Administrative Law

Administrative law is the body of law created by the agencies and departments of the government, which carry out the laws passed by Congress or a state legislature. When Congress passes a law on a complicated issue, Congress often needs help determining all of the details of how the law will be enforced and implemented. Administrative agencies and government departments fill in those gaps for Congress and pass additional rules and regulations to achieve Congress’s goals. Stevens & Brand can assist you when dealing with administrative agencies, such as applying for government benefits like social security and Medicaid.*

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Administrative Attorneys

Whitney L. Casement

Emily A. Donaldson

Rebecca J. Wempe

Adoption

Adoption is the creation of a new parent-child relationship, and it is welcomed by the courts. It is both a legal and emotional process, and our lawyers can help you with the legal process as you focus on your new family.

Adoption Law — Attorney in Lawrence, KS

Adoption Attorneys

Leslie M. Miller

Agricultural Law

Modernizing agriculture has led not only to larger operations, but has also led to a need for farm operations to become familiar with a wide variety of legal obligations from numerous governmental agencies. Often the failure to recognize those obligations (or their extent) can expose farm operations and their owners to substantial penalties and, in some cases, criminal prosecution. Our lawyers have the knowledge and expertise in the varied areas of the law that affect agricultural businesses today.

Agriculture Law — Attorney in Lawrence, KS

Agriculture Attorneys

Wesley F. Smith

Alternate Dispute Resolution

We all know that litigation is expensive, time consuming, and exhausting for the parties involved. For these reasons, techniques for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) have been gaining acceptance over the past decade. The attorneys at Stevens & Brand act as coordinators from the simplest to the most complex and contentious disputes. The Firm has acted for clients in the ADR processes including discovery referee and private judging, in addition to arbitration and mediation.

Alternate Dispute Resolution — Attorney in Lawrence, KS

Alternate Dispute Resolution Attorneys

John T. Bullock
Wesley F. Smith

Auto Dealer Compliance Law

Whether you own an auto dealership or have had a negative experience with one, our firm is well-versed in auto dealer compliance laws.

Auto Dealer Compliance Law — Attorney in Lawrence, KS

Auto Dealer Compliance Attorneys

Wesley F. Smith

Banking

Stevens & Brand has extensive experience in representing banks and their trust departments in all areas of banking law, such as representative default assistance, foreclosures and bankruptcy, complex workouts, loan structuring and documentation, collateralization and securitization, sales of loan portfolios, and investment banking.

Banking — Attorney in Lawrence, KS

BANKING Attorneys

Bradley R. Finkeldei

Patricia E. Hamilton

Wesley F. Smith

Winton A. Winter, Jr.

Bankruptcy

During times of economic uncertainty, our bankruptcy and creditors’ rights lawyers can be a valuable resource if your legal problems, including litigation, involve insolvency or bankruptcy. Our clients include retail and manufacturing firms across a variety of industries as well as small banks and other financial institutions.

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Bankruptcy — Attorney in Lawrence, KS

Bankruptcy Attorneys

Patricia E. Hamilton
Wesley F. Smith

Business Entity Formation

The attorneys at Stevens & Brand provide a wide array of services to business entities in all aspects of reorganization, including federal bankruptcy and various state insolvency law proceedings. We represent small businesses, lending institutions, debtors, landlords, purchasers and sellers of distressed assets, creditor’s committees, and others in all aspects of the reorganization and/or liquidation process, whether in or out of court.

Business Entity Formation — Attorney in Lawrence, KS

BUSINESS ENTITY FORMATION Attorneys

Webster L. Golden

Jeffrey L. Heiman

Matthew H. Hoy

Wesley F. Smith

Rebecca J. Wempe

Business Law

Business law focuses on aspects of business including forming a company, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder rights, and property issues such as leasing office or warehouse space. Business law is regulated by both state and federal law, and the attorneys at Stevens & Brand have experience in both these fields.*

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Business Law Attorneys

Christopher F. Burger

Webster L. Golden

Jeffrey L. Heiman

Matthew H. Hoy

Wesley F. Smith

Rebecca J. Wempe

Business Planning & Organization

Business organization law refers to the numerous ways a business may be legally formed under state laws. In addition to incorporating as a corporation, businesses may also be formed as partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs), S Corporations, and other business forms. Since each business organization brings with it a specific set of tax, management, and liability benefits and drawbacks, choosing the right type of organization for your business depends on many factors. With this in mind, our attorneys can provide expertise well before officially organizing a business in order to prepare for these and other legal issues that could arise. *

Business Planning & Organization — Attorney in Lawrence, KS

Business planning & organization Attorneys

Christopher F. Burger

Webster L. Golden

Jeffrey L. Heiman

Matthew H. Hoy

Wesley F. Smith

Rebecca J. Wempe

Business Reorganization

The attorneys at Stevens & Brand provide a wide array of services to business entities in all aspects of reorganization, including federal bankruptcy and various state insolvency law proceedings. We represent small businesses, lending institutions, debtors, landlords, purchasers and sellers of distressed assets, creditor’s committees, and others in all aspects of the reorganization and/or liquidation process, whether in or out of court.

