If you are interested in pursuing an associate position with Foulston Siefkin LLP, please send your résumé, law school transcript, and a writing sample to:

Andrew Nolan
Foulston Siefkin LLP
1551 N. Waterfront Parkway
Suite 100
Wichita, KS 67206-4466
316.291.9542

If you are interested in pursuing a staff position with Foulston Siefkin LLP, please send your résumé by email to:

Kimberly Lindenmuth, PHR, SHRM-CP
HR Administrator
Foulston Siefkin LLP
1551 N Waterfront Pkwy, Ste 100
Wichita, KS 67206
316.291.9706

About Our Summer Associate Program:

Summer Associate Program Expectations

Summer Associate Program: Expectations

Practical Experience

Summer Associate Program: Practical Experience

Getting to Know the Firm

Summer Associate Program: Getting to Know the Firm

Getting to Know the Firm

Proud of Foulston Siefkin

As the largest Kansas law firm, Foulston Siefkin LLP is privileged to serve as counsel for the industry leaders in our state and to support the entrepreneurial spirit for which our state is famous. Our unique position in the legal market affords our attorneys the opportunity to work on matters of the quality found in national law firms. We enjoy the luxury of working in a collegial environment like that in small offices.

Our attorneys are recognized by our clientele and our peers as outstanding advocates and counselors whose reputation for honesty and integrity is absolute. Our commitment to excellence is our most treasured inheritance from our firm’s founders.

To ensure our future, our firm is committed to attracting and retaining talented lawyers dedicated to the profession. We expect our associate attorneys to assume responsibility for sophisticated work very early in their careers.

Our associate retention numbers and our ratio of attorneys who join the firm to those who become partners are unparalleled in this region. We attribute our success to one simple fact: we treat our associates as colleagues, not commodities. We strongly encourage all of our attorneys to be active participants in the community we serve. And, most importantly, we value our family relationships.

Many of the attorneys who have joined Foulston Siefkin had opportunities to live in bigger cities and work for bigger law firms. We have made the choice to practice law among friends in a community we cherish. We invite you to consider doing the same.

Diversity/EEO

The law firm believes that attracting and retaining a qualified and diversified workforce will allow us to better serve our clients and meet the firm’s mission and goals. Foulston Siefkin has taken a number of steps in its recruiting and participation in professional diversity programs which the firm believes has, and will continue to pay dividends. Foulston Siefkin is committed to continued diligence in its diversity efforts. Foulston Siefkin is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, pregnancy, disability, military status, and/or other protected classifications.

WORK ATMOSPHERE

We place a premium on maintaining a productive work environment that fosters a collegial spirit among our attorneys. Of course, our associates work hard, as do our partners; but we recognize the importance of families and a balanced life. Our expectation is that our associates will work as hard as necessary to provide high quality legal work on the projects to which they are assigned and to develop as highly competent lawyers. As a group, our associates average approximately 1800 billable hours per year.

We strive to provide our associates with intellectually challenging work assignments and to keep drudgery to a minimum. For example, none of our litigation associates are full-time document reviewers, and none of our business associates conduct due diligence day in and day out. Nor are any of our associates locked in the library for weeks at a time.

We have invested significant resources in cutting-edge technology to provide a competitive advantage in the national legal market. This technology permits our attorneys to work from home and on the road. Our skilled computer staff provides training and support for all attorneys.

We have developed part-time schedules to respond to the unique needs of some of our associates and special counsel. We regularly hold firm retreats to strengthen our relationships and plan for the future. Throughout the year, we have other social activities for our attorneys and their families, including anniversary parties, holiday events, and our annual firm picnic. We encourage our attorneys to be involved in the community they serve. Our attorneys serve in leadership positions in numerous charitable organizations. We also benefit from the participation of associates on several important internal firm committees, including the recruiting, technology, and activities committees.

"Foulston Siefkin is all about finding that perfect balance. It offers the resources and sophisticated practice that you typically only find in larger firms, but the collegial environment and work-life balance that you would expect from a smaller firm. Foulston Siefkin gives you the opportunity to learn by working your own cases from the ground up, but also allows you to work with, and learn from, some of the best and most well-respected attorneys in the country. I could not have picked a better place to begin my practice, and I’m proud to be a part of this exceptional law firm.”"
~ Rebekah Pinkston Janish, J.D., University of Kansas, 2013
ORIENTATION AND TRAINING

Our Associates Committee is responsible for our formal orientation and training program. During their first week at the firm, new associates take part in an intensive “nuts and bolts” training session. Every month, all associates participate in an afternoon training session presented by one of our attorneys addressing a particular subject. These sessions address topics including legal ethics, negotiation tactics, legal writing, client relationships, drafting opinion letters, and deposition techniques, as well as substantive areas of the law.

