Stephen M. Kerwick
Wichita Office
1551 N. Waterfront Parkway
Suite 100
Wichita, KS 67206-4466
T: 316.291.9521
F: 866.450.2993
Practice Areas
Insurance Defense Litigation
Appellate Law
Insurance Regulatory
University of Kansas, J.D. (1981)
  • Editor - Kansas Law Review
LaSalle College, B.A., (1973)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (1986)
  • Kansas (1981)
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Stephen M. Kerwick, Retired

Mr. Kerwick retired as partner from Foulston Siefkin in 2016 after 35 years at the firm. Prior to his retiring, Mr. Kerwick handled appellate matters that involved unusual questions of tort, procedural issues and workers compensation law, as well as more routine cases. Throughout his career, he advised insurance carriers and commercial clients on automobile, health and business insurance matters and was involved in the litigation of such cases. He also litigated and counseled clients, both condemning authorities and landowners, on eminent domain condemnation matters. Mr. Kerwick enjoyed Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest “AV” rating for lawyers, and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© and the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® lists. Mr. Kerwick was a Fellow of the Kansas Bar Foundation and the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). Fellowship in the LCA is comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, is highly selective and by invitation only. In 2012 and 2016, Mr. Kerwick was recognized by Best Lawyers® as the Wichita Appellate “Lawyer of the Year” and was named “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation. His peer memberships included the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel.
Professional Memberships, Affiliations, and Honors
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2012 and 2016 Wichita Appellate Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Appellate Law, Commercial Litigation, and Litigation – Land Use & Zoning, 2003-2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® List, 2008, 2009, 2011 - 2015 (a Thomson Reuters business)
  • Named by Benchmark Litigation - Local Litigation Star, 2011-2015: Appellate and Insurance; 2016: General Commercial, Appellate, and Insurance
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Wichita Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America Fellow
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel President, 1997-1998
Community Involvement
  • Starkey Foundation, Board Member
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • American Legion
  • AUSA
  • Sunflower Mensa

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  • Worked with the House Judiciary Committee on amendments to the Civil Procedure Code, to adapt the 1927 Uniform Declaratory Judgments Act for Enactment into the Kansas Code.

  • Appellate work on more than 20 significant, published Kansas Supreme Court, Kansas Court of Appeals and Tenth Circuit Cases involving punitive damages, civil procedure and insurance coverage, among other topics, from 1985 to the Present (listing available on request).

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  • Noteworthy Cases and Developments - 2001 (Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting)
  • Noteworth Cases and Civil Law Developments - 2008-09 (Southwest Kansas Bar Association)
  • Common Ethical Issues in Insurance Practice and How to Respond to Them (National Business Institute)

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2006 2001
  • The U.S. Supreme Court Brings Punitive Damage Law into Better Focus
    -KADC Legal Letter 2001:1
  • Guidance on Dealing with Incapacitated Workers
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter 7:5
  • Employee Discipline and Workers Compensation – Making Oil and Water Mix
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter 7:1
  • Kansas Must Do Without a Separate Tort of Malicious Defense
    -KADC Legal Letter 2000:1
  • Outside Fee Auditors: Is a New Party Intruding into the Tripartite Insurance Relationship?
    -KADC Legal Letter 1998:3
  • Retaliatory Discharge Claims: Is there a Friendly Federal Forum?
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter 4:7
  • New Tort of Retaliatory Demotion
    -KADC Legal Letter 1997: 1
  • Two New U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Guard Against Irresponsible Jury Awards
    -KADC Legal Letter 1996:3
  • Arson-Related Claims Can Pose Dilemma
    -KADC Legal Letter 1996:2
  • New Hazards Loom for Defense Practitioners
    -KADC Legal Letter 1996:1
  • Insurance for Personnel Litigation – How Broad Is Your Policy and How Deep Is Your Cover?
    -Kansas Employment Law Letter 2:9
  • Counsel Defeats Judiciary in an Upset
    -KADC Legal Letter 1995: 3
  • Demystifying Personal Jurisdiction in Kansas
    -KADC Legal Letter 1995: 2
  • Liability Coverage Issues Often Difficult: K.B.A. Ethics Opinion 94-07
    -KADC Legal Letter 1994:4
  • Psychology Comes to the No-Fault Act
    -KADC Legal Letter 1994:3
  • Court Applies Clear and Convincing Standard to ‘Whistle Blowing’ Cases
    -KADC Legal Letter 1994:2
  • Punitive Damage Reform Is Upheld
    -KADC Legal Letter 1994:2
  • Evidence of Contradictory Claims and Settlements Is No Longer Admissible in Negligence Actions
    -KADC Legal Letter 1994:2
  • Seventh Circuit Discusses ERISA Subrogation
    -KADC Legal Letter 1993:4
  • Federal District Court Assesses Punitive Damages ‘By the Numbers'
    -KADC Legal Letter 1993:4
  • Workers Compensation, Work Disability, Whither Next?
    -KADC Legal Letter 1994:3

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