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James E. Benfer III

also known as Jeb Benfer

About me

For over 30 years I have had the privilege of working with people who have been forced  to face unexpected changes 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.


Languages spoken: Somali, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 55%
    34 years
  2. Divorce: 20%
    34 years
  3. Family: 15%
    34 years
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%
    34 years



Contingent (25-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Judd S Nemiro

    This lawyer provides excellent services to clients. I endorse this lawyer.


    Judd Nemiro Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

McCullough, Wareheim & LaBunker

1507 SW Topeka Boulevard
Topeka, KS, 66612


MOGood Standing, Active199601/08/2013
KSAuthorized to practice law198207/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 4.9 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
AV Preeminent 4.9 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent 4.9 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Distinguished Service AwardKansas Bar Association1993
Outstanding Service AwardKansas Bar Association1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderMcCullough Wareheim & LaBunker, P.A.1986 - Present
AttorneyBenfer & Farrell1984 - 1986
Assistant City AttorneyCity of Topeka Kansas1982 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Kansas Bar AssociationCommittee Member Access to Justice Committee2011 - Present
Kansas Association for JusticeBoard of Governors2010 - Present
Topeka Bar Association, Bench Bar CommitteeCommittee Member2010 - Present
Topeka Bar AssociationMentor Program2007 - Present
Kansas Bar FoundationFellow1995 - Present
Kansas Association for JusticeMember1987 - Present
Topeka Bar AssociationChair Lawyers Assistance Committee1986 - Present
Topeka Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Kansas Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Topeka Bar Association, Family Law CommitteeMemberN/A
Kansas Bar Association, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
Kansas Bar AssociationChair & Member; Committee on Impaired Lawyers1987 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hanks v Booth, 240 Kan 30, 726 P.2d 1319Case decided in favor of my client's.
Starlett Haynes by and through her mother and next friend, Marlene Newman v City of TopekaSettled favorably for my client
Linda Abbey v City of Junction City; 00-4106 SACSettled favorably for my client
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Publication nameTitleDate
Topeka Bar Association BriefingsLawyers Assistance Committee2008
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
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washburn University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Washburn UniversityHistoryBA1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bridging the Gap-New Lawyers ProgramHelping the Impaired Professional”2004
Annual Meeting of KBA“The Impaired Professional”1990