Hampton & Royce, L.C.

Hampton & Royce, L.C.

Hampton & Royce attorneys offer a full range of legal services to a wide variety of clients, throughout the State of Kansas.

Firm Overview

Our attorneys have experience and expertise in the following areas.

Main Office

Main Office
119 W. Iron, 9th Floor
Salina KS 67402




Our attorneys practicing family law realize that family law is an area that requires special expertise and handling.

We provide legal advice and advocacy in all areas of family law, including divorce, child support, child custody, legal separations, maintenance or alimony, annulment, visitation or parenting time, pre and post nuptial agreements, adoption, cohabitation agreements, equitable property divisions, the representation of children in their parents' legal disputes, grandparent visitation, guardianship, conservatorship, and issues involving assisted reproduction. A number of our attorneys practicing in the family law area are also trained mediators and case managers.

In our work with clients, we aim to provide amicable, satisfactory and timely resolution to the case. When it is not possible to solve the problem by other means, we are trained, experienced and ready to try the case to Court. Especially when children are involved, we assist clients, not only to address the immediate legal issue, but also to address a long term solution to the problem that is in the best interest of the client, child and family.

C. Stanley Nelson

Hampton & Royce, L.C.

C. Stanley Nelson, a native of Lawrence, Kansas, attended one year at the University of Kansas before joining the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 for three years, part of which was spent in the Pacific and occupying Japan. After the end of World War II, in 1946, Nelson returned to the University of Kansas to complete his undergraduate work and law school.

Nelson began his career as an attorney in 1951 when he became an associate with the law firm of Royce, Hampton, Dunham, Royce & Engleman (now Hampton & Royce, L.C.), one of the oldest law firms in Kansas, first established in 1885.

Nelson's practice includes insurance defense, personal injury claims, worker's compensation cases, and civil trials. Since 2009, Nelson has served as Special Administrative Law Judge on worker's compensation cases assigned to him by the Kansas Department of Labor.

In 2011, Nelson celebrated 60 years of practice as an attorney with Hampton & Royce, where he is of counsel assisting on cases with other members of the firm and being a mentor to new attorneys.

Nelson is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Nelson's wife, Rosemary, of 58 years passed away in 2008. Nelson has four sons - Steve, Jeff, Mike, and Kendal.

Jeffrey E. King

Hampton & Royce, L.C.

Jeffrey E. King. Jeff was born in Topeka, Kansas on December 23, 1955. Completed Preparatory education at Washburn University of Topeka (B.B.A. 1978) Completed legal education at Washburn University School of Law (J.D. Dec. 1980). Jeff was admitted to the bar in 1981 and is a member of the Kansas Bar Association. He is also a member of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel serving as President from 1995-1996. Jeff also serves as co-editor and chapter author of the KBA Worker's Compensation Manual and member of the Kansas Worker's Compensation Advisory Counsel from 2005 until present.

Jeff has three grown daughters.

Nathanael W. Berg

Hampton & Royce, L.C.

Nathanael Berg's practice is focused in the areas of contracts, commercial law, oil and gas, litigation and employment law. For his clients, he has succesfully resolved numerous complex matters including property line disputes, governmental claims, tax appeals, wrongful termination suits, charges of employment discrimination, contract disputes and personal injury claims.

Nathanael received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Business Administration in Economics from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri in 2002. In May of 2005, he graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Law and has been practicing at Hampton & Royce L.C. since his graduation.

Nathanael is the past president of Salina Area Young Professionals and still is active in SAYP. He serves on several nonprofit boards in Salina and the State of Kansas.
Nathanael is an avid volleyball player who is a regular in area leagues and tournaments. Nathanael and his wife, Brittney, have four children, and are active in the children's ministries at their church.

N. Royce Nelson

Hampton & Royce, L.C.

Royce Nelson has practiced law with Hampton & Royce, L.C. since 1972. His expertise is in the areas of trusts, business organizations, estate planning, taxation, including income, estate and gift taxation, exempt organizations and representing families and businesses through multiple generations. Mr. Nelson enjoys the academic aspect of the practice of law - creating new products and drafting documents for challenging situations. He is the draftsman of many of the legal documents used by Hampton & Royce, L.C., including those dealing with trusts, limited liability companies and limited partnerships. He also enjoys the relationships with clients, their families and other professionals representing the clients.

Nelson has presented numerous continuing legal education programs for the Kansas Bar Association, many of those dealing with trusts and in particular, Kansas trust laws. He has also written for the Kansas Bar Association relative to the decision to incorporate. He, together with a handful of other Kansas lawyers, worked on behalf of the Kansas Bar Association and with the Kansas legislature when Kansas adopted its unique version of the Uniform Trust Code in 2002. During this process, Mr. Nelson made presentations to several Kansas Bar Association committees and boards and testified before the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Nelson has been active in several sections of the Kansas Bar Association, including the KBA Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, the KBA Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section and the KBA Tax Law Section. He is a current member of the Executive Committee and a past president of the KBA Tax Law Section.

