Mikel L. Stout

Mikel L. Stout

Recently Retired


1551 N. Waterfront Parkway, Suite 100
Wichita, KS 67206-4466

T: 316.291.9516


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Mr. Stout handles complex business and commercial cases. He focuses on high exposure litigation with an emphasis on trial practice. He is one of the most well-known trial lawyers in Kansas and has tried many of the region’s high profile employment, environmental and commercial cases. His practice includes consultation on litigation problem solving and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Stout enjoys Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest “AV” rating for lawyers. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©, the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® list, and Chambers USA as a leading general commercial litigation lawyer in the United States. Benchmark Litigation has named Mr. Stout a “Local Litigation Star.” In 2014, he was recognized by Best Lawyers® as the Wichita Litigation – Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” and in 2012, the Wichita Construction “Lawyer of the Year.” He has also been listed as a Top 100 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer®. Mr. Stout is a Fellow, member of the Board of Regents, and Past President of the American College of Trial Lawyers and his peer memberships include the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel.


  • University of Kansas (J.D., 1961)
    With Distinction; Order of the Coif; Editor - Kansas Law Review
  • Kansas State University (B.S., 1958)


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas (1961)
  • Kansas (1961)
Community Involvement
  • Symphony in the Flint Hills - Board of Directors, 2011-present
  • Livestock & Meat Industry Council - Board of Directors, 1999-2006
  • Wichita River Festival – Admiral Windwagon Smith XXVIII, 2001
  • Wichita Wagonmasters – Captain, 1982-1983
  • Wichita Festivals, Inc. – President, 1978-1979
Professional Memberships, Affiliations, and Honors
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow and Board of Regents 2000 – 2007, President 2007-2008
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Wichita Bar Association, 2011
  • Chester I. Lewis Diversity Award, Wichita Bar Association, 2019
  • President's Award, Wichita Bar Association, 2006
  • Howard C. Kline Distinguished Service Award, Wichita Bar Associaton, 2001
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2012 Wichita Construction “Lawyer of the Year” and the 2014 Wichita Litigation – Environmental “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 1987-2022
  • Top 100 Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer®, 2007 (a Thomson Reuters business)
  • Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® List, 2005-2021 (a Thomson Reuters business)
  • Identified by Chambers USA as a Senior Statesperson in Litigation: General Commercial, 2017-2023
  • Identified by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the United States for General Commercial Litigation, 2003-2017
  • Named a "Litigation Star" in the area of Dispute Resolution by Benchmark Litigation, 2011-2016 & 2018-2022
  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association Professionalism Award, 1997
  • Wichita Bar Association President, 1987-1988
  • Kansas Bar Foundation Fellow, Robert K Weary Award, 2006, past President, 1991-1993
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel William Kahrs Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005, President, 1983-1984
  • Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group 1991-1995
  • Commission on Judicial Qualifications Chairman, 1994-1995