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James E. Benfer III

Personal injury Attorney at Topeka, KS

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Jeb Benfer


Licensed for 40 years

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    55%
    I represent people who have suffered unexpected injuries. Their injuries may occur at work, in car accidents, while out in public or while using an unsafe product. No two people react the same to similar injuries and each client’s response to their medical problems and treatment differs. I have to tailor my work to each client's needs. As their attorney, my job is to skillfully get them through the legal obstacles that have been forced upon them and maximize their recovery.

    40 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    20%
    I am a very committed advocate for my clients. With Divorce/Family law cases, an attorney has to measure his/her approach to a file to best represent a client's interests. It is common for family law clients to be emotional about their case. I believe it is critical to listen. To do quality work, you have to take the time to understand the client's emotional and financial goals. If you can't or won't take the time to do that, you should find another area of practice.

    40 years

  3. Family
    15%
    I am a very committed advocate for my clients. With Divorce/Family law cases, an attorney has to measure his/her approach to a file to best represent a client's interests. It is common for family law clients to be emotional about their case. I believe it is critical to listen. To do quality work, you have to take the time to understand the client's emotional and financial goals. If you can't or won't take the time to do that, you should find another area of practice.

    40 years

  4. Wrongful death
    10%
    Helping to protect the family after the tragic loss of a family member is one of the most important responsibilities that can be entrusted to me. The losses involved are many. Clearly there are significant financial losses to consider and present, but the loss of the person to the family itself is monumental. The loss of the care, affection, guidance and companionship that the family members have lost caused by the death of the family member must be compensated for as well.

    40 years

For over 40 years I have had the privilege of working with people who have been forced to face unexpected change in their lives.  Sometimes the changes are from the tragic effects of personal injuries caused by the carelessness of others.  Other times the changes are caused by the end of a marital relationship.    In each situation, the fear and uncertainty experienced by my client and their family can be overwhelming. 

Helping people work through and resolve these life changing events is the most rewarding part of my job.  If you have been seriously injured or are facing the loss of a relationship call my office immediately.  If I am unavailable, please make sure you leave a call back number.  In most instances, I will return your call that day, at the latest, the next morning.   http://www.mcwala.com 

Licensed for 40 years
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 09/21/2022
State KS
Status Authorized to practice law
Acquired 1982
Updated 11/08/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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McCullough, Wareheim & LaBunker

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by Christine | May 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Jeb was wonderful - he helped me through the entire process, explaining everything along the way, and made it much less stressful than I anticipated. He's very knowledgeable and responsive. I couldn't have hired a better lawyer.
Posted by Dawn Lewis | October 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce help
I had originally left a negative review. Mr Benfer and I had since talked and he has been a tremendous help!!!! I can't say enough good things about his work and professionalism! I am so glad we talked more and we're able to work together! He really is a great guy!!
Posted by Kerri | September 23, 2013
JEB
I don't give a lot of services 5 stars because, quite honestly, no one is perfect but, JEB nearly is! He is very personable (an admirable quality in an attorney), caring and knows his stuff. You are not just another case number with JEB, he is a good attorney and a good man - period. I would recommend him to anyone out there looking for a qualified lawyer who cares.
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Posted by Sam | September 22, 2013
Great Lawyer!!!
I can't say I have had much experiance with lawyers but Jeb has been amazing in the process of my work comp claim. He is always available to answer questions and even makes calls back when he is on vacation. I would reccomend him to anyone who needs help on a work comp claim!!!

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • McCullough Wareheim & LaBunker, P.A.
  • 1986 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Benfer & Farrell
  • 1984 - 1986
  • Assistant City Attorney
  • City of Topeka Kansas
  • 1982 - 1984

Education

  • Washburn University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Washburn University
  • BA
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • Linda Abbey v City of Junction City; 00-4106 SAC
  • Settled favorably for my client
  • F. Spivey v State of Kansas, Department of SRS et al;
  • Settled favorably for my client
  • Starlett Haynes by and through her mother and next friend, Marlene Newman v City of Topeka
  • Settled favorably for my client
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Associations

  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Committee Member Access to Justice Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Topeka Bar Association, Bench Bar Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Kansas Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors
  • 2010 - Present
  • Topeka Bar Association
  • Mentor Program
  • 2007 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 1995 - Present
  • Kansas Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Topeka Bar Association
  • Chair Lawyers Assistance Committee
  • 1986 - Present
  • Topeka Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Topeka Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Kansas Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Chair & Member; Committee on Impaired Lawyers
  • 1987 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • 1993
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • 1990
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Publications

  • Topeka Bar Association Briefings
  • Lawyers Assistance Committee
  • 2008
  • Journal of the Kansas Association for Justice
  • “Shaken Child Syndrome; Intentional Acts with Unintended Injuries”
  • 2007
  • Journal of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • “Federal Workers’ Compensation Act”
  • 1998
  • Journal of the Kansas Bar Association
  • “Impaired Lawyers - the Disease of Addiction; the Lawyers Assistance Committee”
  • 1989
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Speaking Engagements

  • Bridging the Gap-New Lawyers Program
  • Helping the Impaired Professional”
  • 2004
  • Annual Meeting of KBA
  • “The Impaired Professional”
  • 1990

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Unknown Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer provides excellent services to clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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