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Tom Garretson has been in private practice in Wichita since 1971. Since that time, he has been heavily involved in securities practice. He has represented public companies in connection with their initial public offerings and secondary offerings under the Securities Act of 1933, the preparation and filing of periodic reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and merger and acquisition transactions with other public and closely-held companies. Mr. Garretson has represented closely-held companies in numerous private placements of equity and debt securities, including complex financing and refinancing transactions involving various combinations of lenders and equity participants. Mr. Garretson counsels his clients in connection with all aspects of their business affairs and corporate governance. His practice also includes representation of underwriters in both public and private offerings and investment advisers in connection with registration and compliance under the Investment Company Act of 1940.Mr. Garretson attended Northwestern University where he was an all Big Ten football player and baseball captain. After graduation, he spent one season with the Washington Redskins organization before graduation from Kansas University Law School in 1971. He has long held the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review highest rating of “AV,” and is recognized as a “Senior Statesman” in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions by Chambers USA.


  • 2959 North Rock Road, Suite 300
    Wichita, KS 67226


  • University of Kansas, J.D., graduated 1971
  • Northwestern University, B.A., graduated 1968

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Corporate Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Wichita (2022)
  • Corporate Law, Wichita (2020)
  • Corporate Law, Wichita (2017)
  • Corporate Law, Wichita (2015)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Special Focus

  • Corporate Compliance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • General Corporate
  • Industrial Revenue Bond Financing
  • Investment
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Private Funds
  • Securities
  • Structuring of Business Entities
  • Transactions
  • Venture Capital

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