Carol Smith - Program Chair for 2018 Midwinter Conference Construction Program

Jan 29, 2018

Carol Smith, Darrell Leonard of Zurich North America, and Thomas Vollbrecht of Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, were Program Chairs for the ABA Torts Trial & Insurance Practice Fidelity & Surety Law 2018 Midwinter Conference Construction Program held on January 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. 

The program, entitled “A Marvelous Mediation of Heroic Proportions: Insurance Coverages in Complex Construction Litigation,” focused on the types o... Read More

Michelle Watson Named Chair of the Board of Directors for Midwest Battle Buddies!

Jan 10, 2018

Michelle Watson, Owner with Gilliland & Hayes, LLC, was recently named Chair of the Board of Directors for Midwest Battle Buddies (MWBB) for 2018. 

MWBB is a non-profit organization which provides trained service dogs to U.S. Military veterans in the South Central Kansas area to permit the veterans to lead quality lives while continuing to make positive contributions to the community. 

Many of the service animals trained by MWBB are found thro... Read More

Keith Witten to Retire

Dec 14, 2017

Effective December 31, 2017, Keith Witten will retire from Gilliland & Hayes and the practice of law.  Keith has been with the firm since 2003.  Following retirement, Keith plans to devote his time to “my other duties as husband, father and grandfather. Those are a labor of love, as has been my work here.”   He also intends to “test the age-old adage that everyone has at least one good book in them. Please wish me luck in that ende... Read More

Carol Smith Elected to SCI Board of Directors

Dec 13, 2017

Carol Smith has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Surety Claims Institute.  The Institute is designed as a forum for surety and fidelity company executives, attorneys, and consultants to share experience and education concerning the evolving legal issues, trends and procedures related to claims and other matters arising out of fidelity and surety bonds and related litigation.

Welcome James Nelson

Dec 6, 2017

Gilliland & Hayes LLC is pleased to announce our newest member, James Nelson!

James practices primarily in general civil litigation including surety and fidelity law, creditors’ rights, and construction law. He is licensed to practice in the State of Kansas and Missouri.  

James will be based out of our Overland Park office.  Please join us in welcoming him!

Welcome Torrance Parkins

Sep 18, 2017

Gilliland & Hayes LLC is pleased to announce another member to our growing firm family, Torrance Parkins!  

Torrance brings with him extensive courtroom experience ranging from general civil litigation to medical malpractice to complex business and real estate transactions.  

Torrance will be based out of our Hutchinson office.  Please join us in welcoming him!

Welcome Chris Borniger

Aug 29, 2017
Gilliland & Hayes LLC is pleased to announce that Chris Borniger has joined our Wichita office.  Chris has an extensive background ranging from journalism to matters of law which include financial services, credit unions and banking, real estate, business transactions and municipal law, to name a few. Following in the footsteps of his father, who helped organize the Wichita area’s only nonprofit hospice, Chris serves on the board of directo... Read More

Carol Smith Conducts ABA TIPS/Fidelity & Surety Committee Webinar

Jun 16, 2017

On June 14, 2017, Carol Smith presented during a webinar panel discussion sponsored by the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s Fidelity & Surety Law Committee entitled “The Surety’s Application to Compel the Deposit of Collateral Under the General Indemnity Agreement.”   The webinar addressed the tools available to sureties under the General Agreement of Indemnity to demand the deposit of collateral s... Read More

"People Saving People"

Jun 1, 2017

John Gibson was a recipient of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s “People Saving People” Award for state-wide traffic safety initiatives as a member of the AAA Kansas Traffic Safety Board. 

The award was given at the Kansas DOT Annual Conference in Wichita on April 5, 2017.

2017 President's Award Recipient

May 9, 2017

Congratulations to Richard Samaniego for being one of three recipients to receive the Wichita Bar Association's President's Award for 2017!

The Wichita Bar Association criteria to receive the President's Award include the following:

Given for outstanding service to the Wichita Bar Association in the current year or within the past few years. The award recognizes the successful accomplishment of a law-related project or service where the recipient's work... Read More

And the 2016 Professional Advisors Award Goes To......

Apr 17, 2017

Gilliland & Hayes, LLC proudly congratulates Lisa M. Ward on receiving the 2016 Professional Advisors Award from the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation. Since 2014, the Community Foundation Awards has honored the numerous volunteers, donors, and non-profit agencies that have made a difference in their community. The Professional Advisors Award is presented to a professional advisor who has advanced philanthropy within the community for the benefit of non-profits an... Read More

Law Firm Bowl for Kids Sake 2017

Apr 12, 2017

After being challenged by another local law firm, the Gilliland & Hayes Wichita Office accepted that challenge and participated in the Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Law Firm Bowl on Saturday, April 8, 2017.  

The team walked away with "Top Individual Team Award" and "Top Fundraiser Award". Overall it was a great success and a lot of fun! 

"Thank you ... Read More

Need Legal Advice?

Jan 20, 2017

The Wichita Business Journal names Gilliland & Hayes LLC as one of the top ranked Law Firms in the Wichita area in its January 20, 2017 edition.  The WBJ notes that there was a .73% decrease in the number of Wichita-area attorneys from 2016 to 2017 among firms featured on the list.  There was also a 5.4% increase in the number of Wichita-area attorneys from 2012 to 2017 among firms featured on the lists.

