129 S. Eighth, P.O. Box 380
Salina, Kansas 67402-0380

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Defense Verdict Obtained in Stroke Case

Jun 25

Dustin J. Denning successfully defended our client, an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (“APRN”), in a jury trial in which the patient, who was also an employee at the APRN’s clinic, alleged that the APRN was negligent in failing to assess and diagnose the patient, or immediately refer the patient to the Emergency Room, when she was allegedly suffering from acute stroke-like symptoms. The patient and her attorney argued that failing to do so deprived the patient of the opportunity to receive the clot-busting drug, Tissue Plasminogen Activator (TPA), and as a result she suffered severe and permanent physical impairment to the left side of her body. The patient sought over $650,000.00 at trial.

We successfully established through several medical records and witness testimony that the patient’s stroke symptoms began at least 2 days before the alleged reported onset of symptoms, and that the patient was therefore beyond the 3 to 4 ½ hour window for the safe administration of TPA. The patient also failed to follow up with the various imaging recommendations offered to her by the APRN. The patient’s prior neurological problems from cervical spine disc disease was also a significant complicating factor in diagnosing the patient. We offered expert testimony from a neurologist, an APRN and a neuroradiologist. Relying on parenchymal enhancement on a subsequent MRI of the brain, our neuroradiology expert opined that the stroke indeed started at least 2 days before the alleged onset date of symptoms.

After a five day jury trial, the Cloud County, Kansas, jury returned a verdict in favor of our client after deliberating about 40 minutes.

Clark, Mize & Linville Announces New Shareholder

Jan 31

Clark, Mize & Linville, Chartered, is pleased to announce that Jacob E. Peterson has become a shareholder in the firm.

Jake concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation and healthcare law. His litigation work includes medical malpractice defense, general insurance defense, and criminal prosecution as a special prosecutor for the City of Salina. Jake also advises clients on a variety of matters including physician contracts, healthcare privacy, and premises liability. He is a native of Lindsborg and graduated from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis with distinction in 2012. He earned his undergraduate degree in physics with highest distinction from Washburn University in Topeka. Jake serves as Chairman of the Salina/Saline County Crimestoppers, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of Salina Childcare Association, the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, the Kansas Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, and the Saline-Ottawa County Bar Association. Jake is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. He and his wife, Leah, have a 16-month-old son, August, and are expecting a second child in May.

Defense Verdict Obtained in Medical Malpractice Case

Oct 26

Peter S. Johnston and Jacob E. Peterson of Clark, Mize & Linville, Chartered recently obtained a defense verdict from a jury on behalf of our client, a urologist, in a medical malpractice case in which the plaintiff alleged that the physician misdiagnosed and mistreated a renal abscess.  The plaintiff presented expert testimony from physicians from northern California and Pittsburgh, and asked the jury to award more than $2.4 million in damages.  Following a seven-day trial and after deliberating nearly five hours, the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client.

Two New Attorneys Join CML, Expanding its Estate and Business Law Practice

Aug 16

The Law firm of Clark, Mize & Linville, Chtd., is pleased to announce that Jessica L. Stoppel recently joined the firm as a lateral associate practicing primarily in the areas of estate planning and business law.  The firm also recently hired new associate Jeffrey A. Norris who will practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, business planning, real estate and employment law.

Originally from Gorham, Kansas, Jessica received her Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  Before joining the firm, Jessica was in private practice with an estate planning law firm in Dodge City, Kansas for the past three years.

Jessica and her husband, Blake Stoppel, reside in Salina with their two dogs, Bella and Mack.

A Salina native, Jeffrey A. Norris received his Bachelor of Science degree (summa cum laude) and Master of Arts degree from Kansas State University and his Juris Doctorate (cum laude) from Washburn University School of Law.  Prior to going to law school and joining the firm, Jeff worked in NCAA Compliance for K-State Athletics.

Jeff and his wife, Laine Norris, reside in Salina.

Congratulations to Four CML Attorneys for Selection as Best Lawyers®

Aug 16

Clark, Mize & Linville, Chartered, 129 S. 8th Street, Salina, is once again pleased to announce that four of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© is based on the ratings and recommendations of lawyers with experience working in the same practice areas as those receiving recognition.

Peter L. Peterson has been included since the publication’s inception in 1983 and currently is listed in the practice areas of Trusts and Estates, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Tax Law, and Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.  Previously, Mr. Peterson was selected as the 2013 Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year in the Wichita/Salina Area for the practice area of Trusts and Estates.

John W. Mize has been listed since 1995 in the practice area of Health Care Law. Previously, Mr. Mize was selected as the 2011 Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year in the Wichita/Salina Area for the practice area of Health Care Law.

