About Us/Our Heritage

Stevens & Brand, L.L.P., was founded in 1925 by Richard Stevens and John W. Brand to find practical legal solutions for people and businesses. From our early days before the Great Depression through all the turbulent events of over three quarters of a century – we’ve grown and prospered with this simple mantra. Today, Stevens & Brand, L.L.P., continues to help its clients with all their legal needs by employing only the most respected attorneys with a broad range of experience. Our goal: to find practical legal solutions.

Our Philosophy

At Stevens & Brand, L.L.P., we provide high quality legal services at a reasonable cost. We seek to help our clients find practical solutions to legal issues.  Whenever possible, we help our clients avoid legal problems before they occur. Should the worst happen, however, we are here to help them through any legal challenges they encounter. We are always looking for the best solution for our clients, whether in or out of the courtroom.

Collectively, our team of lawyers provides over 100 years of experience. Contact us today to learn what our legal team can do for you.

“Our job is to make our clients’ lives easier.” – Jack Brand

Richard B. StevensDiane W. Simpson — Lawyer in Lawrence, KS

 

Awards & Rankings

Stevens & Brand, L.L.P., attorneys have recently received the following individual recognition:

  • John T. Bullock was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in Lawrence, Kansas, in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.
  • Emily A. Donaldson, CELA, was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in Topeka, Kansas, in the practice area of Elder Law.
  • Bradley R. Finkeldei was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in Lawrence, Kansas, in the practice areas of Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Education Law, and Land Use & Zoning Law.
  • Webster L. Golden was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in Lawrence, Kansas, in the practice areas of Corporate Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates Law.
  • Patricia E. Hamilton was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in Topeka, Kansas, in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy.
  • Thomas D. Haney was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in Topeka, Kansas, in the practice areas of Criminal Defense – General Practice and Criminal Defense – White-Collar.
  • Jeffrey L. Heiman was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in Lawrence, Kansas, in the practice area of Criminal Defense – General Practice.
  • Matthew H. Hoy was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in Lawrence, Kansas, in the practice area of Litigation – Trusts and Estates Law.
  • Sherri E. Loveland was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in Lawrence, Kansas, in the practice area of Family Law.
  • Kate Marples Simpson was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©: Ones to Watch 2021 in Lawrence, Kansas, in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate, and Municipal Law.
  • Wesley F. Smith was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in Lawrence, Kansas, in the practice areas of Banking and Finance Law and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.
  • Rebecca J. Wempe was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in Lawrence, Kansas, in the practice area of Trusts and Estates Law.
  • Molly M. Wood was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in Lawrence, Kansas, in the practice area of Elder Law.

For more information regarding Best Lawyers, visit BestLawyers.com.


Stevens & Brand, L.L.P., has received the following firm recognition in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings. 

  • 2020 Tier 1 Firm (the highest level) in the Topeka Metropolitan region in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Education Law, Family Law, and Trusts & Estates Law; and
  • 2020 Tier 2 Firm in the Topeka Metropolitan region in the practice areas of Banking and Finance Law, Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation—Bankruptcy, and Litigation—Trusts & Estates.

Learn more about our tier rankings


Peer Rated 2016

Stevens & Brand, L.L.P. carries the highest rating attainable by a firm according to Martindale-Hubbell standards of excellence and by peer review.

View the Stevens & Brand profile at Martindale-Hubbell


Charitable SponsorshipS

We at Stevens & Brand, L.L.P., recognize our responsibility to make a positive difference in the Douglas County community. Since our firm was founded in 1925, we have demonstrated our commitment in this area through active support of a wide variety of causes and organizations. In order to effectively and prudently fund worthwhile projects, our charitable giving interests are focused on organizations which are active in the Douglas County community. Because we know that general operations is often the most difficult expense to raise funds for, we are committed to supporting fundraising events rather than the purchase of specific items. Finally, in an attempt to help as many worthwhile organizations as possible, it is our intent not to fund the same organization in consecutive years.

Agencies interested in receiving funds from Stevens & Brand, L.L.P., must complete our Charitable Contribution Application. The Contributions Review Committee accepts applications throughout the year, but only awards grants on February 1 and August 1 of each year. We look forward to hearing from you.

Download PDF of Charitable Contribution Application