Seaton Law Offices, L.L.P.

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Firm Overview

Seaton Law Offices, L.L.P. is a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated, full service law firm located in Manhattan, Kansas, serving Riley County and surrounding areas since 1971. Our attorneys provide personal attention to our clients and represent them professionally and ethically as they practice in federal, state and municipal courts. Our firm consists of Partners, Richard H. Seaton, Sr. and Richard H. Seaton Jr., and our Associate, Summer Ott Dierks.

Our firm handles a diverse array of practice areas, including civil litigation, divorce, child custody and other forms of family law, criminal law, contract law, real estate law, employment law, business law, personal injury, agricultural law, governmental liability, school law, estates, wills and probate, firearms law and other matters. We also offer mediation services on select matters.

We strictly adhere to our professional and ethical standards and strive at all times to provide top-notch representation in every case or matter we handle.
Main Office

Main Office
410 Humboldt St.
Manhattan  KS  66502

Phone
  • (785) 776-4788

Richard H. Seaton Sr.

Dick Seaton is the firm's senior partner, with 50 years experience in the state and federal courts. He concentrates in employment and school law, probate and estate planning, workers compensation and commercial and civil litigation. He carries the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Seaton has considerable appellate experience before the Tenth Circuit and the Kansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Appearing twice in the U.S. Supreme Court, he most recently successfully represented the Plaintiff in Umbehr v. County Commissioners, a free speech case. As a result of that case, he was named a lawyer of the year by Lawyers Weekly U.S.A. Mr. Seaton is also listed in 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America and Who's Who in America.

Dick was for many years the general counsel for Kansas State University, where he handled cases relating to civil rights, employment, constitutional and administrative law. He also serves on the Board of Editors of the Kansas Bar Journal, and is a former chairman.

Practice Areas:

Civil Litigation; Employment Law; Probate and Estate Planning; Commercial Law; School Law, Workers Compensation

Admitted:

Kansas (1963); U.S. District for Kansas; Eighth and Tenth Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court.

Legal Organizations:

Kansas and American Bar Associations; Kansas Association for Justice; Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Board of Editors of Kansas Bar Journal.

Publications:

Affirmative Action at the Crossroads, 36 Washburn L.J. 248; Age Discrimination in Employment, 55 J. Kan. Bar Assn. 17; Survey of Municipal Law, 27 Kan. L. Rev. 269.
Education
  • Harvard College
    A.B. , 1959
  • Harvard Law School
    L.L.B. , 1963

Richard H. Seaton, Jr.

Richard H. Seaton, Jr. is a Partner in the firm. His main areas of focus include criminal defense, personal injury, domestic and family law and firearms law.

An experienced trial lawyer who has appeared in civil and criminal cases throughout Kansas, Richard has also handled civil and criminal cases in the Kansas Court of Appeals and the Kansas Supreme Court. He has practiced extensively in Federal District Court for the District of Kansas and has tried jury cases in both state and federal court.

Mr. Seaton has defended clients charged with first degree murder, manufacture of controlled substance, rape, arson, kidnapping, and various lesser felonies and misdemeanors. His areas of concentration in the domestic and family law areas include divorce, paternity proceedings, CINC actions, child support and child custody. Richard deals with personal injury matters ranging from wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases to simply automobile accidents. Firearms Law includes wrongful simple NICS denials, FFL defense, NFA Trusts, firearms seizures, Lawful use of force and other 2nd Amendment issues.

After graduating from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1988, Richard practiced in Wichita until he joined our firm in 1998. He is admitted to practice law in all Kansas courts, the Federal District of Kansas, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Kansas Association for Justice, the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Richard is a referral layer for the National Rifle Association, The Kansas Rifle Association and the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network.

Practice Areas:
Automobile Accidents, Personal Injury, Family and Domestic Law, Criminal Law, Firearms Law and Civil Litigation

Admitted:
Kansas, U.S. District Court; 10th Circuit & U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • University of Kansas, School of Law
    J.D.
  • University of Oregon
    B.A.

Summer Ott Dierks

Summer was born in Kiowa, Kansas. She was raised in Coffeyville, Kansas and attended Kansas State University from 2002-2005 obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Communications and Journalism.


Before attending law school, Summer worked at the Kansas State University Foundation fundraising for the College of Agriculture from 2005-2007. She then worked at the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau as the Convention Sales Manager until 2010.

During law school, Summer clerked for the Honorable Steve Leben, Judge at the Kansas Court of Appeals and the Kansas Attorney General, Criminal Litigation Division. She was also licensed to practice law as a student in the Washburn University Law Clinic. She was awarded her Juris Doctor in 2012 from Washburn University School of Law.

Practice Areas:
General Practice with an emphasis in Family Law, Estate Planning, Contract Law, Property Law and Farm & Agricultural Law.

Admitted:
Kansas (2013); U.S. District Court

Legal Organizations:
Kansas Bar Association; Riley County Bar Association
Education
  • Washburn University School of Law
    J.D. , 2012
  • Kansas State University
    B.S. , 2005

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