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Class Actions

Updates submitted between January 1, 2017 and June 1, 2017

1970s

Lynn R. Johnson, '70, Kansas City, Missouri, was ranked as one of the Top 50 Kansas City Super Lawyers in the 2016 Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers nomination process.

H. Philip Elwood, 71, Topeka, received the Topeka Bar Association Warren W. Shaw Distinguished Service Award.  This award recognizes a lawyer or judge for exemplary service to the legal profession or the Topeka Bar Association.

John T. Bird, '74, Hays, Kansas, received a Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award.

The Honorable Rebecca Crotty, '77, Topeka, retired as Shawnee County district judge after seven years on the bench.

Linda P. Jeffrey, '77, Topeka, was honored as the 2017 Woman of Distinction by the American Business Women's Association Career Chapter of Topeka. Jeffrey has served as Topeka's city attorney, Shawnee County counselor, and assistant attorney general for the state of Kansas.

Michael C. Manning, '77, Phoenix, Arizona, was named to Top 50 in Arizona list for 2017 by Super Lawyers. The ranking compiles the Arizona attorneys who ranked top of the list during the 2017 Southwest Super Lawyers nomination and research process.

Ronald D. Smith, '77, Larned, Kansas, has written a civil war novel, his second book, called "The Wastage." The novel was written under a pen name, Dean Halliday Smith.

The Honorable John L. Weingart '77, Hiawatha, Kansas, of the 22nd judicial district was appointed to sit with the Kansas Supreme Court to review one case on the court's summary calendar the final day of its January docket. Weingart joined Supreme Court justices on January 25 as they deliberated a case on their summary calendar.  He participated in the opinion drafting that followed.

Frank J. Ross Jr., '78, Kansas City, Missouri, received the 2017 Baron of the Boardroom Award for his years of excellence in corporate law. The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) presents the award annually to one or more attorneys who have a distinguished career representing clients in corporate/business matters. 

1980s

Joseph E. Cosgrove Jr., '80, Austin Texas, is serving as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. Mr. Cosgrove is teaching Telecommunications Law and Policy.

The Honorable Jennifer J. Lind-Spahn, '83, Wichita, retired from the Wichita Municipal Court, where she served since 1999.

Michelle M. Suter, '86, Leawood, Kansas, was ranked as one of  Top 50 Women in the 2016 Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers nomination process.

Stephen B. Angermayer, '88, Pittsburg, Kansas, received a Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award.

The Honorable Gregory D. Keith, '88, Wichita, is now a Sedgwick County District Court Judge, Division 3.

1990s

T. Lynn Ward, '90, Wichita, was ranked as one of Top 50 Women in the 2016 Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers nomination process.

Timothy E. Keck, '91, Topeka, was approved by the Kansas Senate as one of Governor Sam Brownback's three cabinet nominees. Previously, Keck served as Chief Counsel for the office of the Lt. Governor, and the Deputy Chief Counsel at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). As a member of the leadership team at KDHE, he worked closely with KDHE Secretary Susan Mosier on a variety of issues impacting the aging and disability communities.

Kurt P. Kerns, '91, Wichita, received a Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award.

Kenneth R. Newton, '92, Wichita, has joined Cameron & Herrman, P.A.

Shawn R. DeJarnett, '93, Wellington, Kansas, was named Wellington city attorney by the city council.

The Honorable Cheryl A. Rios, '93, Topeka, received the Topeka Bar Association Honorable E. Newton Vickers Professionalism Award. This award recognizes a member of the Topeka Bar Association who, by his or her conduct, honesty, integrity, and courtesy, best exemplify, represent and encourage other lawyers to follow the highest standards of the legal profession, including those contained in the Topeka Bar Association's Creed of Professional Courtesy.

Kelly A. Ricke, '94, Kansas City, Missouri, was ranked as one of Top 50 Women in the 2016 Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers nomination process.

Kip D. Johnson, '96, Hays, Kansas, and Colton D. Eikenberry, '96, Hays, Kansas, have combined their solo practices to form Johnson Eikenberry.

Jack C. Morgan III, '97, Fort Myers, Florida, a commercial litigator with a focus on liability litigation and construction defects, has left a partner position with the Fort Myers office of Roetzel & Andress to join another practice, Aloia, Roland & Lubell PLLC.  Morgan joins Aloia, Roland & Lubell as an equity partner, according to a statement. The firm changed its name to Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC.

Joseph S. Passanise, '97, Springfield, Missouri, has been recognized again as a "Best Lawyer." His firm, Law Offices of Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise, has been recognized as a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News & World Report. Passanise has been selected as a Best Lawyer in America for his tenth consecutive year. This outstanding achievement recognizes his work in the areas of white collar, non-white collar, and DUI defense. Passanise has also been given the 2016 Lawyer of the Year Award for his excellence in Criminal Defense: General Practice. This follows Passanise's 2015 Lawyer of the Year Award in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense.

Natasha K. Riffel-Kuhlmann, '99, Hutchinson, Kansas, is now with Martindell Swearer Shaffer Ridenour LLP.