Attorneys licensed to practice law in Kansas must complete twelve hours of continuing education each year. We encourage our attorneys to meet these requirements by attending high quality seminars addressing topics in their practice areas. Our litigation associates may attend multi-week workshops sponsored by the International Association of Defense Counsel.

The best way to learn the practice of law is to “just do it.” Nearly all of our litigation associates interview witnesses and take depositions within a short time after joining the firm, argue motions before the court within a matter of months, and obtain trial experience within their first year. Foulston Siefkin associates rarely write legal memoranda for partners; instead, the partners expect them to prepare the first draft of the brief to be filed with the court. Similarly, our business associates attend client meetings and become involved in complex transactions shortly after joining the firm.

PRACTICE AREA ASSIGNMENT

New associates are assigned to one or two of the firm’s practice areas based on the needs of the firm and the associate’s preference. The practice team areas include the following: tax and business, commercial litigation, general litigation, health care law, general business, labor and employment litigation, science and technology, and appellate practice.

Each practice area has a team leader who is responsible for coordinating work assignments for the associates in the group. Associates generally receive work assignments from all of the partners within their practice area.

If an associate expresses an interest in practicing in other areas, the team leaders work together to afford the associate such an opportunity. Many of our associates will work in two or three practice areas prior to becoming partners, and a number of partners are practicing in different areas than the ones where they started out as associates. We encourage our associates to develop areas of specialization within the field in which they practice.

COMPENSATION

Our associate compensation is competitive with major law firms in the Midwest, and is adjusted annually to reflect the changing legal market. In addition to the annual salary, new associates receive a stipend to cover living expenses while they study for the bar. The firm pays all direct expenses associated with the bar examination, including review courses. Associates are compensated based on their law school graduation date and the length of their employment with Foulston Siefkin. Because we do not want to foster unhealthy competition among our associates, we do not pay productivity bonuses. In the past, the firm has given a holiday bonus to associates.

Benefits available to associates include family health, dental, life, and disability insurance. Associates may participate in the firm’s 401(k) plan upon eligibility. The firm contributes three percent of an associate’s annual salary to his or her 401(k) account regardless of whether the associate contributes to the account. Associates also are eligible to participate in a pretax health and dependent care reimbursement plan.

EVALUATIONS

Our associate attorneys receive frequent feedback from the attorneys with whom they work. Each associate is formally evaluated on a semi-annual basis by the partners with whom the associate has worked. The associate’s practice area leader and a member of the Associates Committee meet with the associate to discuss what he or she is doing well and provide constructive suggestions for improvement.

PARTNERSHIP PROSPECTS

An associate joining our firm directly out of law school is eligible for partnership consideration six years following the first January 1st he or she is employed by Foulston Siefkin LLP. The length of the partnership track for judicial clerks and lateral hires is determined on an individual basis.

DIVERSITY/EEO

The law firm believes that attracting and retaining a qualified and diverse workforce will allow us to better serve our clients and meet the firm’s mission and goals. Foulston Siefkin has taken a number of steps in its recruiting and participation in professional diversity programs which the firm believes has, and will, continue to pay dividends. Foulston Siefkin is committed to continued diligence in its diversity efforts. Foulston Siefkin is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, pregnancy, disability, military status, and/or other protected classifications.

FIRM DEMOGRAPHICS

As of July 2016, eighty-seven attorneys practice with the firm. Sixty-four are partners, thirteen are associates, and ten are of counsel or special counsel.

Sixty-three of our attorneys practice in our Wichita office. Eighteen of our attorneys practice in our Kansas City office; and six practice in our Topeka office. One of our attorneys is a faculty member at the University of Kansas School of Law.

Thirty-four of our attorneys fall into the general category of business attorneys, thirty-eight would describe themselves as litigators, and fifteen practice in the area of employment and labor law.

Our attorneys include alumni from a number of law schools across the country, including American University, Colorado, Creighton, Florida, Georgetown, Harvard, Iowa, Kansas, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, New York University, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, Texas, Texas Tech, Virginia, and Washburn.

