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Counseling Kansans due to the fact 1900. Call us Today.

Our company was founded in 1900 by way of Edward T. Riling who graduated that yr from the

University of Kansas School of Law, became a member of the Kansas State Legislature, and opened a one-man workplace. Edward T. served Douglas County because it's County Attorney, and in that workplace turned into defined by means of a citizen as a lively prosecutor who "has made a few enemies." Apparently this become not supposed as a criticism because the speaker stated that he "would not assume tons of a person who wasn't sturdy sufficient to make a few enemies, in addition to to surround himself with a group of buddies, as Ed has." Since 1900, the firm has continued to make some enemies every so often, however we al...

Counseling Kansans seeing that 1900. Call us Today.

Our firm became founded in 1900 by way of Edward T. Riling who graduated that yr from the

University of Kansas School of Law, became a member of the Kansas State Legislature, and opened a one-man workplace. Edward T. served Douglas County because it's County Attorney, and in that workplace was defined via a citizen as a vigorous prosecutor who "has made some enemies." Apparently this was now not meant as a complaint due to the fact the speaker stated that he "would not think lots of a person who wasn't robust enough to make a few enemies, as well as to surround himself with a bunch of friends, as Ed has." Since 1900, the firm has persisted to make some enemies on occasion, but we additionally have constantly been blessed with appropriate running relationships with customers, fellow legal professionals, and the Courts of the State of Kansas. In 1910, Edward T.'s younger brother, John J. Riling, joined him within the practice of regulation and got here to be called a tireless advocate, who enjoyed reading the law, and turned into absolutely dedicated to the exercise of regulation. Known as "Mr. John," he was rather regarded by means of both bench and bar in Douglas County and for the duration of the State.

The Riling brothers got here off the farm, and nearly genuinely remembered this background because they advanced a customers made up of farmers, as well as worker's, shopkeepers, and different small commercial enterprise owners within the network. During the course of years, because the Rilings' professional stature grew, Mr. John had the opportunity to represent railroads, banks and insurance corporations. He steadfastly refused to take on a extra rewarding shoppers because he recognized that the spine of his exercise, and his livelihood, rested with serving the operating women and men of Douglas County, Kansas.

At the urging of Judge Hugh Means, Mr. John became County Attorney for Douglas

County during World War II, a process he changed into happy to turn lower back over to Robert Oyler while

Bob again from lively duty with the armed services.

Through the years, the company remained small. For a time, Edward T.'s son became a member of the firm, before he retired from the exercise following Mr. John's loss of life. In 1956, Mr. John's son, Eugene C. Riling, joined the regulation corporation. He was accompanied into the exercise through the primary non-family member, M. Dean Burkhead, in the 1960?s. The culture of zealous advocacy persevered with Gene's and Dean's joining the company. The lifestyle of representing farmers, worker's, shopkeepers and other small business owners, endured, as well.

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In 1978, the organization grew once again, as Wesley M. Norwood and Robert W. Fairchild merged their organization into ours. Wes left the company in 1989 to turn out to be a solo practitioner. Bob left in 1996 to emerge as a district court docket choose. In 1981, Michael E. Riling joined his father within the exercise of law, simply as Gene had joined his father a generation in advance. Timothy G.

Riling joined the corporation in 1989 and turned into with the company for approximately eight years before he started out a solo exercise in 1997. In 2009 Mike's daughter Bobbie Lee Riling joined the company.

From 1968, whilst Dean joined the organization, till the mid-1990?s, the firm grew fairly slowly but gradually. By the time John W. Nitcher joined, in 1987, there were six lawyers inside the company, with James L. Postma, of suggest. In 1994, the corporation nevertheless numbered most effective seven lawyers.

We perceived ourselves as a small corporation, with a circle of relatives tradition, and a history of representing some families in Douglas County continuously for many years via several generations. Despite the truth that some of our clients owned massive groups, and we regularly handled paintings for Douglas County, we found out what Mr. John had recognized years before, that the livelihood of our corporation become based totally upon representing individuals rather than establishments.

