- Dennis L. Gillen
- Jack Scott McInteer
- Randall K. Rathbun
- Charles C. Steincamp
- Kimberly A. Vining
- Benjamin K. Carmichael
- Kurt Harper
- William E. Dakan
Dennis Gillen specializes in business and business litigation, construction, health care, individual representation and general civil litigation. He also frequently serves either by court appointment or agreement of the parties as a mediator or arbitrator in civil disputes.
Dennis was born in Kingman, Kansas, and received his B.A. degree (magna cum laude) from Washburn University in 1969 and his Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) from Washburn University in 1972.
Dennis has been active in Kansas Bar Association, being twice elected to the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Committee and serving as a member of the Board of Governors, Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President and as President of the Kansas Bar Association in 1994. He is a member of the National Health Lawyers Association and a fellow of the American and Kansas Bar Associations.
Dennis has also been a member of the Board of Governors and Vice President of the Wichita Bar Association. He has been recognized by his peers for his expertise in commercial litigation with his listing in “The Best Lawyers in America.” He has also been recognized in Chambers “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” for his work in commercial litigation and alternate dispute resolution and was selected for inclusion in the “Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers” listing, designated as one of the top 100 lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.
Jack McInteer is a business and real estate lawyer who specializes in representing entrepreneurs. His practice extends worldwide and encompasses negotiating and closing of mergers, acquisitions, financings, and other business deals.
Jack has developed an expertise in legal ethics. He speaks frequently on business and ethics topics and is an author and editor of four editions of the Kansas Ethics Handbook, past Chairman of the State Ethics Advisory Committee, a member of the Wichita Ethics Investigation Committee, a member of the Kansas Supreme Court Board for Discipline of Attorneys, and member of several special committees appointed by the Kansas Supreme Court to review and recommend proposed rule changes.
Jack was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and received a B.A. degree in mathematics and chemistry and a B.S. degree in physics in 1969 from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a Juris Doctor degree in 1972 from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He also did advance studies in economics at Wichita State University in the Master of Arts program.
Jack is a member of the Wichita Chamber of Commerce Aviation Task Force, the American Bar Association Forum on Air and Space Law (Aircraft Financing Division), the American Bar Foundation (Life Fellow), the National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Foundation, past member of the Board of Governors of the Wichita Bar Association, and a past President of the Kansas Bar Association Section of Aviation. Jack also served on the faculty of Wichita State University. In 2009, Jack received the Howard C. Kline Distinguished Service Award from the Wichita Bar Association for exemplifying integrity, professionalism, and service to the Bar, and in 2010 received the Robert L. Gernan Award from the Kansas Continuing Education Commission for outstanding service to legal education in Kansas.
andy Rathbun is recognized as one of the foremost litigators in the state of Kansas representing the rights of injured individuals and land owners in environmental and toxic exposure litigation. He is also an accomplished plaintiff’s trial lawyer in other areas, including employment, products liability law, and sexual harassment/abuse cases.
Randy was U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas from 1993 to 1996, serving on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys and chairing the environmental subcommittee from 1994 to 1996. He has also written articles and conducted numerous continuing legal education programs on trial practice, environmental and employment law.
Randy was born in Ellsworth, Kansas, receiving his B.S. degree in political science from Kansas State University in 1975 and his Juris Doctor degree from Washburn University in 1978.
Randy is a member of the Kansas and Wichita Bar Associations. He has been recognized by his peers for his expertise in environmental litigation with his listing in “The Best Lawyers in America” every year since 1995. He has also been recognized in Chambers “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” for his work in plaintiff’s employment and environmental law and was also selected for inclusion with numerous “Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers” listings. Randy was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2002. Fellowship in the College is by invitation and extended after careful investigation into the trial skills and ethical conduct of an attorney.
Chris Steincamp currently serves as managing partner of the firm and practices primarily in the areas of environmental and oil and gas law.
Chris has been involved in complex environmental litigation, regulatory matters and environmental issues in mergers and land transactions in Kansas and across the country. He has authored numerous articles on environmental law and oil and gas law and spoken at seminars on environmental compliance and litigation and energy-related topics. Chris also authored the environmental law chapter of the Kansas Annual Survey of Law for 15 years and is one of the authors of the Kansas Bar Association Environmental Handbook. He is a member of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute.
Chris was born in Great Bend, Kansas, and received his B.S. degree in geology from Kansas State University in 1989 and Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from Washburn University in 1993.
Chris is a licensed geologist and past Chairman of the Kansas State University Geological Advisory Council and past President of the Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section of the Kansas Bar Association. He is a member of the Wichita and Kansas Bar Associations, American Association of Petroleum Geologists and a member of the Division of Environmental Geosciences. He also serves on the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce Water Resources Committee and is a member of the Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association (KIOGA).
Chris has served two terms as Chairman of the Board of the American Heart Association, Sedgwick County Division, and is a past President of the Downtown Y’s Men’s Club of Wichita. He was selected for the 2003 Class of 40 Under 40 and the 2003 Class of Leadership Wichita. Chris has served on the Board of Directors of Wichita Festivals, Inc., and Friends of the Wichita Art Museum, Inc. as well as the Dean’s Council for the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University. He received the Alumni Merit Award by Kansas State University College of Arts and Sciences in 2012. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board on the Wichita Crime Commission Board of Directors. Chris has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America” in environmental law.
