A Legal Team Dedicated To The Wichita Area

Gibson Watson Marino LLC was founded on the principles of dedication to our clients and the persistent pursuit of excellence in service. For decades our attorneys have helped families and businesses in our community find solutions to their legal problems. We hold ourselves to a high standard of professionalism and pride ourselves on our ability to thoroughly understand the needs of our clients. When people approach us in search of legal guidance, we fully commit to providing high-quality, cost-effective service to meet their needs.

Helping Businesses And Individuals In Wichita And Greater Kansas

We offer a broad range of legal services to meet the needs of as many people and organizations as we can. Not only do we offer estate planning and family law services, but we also practice administrative law servicing a wide range of industries in the Wichita area. From civil litigation to health care law and mediation services, we strive to meet the needs of the people and industries in Wichita.

Recognized By Our Peers In The Legal Community

Over the years, many of the attorneys on our legal team have been recognized for outstanding service by a variety of legal organizations. Gibson Watson Marino LLC was also included in the 2020 U.S. News Best Law Firm list. These accolades come from our peers in the legal community, but they only matter to us if our clients feel the same way. Our pledge to our clients is to continue delivering the outstanding service we’ve become known for regardless of whether we receive recognition for it.

Founded in 1947

8 people in their team

Practice areas
Media, Technology and Telecoms
Lawsuits & Disputes
Employment & Labor
Elder Law
Accidents & Injuries
Real Estate

Languages spoken

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Practice areas


Banking & Finance
Health Care

Defending Businesses Facing Regulatory Actions

Gibson Watson Marino LLC attorneys can guide you through the confusing world of government regulatory agencies. We have practiced before various administrative agencies such as the Division of Taxation, Court of Tax Appeals, Kansas Corporation Commission, Division of Workers’ Compensation, Division of Alcoholic and Beverage Control, and Kansas Real Estate Commission. We are particularly experienced with the professional licensing boards regarding physicians, dentists, chiropractors, nurses, and tax professionals.

Resolving Health Care Legal Issues

Our attorneys are accustomed to helping meet the unique challenges faced by hospitals, physicians and other health care professionals and organizations. From patient care situations, physician recruiting and employment matters to regulatory matters, privileges and HIPAA/HITECH matters, Gibson Watson Marino LLC has the expertise. We are also experienced in representing doctors, dentists and nurses before licensing boards.

Media, Technology and Telecoms

Cyber Law, Data Privacy and Data Protection

The Growing Problem Of Cybersecurity And Data Breaches

Cybersecurity issues affect every business industry, including healthcare, financial and service & hospitality sectors. These issues will only continue to grow given the rapid development of technology. If your company, hospital or institution is unable to protect confidential personal information, it can result in loss of trust and confidence of your customers, patients or clients. Gibson Watson Marino LLC helps our clients identify and understand potential cybersecurity risks to prepare you to respond in the event of a breach.

Advising Clients On Cybersecurity Issues

Our attorneys advise clients across a broad spectrum of cybersecurity issues. On the preventive front, we work with clients in a variety of industries to minimize the risk of cyber threats, including having privacy and security policies that comply with today’s regulatory landscape.

We have many years of experience in HIPAA compliance and breach prevention and defending healthcare providers following HIPAA breaches including Health & Human Services complaint investigations, audits and litigation.

In the event of a breach, we have a strong team to protect and defend companies and healthcare providers who have experienced a cyberattack, whether it be assistance with government investigations and actions or civil suits.

Lawsuits & Disputes

ADR Mediation & Arbitration

Experienced Civil Litigation Attorneys

The attorneys at Gibson Watson Marino LLC have decades of experience defending companies, organizations and individuals in professional liability litigation. Our core business is providing legal defense for clients facing medical malpractice, legal malpractice and insurance lawsuits. We also litigate civil law cases involving:

  • Employment-based lawsuits
  • Premises liability claims
  • Personal injury claims
  • Automobile negligence claims
  • Declaratory judgment actions
  • Workers’ compensation claims

We aggressively protect the rights of the accused. Our goal is to deliver timely and cost-effective dispute resolution in a professional manner.

Defending Clients In Business Disputes And Litigation

We represent Kansas businesses and property owners in a range of civil litigation actions and business disputes. Our attorneys advise clients throughout the dispute resolution process. They are adept at finding ways to avoid the time and expense of going to trial through negotiation, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). If ADR does not prove successful, we are always ready to go to court if necessary.

Business litigation and disputes we work on include:

  • Breach of contract litigation
  • Insurance litigation and disputes
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Contract disputes
  • Misrepresentation
  • Disputes between businesses

Our attorneys take the time to get a full understanding of our clients’ businesses and long-term goals. We make sure that the solutions we pursue align with those long-term goals and bring about a resolution in a timely way. Our goal is to make sure that the outcome of your dispute has no long-term effects on your bottom line.

Skilled Mediation Lawyers

Virtually any type of case can be mediated. The goal is to use the assistance of a neutral third party to reach an agreement that meets the needs of both parties, without the financial and emotional strain of a court trial. The key is having an effective mediator, and Gibson Watson Marino LLC has attorneys with those qualifications.

The mediator does not represent either party and cannot provide legal advice. The mediation process does still require the preparation of all court forms, which the mediator may help prepare.


Insurance Defense

Defense Attorneys Representing Insurance Carriers

Gibson Watson Marino LLC has a savvy and performance-proven team of veteran insurance defense attorneys. We represent national and regional carriers in a wide variety of litigation matters. Our goal is to not only be successful in the defense of claims but to do it cost-efficiently. We have the experience to develop effective defense strategies, evaluate exposures and determine if an early settlement is a viable alternative.