Business Reorganization — Attorney in Lawrence, KS

Business Reorganization Attorneys

Patricia E. Hamilton
Wesley F. Smith

Business Transactions

Stevens & Brand is committed to providing sound business advice based on experience and time-tested business practices. We provide business transaction services and legal advice for business sales and purchases, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, and proper maintenance of corporate entities.

Business Transactions — Attorney in Lawrence, KS

Business Transaction Attorneys

Christopher F. Burger

Bradley R. Finkeldei

Webster L. Golden

Jeffrey L. Heiman

Matthew H. Hoy

Wesley F. Smith

Rebecca J. Wempe

Civil Litigation Trials & Appeals

Stevens & Brand also has a team of civil litigation attorneys that handle either plaintiffs’ or defendants’ cases in state or federal jurisdictions. Our attorneys are also well-versed in appellate work, should your case be appealed up to the appellate level. If you are being personally sued or want to initiate litigation against an individual, contact our firm.

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Civil Litigation Trials & Appeals Attorneys

John T. Bullock

Christopher F. Burger

Bradley R. Finkeldei

Jeffrey L. Heiman

Leslie M. Miller

Kana R. Roller

Commercial Law

Commercial law focuses on the sale and distribution of goods, as well as financing of certain transactions. Commercial law is primarily regulated by the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). All states have adopted some form of the UCC, though each state is free to make its own modifications to the laws as it sees fit. Because many states have modified at least some of the UCC provisions to fit their needs, it is important to hire a lawyer familiar with the UCC as it has been enacted in your state.*

Commercial Law — Attorney in Lawrence, KS

Commercial Law Attorneys

Bradley R. Finkeldei

Patricia E. Hamilton

Wesley F. Smith

Constitutional Rights

Stevens & Brand attorneys assist clients who believe that their constitutional rights have been violated. This includes the right to free speech, due process of the law, and equal protection under the law. We also represent several publications and advise them on First Amendment and Freedom of the Press issues.

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Constitutional Rights Attorneys

John T. Bullock

Thomas D. Haney

Kana R. Roller

Construction

Stevens & Brand’s attorneys represent clients involved in commercial and residential construction including developers, builders, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, and engineers. Our litigators are knowledgeable and experienced in litigating AIA and other construction contracts, as well as cases involving mold and environmental issues, liens, and component failure.

Construction — Attorney in Lawrence, KS

Construction Attorneys

John T. Bullock

Christopher F. Burger

Jeffrey L. Heiman

Corporate - Business Organization & Counsel

Our Corporate practice attorneys are experienced in the formation and organization of corporations and other businesses, reorganizations and restructuring, private equity, mergers & acquisitions, investment funds, equity capital markets, venture capital and corporate real estate.

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Corporate Attorneys

Christopher F. Burger

Bradley R. Finkeldei

Webster L. Golden

Jeffrey L. Heiman

Matthew H. Hoy

Richard S. Schoenfeld

Wesley F. Smith

Rebecca J. Wempe

Criminal Litigation Trials & Appeals

Stevens & Brand defends all levels of criminal allegations and appeals from municipal, state, and federal jurisdictions.  Whether you need defense of a minor traffic violation, DUI, misdemeanor, or a felony, Stevens & Brand can handle any of your criminal defense needs.

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Criminal Litigation trials & appeals Attorneys

Thomas D. Haney
Jeffrey L. Heiman

Debtor & Creditor Rights

Matters involving creditor or debtor rights can be complex and involve commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels before state and federal courts. Our goal is to realize the most beneficial results, including financial workouts and settlements, as cost-effectively as possible for our clients. To do this, we contribute a wealth of knowledge about finance law, business, real estate, taxes, estates, and many other subjects.

Debtor and Creditor Rights — Attorney in Lawrence, KS

Debtor & Creditor Attorneys

Bradley R. Finkeldei

Patricia E. Hamilton

Jeffrey L. Heiman

Wesley F. Smith

Discrimination & Civil Rights

If you have been subject to incidents of unequal or unfair treatment based on a your age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic makeup, and other personal characteristics, our attorneys can assist with your discrimination claim.

Also, if you have had discrimination or civil rights claims adversely filed against you, Stevens & Brand can provide support for defending against these claims. Our attorneys are well-versed in both federal and state anti-discrimination laws that govern which classes of individuals are protected and in what way.*

Discrimination and Civil Rights — Attorney in Lawrence, KS

Discrimination & Civil Rights Attorneys

John T. Bullock
Thomas D. Haney

Elder Law

The attorneys at Stevens & Brand can help anyone concerned about a senior citizen in or near Eastern Kansas. We help with long-term care issues and legal planning involving Medicaid, nursing home and assisted living issues, incapacity planning, estate planning, elder abuse, special spousal annuity trusts, and much more. For even more information, please watch the video below produced by the National Elder Law Foundation.

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Elder Law Attorneys

Emily A. Donaldson
Denise L. McNabb
Leslie M. Miller
Molly M. Wood

Eminent Domain

The term “eminent domain” refers to the power of the governmen