Kim Vining works primarily in the areas of estate planning and probate, real estate and business law.
Born in Hutchinson, Kansas, Kim received her B.S. degree in biology from Southern Nazarene University in 2002 and her Juris Doctor degree with Dean’s Honors from Washburn University School of Law in 2005. While in law school, she participated in the Women’s Legal Forum and Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.
Kim is a member of the Wichita and Kansas Bar Associations, the Young Lawyers Association and the Wichita Women Attorneys Association (President 2014-2015). She is a member of the Wichita Estate Planning Council (President 2014-2015), the Junior League of Wichita and also served on the Board of the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum. She was Co-Chair of the Art & Book Fair 2008-2009 to benefit the Art Museum. Kim was a member of the Leadership Class of Wichita (2010).
Ben joined the firm as an associate in 2016. He handles a wide range of litigation, including agricultural law, business litigation, employment law, insurance disputes, and personal injury litigation. Ben also advises clients on litigation related matters.
Ben routinely represents individuals and businesses in both bringing and defending claims of breach of contract, personal injury, discrimination, and professional negligence. Ben has successfully tried cases before juries to verdict in both state and federal court.
He received his B.A. from Wichita State University in 2012 and his Juris Doctor degree from Washburn University School of Law in 2016, where he earned a certificate in Oil and Gas law and Natural Resources law. Ben is licensed to practice in Kansas.
While at Washburn University, Ben was active in the community and served on the Washburn University Student Bar Association all three years. Ben was selected to be a member of the Washburn Law Journal where his Comment on natural gas storage was published in the Spring 2015 issue. In his third year Ben served as Comment Editor on the Washburn Law Journal Editorial Board. Ben was also an intern at the Washburn Law Litigation Clinic and served individuals in that capacity in cases ranging from will preparations to landlord tenant disputes.
Ben enjoys spending time with his friends and family, fishing, and is an avid technology enthusiast.
Wichita State University, B.A., 2012
Washburn University School of Law, J.D., 2016
Kansas Bar, 2016
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 2016
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2016
Comment Editor, Washburn Law Journal Law, 2015-2016
Kansas Bar Association, 2016
Wichita Bar Association, 2016
Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
Drinking a Milkshake from Someone Else’s Private Collection: How The Rule of Capture Remains in Play for Storage Gas, 54 Washburn L.J. 397 (2015).
Kurt Harper practices primarily in the field of business litigation, including employment litigation, construction disputes, real estate matters, warranty claims, and securities fraud. Kurt also serves as a mediator and as an arbitrator, including having served on a number of panels for FINRA.
He is a native of Wichita, and attended the University of Kansas, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Russian Language and Literature (with honors) in 1976, and a Juris Doctor in 1979. He was included in the Order of the Coif for his class. Upon graduation, he returned to Wichita, and has practiced law here continuously since that time, as well as maintaining his proficiency in Russian.
Kurt is a member of the Wichita Bar Association, where he served as secretary-treasurer in 1986-87, and is a member of the Kansas and American Bar Associations. His community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Wichita Symphony Society for over 30 years, where he has held several offices, including President; and Rotary International, for which he has served terms as club President and Vice President for the Rotary Club of Wichita; the president of the U.S. section of the Russia-US Intercountry Committee; and will serve as the District Governor for Rotary District 5680. He has previously served on the Board for Episcopal Social Services, and on the Vestry for St. James Episcopal Church.
In addition to an AV rating from Martindale, Kurt has received other peer recognition, including designation as a Kansas “SuperLawyer” in the field of business litigation since 2006, and as a “Best Lawyer” in commercial litigation since 2007. For 2019, Kurt received a designation as “Lawyer of the Year” for “Bet-the-Company Litigation” from Best Lawyers in America.
Bill’s legal practice emphasizes business organizations and transactions, real estate, wills, trusts and estates and trusts administration, and tax and aviation law.
Bill is a native of Wichita, and a graduate of Kansas State University (B.S. Accounting 1974) and the University of Kansas (Juris Doctor 1979). Before law school, Bill worked with KPMG Peat, Marwick, CPAs, in Kansas City, Missouri, earning his certificate as a Certified Public Accountant in Kansas. Bill is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, and Wichita Bar Association (past chair, Real Estate, Probate and Law Day Committees). He is a life member of the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and member of the Wichita Estate Planning Council. Bill has spoken on business transactions, tax, estate planning and aviation law topics.
Bill participated in the Wichita Chamber of Commerce Leadership 2000 program. Bill previously served on the boards of Wichita Habitat for Humanity and Wichita Community Theatre. He currently serves on the Starkey, Inc. and Wichita Bar Foundation boards. Bill is a volunteer guardian ad litem with The ARC of Sedgwick County, and an adviser to Jayhawk Chapter 88 of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Bill and his wife, Libby, have three daughters. Bill is an instrument-rated private pilot.