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Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (KTLA)

About the KTLA


  • Foundation: Legacy of Justice Foundation
  • Location: Topeka, Kansas

Mission and History

The Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (KTLA) is a non-profit specialty bar organization for trial lawyers in the State of Kansas. The organization was formally known as the Kansas Association for Justice.

Many of the top personal injury attorneys in Kansas belong to this respected organization. Additionally, members include trial attorneys focused on a variety of other practice areas including criminal defense, elder law, consumer law, family law, and workers compensation.

The organization works to protect individual rights in the civil and criminal justice system, the right to trial by jury, independence of the judiciary, and high standards of ethics. The organization trains and educates lawyers in trial techniques and courtroom advocacy.

In 1951, the Kansas chapter of the National Association of Claimants Compensation Attorneys (NACCA) was formed. The state chapter of NACCA eventually evolved into the Kansas Association of Plaintiff Attorneys (KAPA). The KAPA became known as the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (KTLA) from 1972. In 2007 the name was changed again, this time to the Kansas Association for Justice (KsAJ) and then later changed back to the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (KTLA).

Over the years, the organization has set the professional standard for plaintiffs’ attorneys and created aspirational guidelines for its members called the Pillars of Professionalism. The organization has fought to strengthen the laws that protect consumers within the civil justice system.



2020 - 2021 Executive Committee

Richard Wayne James
Wichita, KS
Matthew Eliot Birch
Kansas City, MO
Michael Joseph Fleming
Lee's Summit, MO
David Robert Morantz
Immediate Past President
Kansas City, MO
Norman Russell Hazlewood
Education Chair
Wichita, KS
Richard W. Morefield Jr
Education Vice Chair
Overland Park, KS
Phillip Bradley Slape
Legislative Chair
Wichita, KS
Rachel Estelle Smith
Membership Chair
Kansas City, MO
Tom L Wagstaff
Public Policy Chair
Kansas City, MO

Contact the KTLA

Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (KTLA)
719 Southwest Van Buren Street Suite 222
Topeka, KS 66603
Office: (785) 232-7756
Fax: (785) 232-7730

Online Profiles

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Benefits of Membership

The benefits of joining KTLA include:

  • quality continuing legal education seminars;
  • networking opportunities at events held throughout the year;
  • a more unified voice on issues impacting the civil and criminal justice system;
  • access to the listservs that connect the membership; and
  • a subscription to KsAJ bimonthly professional Journal with timely articles.

Directory of Personal Injury Lawyers in Kansas

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of personal injury lawyers in Kansas which includes both KTLA members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a personal injury attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the KTLA and other professional associations. This includes recognition for KTLA members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the KTLA. This information is provided amongst a larger directory of attorneys in Kansas and throughout the U.S.

Use this directory to find a Kansas personal injury lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

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