As can be seen from their individual profiles, Gates Shields Ferguson Hammond, P.A. employs seasoned attorneys who are experienced in a wide array of practice areas, including general litigation in both state and federal courts, family law, adoptions, commercial transactions, business litigation, employment law, administrative law, real estate transactions and litigation, eminent domain, wills, estate and probate, construction contracting, and public finance. The firm’s client base runs the gamut from individuals to corporations, as well as state, county, and local governments. Partners in the firm also have extensive appellate experience before the Kansas Supreme Court, the Kansas Court of Appeals, and the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Longstanding clients for the firm include the Kansas State Board of Education; True North Hotel Group, Inc.; the Kansas Turnpike Authority; Miller Broadcasting, Inc.; Rockgate Management Company, Inc.; the Kansas Department of Transportation; Community Living Opportunities, Inc.; Terra Venture, Inc.; Rosewood Services, Inc., Peters & Associates, Inc., and Disability Supports of the Great Plains, Inc. In addition, the firm is frequently engaged by other law firms to serve as local counsel for various matters across Kansas. Recently, the Kansas Lottery Commission retained the firm to defend the constitutionality of the state’s new expanded gaming law, to assist its adoption of rules and regulations to implement the new law, and to develop contractual relationships with private gaming managers.
The firm also was centrally involved in several high-profile lawsuits including the re-activated Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation case tried in 1986; numerous lawsuits involving distribution of billions of dollars to public schools; the controversial proposed merger in 2002 of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas with an out-of-state insurance company; and the litigation of the defeasance in 1986 of the original 1954 Kansas Turnpike bonds.
Our partners have practiced together for nearly 20 years. They have kept their offices at the same location in Overland Park, Kansas, for 18 years. Lawyers in the firm are members of local and state bar associations, and various local civic organizations. See each attorney’s individual biographies for details about their experience.