For the last 20 years, I have exclusively represented personal injury clients, including thousands of clients injured by defective drugs, medical devices, hazardous chemicals and motor vehicle accidents. I am proud to say that I do not and never have represented Big Pharma or Big Oil and I never will. The opportunity to help people, not corporations, is what motivates me. It’s why we work harder than they do, why we care more and why we get results for our clients. To me, the best thing about the law is that despite the best efforts of corporations and special interest groups, it still gives a strong voice to injured people, even when they face Goliath. In fact, being the Goliath in litigation is overrated, especially when Goliath has been greedy and dishonest. I enjoy getting to know my clients and their families so that I can help them solve the problems that surround a serious injury or death, which means more than simply sending them a settlement check at the end. As my friends and clients will tell you, I love to talk about our firm, our work, and why our personal approach to practicing law leads to better results for our clients.
I learned the value of hard work from my parents and ten years of working construction for a family business, McKees Swimming Pools . I’m proud of that work and the guys on the crew and their families are still my favorite people. Learning the finer points of how to run a concrete shovel in the Kansas sun helped me appreciate my business degree from Kansas State University. After graduating from K-State in 1985, I went to work as a bank examiner for the FDIC, where I eventually met my future law partner, Aaron Johnson. We left the FDIC and headed to law school at about the same time. Aaron went to law school at Washington University in St. Louis and I went to the University of Kansas. While at KU, I was on the law review, but wanted to create a legal publication that was interesting to all kinds of people, not just lawyers. I was lucky enough to find a handful of likeminded law students and together we founded The Kansas Journal Of Law And Public Policy. The Journal lives on and is my proudest achievement from law school.
And what would my “brief attorney biography” be without a section devoted to bragging about my kids? My oldest daughter, Emily is working on her Masters of Language and Communication in Georgetown University’s Linguistics department. GoHoyaLinguistics.
As a lawyer and a proud dad, I’ve become an arm-chair linguist, learning from her along the way and even doing a little of my own basic linguistic study so that she knows I’m paying attention. My favorite topic so far pertains to her work on Smith Island, Maryland where the residents speak their own unique brand of English. She is the Media Relations Intern for the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
Abby is my middle child. She is a fastpitch softball pitcher at Florida International University. Since Abby was 10 years old, she wanted to play Division 1 softball in Florida. Mission accomplished. Abby was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team. She threw in Conference USA Honor Role for good measure. We can’t wait to see the sophomore season. A word to the wise — don’t bring up softball to me unless you have a couple of hours to talk. GO PANTHERS!!!!!
Jack is my youngest. He is a Junior at West Platte High School. We all agree that Jack is the coolest member of the family. Here’s Jack playing acoustic guitar with his band, The Stringrays.
When he’s not playing music for adoring fans, he’s holding down First Base for the District Champion West Platte Bluejays.
And then there’s AJ. AJ likes eating corn on the cob and bagels with cream cheese, playing in the snow, fishing and barking at trespassers, like falling leaves, squirrels, and people he’s met dozens of times.
With three kids, a dog and a law practice, it would be a bit of an exaggeration to say that I had hobbies. However, I too am a member of a misunderstood rock band. The band performs for free, but the roadies (i.e., the band) charge for setup and tear down.
I’m currently preparing to hike Maine’s 100 mile wilderness on the Appalachian Trail with an old high school buddy.
If I don’t make it back, Aaron will take good care of your case.