Practice Areas

+ Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) allows parties to resolve conflicts on their own terms with the help of a neutral professional. ADR in civil litigation is a highly successful process where parties focus fully on their case, for a dedicated amount of time, and try to find settlement terms that will end expensive litigation and eliminate the risk of proceeding forward. This process needs a skilled and experienced mediator to work with the parties and all of the competing interests that preclude a settlement.

ADR in family law allows parties going through the difficult process of divorce, separation and custody agreements an opportunity to divide their property and/or formulate their own custody and parenting plan with a mediator, rather than in the courtroom. Again, mediation offers parties an opportunity to resolve a matter with less conflict, less expense and less risk. Mediation also offers a more private method of dividing assets and liabilities in high-value asset cases.

Our firm has multiple experienced attorneys who can work as a third party neutral professional to provide guidance to parties who need to settle their cases but for whatever reason have not been able to resolve their case on its own.

+ Appellate Law

We are professional writers. Our attorneys regularly appear in front of Kansas Supreme Court, Kansas Court of Appeals, and the Tenth Circuit on behalf of our clients. We are frequently hired as “appeal counsel” to represent a client whose case has already been through the trial court and is now ready for the appeal process. Appellate procedure can be difficult and time consuming—your appeal should be pursued by an attorney who is familiar with working before the appellate courts. We are strong writers capable of preparing a brief that puts your best case before the appeals court. We also accept referrals from attorneys who find themselves too busy or too unfamiliar with the appellate process to feel comfortable pursuing an appeal on behalf of a client. If you find yourself in need of a team of strong writers familiar with the appeal process, call us.

+ Civil Rights Law and Government Liability Defense

Lawsuits alleging civil rights violations can be especially challenging. We regularly represent counties, municipalities, and school districts in these types of cases. The consequences in civil rights cases can be steep, and defending them requires experienced attorneys familiar with the law and procedure of constitutional and civil claims. We can provide just that. We have attorneys experienced in defending all types of civil and constitutional claims. Our firm possesses the know-how and resources to aggressively defend any governmental entity accused of a civil rights violation.

+ Corporate & Business Law

Running a business is hard work. Running a business becomes even harder when difficult legal issues are involved. McDonald Tinker has extensive experience representing corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, professional associations, and sole proprietorships in legal matters. Regardless of whether you are an employee or agent of a large corporation or the sole-owner of a small business, we have the resources to help you achieve your business goals.

  • Business Litigation
  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Small Businesses
  • Contracts
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Creditors Rights
  • Debt Collection
  • Aviation Law

+ Divorce and Family Law

Divorces can be an emotional and financial wrecking ball, especially if you have children.  You want to land on your feet after the divorce, but mostly you want your kids to do well in spite of the storm.

We care about you and understand your concerns. We will listen to you and fight for your fair share in a divorce proceeding. How property is divided, child support issues, and spousal maintenance issues can make or break your financial future.  Let us work you through this difficult time and fight for the best possible outcome.

Let us help you with these family matters:

  • Legal Separation
  • Divorce
  • Post-Divorce Issues
    • Child Support Adjustments
    • Custody or Parenting Time Issues
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Separate Maintenance
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Child in Need of Care
  • Juvenile Criminal Cases
  • Adoptions
  • Step-Parent Adoptions
  • Divorce and Family Law Appeals
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution Services
    • Mediation
    • Arbitration
    • Case Management

+ Employment Law

Employers have a lot to navigate in the legal field—federal laws, state laws, policies and procedures—all while trying to keep a business profitable and running efficiently. At McDonald Tinker, we help protect employers. We work with employers to draft policies that comply with the relevant laws and meet the specific needs of the company. We educate employers through seminars and can conduct training sessions with employees. Our goal is to help protect your company from potential claims and lawsuits. However, sometimes having to defend an employment law claim is simply a fact of doing business. If an employee does file a claim or lawsuit, we are experienced litigators with a track record of defending employers. We have defended employers accused of all types of discrimination, harassment, and wage/hour violations. If you find your company on the wrong side of a lawsuit, we can represent you and help you get back to what matters most—running your business.

