Serving Northwest Kansas
The law office of James M. Milliken opened for business on July 1, 1969, with Jim Milliken as the sole practitioner. The original office was in the back of the old Cheyenne County State Bank building (now First National Bank) in St. Francis, Kansas, and was quite small. The secretary was shared by a real estate loan agent, attorney-abstractor, and an attorney banker.
On December 1, 1969, a branch office was established in Bird City, Kansas, at 103 W. Fourth Street. While this branch has since closed, Mr. Milliken worked in this office on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. For many years, a part-time secretary from the St. Francis office traveled to fill the position in this office.
In November 1, 1970, the St. Francis law office moved to its present location at 101 W. Washington.
The legal practice of the firm started slowly. Mr. Milliken likes to recall the first month’s gross receipts which totaled $37.50. The practice expanded and grew from an income tax client base, and now includes estate planning, probate, real estate, litigation, corporate, domestic, commercial law, and many other areas.
The current offices have been expanded and remodeled to meet the needs of the firm and its clientele. A vault, an office, and a conference room were added to the south of the building in 1981. At that time, the basement was also converted into a work area for tax preparation and library/conference room. In 2003, the upstairs conference room was converted into two offices.
In March 1996, Mr. Milliken’s Daughter Kari M. Gilliland, a graduate of Washburn Law School, joined the firm. Kari worked with domestic issues and estate planning, as well as the general practice of law. She was also a certified mediator in disputed matters.
Tragically, Kari passed away in 2015.
Despite having never hired interns before, Jim welcomed Lauren Reyelts to the firm in May 2015. As an intern, Lauren diligently drove back and forth from Lawrence each week, completing her final year of law school.
Because of her commitment to the town, Jim trusted Lauren to continue the legacy of the law firm. In February 2017, Jim officially transfered ownership of the firm to Lauren, concluding his 47th year of service to the community.
Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She completed her legal education from the University of Kansas, and now lives in St. Francis, KS, with her husband and two dogs.
Lauren is admitted to practice law in Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska and the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas. Member: Sherman County Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
Under Lauren’s guidance the firm will continue to provide service to its clients in the general practice of law. The philosophy of the firm has always been to provide quality legal work at a fair price. Personal relationships with clients have always been important. Honesty, fairness, hard work, and a “the-client-comes-first” attitude is the backbone of the firm.
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We offer services in General and Trial Practice, Real Estate, Probate, Estate Planning, Taxes, & Mediation.
Legal Services for Kansas, Colorado, & Nebraska.
*Mediation Services in Colorado.
101 West Washington Street – P.O. Box 627 St. Francis, Kansas 67756
Office: (785) 332-2101 Fax: (785) 332-2902