About Us

Founded in 1987, Hinkle Law Firm LLC has developed a regional and national presence serving a diverse client base with advice and legal counsel.

We represent private and publicly held business entities, as well as individuals for whom we handle estate planning, tax issues and other legal matters.

While every legal practice is bound by the same laws and precedents, the attorneys at Hinkle Law Firm pride themselves on an attitude of involvement in the concerns of our clients, and a willingness to explore every legal option to arrive at a satisfactory outcome.

The firm maintains a business-based planning, transaction and litigation practice. For more information, see our practice areas or contact us.

Hinkle Law Firm has over 40 attorneys and a support staff of more than 70 persons, including a number of full-time paralegals and accountants.

A Vision of Hard Work and Innovation

The founders of Hinkle Law Firm LLC knew just what they wanted: to serve businesses and help them grow. And that mission hasn’t changed a bit since the start.

Founded on January 1, 1987, Hinkle Law Firm LLC set out to change the legal landscape of Wichita. Our founders wanted a business law practice instead of a wide-ranging general one, concentrating on taxes, municipal finance, and corporate law. As client’s needs grew, so did the firm. Over time, practice areas were added to support all areas of our client’s business and personal lives.

Our attorneys were, and still are, accessible and serve as business advisers as well as business lawyers. The focus on serving clients is a core element of Hinkle Law Firm’s culture, which promotes and rewards entrepreneurship as well as excellence in the law. Since its founding, the firm’s practice areas have grown to include employee benefits; employment law; aviation and aerospace; estate planning and probate; product liability; oil and gas; energy law; medical malpractice; creditor’s rights, insolvency and bankruptcy; healthcare business transactions; and construction, transportation, and other forms of litigation.

The firm’s intent has always been to do work on the level of big-city firms, and training and resources are essential to that. By cultivating relationships and building loyalty with clients, the founders brought the firm business from outside their own practice areas. They built a culture of sharing while also coaching younger attorneys to find and develop their own clients. The firm expanded as its practice areas did while maintaining its focus – business – and its culture.

Today, with over 40 attorneys and more than 70 support staff, Hinkle Law Firm is Wichita’s second-largest, serving a diverse client base of privately and publicly held business entities, municipal governments and administrative bodies, as well as individuals. If you’re looking for a forward-looking, entrepreneurial firm we invite you to contact us.

Hinkle is a member of the ALFA International legal network.

Our Story Starts Here

1980

March 1, 1986

Eberhart & Elkouri opens for business in the Kansas State Bank & Trust Building, 125 N. Market, with Max Eberhart and David Elkouri as partners and Eric Namee as associate. The three attorneys are veterans of the Regan & McGannon firm, and the new practice focuses on tax litigation, real estate and business law.


July 1986

Winton Hinkle moves his law practice into Eberhart & Elkouri’s sizable space at the KSB&T Building in downtown Wichita but remains a separate firm.



Jan. 1, 1987

Firm is founded as Hinkle, Eberhart, Elkouri & Jensen and within a year becomes Hinkle, Eberhart & Elkouri. The firm opens with a focus on taxation, tax litigation, real estate law and municipal finance. It soon adds employee benefits, mergers and acquisitions, and estate planning.


January 1989

Firm merges with Moore & Rapp, adding commercial litigation and employment law to the practice, and moves to the 20th floor of the Epic Center, the state’s tallest building, at Main and Second Streets.




1990

October 1998

Hinkle, Eberhart & Elkouri opens an eastside office in the Polo Club Office Park on Rock Road near 13th Street.


April 1999

Max Eberhart, founding member, leaves firm to become vice president and general counsel at the Farm Credit Bank of Wichita. The practice changes its name to Hinkle Elkouri Law Firm. The firm has 25 lawyers, 40 support staff and is the seventh-largest in the city.




2000

2001

Hinkle Elkouri attorneys best the IRS in case of Consolidated Manufacturing of Hutchinson, involving the valuation of auto parts.


November 2002

Greg Young and Phillip Davidson join the firm, which now has 30 attorneys, as it works to expand its litigation department.



2003

Firm grows and takes over space at the Epic Center on the 20th to 22nd floors. The firm occupies the top three floors of the building.


March 2004

The firm’s East Wichita office, opened in fall 1998, moves to the Wilson Estates Office Park near 21st and Rock Road. “To us, it’s the premier office park on the east side of town,” said David Elkouri, the firm’s co-managing director. The firm has 34 lawyers and 60 legal assistants and accountants.



May 2006

Hinkle Elkouri adds the entire Wichita office of the product liability firm Cozen O’Conner. The new attorneys represent such clients as the Coleman Co., York International, Cessna, and Sunbeam. The additions bring the firm to 39 attorneys, making it the second largest in the city.
Winton Hinkle steps down as a member of the firm and becomes senior counsel, part of a phased retirement. He continues to work full time and focuses on municipal finance.


January 2008

The firm nearly doubles the size of its eastside office at Wilson Estates Office Park, adding 11,500 feet.




2010

July 2010

Hinkle opens a new office in Overland Park to better serve its regional clients. The office begins with two attorneys, Michelle Stewart and Jennifer Johnson.


March 1, 2011

Hinkle Elkouri Law Firm changes its name to Hinkle Law Firm LLC to reflect the departure of founding member David Elkouri. “Many people have referred to us simply as ‘Hinkle’ for a long time because it is a respected and recognized name in the legal community,” managing member Mitch Herren said. “We wanted to capitalize on that respect and remain true to our firm’s heritage. We have benefited greatly from Winton’s experience and reputation in the community, and we are proud to represent his name.”



2014

Winton Hinkle retires from the firm. The firm now has 39 attorneys and 108 Wichita-area employees.


2015

January 1, 2015 – Hinkle adds the attorneys and staff of Redmond Nazar. This brings the total number of attorneys to 43 and adds the practice areas of bankruptcy, business litigation, creditor’s rights, and family law to the firm.
Hinkle announces they will consolidate Wichita offices and move to a new building being constructed in the Waterfront. The building will be named the Hinkle Law Building and the firm will occupy three of the seven floors.



2016

Hinkle adds Mark Maloney to the litigation group to focus on medical malpractice. The firm continues to have 43 attorneys.


2017

The firm celebrates its 30th Anniversary and completes Wichita office move into the Hinkle Law Building.




Honors

Hinkle attorneys are good at what they do. So good, in fact, that they’ve been recognized with honors by legal organizations and their peers. Our attorneys are consistently recognized by Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Chambers and Partners to name a few.

Affiliations

Our Firm is a member of ALFA International, the global legal network. With 145 member firms across the globe (80 in the United States) ALFA International is the premier global network of independent law firms whose success is driven by broad, deep, local relationships all over the world. More information is available at www.alfainternational.com.

In addition, our firm’s attorneys are involved in many civic, community, religious and professional organizations within our communities.

  • Super Lawyers
  • Best Law Firms
  • ALFA
  • Chambers
  • 30th Year