Bruce has practiced law privately since 1979. His practice is diverse and he routinely leads clients and their supporting professionals in achieving strategic goals, by way of acquisition or sale, litigation or negotiation. Counseling banks, bankers and bank boards, defending banks in litigation entanglements and guiding banks and bankers in their relationship with regulators are where Bruce's primary efforts are expended. Besides Banking, Bankruptcy, Business and Commercial Law and Litigation, Bruce also helps many clients with wills, trusts and business planning needs.
Bruce is a member of the Board of Directors of Central of Kansas, Inc. and the Board of Directors of Central National Bank. Over 100 banks and financial institutions have been assisted across the years by Bruce and his practice colleagues.
Bruce's family homesteaded in Cowley County, Kansas in 1870; he graduated from high school in Hutchinson; achieved his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas; and earned his law degree from Washburn University.
Bruce and his family have been active in Topeka First United Methodist Church, scouting, the Topeka Round-Up Club and youth sports across the years.
Pat is a shareholder at WRG with more than thirty years of legal experience as a practicing lawyer. Her areas of practice include:
Bankruptcy (creditor representation);
Business and Commercial Transactions;
Business and Commercial Litigation;
Real and Personal Property Foreclosures; and
Her primary practice emphasis is in the areas of banking, bankruptcy and commercial law and litigation on behalf of numerous bank and credit union clients across Kansas. Her bank and credit union clientele rely upon her for representation in the bankruptcy courts in Topeka, Kansas City and Wichita, and in state courts across Kansas; real estate and personal property foreclosures in state and federal court; and day-to-day advice, document preparation and review.
Pat grew up in Troy, Kansas; did her undergraduate work at Kansas State University; and earned her J.D. from the University of Kansas. Pat is a third generation Kansas lawyer. She is a former President of the Kansas Bar Association’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section and served on the Bankruptcy Rules Committee for the District of Kansas for many years. Pat served on the state-wide Board of Directors of Kansas Legal Services and the Advisory Board of Directors of Kansas Legal Services in Topeka; has been a volunteer officer of the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas; and currently serves on the Board of Directors of United Methodist Foundation at Kansas State University, Inc.; Kappa Alpha Theta Facility Corporation at Kansas State University; and the Board of Trustees of her church, First United Methodist Church in Topeka.
Pat is Co-Chancellor (Co-General Counsel) of Great Plains Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, which serves 1,035 local churches in Kansas and Nebraska. In this capacity, she regularly handles or coordinates representation on matters of incorporation and governance, property and trust, and employment.
Pat and her husband, Bruce (also a member of Woner, Reeder & Girard, P.A.), have two grown children, Ben and Laura.
Tim has practiced law since 1988, and he has been with WRG since its inception in 1991. Tim's recent practice has been primarily in the areas of:
Commercial Loan and Business Workouts;
Real Estate and Personal Property Foreclosure;
Bankruptcy (Creditor Representation);
Commercial Loan Document Preparation;
Commercial and Banking Litigation;
Secured Transactions (UCC-Article 9);
Contracts, General Business, and General Real Estate.
Tim is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, the Topeka Bar Association, and the Topeka Area Bankruptcy Council. He has been a presenter for the Kansas Bar Association and is a member of, an editor for, and a former president of the Kansas Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section. Tim is a former President and Board of Director member of the Topeka Area Bankruptcy Council. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Directors of Kansas Legal Services in Topeka.
Tim and his wife, Lesli, grew up in Belleville, Kansas. Tim earned a degree in Business Administration at Kansas State University, in 1985. Tim graduated from University of Kansas School of Law in 1988 (KU won the NCAA Basketball Tournament that year). Lesli is the coordinator for Families Together, Inc., a firm which provides information to Kansas families that have a child with a disability. Tim and Lesli have three children, Kristina, Nathan, and Bradly. During their personal time, Tim and Lesli like to exercise, watch movies, and read. They enjoy time with their grandchildren (courtesy Kristina and her husband) and are always game for a good sporting event. Tim and Lesli are parishioners of the Christ the King Church in Topeka.
Justin has more than ten years of experience practicing law in Kansas and Missouri. He completed undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Accounting at Kansas University (2004). Justin graduated cum laude from Washburn Law School (2007), received a Master of Laws in Taxation (Tax LLM) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School (2015) and is a Certified Public Accountant (Kansas).
Justin's practice focuses on business and commercial law, civil litigation, bankruptcy, creditor's rights, estate planning, tax controversies and trust and probate administration. He regularly advocates for his clients in litigation matters in both state and federal courts and also counsels clients with regard to tax planning for business transactions, sales and business formation.
Justin has written articles on tax and related legal topics for Ingram's Magazine, Thomson Reuters, National Business Institute and the Kansas Bar Association. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a rising star each year for the last five years. Justin is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, the Topeka Bar Association and the Topeka Area Bankruptcy Council for which he previously served as Treasurer.
Justin was born in Topeka, Kansas and attended Lawrence High School. He and his wife consider themselves fortunate to live, work and raise their four children in northeast Kansas. In his spare time, Justin enjoys exercising, working in his yard and spending time with his family.