Besides using his experience and knowledge to serve the legal profession, his law firm and clients, Royce has also served on various boards and assisted various community organizations. He currently devotes substantial effort serving as an officer and director of Salina Health Education Foundation and assists in the operation of its Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program and its Salina Family Healthcare Center. He is a member of the Saline-Ottawa Counties Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Nelson earned his bachelor's degree, with distinction, in accounting and business from the University of Kansas in 1969, where he was admitted to Beta Gamma Sigma, an honorary organization. He continued his education at the University of Kansas where he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1972 and was made a member of The Order of the Coif, honoring academic achievement.

Royce and his wife Linda have three daughters, Amy, Polly and Carrie.

Brian W. Wood

Hampton & Royce, L.C.

Brian W. Wood's law practice focuses on Civil Litigation. A large percentage of Mr. Wood's litigation practice involves insurance defense files for several national liability insurers. Additionally, Mr. Wood handles Plaintiff's cases, including but not limited to, trucking accidents, automobile accidents, and nursing home cases.

Mr. Wood was born on a military base in Neurnberg, Germany, but returned to the United States at an early age and was raised in Hays, Kansas. He attended college at the University of Kansas where he received his undergraduate degree in Psychology in 1990. He then attended law school at the University of Kansas where he received his Juris Doctor in 1993. After obtaining his degrees Mr. Wood moved to Salina, Kansas in 1993 to join the law firm of Hampton & Royce, L.C. He became a partner in 1997.

Mr. Wood is actively involved in the Salina community. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the YMCA and coaches numerous youth basketball teams. He has formally been on the Board of Directors of the Salina Community Theater and an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Salina. He has also been a United Way volunteer.

Mr. Wood and his wife, Julie, have three daughters: Emily (13), Lindsay (11), and Lauren (9).

Lee Legleiter

Hampton & Royce, L.C.

Lee Legleiter currently has a general practice, but primarily focuses on assisting individuals in connection with tax and estate planning, including the creation of wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, generation-skipping trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives. Lee also assists clients with the creation of various business entities, corporate transactions and commercial law.

Lee is a native of Hays, Kansas. He attended Kansas State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with Bachelors of Science degrees in Marketing and Management. While in law school, Lee earned a certificate in business and commercial law, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas School of Law in May 2011.

Lee and his wife, Sarah, enjoy an active lifestyle. Both enjoy competitive and leisurely running, day-long excursions at local lakes, and coed recreation leagues.

Sidney A. Reitz

Hampton & Royce, L.C.

Sid Reitz's practice is focused primarily on the areas of estate and business succession planning with emphasis on the formation of trusts, corporations, limited liability companies and family limited partnerships. In addition, he assists families and individuals with the preservation, management and transfer of wealth, charitable planning, business valuations and planning with life insurance. He also arranges major lifetime and testamentary gifts on behalf of both individuals and institutions. Mr. Reitz has made numerous presentations relating to trusts, estate planning, and business succession planning on the local and regional levels. Mr. Reitz was recognized as an Outstanding Estate Planning Professional of Kansas by the Wichita Chapter of Chartered Life Underwriters and Chartered Financial Consultants.

Mr. Reitz was born and raised in Salina, Kansas, received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Kansas State University in 1971 and his law degree from Washburn Law School in 1975. He joined the firm upon his graduation and became a partner January, 1979. Professional affiliations include the Saline-Ottawa Counties Bar, Kansas Bar, and American Bar Associations. He was admitted to the Kansas Bar in 1976 and the U.S. Tax Court in 1982.

Active in the community, Mr. Reitz currently serves on the Board of Directors of Salina Regional Health Foundation, Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, Salina Presbyterian Manor Endowment, Salina Family YMCA Endowment Fund, and First Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund. He has served as President on the boards of the Salina Family YMCA, Greater Salina Community Foundation, and Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts; a Director on the Salina Community Theatre and Coronado Area Boy Scouts; an Elder and Trustee of First Presbyterian Church; and a Trustee of Kansas State University Foundation, Kansas State University - Salina Foundation, and Salina Education Foundation.

Mr. Reitz is married to Susy Reitz and they have five adult children.

Tisha A. Morrical

Hampton & Royce, L.C.

Tish Morrical's law practice focuses on Civil Litigation, Family Law, Mediation, Elder Law, Guardian ad Litem work, and Family Law Case Management. She is an mediator approved by the Kansas Supreme Court, and is often appointed to represent children in their parents' divorce case, as well as appointed by the Court to serve as a type of arbitrator in family law cases under the Kansas Case Management statute.

Tish was born in Norton, Kansas. She attended Bethany College and played intercollegiate basketball and softball. In 1990, she obtained her Bachelors Degree with majors in Social Work and Sociology, with a minor in Administration of Justice. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Tish worked for The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services in the Adult Protective Services Unit and began her Master's program at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. She completed her dual Masters of Social Work and Juris Doctor Degrees from the University of Kansas in 1996. After graduation, Tish joined the law firm of Hampton & Royce, L.C. She became a partner in 2001.