2000s

The Honorable Jared Smith, '00, Tampa, Florida, is the new judge on the Hillsborough County Court.

The Honorable Eric N. Williams, '01, Wichita, was elected as a Sedgwick County Judge.

Jennifer L. Lautz, '02, Hutchinson, Kansas, is now a partner with Corcoran, Goff & Lautz, StrongPoint Law.

The Honorable Kelly K. Mahoney, '02, Sioux City, Iowa, was appointed Federal Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Iowa.

The Honorable Jennifer L. Myers, '03, Kansas City, Kansas, was sworn in as a Wyandotte County District Court Judge.

Robert L. Choromanksi, '03, Lenexa, Kansas, has been hired as executive director of the Kansas Organization of State Employees.

Tiffany D. Tant-Shafer, '03, Tullahoma, Tennessee, joined Legal Aid Society's Tullahoma office with a focus on family, health and benefits, and juvenile law. Prior to joining the Legal Aid Society, she established her own firm, where she was a sole practitioner primarily advocating for children as a court-appointed guardian ad litem.

Gabriela A. Vega '03, Manhattan, Kansas, has merged with Bruce Barry to from Barry Vega Law Group. Barry Vega Law Group will focus its practice in the areas of family, bankruptcy and immigration law.

Monique K. Centeno, '05, Wichita, has opened Centeno Law, LLC.

Todd Hiatt, '05, Topeka, is now Of Counsel for Harris & Hart, LLC., Leawood, Kansas.

Jeffrey N. Lowe, '05, Wichita, is now a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Richard A. Samaniego, '06, Wichita, has joined Gilliland & Hayes, LLC.

John Paul D. Washburn '07, Topeka, is a 2016 Topeka's Top 20 Under 40 honoree.

Lisa K. Garza, '08, Kansas City, Missouri, was sworn in as president-elect to the Wyandotte County Bar Association on January 28, 2017.

Lane R. Palmateer, '08, Wichita, is now at the Law Office of Lane R. Palmateer.

Eryn A. Wright, '08, Salina, Kansas, is now the USD 305 executive director of human resources.  Wright was previously general counsel.

Timothy M Blesan, '09, Washington, D.C., has been promoted to Deputy Chief for the National Security & Affirmative Litigation Unit within the Department of Justice's Office of Immigration Litigation.

William K. Schmidt, '09, Kansas City, Kansas, is now the clinic director for the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at Kansas Legal Services.  The clinic is a state-wide organization that handles tax controversies for low income taxpayers.

2010s

Jeremy D. Koop, '10, Wichita, is now a Sedgwick County Assistant District Attorney.

Shane A. Rosson, '10, Wichita, has become a member of the law firm of Triplett, Woolf & Garretson, LLC.  Shane joined TWG as an associate in 2010, and will continue to focus his practice in the areas of general civil litigation with emphasis in business litigation, employment litigation, and estate and probate litigation.

Britain D. Stites, '10, Junction City, Kansas, is now the Junction City Municipal Prosecutor.

Aaron R. Bailey, '11, Topeka, has been named a Partner of the Sloan Law Firm. Aaron engages in a general practice of law, including civil litigation, business transactions and litigation, estate planning and probate, and real estate matters.

Erin Sommer Good, '11, Wichita, was elected to the board of directors for League 42. League 42's mission is to provide every child in Wichita the opportunity to play youth baseball.

Whitney L. Casement, '12, Topeka, has joined Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, LLP.

Vincent J. Garcia, '12, Wichita, received a Kansas Bar Association Pro Bono Award.

J.D. Hatcher, '13, Carthage, Missouri, is now with the Jasper County Prosecutor's Office.

Allison L. Koehn, '13, Topeka, joined Newbery, Ungerer & Hickert LLP.

William R. Lawrence, '13, Lawrence, Kansas, is the Chief of Staff for Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley.

Jesse A. Burris, '15, Mulvane, Kansas, was elected to the Kansas House District 82 seat.

Coleman J. Younger, '15, Marysville, Kansas, has joined Galloway, Wiegers & Brinegar, P.A.

Aaron C. Boswell, '16, Wichita, is an associate with Larson & Brown, P.A.

Victoria Lynn Johnson Eck, '16, Wichita, has moved to CornerStone Law, LLC, Newton, Kansas.

Jennifer E. Spangler, '17, Topeka, is now with Free State Law.

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Recent Notifications

The Honorable Rebecca Crotty, '77, Topeka, retired as Shawnee County district judge after seven years on the bench.

The Honorable Jennifer J. Lind-Spahn, '83, Wichita, retired from the Wichita Municipal Court, where she served since 1999.

Kip D. Johnson, '96, Hays, Kansas, and Colton D. Eikenberry, '96, Hays, Kansas, have combined their solo practices to form Johnson Eikenberry.

The Honorable Jared Smith, '00, Tampa, Florida, is the new judge on the Hillsborough County Court.

Jesse A. Burris, '15, Mulvane, Kansas, was elected to the Kansas House District 82 seat.