Henson Hutton Mudrick Gragson LLP

Recent News

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August 2017

John H. Hutton, the Managing Partner of the Topeka law firm Henson, Hutton, Mudrick & Gragson, LLP, was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 24th edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in Real Estate Law, Commercial Litigation, and Construction Law. Hutton earned his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees at the University of Kansas.

Dave Mudrick, a Partner in the Firm, was selected by his peers for the 24th edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, and Litigation-Labor and Employment. Also, the Best Lawyers organization announced that Mudrick has been recognized by his peers as the 2018 Topeka Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year.  Mudrick is the President of the Employment Law section of the Kansas Bar Association and has been approved as a Civil Mediator by the State. He represents clients in a variety of matters involving employment and labor law.  

Amanda Vogelsberg, a Partner in the Firm was recently selected by the Jayhawk Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America as one of Topeka's Top "20 Under 40" Honorees for 2017.

December 2016

We are ranked in the FIRST TIER of best law firms in Kansas by US News and World Report. US News and World Report uses a tier ranking system rather than ranking law firms sequentially. This means we scored within a certain percentage of the highest-scoring firms based on client and lawyer evaluation, peer review from leading attorneys in similar fields of practice, and review of other information provided by competing law firms. We are very proud of this ranking because it means clients provided positive feedback about our expertise, responsiveness, understanding of business and client needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to our firm. Lawyers outside our firm provided similar information.

November 2016

Dave Mudrick, a partner in the Firm, has been selected to the 2016 Missouri and Kansas SUPER LAWYERS list.  Mudrick represents management in the areas of employment and labor law, such as in labor arbitrations, civil litigation, and mediations, and also defends employers from complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Kansas Human Rights Commission, National Labor Relations Board, and Department of Labor.  In addition, Mudrick is a civil mediator approved by the State of Kansas. 

October 2016

Dave Mudrick, a partner in the Firm, was the moderator for the Kansas Bar Association’s October 7 continuing legal education program on Employment Law. Mudrick is serving as the President of the Employment Law section of the Kansas Bar Association. 

September 2016

Dave Mudrick has been approved by the State of Kansas as a Civil Mediator. Mudrick also is listed as an approved mediator by the U.S. District Courts for the District of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri. 

August 2016

John Hutton and Dave Mudrick have been honored by being selected by their peers for the 23rd (2017) edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  Hutton, the Managing Partner of the Firm, was named in the areas of Real Estate Law, Commercial Litigation, and Construction Law.  Mudrick, also a Partner in the Firm, was selected in the areas of Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, and Litigation-Labor and Employment.  Selection for The Best Lawyers in America is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising confidential evaluations by top attorneys.  Hutton and Mudrick have been selected for The Best Lawyers in America several years in a row.

Also, Mudrick is now serving as the President of the Employment Law section of the Kansas Bar Association.

January 2016

The Firm is pleased to announce that Amanda Vogelsberg has become a Partner in the Firm.

August 2015

John Hutton and Dave Mudrick have been honored by being selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  Hutton, a partner in the Firm, was named in the areas of Real Estate Law, Commercial Litigation, and Construction Law.  Mudrick, also a partner, was selected in the areas of Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, and Litigation-Labor and Employment.  Selection for Best Lawyers in America is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising confidential evaluations by top attorneys.  Hutton and Mudrick have been selected for The Best Lawyers in America© several years in a row.

April 2015

Amanda Vogelsberg was elected to the Topeka Bar Association Board of Directors.

January 2015

Dave Mudrick, a partner in the Firm, is the President-elect of the Employment Law Section of the Kansas Bar Association.  He also will serve on the Executive Committee of the Section. 

August 2014

John Hutton and Dave Mudrick have been honored by being selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of the The Best Lawyers in America.  Hutton,  a partner in the Firm, was named in the areas of Real Estate Law, Commercial Litigation, and Construction Law.  Mudrick, also a partner, was selected in the areas of Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, and Litigation-Labor and Employment.  Selection for Best Lawyers in America is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising confidential evaluations by top attorneys.

Also, Mudrick was named the Best Lawyers 2015 Topeka Labor Law-Management "Lawyer of the Year." 

May 2014

Amanda Vogelsberg was selected by the National Business Institute to present at its Human Resource Law From Start to Finish legal education course on May 14, 2014.  Amanda's presentation was entitled, "Workplace Behavior and Privacy - Current Developments."

April 2014

Amanda Vogelsberg was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Third Judicial District of Kansas to perform the duties of the Court as the Pro Tem District Judge for the Traffic Docket on April 8, 2014.  This was a one-day appointment, and Amanda was honored to serve in our judicial system in this manner.

December 2013 

Dave Mudrick, Amanda Vogelsberg and Matt Donnelly of the Firm were recently approved by the Kansas Department of Education as qualified Hearing Examiners eligible to preside at and decide teacher due process cases.   

November 2013

Matt Donnelly of the Firm was honored by being selected as a presenter at the November 20, 2013 Employment Law Seminar sponsored by the Kansas Human Rights Commission.  Matt made a presentation at the seminar on the Kansas Civil Service System.  Before coming to the firm, Matt gained extensive experience in civil service cases.  

September 2013

John Hutton of the Firm, successfully defended a client's Truth in Lending Act ("TILA") claim from being dismissed.  To read the Court's Memorandum and Order click here.  Successful private causes of action under TILA are rare.  In this case, our clients sued their bank for failing to identify on a disclosure statement that the loan required flood insurance.  

August 2013

John Hutton and Dave Mudrick have been honored once again by their peers by being selected for the 2014 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."  Hutton, a parter in the Firm, was named in the ares of Real Estate Law, Commercial Litigation, and Construction Law.  Mudrick, also a partner in the Firm, was selected in the areas of Employment Law-Mangement, Labor Law-Management, and Litigation-Labor and Employment.  Selection to the prestigious Best Lawyers in America is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising confidential evaluations by top attorneys.

June 2013

Dave Mudrick, a partner in the Firm, was chosen by the Kansas Bar Association as one of the four presenters for the Third Annual John E. Shamberg Memorial Continuing Legal Education series.  Dave's presentation was entitled, "Sexual Harassment and Other Harassment - What's New, Different and About the Same."  The video presentation was shown in Topeka, Wichita, Lenexa and Dodge City.

February 2013

Matthew Donnelly is now an associate at Henson, Hutton, Mudrick & Gragson, LLP.  Matt is a graduate of the University of Kansas Law School.  He previously worked for the Kansas Department of Corrections as Legal Counsel at the Lansing Correctional Facility, the largest prison in Kansas.  In that position, Matt defended the State against numerous lawsuits in which plaintiffs claimed employment discrimination, personal injury, negligence, and various alleged constitutional violations.  He has been lead counsel in hundreds of cases before the Kansas Supreme Court, the Kansas Court of Appeals and district courts in Kansas.  Also, he represented the Lansing Warden in actions at the Civil Service Board.  The Firm is pleased to have Matt join us.

January 2013

John Hutton, Dave Mudrick and Tom Haney have been honored by being selected for the 2013 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.”  Hutton, a partner in the Firm, was named in the areas of Real Estate Law, Commercial Litigation, and Construction Law. Mudrick, also a partner in the Firm, was selected in the areas of Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, and Litigation-Labor and Employment.   Haney, who is Of Counsel in the Firm, was named in the area of Criminal Defense: White Collar.  Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising confidential evaluations.

October 3, 2012

1.2 million dollar verdict victory

After a three day trial, a judge found in favor of our client, a former car dealership, for over 1.2 million dollars in damages, including pre-judgment interest. The lawsuit was brought against the other party for breaching a consulting agreement with our client. We successfully defended our client against a counterclaim for breach of a non compete clause in which the other party claimed damages in the range of 1.4 to 2.3 million dollars. J. Phillip Gragson and Amanda S. Vogelsberg represented our client. Read the verdict here.

September 28, 2012

For the fourth year in a row, Dave Mudrick and Tom Haney of the Firm have been selected as among the honorees for "The Best Lawyers in America" who practice in the greater Kansas City region.  The 2013 list of "Best Lawyers" will be published in the October 2012 edition of Ingram's, Kansas City's Business Magazine.  Selection for "Best Lawyers" is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey involving nearly four million confidential evaluations by some of the top attorneys in the U.S.  Congratulations to Dave and Tom.

July 20, 2012

City of Topeka prevails in discrimination suit

On July 20, 2012, a jury returned a verdict in favor of the City of Topeka, Kansas in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City by Dr. Shirley Llizo, City of Topeka Zoo Veterinarian.  In that lawsuit, Dr. Llizo claimed that the City discriminated against her in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,  and the Kansas Act against Discrimination and sought approximately $302,000, plus attorney’s fees and costs.  No damages were awarded to Dr. Llizo.  The City was represented by J. Phillip Gragson and Amanda Vogelsberg at trial. 

October 17, 2011

For the third year in a row, Dave Mudrick and Tom Haney of the Firm have been honored by Ingram's, Kansas City's Business Magazine.  Ingram's notified Dave and Tom that they are among the 2012 winners of The Best Lawyers in America who practice in the greater Kansas City region.  The list of those "Best Lawyers" will be included in the October, 2011 edition of Ingram's.

September 12, 2011

John Hutton, Dave Mudrick and Tom Haney have been honored by being selected for the 2012 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America." Hutton, a partner in the Firm, was selected in the areas of Real Estate Law, Construction Law, and Commercial Litigation. Mudrick, also a partner in the Firm, was named in the areas of Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, and Litigation-Labor and Employment. Haney, who is Of Counsel in the Firm, was named in the area of Criminal Law-White Collar Defense. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising confidential evaluations.

May 13, 2011

Tom Haney will serve as moderator for a National Business Institute Seminar entitled "What Civil Judges Want You to Know" to be held in Topeka. Six District Court Judges will participate in the recognized CLE presentation.

April, 2011

The firm is pleased to announce the addition of Jonathan M. Snyder as an Associate Attorney. Mr. Snyder received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2008. He graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 2010. Mr. Snyder practices in the areas of civil litigation, corporate and business law, real estate and contract law, landlord and tenant law, employment law, and personal injury.

August 16, 2010

Dave Mudrick and Tom Haney of the Firm have been notified of their selection for the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Dave was selected in the area of Labor and Employment Law, while Tom was selected in the area of Criminal Law-White Collar Defense.

January 28, 2010

Ingram's, Kansas City's Business Magazine, selected two of the Firm's attorneys as among the "Best Lawyers in Kansas City 2010." It selected Tom Haney in the area of Criminal Defense: White Collar. Tom was one of only four Topeka Attorneys so honored. Also, Ingram's selected Dave Mudrick for "Best Lawyers in Kansas City 2010" in the Labor and Employment Law area, and Dave was one of only five Topeka attorneys so honored.

January 28, 2010

Tom Haney was appointed by Attorney General Six to serve on the Attorney General's Senior Consumer Protection Advisory Council, which is chaired by former Attorney General Stephan. The Council will study ways to improve consumer protection and protection against fraud and abuse of seniors. Tom attended the Council's first meeting on January 25, 2010.

September 25, 2009

Tom Haney and Dave Mudrick of the Firm have been chosen by Woodward/White to be listed in the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2010. Tom was listed in the area of Criminal Law, while Dave was Listed in the area of Labor and Employment Law.