Amy S. Lemley - Foulston Siefkin LLP

Amy S. Lemley

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993
Phone: 316-291-9584

Ms. Lemley focuses on complex business and insurance litigation and the defense of professionals. Amy has defended hundreds of personal injury and medical negligence cases and tried more than seventy jury trials as lead counsel. She has represented many health care clients in the course of peer review investigations. In recent years her practice has evolved to include more business litigation, for both plaintiffs and defendants.  She accepts carefully selected plaintiff’s cases, and recently prevailed against an insurance company which had wrongfully denied a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist’s disability claim after he sustained multiple cerebral vascular dissections. She was selected for the inaugural edition of the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™ and has Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest “AV” rating for lawyers. She was the first (and currently is the only) woman attorney in Kansas to be named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® list and The Best Lawyers in America® as a leading lawyer in Medical Malpractice Law Defense and Personal Injury Defense Litigation in the United States. In 2013 and 2014, Benchmark Litigation named Ms. Lemley a Local Litigation Star and one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the United States. Her peer memberships include the American Board of Trial Advocates, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, and the Defense Research Institute.  She is the current state chair of the Kansas Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is a member of the Inn of Court and is on the Board of Directors for Kansas Legal Services.  She served several years at the request of the Kansas Supreme Court on the Client Protection Commission, and is a past chair of the Commission.  She has served on a National Committe on Women in the Law for the Defense Research Institute.  She is a member of many animal rights and environmental organizations and is a dog lover extraordinaire.  Currently, she has a rescue Great Pyrenees, a rescue Catahoula, and a very smart German Shepherd.          

Clarendon CollegeAS 1975Texas Tech UniversityBA 1978University of TexasJ.D. 1982
American College of Trial LawyersAmerican Bar Association Kansas Bar Association Ag Law Newsletter EditorKansas Legal ServicesWichita Bar Association Kansas Association of Defense CounselAmerican Board of Trial Advocates AdvocateClient Protection Fund Commission ChairDefense Research InstituteInternational Association of Defense Counsel

Case History

Underground Vaults and Storage v. Cintas

Jim Armstrong, Mike Stout, and Amy Lemley represented the plaintiff, UVS.  This is a breach of fiduciary duty case involving self dealing with respect to a joint bid by UVS and Cintas.  The jury awarded appx. 3 million in actual damages and 8 million in punitive damages.  The trial judge took the punitive damage award away.  Cintas appealed the jury verdict and UVS cross-appealed the ruling on the punitive damage award.  The case is currently on appeal to the 10th Circuit. 

Steckline v. Journal Broadcast Group of Kansas

Amy Lemley and Jay Fowler represent JBGK in this breach of contract case, which they won on a Motion to Dismiss.  The amount of damages is disputed; the plaintiff claims it is in excess of a million dollars, JBGK disagrees.  The case is currently on appeal with the Kansas Court of Appeals.  Steckline claimed that JBGK breached a contract when it stopped airing content from Steckline; JBGK claimed that Steckline breached the contract first, excusing performance, when it caused profanity to be aired over a live feed to one of JBGK's radio stations.  In addition, Steckline had content delivery problems which resulted in dead air and similar issues for over a year before the incurable breach occurred with the profanity.  

Wichita Firefighter's Relief Association v. Kansas City Life Insurance Company

Amy Lemley represents the WFRA.  A Wichita firefighter died as a result of a physical injury sustained while fighting a fire.  The insurance company paid the life insurance portion of the policy, but refused to pay the accidental death portion.  The refusal was litigated in federal court, where a Magistrate Judge granted the Insurance Company summary judgment on the basis that the firefighter was not accidentally fighting a fire, even though there is no policy exclusion for on the job injuries or death.  The case is on appeal to the 10th Circuit.  Before the ruling on the summary judgment, the insurance company made an offer of judgment for policy limits but refused to pay any amount in attorney's fees, despite the fact that WFRA contends that its claim handling was grossly negligent.      

Office Location

1551 N Waterfront Parkway, #100
Wichita, KS 67206-4466
United States

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants (Appellate, Hospital Malpractice, Litigation, Medical Negligence, Personal Injury)
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (Appellate, Civil Litigation, Professional Malpractice)

Other Information

Gender: Female