Sometimes, employees’ rights are violated and they are subjected to treatment at work that is hostile, unfair, and in violation of the law. If you are an employee and feel your workplace rights have been violated, call us. We have experience representing employees subjected to unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace. The process of pursuing an employment law claim can be tricky and is not a road you have to walk alone.

+ Insurance Defense and General Civil Litigation

McDonald Tinker attorneys have decades of experience defending complex civil cases, including those involving multijurisdictional matters, throughout Kansas in both federal and state courts. Due to our long track record of success, we have a diverse roster of clients who turn to McDonald Tinker attorneys when they need aggressive, efficient representation in these types of matters. Our experienced team of trial attorneys have a long and successful history of defending individuals, businesses, and major insurers and their insureds in a wide array of disputes, including:

  • Toxic Tort Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Tractor-Trailer Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Fire & Carbon Monoxide Liability


McDonald Tinker attorneys also provide coverage opinions for a variety of coverage-related matters including whether the duty to defend or indemnify attaches to various types of disputes. If you are in need of a trusted, established litigator to assist you in your civil matter, the attorneys at McDonald Tinker are here to assist you with any or all of your needs.

+ Mediation

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that puts you in control of the outcome of your dispute. With the guidance of your attorney, mediation allows you to make decisions impacting the resolution of your case. McDonald Tinker attorneys are trained mediators who act as neutral facilitators between you and the opposing party in a manner that encourages resolution of the dispute. Our attorney-mediators are experienced in the resolution of claims and lawsuits between plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation matters, including personal injury litigation, employment law, and business litigation.

+ Personal Injury

Sadly, injury and sometimes even death result when another individual chooses to act in a careless manner, whether behind the wheel or in the care and upkeep of their property, among many other areas. If you or one of your loved ones is injured because of another individual’s negligence, a lifetime of rehabilitation and medical treatment may be necessary. McDonald Tinker’s team of personal injury attorneys represent clients who have suffered from a wide range of serious, debilitating and sometimes deadly injuries due to the negligence of others, including:

  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Brain Damage
  • Head Trauma
  • Loss of Sight
  • Loss of Hearing
  • Fractures
  • Paralysis
  • Amputation
  • Disfigurement


Our attorneys work tirelessly to ensure that the party responsible for your injuries is held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. To that end, we work with a team of investigators and medical experts to get you the treatment you need now and in the future and to ensure that you are compensated for the devastating impact that your injury has had on your life and on the lives of your loved ones.

+ Real Estate Law & Transactions

Real estate transactions and investments are a big deal. The real estate market is diverse and unpredictable. Whether you are leasing an apartment or investing in a large property development, you need to ensure that your best interests are protected. McDonald Tinker provides legal representation to clients in numerous areas of real estate law. If you have real estate questions, we can help.

+ Workers Compensation Defense

Kansas workers compensation laws are complex and challenging. If you are a business, third-party administrator, or insurance company encountering a workers compensation issue, you deserve a law firm with extensive experience defending workers compensation claims. Our workers compensation practice is one of the largest in the State of Kansas. Because we are committed to providing first-rate workers compensation defense, we employee attorneys devoted to providing exceptional legal advice and zealous representation in the court room. In addition to providing outstanding legal representation, many of our attorneys have contributed to legal publications in the workers compensation practice area and are frequently asked to lecture or present seminars on topics related to this subject. If you want a lawyer dedicated to defending workers compensation claims, we have the lawyers for you.

+ Healthcare Law

McDonald Tinker attorneys possess experience in the comprehensive area of Health Care Law. Our attorneys have expertise in the areas of federal and state regulation of medicine and compliance programs, patients’ rights, health insurance matters, bioethical policies and issues, confidentiality procedures, managed care organizations, medical credentialing, physician employment agreements, and medical antitrust issues.