In the Spring of 1994, John Nitcher received a smartphone call from an man or woman who identified himself as Harland Stonecipher, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. Mr. Stonecipher had a pal who changed into no longer a member of Pre-Paid Legal Services, however become in need of instantaneous criminal help. The friend owned a searching dog used for breeding, which have been running at massive and collected by the local Humane Society. The Humane Society become willing to go back the canine to its owner, however only after the doctor neutered the dog. The owner become adamant that, for economic motives, the canine should now not be neutered, and almost virtually the canine felt the equal manner. Mr. Stonecipher wanted to realize if there was anything we might do to help his pal.

At that time, we felt we have been on the reducing fringe of generation, having simply bought a fax gadget and numerous personal computers. A flurry of call for letters went out of our workplace, with several letters dispatched over the cellphone line in a half-day's time. As a result of John's efforts, the dog turned into restored, one hundred% intact, to its owner. The owner became overjoyed, the canine extra so, and Mr. Stonecipher become pleased with our efforts. A few days later, John received a cellphone name from Mr. Stonecipher's private secretary, inviting us to recall becoming the Pre-Paid Legal Services company firm for the State of Kansas. In truth, Mr. Stonecipher desired to fly to Lawrence to discuss the prospect with us. We met with Mr. Stonecipher. We think that he became inspired with the history of our firm, in addition to its sturdy emphasis on circle of relatives. We learned that, like our corporation, Mr. Stonecipher's circle of relatives become very tons worried in the operation of the Pre-Paid Legal commercial enterprise.

In September of 1994, we formally came on board with Pre-Paid. At that time, there have been 2,111 Kansas members. As it passed off, Gene Riling took our first Pre-Paid name, did now not pretty recognize how the machine labored. He gave advice to the member and then hung up without filling out any of the paper paintings required by way of Pre-Paid Legal. Things have stepped forward in view that that first call. As this Memorandum points out, we have continued to upgrade our technical offerings. We demand greater from our group of workers, and that they supply each and every day. In 2011 Pre-Paid criminal changed its name to Legal Shield.

The manner Riling, Burkhead & Nitcher practices law has modified, as well, and we suppose for the higher. We continue to be basically a complete provider regulation corporation, wherein it is less difficult to describe regions that we do now not cover (i.e., issuing securities, and coping with patent problems), in preference to describing what our offerings consist of. Our lawyers provider our Pre-Paid members, as well as sporting on a greater conventional regulation practice. And, as we begin our 2d century, we continue to be devoted to the ideals and subject which have carried the firm so far.

Gene regularly told a story of his father telling him and others, on more than one occasion, that in an effort to be an excellent lawyer, you have to be a slave to the general public. This organization has been committed to this stage of carrier, and hopefully the beliefs that guided the corporation via its first century, will deliver it on into the next.

As we begin our 2d century, we stay devoted to serving the wishes of our purchasers. As Douglas County has grown in population, lots of our clients have received or commenced small businesses, or bring us their prison wishes that get up out of running and living on this economically various and dynamic vicinity. The internet and e-commerce have accelerated the quantity of our clients who are starting domestic-based corporations and other entrepreneurial initiatives. From all throughout the State of Kansas, our Legal Shield members are soliciting for criminal services to assist them set up their small organizations and shield hard-earned investments.


Practise Areas

  • Adoptions
  • Appeals
  • Car Accidents
  • Agriculture and Farming
  • Business
  • Child Custody and Support
  • Consumer/Finance
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Defense
  • Divorce
  • Drug Litigation
  • DWI/OUI
  • Elder Law
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning
  • Foreclosures
  • Family Law
  • Insurance
  • Labor Law
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Mediation
  • MIP
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Traffic
  • Tax
  • Trusts
  • Wills

Other Details

Year Established
1900
Firm Size
eight
Credit Cards Accepted
Payment Type
    Fixed hourly quotes

Office Information

Fax: 785-843-0161

Website: http://www.rilinglaw.com

Law Company Address:

Riling, Burkhead & Nitcher Chartered 808 Massachusetts Street
P.O. Box B
Lawrence, KS 66044
U.S.A.

Riling, Burkhead & Nitcher Chartered



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Law Company Address: Riling, Burkhead & Nitcher Chartered 808 Massachusetts Street P.O. Box B Lawrence, KS 66044 U.S.A.

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