contracted with the Kansas Human Rights Commission to provide the first statewide voluntary employment discrimination mediation service in Kansas. In 1988 established the first statewide voluntary family law mediation program for low-income people through the Kansas Supreme Courtï¿½s ï¿½Access to Justiceï¿½ program. Program Administrator (1988-2001) for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissionï¿½s, voluntary employment discrimination mediation program in Kansas and western Missouri.
Has mediated and/or arbitrated hundreds of federal, state and administrative agency matters, including more than 500 employment discrimination cases. Matters mediated and arbitrated include: civil rights, commercial law, consumer fraud, consumer protection violations, constitutional law, construction law, corporate dissolution, domestic relations, employment law, environmental law, fair debt collection practices, fair housing, material and latent defects, malpractice, labor law, lemon law, organizational dispute resolution design, personal injury, residential construction, real estate, truth-in-lending, wage and hour, workersï¿½ compensation, Section 1981 and 1983, regular education/special education disputes, water law issues and zoning disputes. Certified by the Kansas Supreme Court as an approved mediator and mediation trainer in all categories. Certified by the Kansas Department of Education as an approved due-process hearing officer and special education mediator.
Counsel for a Party:
Recent alternative dispute resolution training events include:
American Arbitration Association II Training-Construction, Kansas City, MO, August 2002
Kansas Department of Education, Special Education Mediation and Due Process Hearing Training, Topeka, Kansas, August, 2002
International Academy of Mediators Conference, Boulder, Colorado, May, 2002
Center for Employment Dispute Resolution Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, May 2002
American Arbitration Association Arbitrator I Training, Denver, Colorado, January 2002
American Arbitration Association Arbitrator II Training, Kansas City, MO, August, 2002
NASD Dispute Resolution Training, Denver, CO, October, 2002
National Arbitration Forum, Minneapolis, MN, November, 2002.
Kansas Bar Association Civil Mediation Training, Coach, April 4, 2003
International Academy of Mediators, Spring Conference, Presenter, May 8, 2003.
Has completed three separate 40-hour civil mediation training programs provided by the Kansas Bar Association; one 40-hour arbitration training program provided by the Topeka Bar Association; Kansas Department of Education, Special Education Mediation Training and Due Process Hearing Officer Training. U.S. Postal Service ï¿½Redressï¿½ Mediation Training, St. Louis, Missouri; U.S. Department of Justice, ADA Mediation Training, St. Louis, Missouri; U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, Advanced Mediation Training; Topeka Bar Association, Arbitration Training.
Approved Mediator for Civil Cases by the State of Kansas:
Partner and co-founder Associates in Dispute Resolution LLC, 1999 to present; Special General Counsel and Legislative Liaison, Midland Group, 1990 to present; General Counsel and Litigation Director, Kansas Legal Services, Inc., 1973-2001; Officer, United States Air Force, 1966-1970.
More than twenty-five years civil litigation experience in state and federal courts. Has successfully litigated several class action civil rights matters in both state and federal court, including the establishment of due process rights for individuals facing mental health commitment, and conditions-of-confinement cases involving the Shawnee County Jail, Wyandotte County Jail and Shawnee County Youth Center. His primary areas of practice are civil rights litigation and civil law. Has served as lead trial counsel in hundreds of federal, state and administrative agency matters.
50% representing Plaintiffs
50% representing Defendants
10% in Federal Courts
90% in State Courts
Washburn University (BBA, 1966)
Washburn University School of Law (JD, 1973)
University of Washington School of Law (LLM, 1976).
Publications and Speaking Engagements include:
Kansas Trial Lawyers Association ï¿½Attorney Attitudes regarding Employment Mediation in Kansas and Western Missouriï¿½ Overland Park, Kansas, June 29, 2002
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association ï¿½Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Lawï¿½ Kansas City, Missouri, June 20, 2002
Lawrence Human Relations Commission, ï¿½Fair Housingï¿½ Lawrence, Kansas June 7, 2002
Washburn University School of Law ï¿½Domestic Torts and Section 1983 Liabilityï¿½
Topeka, Kansas, May 30, 2002
Thirteenth Annual EEO Conference, Center for Employment Dispute Resolution
ï¿½Survey of Attorney Attitudes Towards Employment Arbitration and Mediationï¿½
Chicago, Illinois, May 23, 2002
Kansas Bar Association ï¿½Civil Mediation Trainingï¿½ (coach) Lawrence, Kansas, April 2002
American Bar Association ï¿½Comparative Lawï¿½ Facilitator, Orlando, FL.
Frequent presenter at continuing legal education training events including: alternative dispute resolution techniques, mediation, arbitration, employment law, dispute resolution design, violence in the work place and legal issues affecting women and children. Recent presentations provided in behalf of the American Bar Association, Center for Employment Dispute Resolution, Kansas Bar Association, Kansas Trial Lawyerï¿½s Association and Metropolitan Bar Association, University of Kansas School of Law, and Washburn University School of Law.
Co-author, Discrimination in the Workplace: How Mediation Can Help American Arbitration Association Journal, February-April, 2000.
Co-author, Mediation Route Table: Improving the Quality and Effectiveness of Mediation, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association Journal, Volume 26, Number 4, March 2003.
Co-author, The Changing Face of Arbitration: What Once Was Old is New Again, Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, August, 2003.
$250.00 per hour for 2-party cases
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