Eric N. Anderson has been listed in the practice areas of Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) and Trusts and Estates.

Peter S. Johnston has been listed in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Insurance Law.

Supreme Court Appoints Peter Johnston to Kansas Board of Law Examiners

Jun 22

The Kansas Supreme Court has appointed Peter S. Johnston of the firm to the Kansas Board of Law Examiners for a five-year term that starts July 1, 2016.

The 10-member Kansas Board of Law Examiners is composed of judges and lawyers. It manages and grades a twice-yearly bar examination and conducts hearings on applicants’ character and fitness to practice law. It also makes recommendations to the Supreme Court on policies and procedures related to bar admission.

 

Four Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©

Dec 19

Clark, Mize & Linville, Chartered, 129 S. 8th Street, Salina, is pleased to announce that four of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 22nd edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© is based on the ratings and recommendations of lawyers with experience working in the same practice areas as those receiving recognition.

Peter L. Peterson has been included since the publication’s inception in 1983 and currently is listed in the practice areas of Trusts and Estates, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Tax Law, and Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.  Previously, Mr. Peterson was selected as the 2013 Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year in the Wichita/Salina Area for the practice area of Trusts and Estates.

John W. Mize has been listed since 1995 in the practice area of Health Care Law. Previously, Mr. Mize was selected as the 2011 Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year in the Wichita/Salina Area for the practice area of Health Care Law.

Eric N. Anderson has been listed in the practice areas of Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) and Trusts and Estates.

Peter S. Johnston has been listed in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Insurance Law.

Clark, Mize & Linville Named a Tier 1 Law Firm by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

Nov 03

Clark, Mize & Linville, Chartered, is once again pleased to announce that it has been named a Tier 1 law firm, the highest ranking level, for the Wichita Metropolitan/Salina Areas in the 2015 Edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”  The law firm’s Tier 1 rankings are in the areas of Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Health Care Law, Tax Law, and Trusts & Estates Law.  In addition, the firm received a Tier 2 ranking in the practice areas of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Non-Profit/Charities Law.

Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.  The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

Three Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©

Aug 22

Clark, Mize & Linville, Chartered, 129 S. 8th Street, Salina, is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© is based on the ratings and recommendations of lawyers with experience working in the same practice areas as those receiving recognition.

Peter L. Peterson has been included since the publication’s inception in 1983 and currently is listed in the practice areas of Trusts and Estates, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Tax Law, and Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.  Previously, Mr. Peterson was selected as the 2013 Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year in the Wichita/Salina Area for the practice area of Trusts and Estates.

John W. Mize has been listed since 1995 in the practice area of Health Care Law.  Previously, Mr. Mize was selected as the 2011 Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year in the Wichita/Salina Area for the practice area of Health Care Law.

Eric N. Anderson has been listed in the practice areas of Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) and Trusts and Estates.

Clark, Mize & Linville Announces Three New Shareholders

Mar 14

Clark, Mize & Linville, Chartered is pleased to announce that Jared T. Hiatt, Joshua C. Howard, and Aaron O. Martin have become shareholders in the firm.

Jared Hiatt’s practice emphasizes employment law, civil litigation, workers compensation and insurance defense.  Jared advises clients on a full range of employment law issues and represents employers in the defense of employment related claims. He also represents a variety of individuals, businesses and insurance companies in all forms of litigation.  Jared, a Salina native, is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law and has been with the firm since 2008.  He is a member of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys and Society for Human Resource Management.  Locally, Jared is a member of the Saline-Ottawa County bar association and is currently president of the board of directors of the Salina Community Theatre.  He and his wife, Alison, have a 16-month-old daughter, Caroline. 

Josh Howard concentrates his practice in estate planning, estate and trust administrations, business and commercial law, real estate transactions, taxation, and agricultural law.  He enjoys working with clients to construct and implement trusts, wills, and estate plans to best meet their needs.  Josh also assists clients with the formation and ongoing operations of corporations, limited liability companies, and related businesses.  Josh has been with the firm since 2009 after graduating with Highest Distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law.  Josh is on the board of directors of the Ashby House and is a member of First Covenant Church.  He and his wife, Jill, have a 3-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, and a five-month-old son, Luke.

Aaron Martin, a Salina native, joined the firm in 2010.  He has a diverse practice and represents individuals and entities in a variety of matters involving real estate, business, banking, and municipal law.  Aaron is a 2009 magna cum laude graduate of Washburn University School of Law and a former editor of the Washburn Law Journal.  He received his undergraduate degree, with an emphasis in finance, from Kansas State University.  Aaron enjoys calling Salina home with his wife, Jessica, and serves as a member of the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina, Inc. and the Salina Family YMCA, Inc.