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Arthur E. Palmer

Arthur E. Palmer’s major areas of practice are employment law, real estate and business litigation. He is an active mediator and arbitrator.

Mr. Palmer served as an Assistant Attorney General of Kansas until joining Goodell Stratton in 1964. He was managing partner of the firm for 20 years. He has taught labor law and appellate practice classes at Washburn University School of Law. He is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and has served as president of the Employment Law Section. He is past president of the Topeka Bar Association and has served as secretary and as a member of the Ethics and Grievance Committee for that organization. 

He is a member of the American, Kansas, Missouri, and Topeka Bar Associations, the American Judicature Society, the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, and the Kansas Association of Hospital Attorneys. He is a member of the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys, serving as chairman from 1990-1996. 

He is a past president of the Capital Civitan Club, Downtown Topeka, Inc. Topeka Bar Association and the Kansas Bar Foundation. He is listed in the Employment Law, Litigation, and Bet-the-Company Litigation Sections of Best Lawyers in America, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 

In April 2005, Mr. Palmer received the Warren W. Shaw Distinguished Service Award from the Topeka Bar Association. The award recognizes a lawyer or judge for exemplary service to the legal profession or to the Topeka Bar Association. 

Areas of Practice

  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Topeka, 1987-2022

    • 2015-2022 - Arbitration

    • 2008-2022 - Bet-the-Company Litigation

    • 2008-2022 - Commercial Litigation

    • 2011-2022 - Employment Law - Management

    • 2011-2022 - Labor Law - Management

    • 20011-2022 - Litigation - Environmental

    • 2011-2022 - Litigation - Labor and Employment

    • 2011-2022 - Litigation - Real Estate

    • 2011-2022 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates

    • 2015-2022 - Mediation

    • 2020 - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

  • 2005 Recipient of the Topeka Bar Association's "Warren W. Shaw Distinguished Service Award"

P: (785) 233-0593



Washburn University School of Law


Admitted in:

  • Kansas

  • Missouri

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