Early in Todd’s career two trial attorneys at the firm where he worked were selected to judgeships. As a result, Todd quickly became immersed in litigation, and today he is an experienced and respected trial attorney, having successfully tried dozens of jury trials, prosecuted and defended arbitrations and bench trials, and handled numerous appeals. He has been successful in litigating claims pertaining to wrongful death, bad faith, premises liability, real estate broker/agent malpractice, land use and zoning, commercial disputes, casualty losses, vehicle accidents, intellectual property disputes, and a variety of insurance coverage issues. He has also frequently appeared before city commissions, county commissions and planning commissions.
Todd’s litigation clients often return to him for assistance with their other legal issues, and so his office practice has seen significant growth. In his office practice he focuses on all facets of real estate law (from acquisition to financing to rezoning to construction to leasing to sale and exchanges), and the representation of manufacturers of heavy machinery and construction equipment, materials handling equipment, and software engineers. Todd has assisted numerous small business clients in establishing or restructuring their businesses, as well as preparing—and enforcing—no-compete agreements and employment contracts.
The writing skills that Todd developed while obtaining his journalism degree and working as a journalist before attending law school have been helpful in all aspects of his practice, but of particular import in his appellate practice. Todd blends clarity of expression, legal reasoning, and common sense practicality for the benefit of his clients. He takes special pride in the fact he has been called on to represent a number of fellow attorneys and several judges during his career.
Todd has been selected to membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. In addition, Todd is a member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, which invites only one defense trial attorney to be its prime member per one million in population for each city, town, or municipality across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Todd is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. He is also a Fellow of the Kansas Bar Foundation, and was elected by the Board of Trustees to serve as President of the Board for the 2016-2017 year.