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Wichita Office
Ph: 316-265-9311
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Bio

Richard C. Stevens’ practice emphasizes business and transactional law for a variety of industries, including computer software and hardware, and commercial real estate.  Richard attended Wichita State University, graduating in 2000 with a major in management information systems and a minor in accounting.  For more than five years, he worked in the information technology field.  In law school, Richard earned a Certificate in Business and Transactional Law, which focused on linking a client's financial and business needs to effective legal planning.  Richard’s education and experience in business and technology provide him with a distinctly valuable perspective on advising business people.  Understanding and speaking the language of technology also helps Richard clarify complex transactions for his clients.

Startups and Entrepreneurial Law

Helping startups and new businesses sometimes means moving fast and focusing on what is essential when resources are scarce.

Richard knows from advising businesses in the early stages that entrepreneurs and founders are often born risk-takers.  Lawyers, of course, are not.  But, he does know that you and your company need protection from all directions.  So, he can help you prioritize your legal needs so you can focus your work on building your company.

If it’s time to find outside financing from investors, he can help there too.  Venture capitalists, angels, and even “friends and family” all require different approaches to keep you out of legal trouble now and in the future.  Don’t just take investor money without counsel.  Get advice first.  For angel money, super angel money, seed series, or A, B, and C rounds, your business needs to be strategic.  Some things you may only do once or twice; so, do it right.

Intellectual Property & Information Technology

Richard assists clients with their technology law needs, including filing trademark applications, copyright consultation, trade secret protection, and preparation of licensing agreements. Richard helps his clients evaluate their intellectual property and strategically protect it through the most appropriate methods.

Business Practice

Richard represents clients on a wide range of business matters, including the formation and registration of corporations, LLCs, and partnerships. Richard also counsels clients regarding operating agreements, asset purchase agreements, and in the selection of entities and their various tax treatments. As part of his business practice, Richard advises individuals and business owners regarding their estate planning needs, including the preparation of wills, trusts, and power of attorney documents.

Real Estate

Richard represents clients involved in the purchasing, selling, leasing, and financing of real estate. Richard also handles various negotiations and disputed real estate matters related to mechanics liens or security interests. Additionally, Richard’s practice includes determining title to real estate, minerals, and oil and gas lease interests.

Education

  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D., Dean's Honors, 2007
  • Wichita State University, B.B.A., 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas, 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • Wichita Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section & Business Law Committee, Member
  • Kansas Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Wichita Independent Business Association, Member
  • Software and Information Technology Association of Kansas, Member

Civic/Social Involvement

  • Federalist Society, Wichita Chapter, Member
  • Young Professionals of Wichita, Member

Published Articles/Presentations

  • SITAKS (The Software and Information Technology Association of Kansas) March 15, 2011: Lunch & Learn, Software and Technology Agreements: Nightmares and How to Avoid Them
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  • In the Event of a Business Divorce—Who Gets the Web Site? Counseling Your Clients on Protecting their Internet Properties, June 2010
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  • Wichita Business Journal, Best in Business Article, "The Most Neglected Business Assets" May 2010
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  • Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, Advocacy Day Presentation, Legislative Update: HIPAA/HITECH, January 2010
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  • Asset Protection Presentation, November 2009
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  • Kansas Bar Association, Corporation, Banking, and Business Law Section, Business News, "Business Entity Transaction Act: What Kansas Lawyers Need to Know," Fall 2009
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  • Wichita Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Presentation, Business Entity Transaction Act: What Kansas Lawyers Need to Know, October 2009
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  • Legislative Update - Legislation, Regulations & Cases, November 2008
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Notice: You may send us email, but any communication from you will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary unless you first become one of our clients. Therefore, you should not send us any confidential, proprietary or sensitive information because your communication will not be treated as privileged or confidential unless you are a client. Furthermore, you should be aware that any unencrypted communications sent via the Internet, including email, are uncertain and insecure, and that there is no guarantee of delivery of a communication to the intended recipient. Thus, there is potential loss and unauthorized disclosure of any information sent to via the Internet. Additional Terms & Conditions also apply to this communication.