Kansas Bar, 1991
Missouri Bar, 1993
California Bar, 1998
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1991
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2003
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2013
United States Court for the District of Kansas, 1991
United States Court for the Western District of Missouri, 1993
United States Court for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California, 1998
Kansas State University; B.A., 1988
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Blue Key Senior Honorary Society
- Putnam Scholar
- Student Senator
- Neal Atkinson, Jr., Leadership Award
University of Kansas School of Law; Juris Doctorate, 1991
- Order of the Coif
- Associate Editor, Kansas Law Review
- Rice Scholar
- Instructor, Appellate Advocacy
- Criminal Justice Clinic (Johnson County District Attorney’s Office)
John Bullock helps individuals and businesses avoid, manage, and resolve conflict. A skilled advisor and advocate, John has broad professional experience, including in constitutional and civil rights, personal injury, property damage, employment, real property and land use, construction, business litigation, and appellate litigation. John regularly appears in state and federal courts on behalf of his clients. John has substantial experience advocating for his clients in mediations, arbitrations, governmental hearings, and other formal proceedings.
In addition, John serves as the County Counselor for Douglas County, Kansas. In this work, John counsels elected officials and administrative staff on matters of municipal law, including constitutional and civil rights, elections, zoning and land use, public health, behavioral health, public housing, public contracting, employment, open meetings and records, taxation, and other issues pertaining to local government.
John also counsels individuals and employers on complex matters of employment law, including state and federal anti-discrimination laws, FMLA, and wage and hour (FLSA) issues. He routinely handles charges, claims, and lawsuits concerning these topics.
John has acted as lead trial counsel or co-trial counsel in numerous contested proceedings, including trials, arbitrations, and administrative hearings. He has extensive experience in motion practice before state and federal courts, as well as expert and lay witness depositions and other pre-trial discovery. He has worked with experts in a variety of substantive fields, and has negotiated settlements in very complex civil matters.
John maintains an active pro bono practice, including counseling non-profit social services organizations. In addition, as a hospital trustee, John helped to create a Medical Legal Partnership Clinic at LMH Health (formerly Lawrence Memorial Hospital). The clinic provides legal services to poor and low-income patients whose legal problems are adversely affecting their health. Since its inception, the clinic has helped over 1,000 patients.
John received his B.A. from Kansas State University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, a member of Blue Key Senior Honorary Society, and a Student Senator. John received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he was Order of the Coif (top 10% of the class), Associate Editor of the Law Review, and a Rice Scholar.
Following Law School, John was a judicial law clerk to the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, where he worked on civil and criminal litigation, bench and jury trials, and appeals pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
John has been rated “AV” by his peers. This is the highest rating an attorney can achieve, and it indicates the highest levels of legal and ethical professionalism. He has also been named a Kansas/Missouri “Super Lawyer,” and recognized by Best Lawyers in America several years in a row.
John is licensed to practice law in Kansas, Missouri and California. He is a Master of the Judge Hugh Means American Inn of Court, where he served as President. He is a member of the American, Kansas, Missouri, California and Douglas County Bar Associations. He was selected for the 2011-2012 Class of Leadership Lawrence and the 2015 Class of Leadership Kansas. He served for four years on the Board of Trustees for Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He is past President of the Lawrence Arts Center Board of Directors, and past President of the Board of Directors of Van Go, Inc. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Dru Mort Sampson Center for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Kansas School of Law.
Before joining Stevens & Brand, L.L.P., John was a partner with Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP in San Francisco. Prior to that, John practiced with Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P., in Kansas City and San Francisco.
AFFILIATIONS, ACTIVITIES AND HONORS (Past & Present)
The Best Lawyers in America®, 2019-present
Super Lawyers, Missouri & Kansas, 2013-present
Kansas, Missouri, California, and American Bar Associations
Douglas County Bar Association
Federal Bench-Bar Committee, United States District Court for the District of Kansas
Board of Trustees, Lawrence Memorial Hospital
Lawrence Arts Center, President of the Board of Directors
Dru Mort Sampson Center for Diversity and Inclusion at the
University of Kansas School of Law, Board of Directors
Van Go, Inc. (social services organization serving at-risk youth), President of
the Board of Directors
Medical Legal Partnership Clinic at LMH Health, Board of Directors
Judge Hugh Means American Inn of Court, President
Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Earl E. O’Connor, Chief Judge, United States District Court, District of Kansas, 1991-1993
Leadership Lawrence, Class of 2011-2012
Leadership Kansas, Class of 2015
United Way, Co-Chair, Professionals Division
Instructor, University of Kansas School of Law, Expert Witness Skills, 2013
Vestry, Trinity Episcopal Church
Vice-Chancellor, Episcopal Diocese of Kansas
Kansas Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee, Litigation CLE Liaison