Tish is actively involved in the legal and local communities. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Bethany Home in Lindsborg, Kansas and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Salina YWCA. She coaches numerous youth basketball, volleyball and softball teams. She is a member of the Bench-Bar Committee for the 28th Judicial District, and the past President of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the Kansas Bar Association, the Saline-Ottawa County Bar Association, and the Kansas Bar Association Family Law section, where she remains on the executive committee. She is an active member of the Falun-Salemsborg Lutheran Parish.

Tish and her husband, Thad, are the parents of Hayley, Hannah, and T.J.

David D. Moshier

Hampton & Royce, L.C.

David D. (Dusty) Moshier practices law in a variety of areas including contracts, real estate, commercial law and litigation, employment law, domestic relations, and domestic and civil mediation. Dusty is a certified domestic and civil mediator and former President of the ADR Section of the Kansas Bar Association.

Dusty was born and raised on in Manhattan, Kansas, where he attended Kansas State University and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1974. In December of 1976, he graduated from Washburn University of Topeka School of Law, and has been practicing at Hampton, Royce, Engleman & Nelson (now Hampton & Royce, L.C.) since his graduation.

Dusty has been active in the Salina, Kansas community throughout his career, and is currently a member of the Boards of Trustees of the Salina Art Center and the Greater Salina Community Foundation.

Dusty and his wife of 39 years, Wendy, have two adult children: Sydney and Griffin.

Todd W. Davidson

Hampton & Royce, L.C.

Todd Davidson's practice is dedicated to working with family-owned businesses on their business planning and estate planning, with an emphasis on family businesses that are involved in agriculture. Mr. Davidson's practice also focuses on banking law, probate, contract preparation and negotiation, and real estate matters.

Mr. Davidson was born in Topeka, Kansas, and was raised in Salina, Kansas. He attended college at the University of Kansas, where he received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1995. He then attended the University of San Diego School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1998, and the University of San Diego School of Business, where he received his MBA in 1998. After obtaining his degrees in San Diego, Mr. Davidson returned to his hometown of Salina, Kansas, to join the law firm of Hampton & Royce L.C. in 1998 and became a partner in the firm in 2003.

Mr. Davidson is active in his local community. He is past Chairman for the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, past chairman for Hospice of Salina, Inc. and past President of Salina Downton, Inc.

Mr. Davidson was selected for inclusion in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and was designated as a "Rising Star," which is awarded to no more than 2.5% of the eligible lawyers in the state who are under the age of 40. He has also been designated as "Favorite Attorney" in The Salina Journal Readers' Choice Awards for the past eight consecutive years.

In addition to his Kansas license, Mr. Davidson is licensed in teh states of Colorado and Iowa. He occasionally makes trips to Colorado to meet with families regarding their estate planning and the structure of their family-owned businesses, but can also be available for meetings with clients and their advisors by videoconference.

Mr. Davidson and his wife, Mindi, have three children.

Debra E. James

Hampton & Royce, L.C.

Debra Egli James is a trial lawyer with a broad range of experience in litigation involving commercial, business and employment disputes, professional malpractice, tort defense, insurance coverage disputes, agricultural law issues, automobile liability, personal injury and complex litigation in both state and federal courts. She has successfully tried dozens of cases to a verdict.

Ms. James graduated with honors from Iowa State University in 1981 and Drake University Law School in 1984 and served as a judicial law clerk to Iowa Supreme Court Justice Jerry L. Larson. She is a member and past President of the Saline-Ottawa County Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. James belongs to the Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska Bar Associations and the American Bar Association and is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

In 1997, James was appointed by the Kansas Supreme Court to the Kansas Board of Discipline for Attorneys and has been a member of the Professional Ethics and Grievance Committee of the Kansas Bar Association since 1996. In 2002, Deb was appointed by Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback to the Federal Judicial Nominating Task Force and, in 2003, became a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel. She serves on the Kansas Bar Association's Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, the Kansas Bar Association Membership Committee and is a member of the Defense Research Institute. For six years, she served as a member of the KBA's Board of Governors and the Board of Governors of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel. Deb is a Past President of the Kansas Bar Association Litigation Section and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers. Ms. James was also selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Kansas Top 100 Trial Lawyer and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Additionally, James is active in her community and has served two terms as President of the Board of Directors of the Salina Area YWCA and two terms as President of the Board of Directors of the Great Plains Theater Festival in Abilene, Kansas.

James has two children: Alex and Allison. Deb is a frequent CLE lecturer and has presented to numerous groups, including the Kansas Claims Association, the Kansas Association of County Counselors, the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, the Kansas Women Attorneys Association, the Kansas Bar Association and the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, among others.

Russel B. Prophet

Hampton & Royce, L.C.

Russel B. Prophet is an active civil litigation trial attorney where his main areas of practice include family law and divorce, commercial litigation, employment issues and personal injury cases. He is an experienced litigator that has worked on a variety of cases in Kansas state district and appellate courts, the Federal District Court, and Bankruptcy Court. He has been successful before juries, representing clients both as plaintiffs and defendants on a wide range of commercial, personal injury, and family law claims.

Mr. Prophet was a graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law in 2000, and went on to serve two years as a law clerk for the Virginia Supreme Court. Mr. Prophet is a member of the Saline-Ottawa County Bar Association and the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association.