The firm's areas of practice include Administra... Read More

Welcome Richard Samaniego

Jan 3, 2017
Gilliland & Hayes LLC is proud to announce the newest member to the firm, Richard Samaniego!  

Carol Smith Presented Surety Defenses Paper at Annual Meeting

Jun 30, 2016

Carol Smith authored and presented a paper entitled Surety Defenses in Practice:  Modification of Contract, Impairment of Collateral, Release and Discharge and Extensions of Time - Proof, Problems, and Practice in Asserting These Defenses, and led a panel discussion of surety claims professionals about this topic at the annual meeting of the Surety Claims Institute in Newport, Rhode Island on June 22-24, 2016.

Welcome Bob Brown and Patty Dengler

May 31, 2016

Gilliland & Hayes welcomes Bob Brown and Patty Dengler to our firm as Of Counsel.

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Women in Business Workshop – Building a Strong Network

Apr 21, 2016

Lisa Ward presented at the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Workshop concerning Business Fitness: Building a Strong Network. The popular series is designed to help educate women in the skills necessary for leadership in businesses within the community. Lisa, as well as three other area professionals provided tips on presenting yourself to the public, creating your own unique brand, importance of first impressions and building a strong operational network as ... Read More

G&H Attorneys Represent Firm at WEA Meeting

Feb 23, 2016

John Gibson and Andrew Marino presented at the Wichita Executives Association morning meeting on February 23, 2016. WEA is a member of the International Executives Association, a group formed to share business industry news with others and offer networking opportunities. John discussed the history of the firm and its longstanding relationship with the WEA dating back to 1946. Gilliland and Hayes has been and continues to be the only law firm represented in the membership o... Read More

Kansas Association of Defense Counsel Conference

Feb 5, 2016

On December 4th and 5th, 2015 attorneys from the Wichita and Hutchinson offices of Gilliland & Hayes, LLC were in attendance at the 37th annual Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (KADC) conference. During this conference they were updated on legal issues to include Recent Trends in Privacy and Data Security Law, a presentation by Kansas Court of Appeals Judge Karen Arnold-Burger concerning the role of the law and the justice system in a constitutional democracy and ... Read More

Women’s Workshop on the Art of Negotiating

Feb 4, 2016

Lisa Ward presented at the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Workshop concerning The Art of Negotiating. The popular series is designed to help educate women in the skills necessary for leadership in businesses within the community. Lisa, as well as three other area professionals provided tips on negotiating transactions, wages, and business operations with vendors and employees. Additionally the workshop focused on aspects of negotiating specifically helpful... Read More

Local Attorney is a Wise Man

Dec 16, 2015

On November 29, Ben Winters (pictured on the left, with fellow performers Anthony Perkins, Jr., (center) and Nathan Snyder (right)) performed the role of Melchior in Gian-Carlo Menotti’s Christmas opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” with Opera Kansas at Century II in Wichita. The performance was a 2015 revival of the Opera Kansas’s popular holiday treat and was a great success!

Surety Claims Institute Board Meeting

Dec 15, 2015

Keith Witten and Diane Kennedy attended the Board Meeting of the Surety Claims Institute in Naples, Florida on December 4, 2015. Keith Witten is a member of the Board of Directors and Diane is Executive Secretary of the Surety Claims Institute.

Fall Meeting of ABA-TIPS Fidelity & Surety Law Committee

Nov 23, 2015

On Thursday, November 5, Carol Smith and Keith Witten spoke at the ABA-TIPS Fidelity & Surety Law Committee’s Fall Meeting in Washington, DC where the Third Edition of the Annotated Commercial Crime Insurance Policy book was presented. Carol and Keith wrote and presented Chapter 13 – Duties of Insured in the Event of Loss.

Welcome to Leslie Klaassen

Nov 16, 2015

We are very pleased to announce that Leslie Klaassen has joined the Hutchinson office of Gilliland & Hayes. Prior to joining us, Leslie worked in Southeast Kansas, where she defended felony and misdemeanor cases, served as the Assistant City Attorney for Chanute, and worked in three general practice law firms. Leslie’s practice at Gilliland & Hayes will focus primarily on family law, premises liability, auto negligence and personal injury.... Read More

Congratulations to our Super Lawyers 2015

Oct 21, 2015

It is with pride that we announce that five of our attorneys have been designated as this year’s Super Lawyers for Kansas and Missouri in Super Lawyers Magazine. Only 5% of attorneys selected are listed as Super Lawyers. These attorneys were nominated for their professional achievement and have earned a high-degree of peer recognition.

Gerald L. Green – General Litigation John H. Gibson – Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense Mark R. Malon... Read More

2015 Southern Conference of Bar Presidents

Oct 15, 2015

Jerry Green attended the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents in Alexandria Virginia (October 8-10) in his position as the Immediate Past President of the Kansas Bar Association. The Southern Conference of Bar Presidents brings together state bar leaders from numerous states to discuss and consider issues in common facing state bars and attorneys.  Considered at the conference were issues relating to efforts necessary to maintain fair and impartial courts in lig... Read More

ABA Fall National Legal Malpractice Conference

Oct 1, 2015

Jerry Green recently returned from the American Bar Association’s Fall National Legal Malpractice Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. The event was sponsored by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and featured sessions on the future of the legal profession, decisions involved in venue selection, and the development of effective, high-impact defense and plaintiff themes in high-stakes malpractice cases. The Thursday evening reception ... Read More