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Richard F. Hayse

Mr. Hayse practices in the areas of estate planning, business organizations and real estate. His clients include manufacturers, distributors, retailers, banks, computer companies, food service, real estate, professional firms and public agencies.

Rich has handled the various legal aspects of business sales, prepared and delivered opinions in complex interstate financial transactions, and represented clients in several revenue bond issues and in commercial litigation. He practices in both state and federal courts in Kansas, as well as before state administrative agencies and the U.S. Supreme Court. Rich’s practice includes work with the Kansas Legislature on pending legislation.

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory has rated Rich at the highest AV®* rating for lawyers. He has been listed in both the Best Lawyers in America and Mo-Kan Super Lawyers publications for over 10 consecutive years.

In a former life Rich was a Foreign Service Information Officer, posted to U.S. embassies in Brussels, London and Dakar, and the U.S. Missions to NATO and the EC. The Hayses now enjoy entertaining friends and the challenges of the Kansas climate for gardening at their home in Topeka, with the occasional cruise to more exotic locales. Rich and his wife, Linda, have two adult children and two granddaughters, all of whom live in Seattle or nearby. This provides the perfect excuse for trips to Seattle several times a year for family visits.

  • Kansas State University, B.A., 1964
  • Washburn University Law School, J.D., 1969
  • Kansas Bar, 1969
  • U.S. District Court, 1969
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
Professional Background:
  • Editor-In-Chief, Washburn Law Journal, 1968-1969
  • Assistant Kansas Attorney General (civil), 1969-1970
  • Foreign Service Information Officer, U.S. Information Agency, 1971-1975
  • Private law practice, Topeka, Kansas 1975-present
  • Kansas Bar Association, President 2005-2006
  • Member, KBA Board of Governors, 1999-2007
  • Chair, Kansas Commission on Judicial Performance, 2006-2010
  • Member, American, Kansas and Topeka Bar Associations
  • Co-author, Business Organizations chapter, Kansas Annual Survey of Law, 1990-2005
  • Chapter Author, Kansas Corporation Law and Practice (KBA 1998)
Civic/Community Involvement:
  • Trustee, The Library Foundation, 2012–present
  • Trustee, Kansas Bar Foundation, 2015–present
  • Past director/past president: Cornerstone of Topeka, Inc., Topeka Lions Club, Topeka Youth Project, Topeka Symphony Society, Shawnee Yacht Club
  • Past chapter advisor, Phi Delta Theta chapter at Washburn University
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory AV®* rating
  • Listed in both the Best Lawyers in America and Mo-Kan Super Lawyers publications for over 10 consecutive years
Noteworthy Cases:
  • Richards v. Bryan, 19 Kan. App.2d 950, 879 P.2d 638 (1994)(In a closely held corporation, Kansas court may recognize a direct claim by a minority shareholder under specified circumstances.)
  • Patterson v. Missouri Valley Steel, Inc., 229 Kan. 481, 625 P.2d 483 (1981)(Dissolved Kansas corporation may not sue or be sued after the statutory three-year wind-up period without a court-ordered extension or the appointment of a trustee or receiver.)


*CV, BV and AV are all registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.