SUMMER ASSOCIATES
“My summer associate experience at Foulston Siefkin was a great opportunity to begin applying my legal education and observe how a large law firm works in the “real world.” Working with some of the brightest attorney’s in their fields, I saw how the firm interacts with clients from start to finish. I was exposed not only to a wide variety of practice areas, but also to numerous out-of-office experiences such as trials, mediations, depositions, and client interviews. And, of course, there was lawyer-league softball and plenty of social events, which gave me the opportunity to get to know each of the Foulston attorneys. My summer at Foulston Siefkin gave me the experience I was searching for to determine the areas where I wanted to begin my legal career.” — Justan Shinkle, J.D. Washburn University, 2009
MENTORS

Each summer associate receives personalized attention from a partner mentor, an associate mentor, and a group of writing mentors. We are especially proud of our writing mentor program. Writing mentors review and edit all of the written work produced by a summer associate. The mentor and the summer associate meet to review the mentor's comments and discuss ways in which to improve the summer associate's writing skills. Our summer associates repeatedly rank the writing mentor program as one of their favorite parts of our summer program.

TYPICAL SUMMER SCHEDULE

The summer schedule is filled with events allowing you to experience all your host city has to offer including musical productions, professional baseball, golf, and the local nightlife. Join the Firm’s softball team and experience the thrill of victory at summer “Lawyer’s League” softball games, and at the weekly post-game celebration. Get to know the attorneys better at attorney lunches and firm parties at the attorneys’ homes.

You can find an example of what summer associates do by looking at our: 2014 Summer Schedule

ASSIGNMENTS

Summer associates are not assigned to a particular practice area. Instead, all projects are assigned through one of the attorneys responsible for coordinating the summer program. Most summer associates are assigned two or more projects at a time to help them develop the work-juggling skills all lawyers must possess. The summer program coordinator, however, keeps track of each summer associate's work load to ensure he or she doesn't get overwhelmed.

Summer associates are typically assigned work from a number of different practice areas, both to broaden the summer associate’s experience and to allow the summer associate to meet and interact with as many of the firm’s attorneys as possible.

In addition, there is more to learn about the practice of law than how to do legal research and write a memo. Our summer associates accompany our attorneys on a wide variety of out-of-office experiences, including trials, hearings, depositions, witness interviews, settlement conferences, closings, client meetings, and seminar presentations.

COMPENSATION

In the summer of 2014, summer associates who had completed their first year of law school were paid a weekly salary of $1,500. Summer associates who have completed their second year of law school were paid a weekly salary of $1,750. The salaries are reviewed annually, and we intend to remain competitive with salaries in the Midwest.

REVIEWS AND OFFERS

All summer associates are given a mid-point and final review. The mid-point review helps summer associates gauge their progress at the firm and identify and address any problem that needs attention well before the final review. At the end of the summer program, each summer associate receives a final review to evaluate his or her performance. The final review establishes a benchmark for offer decisions.

Offer decisions are made by the Recruiting and Executive Committees upon completion of the entire summer program. We personally call each summer associate with our decision, typically prior to Labor Day.

SUMMER SCHEDULE

The summer schedule is filled with events allowing you to experience all your host city has to offer including musical productions, professional baseball, golf, and the local nightlife. Join the Firm’s softball team and experience the thrill of victory at summer “Lawyer’s League” softball games, and at the weekly post-game celebration. Get to know the attorneys better at attorney lunches and firm parties at the attorneys’ homes.

SPLIT POLICY

We generally prefer that summer associates spend the entire summer with our firm. We will permit a first year student to split his or her summer with another firm only in exceptional circumstances. If a second year law student elects to split his or her summer with another firm, as a general policy we require that he or she spend at least the first half of the summer with Foulston Siefkin.

HOUSING

We will make every effort to assist you in finding summer housing. We have made arrangements with several apartment complexes to provide short-term leases for our summer associates.

WORK ATMOSPHERE

We strive to provide our staff members with a productive work environment that is challenging and rewarding. It is our belief that each member of our law firm contributes to our success and everyone is treated with dignity and respect to promote that philosophy.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Foulston Siefkin provides employment and career opportunities for paralegal, legal secretary, accounting, technology, clerical, and administrative personnel. Click here for a list of currently available options.

COMPENSATION

We provide a competitive salary package with benefits. Benefits offered for full-time staff members include:

  • Group Health insurance
  • Group Dental insurance
  • Group Vision insurance
  • Group Life insurance (Optional Supplemental Life Insurance is also available)
  • Short-Term & Long-Term Disability insurance
  • Pension and 401(k) plan
  • Pre-tax Benefit Programs for dependent care and medical care expenses.
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid parking
  • Discounted health club memberships
  • Firm-sponsored training and tuition reimbursement
  • Wellness program and incentives
  • Employee Assistance Program
EVALUATIONS

It is our goal to provide regular feedback regarding employee performance. In addition, employees receive an annual evaluation during which the employee's performance and salary are reviewed.

ORIENTATION AND TRAINING

New staff members spend most of their first day in orientation including computer training provided by our applications specialist/trainer. In addition, orientation specific to their position is provided on the job.