Kurt Kerns: A Leading American Criminal Defense Attorney

As a respected criminal defense attorney with decades of experience in the industry, Kurt Kerns knows how to win some of the most challenging cases. Kurt has earned the esteem of his peers on both sides of the aisle with his many victories in complex, high-profile cases, including international crimes, major drug offenses, federal violations, and murder.

In federal court, Kurts’ skill, determination, and expert guidance have enabled his clients to avoid conviction in ten consecutive jury trials. He has had fourteen murder trials taken to a jury, of those, ten of his clients were acquitted and two were convicted of lesser manslaughter charges.

As the founding member of the Kerns Law Group, Kurt Kerns and his team maintain offices in Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas, as well as The Hague in the Netherlands. You can find him listed in Best Lawyers in America, and he’s been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers for ten years running. Kurt has also earned an AV Preeminent Rating, the highest and most sought-after designation under the Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system.

Despite his career success and reputation as one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in the US, Kurt continues to seek out further training and knowledge related to his field. He has completed additional and extensive legal training at the National Criminal Defense College, as well as Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, where he is currently on staff.

For several years, Kurt proudly served on the board of governors for the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he currently holds a lifetime membership to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Kurt Kerns is not only renowned in the US, but he is also a respected international criminal defense attorney. He is often called to practice before the International War Crime Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. Only 26 attorneys from the US are authorized to appear in the International Criminal Court, and he is one of them. Most recently, he defended Commander Vinko Martinovic in a landmark case.

Kurt Kerns frequently lends his knowledge and expertise in criminal defense seminars across the United States. Previously, he has served as a valued and expert commentator on A&E American Justice and Court TV. As a persuasive, successful, and internationally renowned criminal defense attorney, he has earned the respect of clients, jurors, and judges alike.

Van Z. Hampton: An Attorney with Experience on Both Sides of the Bench

A zealous and skillful advocate is the greatest shield against the government’s sword wielded in the form of a criminal accusation. If you are on the receiving end of a criminal citation, that small piece of paper can disrupt your life and threaten your liberty. It can also negatively impact your family and loved ones for years. If you’ve been charged with a crime, the first thing you need to do is contact an attorney whose top priority is protecting your rights, defending your innocence, and clearing your good name. Van Z. Hampton, one of Kansas’ leading experts in criminal defense law, is on your side in even the most serious of criminal charges.

Van Z. Hampton received his Juris Doctorate in 1987 from Oral Roberts University School of Law (after attending his third year as a visiting student at the University of Kansas School of Law). The following year, he obtained his Master of Laws degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, School of Law. He then returned home to practice law and throughout the early 1990s, Van Z. Hampton was a successful attorney in Dodge City, Kansas.

While practicing law in Dodge City, Van Z. Hampton became an expert in representing and defending people accused of serious crimes, obtaining numerous acquittals for his clients in bench as well as jury trials. He also zealously represented persons involved in domestic disputes and became known for his skills as a courtroom advocate. Van Z. Hampton’s knowledge of the law, skills as an advocate, his work ethic and ability to communicate persuaded Governor Bill Graves in 1995 to appoint Van as a District Judge to fill the newly created Division 3 for the Sixteenth Judicial District. The Sixteenth District is comprised of six counties in Southwest Kansas (Ford, Gray, Meade, Clark, Comanche, and Kiowa).

During his tenure as District Judge Van Z. Hampton presided over criminal and civil cases, and domestic law matters, and appeals from magistrate judges. He heard and decided thousands of contested hearings and bench trials and issued innumerable written opinions. As a lawyer and then as District Judge, Van Z. Hampton has participated in over a hundred jury trials. He also was invited twice to serve on panels with the Kansas Court of Appeals, and in 2012 was invited to serve with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear and decide a case. One additional duty he had as a district judge was to perform marriages and he performed more than five hundred marriages (approximately half of those in Spanish) and as a retired judge, he retains authority to perform marriages.

In Kansas, each of the 31 Judicial Districts has a Chief Judge who exercises case appointment authority and also has supervisory authority over non-judge employees in the District. In the Sixteenth District, following the retirement of Chief Judge Daniel L. Love in 2015, Van Z. Hampton was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court to serve as Chief Judge. His performance as Chief Judge secured the continuing support of the Supreme Court and he was re-appointed in 2016 and again in 2017. He served as Chief Judge until retiring from the bench at the end of 2018. After many years as a well-known and highly respected judge in Dodge City, Kansas, Van Z. Hampton retired so that he could join the successful and renowned Kerns Law Group and return to what he has a great passion for which is to help people, as a criminal defense attorney.

The legal system is an intricate and powerful machine where even good people can make mistakes and get caught up in the wheels of justice. When subjected to prosecution everyone needs skillful and zealous representation to protect and preserve their rights against the government efforts to interfere with those rights. If convicted of a crime, the government can impose harsh punishments so you, as a defendant, need someone who can help you avoid or minimize those punishments. In some cases, people are falsely accused and those people need assistance obtaining vindication and preservation of their reputation and liberty. If you’re under a criminal investigation, you want someone with experience on both sides of the bench — Attorney Van Z. Hampton is a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who is dedicated to defending your rights to the fullest extent of the law.


Ian M. Clark: A Staunch Defender of Constitutional Rights

At Kerns Law Group, we’ve made it our mission to only partner with dedicated criminal defense attorneys who are passionate about protecting and defending their clients’ constitutional and civil rights. Attorney Ian M. Clark fits the bill. As one of our leading criminal defense lawyers, he has rightfully earned the respect of his peers, jurors, and his clients, too.

A dogged defender of Fourth Amendment rights, Ian obtained his Juris Doctorate from the prestigious Washburn University School of Law in 2012. Soon after graduation, he went into private practice. Very quickly, his demonstrable passion, meticulous preparation, and numerous courtroom victories garnered him a respectable, positive, and far-reaching reputation as a leading criminal defense attorney in the Wichita area.

Now, Ian Clark defends the criminally accused, focusing exclusively on Fourth Amendment Rights violations. Fourth Amendment Rights violations enable corrupt and incompetent officials to gain access to a defendant’s sensitive, personal information and possessions. These unreasonable and unconstitutional searches taint the justice process, make a mockery of American citizen’s inalienable rights, and lead to untold suffering on the part of the accused. Evidence garnered from an unreasonable search and seizure, however, can throw the prosecution’s entire case into jeopardy.

Ian employs unparalleled skill and expertise at rooting out and illuminating in front of a jury unlawful evidence obtained from unreasonable searches and seizures. His ability to persistently and clearly demonstrate violations against his clients’ rights has won him many cases. He has enjoyed significant success asserting his client’s inalienable constitutional rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. He has successfully defended hundreds of clients in complex criminal cases, obtaining acquittals and helping his clients avoid incarceration, burdensome fines, and damage to their reputations and standing within their communities.

Ian Clark also possesses several renowned legal affiliations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Wichita Bar Association, and the Kansas Bar Association. He is also committed to serving the community as a member of the Wesley Medical Center’s Ethics Committee.

Ian Clark’s unparalleled ambition, determination, and passion defending the inherent, inalienable rights of defendants have earned him esteem amongst the legal community. At Kerns Law Group, we are proud and honored to have him as a part of our team of renowned criminal defense attorneys.