Mitchell L. Herren

Mitchell L. Herren

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Mr. Herren’s trial practice has taken him to courtrooms and mediations around the country and includes an emphasis on commercial and complex disputes in areas such as employment law, business torts, contracts, intellectual property, construction, oil and gas, environmental, professional negligence and trusts and estates, as well as defense of serious personal injury, product liability and wrongful death claims.

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Mitchell L. Herren contact information

Phone: 316-660-6208
Fax: 316-630-8466

Email: mherren@hinklaw.com
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Mr. Herren’s trial practice has taken him to courtrooms and mediations around the country and includes an emphasis on commercial and complex disputes in areas such as employment law, education, business torts, contracts, intellectual property, construction, oil and gas, environmental, professional negligence and trusts and estates, as well as defense of serious personal injury, product liability and wrongful death claims. He is experienced in providing legal emergency response and crisis management, in conducting sensitive, corporate internal investigations, and in providing legal support for corporate compliance programs.

Mitch has been recognized by his peers by: receiving Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest “AV” rating; being named one of the Best Lawyers in America ® for Commercial Litigation; being recognized in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers ® for Business Litigation; and being designated by Chambers USA as a Leading Individual, Litigation: General Commercial.

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Presentations
  • Restrictive Covenants: Limiting Unfair Competition with Strategic Drafting and Enforcement
  • Protecting Your Company’s Confidential and Trade Secret Information
  • The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016
  • Contracts Through a Litigator’s Eyes
  • Crisis Management
  • The Engineer as Witness
  • Litigation All-Stars; Professional Responsibility issues for the Trial Lawyer
  • Employment Relationships in Kansas; Avoiding Unforeseen Problems from Well-Intended Measures
  • Employees v. Independent Contractors, How Do I Tell?
  • Confidentiality and Conflicts of Interest – Dealing With Confusing Situations
  • How to Litigate your First Civil Trial in Kansas
  • Basic Civil Practice 101
  • Ethics Questions Seen in Probate Practice
significant cases
  • Lead trial counsel for plaintiff and defendant companies and individuals in lawsuits alleging breaches of non-competition agreements, trade secret violations, and duties owed to employers.
  • Lead and co-counsel for energy companies in multiple state and federal court lawsuits alleging property damage and violations of environmental regulations, including one case involving the then-largest Clean Water Act lawsuit in U.S. history.
  • Lead counsel for sales group accused of violating trade secret and other laws in move from one international medical supply company to another.
  • Lead counsel in successful litigation and resolution of two traumatic brain injury lawsuits against international telecommunications company.
  • Lead counsel in putative class action educational malpractice claim against multi-state technical school. Jamieson v. Vatterott Educational Centers, 259 F.R.D. 520 (D. Kan. 2009).
  • Lead defense counsel in multi-plaintiff educational malpractice claims against regional technical school. Bruce Scott Newton, et al. vs. Wichita Technical Institute, No. 9AO-CC00361 (Circuit Court of Jasper County, Missouri); Bauman v. Wichita Technical Institute, No. 10-C-395 (3rd Judicial District Kan.).
  • Lead counsel for national healthcare provider in multi-million dollar charitable giving lawsuits. Jackman v. Mayo Clinic, No. 2009-CV-227 (13th Judicial District Kan.); In re Estate of P. Page, Case No. 2010-PR-1 (31st Judicial District Kan.).
  • Lead counsel for companies defending against claims of employment discrimination in administrative proceedings and in federal court, including defense of collective action claims.
  • Lead counsel for energy company and its managers on claims related to the construction of a natural gas transmission pipeline. Central Oklahoma Pipeline v. Hawk Field Services, 400 S.W.3d 701, 2012 Ark. 157 (2012).
  • Lead trial counsel in business dissolution lawsuit alleging wrongful use of company assets. Joe W. Luinstra v. Carol J. Luinstra et al., 2012 CV-622 (Pueblo County, CO 2014).
  • Lead counsel for industrial contractors in lawsuits regarding construction and payment for pipelines and power plants.
  • National litigation counsel for motorcycle manufacturer.
  • Co-counsel in royalty dispute litigation. Pierpoint Farms v. Domestic Energy Partners, Partnership #1, No. 12-4003-RDR, 2013 WL 789035 (D. Kan. March 1, 2013)
  • Lead trial counsel in lawsuit alleging tortious interference with contract and prospective business advantage.
  • Lead trial counsel for national retailer in lawsuits in Kansas and Missouri alleging personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, professional negligence and false arrest.
  • Lead counsel representing professional sports team in Lead defense counsel in multi-plaintiff educational malpractice lawsuit against former team owners for fraud and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Trial counsel for individuals and entities in disputes regarding trusts and wills.
  • Lead counsel for Canadian manufacturer in trademark and Lanham Act litigation. Viega v. Vanguard Pipe and Fittings, No. 09-CV-1142-WEB (D. Kan.).
Affiliations, Activities & Honors
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation 
  • The Wichita Bar Association
    – Committee: Ethics
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Wichita Chamber of Commerce Business Services Advisory Council
  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2007 – Present (Business Litigation)
  • Best Lawyers 2011- Present (Commercial Litigation)
  • Chambers USA, 2011-Present – Litigation: General Commercial
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Respite Outreach Care for Kansans, Inc. – Past Board President
  • His Helping Hands – Past Board Member
  • Kansas Education Advocate for Special Needs Children

Education 

  • University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 1987

Bar Admissions 

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Texas
  • United States District Court, District of Kansas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit