Jack Focht
Wichita Office
1551 N. Waterfront Parkway
Suite 100
Wichita, KS 67206-4466
T: 316.291.9519
F: 866.738.3159
jfocht@foulston.com
Practice Areas
Health Care
Commercial & Complex Litigation
Mediation/Dispute Resolution
Employment & Labor
Government Investigations & White Collar Crime
Trade Secret & Noncompete Litigation
Education
Washburn University, J.D. (1960)
  • With Honors, Board of Editors - Washburn Law Journal
Southwestern College, B.A., (1957)
Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • Kansas (1960)
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Jack Focht, Retired


Mr. Focht retired from the firm in 2016 with over fifty years of experience as an attorney. Throughout his career, Mr. Focht’s practice ranged from high-profile criminal cases to complex civil litigation. Mr. Focht directed the defense of numerous individuals and companies targeted for investigation by agencies of the state and federal government. For nearly twenty years with Foulston Siefkin, he practiced as special counsel to the firm’s health care and litigation practice groups in the areas of health care law, fraud and abuse, white collar crime, civil rights, employment law, professional responsibility, government investigations, and business litigation. Mr. Focht enjoyed Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest "AV" rating for lawyers. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1982. Fellowship in the College is limited to the top one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. Mr. Focht was also listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America® since its inception in 1983, was named a leading litigation lawyer in the United States by Chambers USA, a national research publication, and was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® List. In 2013, he was named the Wichita Criminal Defense: White Collar Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America®. He served as President of both the Wichita and Kansas Bar Associations and received a number of awards including the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award, from each organization. He has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from his Law School, Washburn University School of Law and the Wichita Bar Association. Prior to his retiring, Mr. Focht’s peer memberships included the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.
Professional Memberships, Affiliations, and Honors
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as -Named Wichita Criminal Defense: White Collar Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America® for 2013
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense, Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 1983-2016 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC)
  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® List, 2005-2015 (a Thomson Reuters business)
  • Identified by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the United States for General Commercial Litigation, White Collar Crime, and Government Investigations Litigation (2010-2016)
  • Howard C. Kline Distinguished Service Award Wichita Bar Association
  • Kansas College for Advocacy Faculty Member 1985
  • Kansas College of Trial Tactics and Advocacy Faculty Member 1986, 1987, 1988
  • United States District Court Civil Justice Advisory Committee
  • Kansas Bar Association President (1989-1990)
  • Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission 1991-1995
  • Kansas Judicial Council Advisory Committees Criminal Law; Counsel for Indigent Persons; Sentencing Guidelines
  • Kansas State Board of Law Examiners Member 1995 – Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Kansas Assistance to Impaired Lawyers Commission Commissioner 2001-Present
  • Wichita Bar Association President
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Governor’s Committee on Criminal Administration Law Enforcement Subcommittee (1964-1968)
  • NCCJ A. Price Woodard Award 2002
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Governor's Committee on Criminal Administration
  • Wesley E. Brown American Inn of Court
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Community Involvement
  • Kansas Appleseed Center for Law & Justice - President
  • Task Force to End Chronic Homelessness – Chair
  • Homeless Oversight Committee – Chair
  • Diversity Kansas – Former Chair and Board Member
  • National Conference of Community and Justice – Board Member
  • Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program Commissioner
  • State Board of Law Examiners – Member
  • United Way Community Planning Council
  • United Way Children’s Mental Health Task Force – Past Member
  • Rotary Club of Wichita – Member
  • Wichita State University – Board of Trustees
  • Southwestern College – Board of Trustees
  • Kansas Health Foundation – Past Member, Board of Trustees
  • Kansas Health Institute - Past Founding Chairman
  • Wichita Area Girl Scout Council – Past-President 1985-1990
  • City Election Boundary Commission – Chair
  • First United Methodist Church, Wichita - Member

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Associate – Smith, Shay, Farmer & Wetta, 1960-1963
Deputy County Attorney – Sedgwick County, 1963 - 1969
Partner – Smith, Shay, Farmer & Wetta, 1969-1984
Senior Partner – Focht, Hughey, Hund & Calvert, 1984-1997
Mediator on State & Federal Court matters
Adjunct Professor of Speech at Washburn University
Adjunct Professor of Speech and Criminal Law at Wichita State University

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2012
  • Panel Discussion: “Waiving” Goodbye to the Attorney-Client Privilege (Foulston Siefkin Ethics Seminar for Corporate Counsel, Overland Park)
2009
  • Ethical Issues in Multijurisdictional Practice (Foulston Siefkin Kansas Ethics Seminar)
2008
  • An Introduction to Business Ethics (Delta Dental)
  • Conflicts & Waivers for Estate Planners (Kansas Estate Planning Update)

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2002
  • Chapter on Search and Seizure
    -Kansas Criminal Law Handbook


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