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Topeka Office
534 S. Kansas Ave.
Suite 1400
Topeka, KS 66603-3436
T: 785.233.3600
F: 866.347.3147
Practice Areas
Employee Benefits & ERISA
Employment & Labor
Business & Corporate Law
Insurance Regulatory
Banking & Financial Services
Governmental Liability
Governmental Relations & Public Policy Law
New York University, LL.M., Taxation, (1977)
Washburn University, J.D. (1976)
  • Assistant Editor - Washburn Law Journal
Washburn University, B.A., (1973)
  • Kansas (1976)
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James P. Rankin, Partner

Mr. Rankin’s practice focuses on employee benefits law as it relates to public, private, governmental and tax exempt organizations. Mr. Rankin’s work emphasizes regulatory, ERISA and tax law rules applicable to pension, profit sharing, tax sheltered annuity and health and life insurance plans. A large part of his practice involves insurance regulatory and compliance issues including those related to product documentation and regulatory approval particularly with regard to tax qualification issues. Finally, Mr. Rankin is the firm’s senior Public Policy and Governmental Relations lawyer. Mr. Rankin undertakes Governmental Relations work for select clients. Mr. Rankin enjoys Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest “AV” rating for lawyers and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© and the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® list. Mr. Rankin is the Foulston Siefkin representative with State Law Resources, Inc., a national network of independent law firms, selected for their expertise in administrative, regulatory, and government relations at the state and federal level.
Professional Memberships, Affiliations, and Honors
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Government Relations Practice, and Litigation – ERISA, 1987 - 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® List, 2006, 2012 - 2015 (a Thomson Reuters business)
  • American Bar Association Sections of Tax and Labor and Employment Law
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Topeka Bar Association Board of Directors, Past President, 2015-2016
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Kansas Bar Foundation Fellow
Community Involvement
  • Washburn University Endowment Association - Board of Directors
  • Topeka Downtown Rotary Club
  • Leadership Topeka - Graduate

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  • Mr. Rankin represents both large and small employers in ERISA, insurance, and employment law matters.

  • Also, Mr. Rankin represents multiple clients pursuing interests in the governmental and legislative arenas.

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  • Tax and Accounting Issues for the Occasional Financial Lawyer (Topeka Bar Association, 8-Hour CLE Extravaganza)

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  • The Lawyer’s Role in Designing and Drafting Self-Insured Group Medical Plans.
    -Kansas Bar Association Journal

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