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Mr. Nichols joined in partnership with Larry Rute in his firm Associates in Dispute Resolution, LLC in 2004. Until December 2003, Patrick had maintained a litigation practice involving primarily personal injury, employment, and constitutional litigation. He now mediates and arbitrates cases in Kansas and Missouri focusing on the following areas of particular emphasis.
- Insurance Coverage Issues
- Personal injury, including catastrophic injuries
Patrick has mediated over 1,500 cases. He is AV-rated by Matindale Hubbell. Prior to mediation, he was a civil trial attorney, Past President of KTLA and an ATLA delegate. He had been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1994 and is a Kansas Missouri SuperLawyer. He has received advanced training at the Straus Institute at Pepperdine Law School and at the Harvard Negotiation Project. He has trained law students, lawyers and mediators at scores of seminars and workshops including national and international events. He was a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators. For more see his one page CV is by clicking here.
SAMPLE CASES MEDIATED
Employment: Outcomes and details are confidential but sample matters include racial discrimination and harassment at major manufacturing company, termination at IT company for alleged sex and pregnancy discrimination, claimed termination and retaliation for FMLA, harassment, and termination due to failure to comply with gender stereotypes, same-sex harassment and retaliation, “whistleblower” retaliation and termination, age discrimination and termination and others.
Family and inheritance: multimillion-dollar estate among multiple heirs including a spouse in the process of divorce (which had not been finalized). Distribution, tax issues and structure of family inheritance.
Partnership Dissolution: Mediation for a company with a multinational distribution of electronics where partner post-divorce sought dissolution. The result was a reconciliation and continuance of a successful enterprise.
Commercial Transaction: Sale of multimillion-dollar automobile distributorship following court trial over disputed terms. Appeal dismissed and parties agreement reached to conclude the transaction. Parties able to avoid lengthy appeal and likely contested retrial and subsequent appeal.
Civil litigation: claim by a nonprofit organization to share of a wealthy professional’s estate where no will was left. Further mediation required among disputing family members and heirs. Case resolved without further claim or litigation
Family farm claims: post-death dispute over the division of land and estate where no appropriate written disposition to confirm verbal statements of a decedent regarding distribution of land to children who had been working the farm.
ERISA: claim for same-sex partner medical benefits resolved for monetary and non-monetary terms.
PI: Critical injuries to multiple claims of adults and children in excess of insurance policy limits. Resolved at mediation. Secondary negotiation conducted with a governmental agency to finalize minor’s claims.
Screening Panels: Medical Malpractice: Radiation Oncology, Urology informed consent and standard of care, Podiatry malpractice and lack of consent. Legal Malpractice: bankruptcy and finance.
Employment/workplace investigations: CEO of mid seven figures non-profit charged with self-dealing, cronyism, malfeasance, and harassment of whistleblowers. Psychiatrist on staff in a large area hospital charged with inappropriate sexual behavior and comments and failure to comply with employment obligations.
PUBLICATIONS AND LINKS TO HELPFUL ARTICLES
Author, Rethinking Mediation Advocacy, Journal of the Kansas Association for Justice, 2014.