John T. Bullock

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation, Trials and Appeals
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment
  • Constitutional Rights
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Personal Injuries
Peer Review Rated 2016 John T. Bullock


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 businesses and individuals avoid, manage, and resolve conflict.  A skilled advisor and advocate, John has broad professional experience, including business litigation, personal injury, property damage, employment, real property and land use, construction, constitutional and civil rights, 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.

John brings a keen analytical mind to his clients’ legal issues and concerns.  He recognizes that there is no substitute for hard work and diligence in the pursuit of his client’s goals.  He is sensitive to the varying needs and priorities of his clients, including their economic objectives in pursuing conflict resolution.

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 counsels employers and, on occasion, individuals on complex matters of employment law, including state and federal anti-discrimination laws, FMLA, wage and hour (FLSA) issues, and other compliance matters.  He routinely handles charges, claims, and lawsuits concerning these topics.

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” in commercial litigation and employment law.

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 active in the Kansas Bar Association.  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 a past President of the Lawrence Arts Center Board of Directors.

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.


Listed in:
The Best Lawyers in America©, 2019-present

Super Lawyers, Missouri & Kansas, 2013-present

Kansas, Missouri, California and American Bar Associations

Fellow, Kansas Bar Association

Douglas County Bar Association

Kansas Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee, Litigation CLE Liaison

Member, 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

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

Instructor, University of Kansas School of Law, Expert Witness Skills, 2013

Vestry, Trinity Episcopal Church

United Way, Co-Chair, Professionals Division