Congratulations to attorney Dallas Rakestraw for being elected to the Board of Directors of the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County! The CAC is a centralized resource for child abuse victims and their caregivers and provides an environment for victims to heal from trauma and abuse. It brings together many aspects of the investigative and therapeutic processes under one roof and provides advocacy services in an child-focused atmosphere. In addition, the CAC provides education to the community in an effort to raise awareness about child abuse.
We welcome our newest attorney to the firm this week, Monica Sosa-Scherer, a bi-lingual Family Law attorney. With her bi-lingual skills and knowledge of the hard work it requires, we plan to expand our practice to help a more diverse set of clients in our community.
McDonald Tinker, PA is pleased to welcome Chris Abraham as our summer law clerk. Chris just completed his second year at Washburn Law School. Welcome to the firm Chris!
Attorney Jessica Suhr has become a board member for Rise Up for Youth. Jessica is an amazing community leader who will use her skills, expertise, and shared commitment to empower our youth. Rise Up For Youth inspires and motivates the next generation to unlock their full potential through education, mentoring, and empowerment.
Congratulations to the following McDonald Tinker Attorneys for being recognized as Best Lawyers in America© for 2020. This recognition is based on peer reviews on the basis of professional expertise and reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading attorneys in the same practice areas. Vince A Burnett Atty; P Kelly Donley; Ed Keeley; Stacy Ortega Engels; Jennifer Hill; Dallas Rakestraw; and Scott Sanders.
Congratulations to our office manager, Mary Ellen Woodward, who was among the 2019 honorees for Wichita Business Journal’s Top Human Resources Professional award. Mary Ellen has worked in human resources management for more than 20 years and has been an integral part of the McDonald Tinker team since 2003. Congratulations and well-deserved!
Corey Adams has joined us as an associate attorney at McDonald Tinker. A native of Wichita, Corey graduated from Friends University and the University of Kansas School of Law. His primary practice areas will consist of civil litigation, civil rights law and employment law. Welcome aboard, Corey!
McDonald Tinker attorney Jennifer Hill achieved a complete defense verdict at jury trial in Harvey County District Court. Jennifer, a managing partner and senior member of McDonald Tinker’s litigation team, represented a local electrical company that was accused of negligently installing an electrical panel in a home. The plaintiff accused Jennifer’s client of causing a subsequent fire to the home and sought more than $250,000 in property damage.
After a week-long trial, the jury concluded after only 45 minutes of deliberation that Jennifer’s client was not liable for the fire whatsoever, resulting in a “no fault” verdict. Congratulations to Jennifer and the entire McDonald Tinker litigation team on this successful verdict for our client!
McDonald Tinker PA is proud to announce that Katy Tompkins has been elected a partner with the firm. Katy joined McDonald Tinker as an associate in 2012 and practices with the firm’s civil litigation department.
“We are delighted to have Katy now sitting at the partners’ table,” said Managing Partner Kelly Donley. “Katy has proven herself to be an asset to our civil litigation team, and we look forward to her leadership at the firm for many years ahead.”
Katy grew up in Atwood, a small community in Western Kansas. She credits her small-town upbringing for her work ethic. “Where I grew up, I learned that hard work was the only avenue to success,” Katy said. “I’m proud to be a partner with McDonald Tinker, and I’m looking forward to continuing to work hard for my clients as I begin this new chapter of my career.”
Katy also serves the community as a volleyball coach. Last year, Katy and fellow McDonald Tinker Director Scott Sanders coached their YMCA youth volleyball team to a first place finish in the 13U Advanced Farha League tournament. “I’ve had the chance to get to know Katy not only through working together at the firm, but also as a co-coach for our YMCA volleyball team,” Scott said. “The dedication Katy shows in the courtroom and on the volleyball court benefits all who have the chance to interact with her. We’re pleased to add her to the partnership at McDonald Tinker.”
Congratulations to Jennifer Hill, who has been named to the Kansas Board of Examiners of Court Reporters. Chief Justice Lawton Nuss appointed Jennifer to a three-year term that begins on July 1. The Board oversees the certification and conduct of all court reporters in Kansas. We are proud of Jennifer’s service to the bar.
Travis Cook has been appointed as a Commissioner to the Colwich Planning Commission. Travis, a resident of Colwich, will participate in reviewing and addressing zoning matters in his community. We are proud of your civic engagement.
Congratulations to Erin Sommer Good, who was recently elected to the Board of Directors for League 42. League 42’s mission is to provide every child in Wichita the opportunity to play youth baseball. We are proud of Erin’s service to our community, and we can’t wait for the season to start.
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of retired McDonald Tinker partner, Alvin “Al” Herrington, who passed away on December 23, 2016, at the age of 86. Al was with McDonald Tinker for more than fifty years, and he will always be an important part of the firm.
McDonald Tinker PA is proud to announce that Martin Keenan has joined the firm as of counsel. Martin’s practice focuses primarily on family law, criminal defense, and personal injury cases.
