Duane was raised in Western Kansas, the oldest of four brothers. His father was a school principal and then superintendent, and his mother a high school teacher. He graduated Fowler High School in 1974, Fort Hays State University in 1977, and Washburn University School of Law in 1980. Duane married Donna, a practicing attorney and 1980 graduate of Washburn, in the Fall of 1979. On graduating law school, he served as the personal law clerk to Hon. Corwin C. Spencer of Oakley, judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals. In 1982, Duane joined McMaster & McMaster in Wichita, practicing principally insurance defense with D. Lee McMaster. In 1988, Bryce Abbot and Duane founded the Wichita satellite office of Wallace, Saunders, Austin, Brown & Enochs, Chartered. He practiced in that office, principally in insurance defense and insurance coverage, until early 1998, at which time Duane resigned Wallace Saunders and took a break from the practice, with Duane and his wife moving to Orlando to fulfill their skydiving hobby. Duane sat for the Florida bar February 2000, and was sworn in as a member of The Florida Bar in April 2000. He worked on a team of lawyers prosecuting wrongful termination of distributorship claims on behalf of the Roger Maris family against Anheuser-Busch, and then for the Luks Santaniello law firm (based in Ft. Lauderdale) in its Orlando office. In 2003, Duane and his wife moved back to Wichita, and he worked for the Hinkle Law Firm from early 2003 until mid-2011, practicing a mix of insurance defense, insurance coverage, and plaintiffs' practice. In July 2011, Duane resigned from Hinkle and established a private, solo practice devoted to representing claimants in insurance bad faith, medical malpractice, and other bodily injury claims.
Santana v. Olguin, 41 Kan.App.2d 1086, 208 P.3d 328 (2009), rev. denied — Trial court and court of appeals established validity of pre-litigation, mandatory mediation clauses in residential real estate sale context, whereby if purchaser does not seek mediation before commencing action purchaser is barred from both mediation and pursuing action in court.
Narron v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 278 Kan. 365, 97 P.3d 1042 (2004) — As matter of first impression in Kansas, interpretation of the term "collectible insurance" under UIM coverage in context of multiple UIM claimants.
Progressive Cas. Ins. Co. v. Lancer Ins. Co., 83 P.3d 1270, 2004 WL 292120 (Kan.App.) — Bus which tour company chartered from second tour company was not a "hired auto" under second company's insurance; bus was not a "temporary substitute auto" under second touring company's insurance; and, driver of bus was not an agent of second tour company, and so no coverage afforded under second tour company's insurance (Lancer).
Gragg v. Wichita State University, et al., 261 Kan. 1037, 934 P.2d 121 (1997) — Estate of spectator at public fireworks show at Wichita State football stadium whose decedent was fatally shot brought action against the university and corporate sponsors. Trial court granted summary judgment to defendants. On appeal, corporate sponsors did not have any duty to control criminal acts of third party; sponsors were not involved in joint venture with university; university's security measures, which were the same as in past years, were reasonable; university's liability determined by Kansas Tort Claims Act; and, university had immunity pursuant to police protection exception to general rule of liability under KTCA.
Blair-Naughton, LLC v. Diner Concepts, Inc., et al., 568 F. Supp.2d 1249 (D.Kan.2008) — Applying Kansas law, Georgia resident who was director of Georgia corporation which contracted to provide modular diner to Kansas purchaser not subject to personal jurisdiction in Kansas federal court under Kansas's "long-arm" statute where it was alleged by purchaser that director was liable to purchaser because director allegedly failed to properly supervise Georgia corporation's actions in Georgia.