Employment & Labor

Employment Rights
Hiring & Firing
Job Discrimination
Labor Law
Sexual Harassment
Wrongful Termination

Guidance For Employment Practices

Federal and state regulations concerning employment law are constantly changing. For companies with limited human resource departments, staying on top of these changes can seem overwhelming. At Gibson Watson Marino LLC, we offer employment-related legal services to help with all aspects of human resources. We can review and evaluate your employment policies to make sure your company is in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.

Human Resources Documents And Policies

Decisions made while drafting contracts and policies can often have unintended consequences. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help your company avoid the pitfalls of poorly written documents. Employee-based documents we routinely draft with our clients include:

  • Employment applications
  • Employee contracts and agreements
  • Performance evaluation guides
  • Employee handbooks
  • Job descriptions
  • Executive employment agreements

We also assist clients involved in collective bargaining negotiations and labor union dealings. Our goal is to help you avoid costly and disruptive litigation by drafting contracts and agreements that are compliant with all applicable laws and anticipate future conflicts.

Counsel For Employment-Related Legal Issues

When an employment dispute arises, Gibson Watson Marino LLC can provide legal counsel and representation in arbitration, mediation and in the courtroom if necessary. We regularly represent clients dealing with issues such as:

  • Harassment claims
  • OSHA violations
  • Employee discipline
  • Violence in the workplace
  • Drug Testing
  • Discrimination claims

We have the knowledge and experience to provide cost-effective solutions to all of your employment-related legal issues.

Elder Law

Estate Planning
Nursing Home Abuse
Will & Testament

Ensuring Your Family’s Future With Estate Planning

Every estate planning client we see has a unique story and life situation. At Gibson Watson Marino LLC, we believe the role of a good estate planning lawyer is more than just ensuring that all your documents are in order; we believe that to truly serve our clients we need to thoroughly understand their wishes and goals. We are more than just a law firm, we are a partner in securing the future of your family.

Comprehensive Estate Planning Services

Our attorneys are equipped to help you with all aspects of estate planning. We help clients with standard wills and trusts as well as more complex arrangements for managing your assets and planning for the care of loved ones. Our extensive services include:

Wills and trusts – We help clients draft wills, standard revocable and irrevocable trusts, and other specialized trusts, including family trusts, charitable trusts and special needs trusts.

Health care directives – This includes both health care powers of attorney and do not resuscitate orders (DNRs).

Dealing with probate disputes – When probate disputes arise, having a skilled attorney on your side can save you time and money. We can help make sure the probate process works for you.

Planning to avoid excess taxes – Without proper tax planning, there are often unintended tax liabilities for surviving family members and beneficiaries. We make sure that all documents are drafted to minimize taxes as much as possible. We also provide representation for tax disputes with the Kansas Department of Revenue and the IRS.

Charitable planning – We help clients support charitable foundations through forming a charitable organization or exploring other options to support public and private charities and community foundations.

Protecting assets – We create asset protection plans for high net worth clients who complement the overall estate plan.

Planning for business succession – Having a detailed succession plan for a family business can be critical to the survival of the company. We create a strategy appropriate for your interests that will minimize taxes and help ensure the ongoing success of the business.

Planning for the care of a minor – We believe parents should have a plan for who will care for their minor children if they become incapacitated. By creating a declaration of guardian for a minor child, you will get to choose who cares for your child if both you and your spouse die.

Declaration of guardian – Names your choice for a personal guardian if you become incapacitated, which is a court-appointed role. A guardian usually replaces the power of attorney but could be the same person.


Child Abuse
Child Custody
Child Support
Child Visitation
Collaborative Law
Divorce & Separation
Father's Rights

Family Law Attorneys Who Care

A good family law attorney can make all the difference. Gibson Watson Marino LLC attorneys are not only good, but are also caring, understanding and willing to listen. Our legal services encompass the following difficult and emotional issues:

  • Divorce
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Legal separation
  • Adoption
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Annulment
  • Parenting time
  • Spousal support
  • Property settlements
  • Domestic partnerships
  • Separate maintenance

Accidents & Injuries

Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury

Cost-effective Personal Injury Defense

Our litigation team can defend against almost any personal injury or wrongful death claim, including those related to car and truck accidents, defective products, premises liability, slip-and-falls, ADA compliance and more. Gibson Watson Marino LLC defense attorneys, with efficiency and cost-effectiveness, have proven performance against the most formidable of challenges. Our goal is to achieve the most advantageous results for our clients, whether by dismissal, settlement or trial.

Medical Malpractice Defense For Health Care Entities

When faced with a medical malpractice claim, health care providers and their insurance companies stand to lose millions of dollars. The damage to the reputations of the facility and the individuals involved is incalculable. At Gibson Watson Marino LLC, our legal team has the in-depth legal knowledge to aggressively defend you against malpractice claims and fight to keep your reputation clean. We understand that medical malpractice claims can be emotionally draining for doctors and staff at health care facilities as well as the patient filing a claim.

Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate
Housing, Construction & Development
Land Use & Zoning
Landlord & Tenant

Resolving Real Estate Legal Issues

Gibson Watson Marino LLC provides professional services to developers, owners, financial institutions and other clients on a wide range of legal issues related to real estate, including:

  • Agreements
  • Brokers and agents counsel
  • Contracts to buy or sell
  • Dispute resolution
  • Financing – conventional and municipal
  • Landlord/tenant issues
  • Tax-deferred real estate exchanges
  • Title issues
  • Homeowners Association covenants and disputes
  • Leasing – commercial, residential and agricultural property
  • Bankruptcy proceedings
  • Condemnation actions
  • Construction contracts
  • Environmental issues
  • Foreclosures
  • Litigation
  • Taxation issues
  • Zoning and land use issues
  • Real estate development – residential and commercial

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