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Phone: 913-715-1900

111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3200, Olathe, KS 66061

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Legal Matter Examples

  • Litigation, including cases relating to contracts, construction, and employment issues (gender, race, age, disability, and civil rights); draft related legal pleadings and make court appearances in state and federal courts and at administrative hearings.
  • Planning and zoning (and related litigation).
  • Annexations.
  • Personnel decisions, including discipline, terminations and general compliance with County policies, as well as state and federal laws.
  • Draft, review and interpret resolutions, policies, codes, contracts, leases, licensing agreements, interlocal agreements, and purchasing documents.
  • Legal Research.
  • Bankruptcy (primarily related to unpaid taxes) - file claims, and litigate any objections that are filed against the County's bankruptcy claims.
  • Employee benefit plans (Section 125 cafeteria plan, Section 457 deferred compensation plan, and Section 401 supplemental plan).
  • Legislative issues - draft and review proposed legislation and assist the County lobbyist as requested.
  • County Codes Court prosecution.
  • Court of Tax Appeals (COTA) - defend the County's position in tax appeals that go before the Kansas BOTA and advise the County Appraiser's Office regarding tax appraisal matters.
  • Open Records Act compliance.
  • Land records.
  • ADA compliance.
  • Emergency Management & Homeland Security.
  • Elections - all legal aspects of the election process, including ward boundaries, petitions, ballot language, recall issues, and contract matters.
  • Risk Management.
  • Tax collection and foreclosures. Note: Kansas statutes allow the County to file a lawsuit to foreclose upon delinquent real estate and to offer the property for sale at public auction to collect delinquent taxes. This is a detailed process that generates a lot of phone calls, both from property owners and from the general public. The past nine foreclosures generated more than $5.8 million dollars in redemptions and sale proceeds from approximately 900 properties.
  • Protect the County's interest in mortgage foreclosures.
  • Public improvement projects.
  • Condemnations.
  • Environmental regulation.
  • Wastewater utility regulation.
  • Solid waste management.
  • Township issues.
  • Fire District issues.
  • Water District issues.