Bradley R. Finkeldei — Lawyer in Lawrence, KS

Bradley R. Finkeldei

Areas of Practice

  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy (Creditor)
  • Litigation – Commercial
  • School/Education
  • Zoning/Land Use
  • Litigation – Real Estate
  • Municipal/Government
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
Lawyer of the Year 2013


Kansas Bar, District of Kansas, 1999


Kansas State University; B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1996, minor in Economics

University of Kansas School of Law; Juris Doctorate, 1999

  • Order of the Coif Recipient: Estate Planning Award, 1999
  • Tax Procedure Award, 1999
  • Note and Comment Editor, Kansas Law Review, 1998-1999

Mr. Finkeldei has over 15 years experience helping banks, businesses, governmental entities and individuals achieve their desired results. This experience includes assisting more than a dozen lending institutions and multiple developers and contractors navigate the difficult economic climate that has existed the last few years. In addition to his civil practice, Mr. Finkeldei has served as the attorney for the Lawrence (USD 497) and Baldwin City (USD 348) school districts and was the U.S. News and World Report Lawyer of the year in 2013 for Education Law and in 2014 for Land Use Law. He also received multiple honors in law school including being named Order of the Coif, selected as articles editor for the University of Kansas Law Review, and a recipient of the Estate Planning and Tax Procedure awards.

Brad and his wife Amy have two daughters, Raegan and Chaney. When not involved with his children’s activities, Brad enjoys spending some of his free time serving his community. He is the president of Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, president of the board of directors for Ballard Community Services (Ballard Center, Penn House, Brook Creek, Emergency Services Council), and the chair of the board of directors for Lawrence Family Promise. Brad has served on the Lawrence Douglas County Planning Commission. Other activities include being a member of the Lawrence Jayhawk Rotary Club (past president and assistant-governor for the Rotary Clubs of Northeast Kansas) and on the board of directors for Leadership Lawrence (past president and curriculum chair). In the past Brad has also served as the chair of the City’s Alcohol Tax Fund Committee, the Douglas County American Red Cross, and on the School Consolidation Task Force. He also serves as chair of the finance committee at St. John the Evangelist Church.


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AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell

The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013-present

Recently selected as the Topeka, Kansas, 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in the practice area of Banking and Finance Law

Previously selected as the 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in the practice area of Land Use and Zoning Law in Kansas City, Kansas

Previously selected as the 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in the practice area of Education Law in Kansas City, Kansas

Order of the Coif

Articles Editor, University of Kansas Law Review

Lawrence Douglas County Planning Commission

Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, president

Ballard Community Services, president of the board of directors

Lawrence Family Promise, chair of board of directors

Lawrence Jayhawk Rotary Club

Leadership Lawrence, board of directors