Martin is a second-generation attorney originally from Great Bend, Kansas. He was inspired to go to law school after growing up around his father’s law practice. For 25 years, Martin practiced in Great Bend. He recently moved to Wichita and is looking forward to assisting clients in Wichita and the surrounding communities. “Wichita is a wonderful place to practice law,” Martin said. “I am proud to be part of the McDonald Tinker team.”
With the addition of Martin, McDonald Tinker expands its practice areas to include criminal defense and family law matters. “We are very excited to have Marty on board,” said Managing Partner P. Kelly Donley. “Marty is a talented attorney, and his experience with family law and criminal defense matters will allow McDonald Tinker to better serve our clients.”
In addition to his busy practice, Martin has taught history, political science, and constitutional law at the collegiate level. In his spare time, he enjoys studying and writing about Great Bend and Kansas history.
Kelly Donley, McDonald Tinker PA attorney, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers© in America in the practice of Workers Compensation Law – Employers.
Ed Keeley, McDonald Tinker PA attorney, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers© in America in the practice of Civil Rights Law.
McDonald Tinker attorney, Kelly Donley, crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon with a finish time of 3:51:49. Only 12 percent of marathon finishers qualify for the Boston Marathon. This is an incredible accomplishment. Congratulations to Kelly!
Several McDonald Tinker employees volunteered at Clean Slate Day. This project, which was put on by the Wichita Bar Association, allowed economically disadvantaged individuals to expunge certain eligible convictions. The idea was to offer a second chance to deserving individuals. McDonald Tinker attorneys Jennifer Hill, Travis Cook, and Erin Good, as well as runner Don Barker, volunteered their time and skills to help with Clean Slate Day. McDonald Tinker is proud to be part of a bar that pursues events such as Clean Slate Day, and we were happy to have several employees participate in this great project.
The Kansas Supreme Court released its opinion in Hoesli v. Triplett, Inc., finding in favor of attorneys Dallas Rakestraw and Vince Burnett’s client. Dallas and Vince successfully advocated for a new interpretation of a key provision of the Kansas Workers Compensation Act. In addition to winning this appeal on behalf of their client, the new Kansas Supreme Court decision will likely benefit many of McDonald Tinker’s other clients going forward. Dallas was interviewed by Work Comp Central, a national publication about workers compensation law about his successful argument before the Kansas Supreme Court. If you are interested in a full copy of the article, e-mail Dallas firstname.lastname@example.org.
McDonald Tinker’s billing manager, Myrna Wood and her husband Todd, participated in the American Legion Riders color guard for the Marion County Toy Run. Myrna collected donations for a month to raise money for the Toy Run. The donations were used to purchase bicycles and helmets for children. Myrna also collected additional cash donations which will be used to purchase more toys for area children. Myrna and Todd have participated in this great cause for the past 15 years.
Super Lawyers Magazine recently published its annual lists of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Kansas and Missouri. No more than 5% of attorneys in the state are named “Super Lawyers,” and only 2.5% of attorneys in the state are selected as Rising Stars. Several McDonald Tinker attorneys were selected. Congratulations to Vincent Burnett (Super Lawyer for Workers’ Compensation), Kelly Donley (Super Lawyer for Workers’ Compensation), Ed Keeley (Super Lawyer for Employment & Labor), Scott Sanders (Super Lawyer for Civil Litigation, Defense), Jennifer Hill (Rising Star for Appellate Practice) and Dallas Rakestraw (Rising Star for Workers’ Compensation).
McDonald Tinker participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Over the past six weeks, the firm has been fundraising for BBBS, and the bowling event was the culmination. In total, McDonald Tinker raised $2,545 for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Super Lawyers magazine recently announced that 6 attorneys from McDonald Tinker have been recognized as Kansas Super Lawyers for 2014. Each year, no more than 5% of the lawyers in the state are selected as Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in the state are selected as Rising Stars. Congratulations to Vince Burnett (Super Lawyer), Kelly Donley (Super Lawyer), Ed Keeley (Super Lawyer), Scott Sanders (Super Lawyer), Jennifer Hill (Rising Star), and Dallas Rakestraw (Rising Star). Also, Scott Sanders was selected to 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition in the practice group of Litigation.
Attorney, Jennifer Hill, was elected Wichita Bar Association President for 2014-2015. Her election is very well deserved, and McDonald Tinker is proud to have one of their own playing such a vital role in the local legal community.
Attorney, Scott Sanders, was awarded Coach of the Year for the East YMCA. He and other coaches were recognized at a banquet at the YMCA South Farha Center in October. Scott has volunteer coached every year since 2007 in soccer, t-ball, volleyball and basketball with his three daughters on his various teams. He continues to coach volleyball and basketball at the YMCA and Magdalen Catholic School. Attorney, Katy Tompkins, coaches volleyball with him at the YMCA and Magdalen.